Tasting Notes for slaton

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White
2/20/2019 - slaton wrote:
flawed
Corked.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/15/2018 - slaton wrote:
East Bay Burgundy Group - Holiday Dinner Party: I almost never drink sweet wines in recent years, but this was utterly delicious and in a wonderful place for current drinking. Another wine I could have curled up with for the evening.​ A great close for an outstanding group of wines.​
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White - Sparkling
12/15/2018 - slaton wrote:
East Bay Burgundy Group - Holiday Dinner Party: This was a wonderful Comtes at a delightful stage of maturity, but I was sufficiently sated from the meal at his point that I barely ​managed a small pour​. On any other night I'd have wanted to curl up and spend the night with this.
Red
2001 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/15/2018 - slaton wrote:
East Bay Burgundy Group - Holiday Dinner Party: This had a more youthful, focused expression of fruit compared to the Clos St Denis, with a Morello cherry character among the other spice and faint sous-bois notes. Very, very good, but I believe it will continue to improve for some time.
Red
2001 Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/15/2018 - slaton wrote:
East Bay Burgundy Group - Holiday Dinner Party: This had high ullage and a horrifically beaten down cork with some leakage under the capsule. Nonetheless the bottle was generally sound, showing a delicious melange of gentle spice, soft integrated red fruits and sophisticated sous-bois. ​W​ith air a brown sugar madera note appears, and some blurriness develops at the edges of the fruit​, and​ I suspect better cared for bottles will show fresher than this.​ But I enjoyed this bottle very much.​
Red
12/15/2018 - slaton wrote:
East Bay Burgundy Group - Holiday Dinner Party: Initially this had a very interesting mineral-driven nose, however it became increasingly dull with time in the glass. I suspect with another 20 years the material will outshine its​ elevage​, but tonight both of the de Vogüé wines were rather disappointing. Perhaps if I'd revisited this at the end of the evening, I'd have found something else, though.
Red
12/15/2018 - slaton wrote:
East Bay Burgundy Group - Holiday Dinner Party: This was in a lovely spot, probably a perfect state of development for mine. Sous-bois, iron, earth nose and a pleasantly developed, softened palate. One of the better older Nuits wines I have had.
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Red
12/15/2018 - slaton wrote:
East Bay Burgundy Group - Holiday Dinner Party: This had ​an​ unappealing whiskey barrel nose​ (Errol called out vermouth)​, and an extracted palate that did not speak to me of Amoureuses, much less Chambolle. This was my first time trying a de Vogüé wine and it was a head-scratcher.
Red
12/15/2018 - slaton wrote:
East Bay Burgundy Group - Holiday Dinner Party: This was utterly enchanting - a gorgeous, sexy nose of potpourri florals and spice, with a trace of sous-bois, and a silky sweet red fruit palate with more spice. ​​​Despite its relative youth, this was my favorite wine on the night, and ​perhaps​ of the last few months.​ ​​Thank you Ross and Gary for sharing such a beautiful wine.
White
12/15/2018 - slaton wrote:
East Bay Burgundy Group - Holiday Dinner Party: I found this​ tasty but a little ​awkward at present, and it lacked the freshness and bracing yet direct personality of the 2014 I tasted recently in Madrid. If I had any bottles, I'd wait a couple of years before opening another.
White
2005 Marc Colin et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
12/15/2018 - slaton wrote:
East Bay Burgundy Group - Holiday Dinner Party: This was elegant for the vintage, evolved and very t​asty​,​ perhaps already at peak for my preference. ​It showed a gentle creamed corn note that I ​usually ​​dislike​, but it was subtle enough that I didn't object here​.​ ​Jim described this ​flavor ​as a signature of aged Corton-Charlemagne​.​
White - Sparkling
12/15/2018 - slaton wrote:
East Bay Burgundy Group - Holiday Dinner Party: Perhaps opened too young, but I found this pleasant if limited in spectrum. And thus my long history of failing to grok the Bouchard wines continues.
White - Sparkling
12/15/2018 - slaton wrote:
East Bay Burgundy Group - Holiday Dinner Party: This was served too cold, my fault. Initially promising with rich and complex aromatics, it seemed to stiffen up in the glass. As it was the only wine open at the time, it was quickly drained and so we unfortunately did not have the opportunity to follow its evolution.
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Red
12/1/2018 - slaton wrote:
flawed
Second of two bottles with seepage under the capsule and a badly decomposed cork. This was not entirely dead; there are some mushroom and dirty dark fruit notes. But mostly devoid of pleasure, with a bitter back end. Presumably a heat-damaged lot.
Red
12/1/2018 - slaton wrote:
flawed
F*cking corked.
Red
8/4/2018 - slaton wrote:
This was a nice rendition of one of my favorite grapes. Not the fecund complexity of CRB, but lovely fresh, peppery red fruit with that hint of something like agave. If I had more I'd hold for another year to see what develops.
White
7/6/2018 - slaton wrote:
flawed
Corked, again. 0 for 2 with this vintage so far.
White
6/26/2018 - slaton wrote:
This was pleasantly bright with some generic greenish fruit but was very forgettable. OK as picnic wine or as liquid refreshment on a hot day, but probably better as a base for kir.
Red
5/10/2018 - slaton wrote:
flawed
Maderized
White
4/3/2018 - slaton wrote:
vindictive below called it exactly right. Winner.
White - Sparkling
3/2/2018 - slaton wrote:
Much tighter, more serious and circumspect than other bottles have been. After many delicious, if not particularly deep bottles I do wonder if this is shutting down finally. Have half the bottle to try tomorrow.
White - Sparkling
3/2/2018 - slaton wrote:
Quite rich, even slightly oaky in a pleasant way. Showing some notes of age, but the firm acidity shows as youthful and slightly green. A very long, complex Champagne that is thought-provoking. A few oxidative notes but all within balance and not as strong as some of the notes here describe.
White - Sparkling
1/2/2018 - slaton wrote:
Solid, on form. Much stronger than the '05 tasted on release, and less oxidative than the '02.
White - Sparkling
1/2/2018 - slaton wrote:
Disgorged November 2012. Open but quite backward in spite of having an additional 3 years aging post-disgorgement vs. the current release. Doesn't show just yet the characteristic intense richness and complexity of this wine, but this did improve the longer it was open. Revisit in 1 year.
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White - Sparkling
1/3/2018 - slaton wrote:
Disgorged July 2015. Shows a typically wonderful, mature VP nose but the palate is behind in development. It is quite awkward currently, showing significantly less depth and complexity compared to the May 2016 disgorgement.
Day 2, much more expressive palate. This is delicious now and reminds me of the May 2016 disgorgement although it might have a touch less density.
Recommend hold 1-2 years before revisiting.
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White - Sparkling
1/6/2018 - slaton wrote:
Disgorged May 26, 2016. Initially cranky but this unwound a bit with air. This is a fantastic but very young wine. The base material for this cuvee is utterly exquisite -- a glass accidentally left out overnight was an outstanding, fascinating and balanced still wine the next day. But as a sparkling wine it seems to need another year or so.
White - Sparkling
1/12/2018 - slaton wrote:
A great bottle of this. Still approaching the early peak, with plenty of bubbles. Beautiful fresh cut white mushroom and matsutake, developing golden fruit, gentle richness and some subtle oxidative notes. Wish they were all like this -- unfortunately this wine is closed with a very low-quality agglomerate cork, and so there is significant variation from bottle to bottle.
White - Sparkling
1/12/2018 - slaton wrote:
Very closed and seems to have barely budged in 10 years. This is an incredibly backward 2008 and nowhere near as tasty as the '07 at the same stage of development. Strong hold.
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Red
1/12/2018 - slaton wrote:
Initially delicious, already showing tremendous complexity, if riper and richer than I'm used to from Burlotto. But no complaints whatsoever. Alas, with air this closed up completely.
Still closed on day 2.
Finally on day 3 this has softened and shows some of the characteristic Monvigliero savory black olive.
Will hold remaining bottles several years before popping another.
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Red
1/14/2018 - slaton wrote:
Utterly delicious and complex right out of the gate. With air it took on a riper, blacker-fruit character, slightly stewed, and less pleasurable. By the end of the night this was a mouthful of sous-bois. Fascinating transformation.
White - Sparkling
2/10/2018 - slaton wrote:
Avize. Said to be a blend of 2008/2009. Quite creamy with super-fine perlage, rich yet bone dry with firm acidity. Quite different from rich, buttery/biscuit flavors one might find in Mesnil, this shows just-ripe pome fruits with a touch of mandarin and kiwi. Good concentration. Layered over this are moderately oxidative and rather strongly developed flavors that are quite unique, giving this the impression of a mature wine with youthful vitality. I'd have guessed this was older than a 2008/2009, perhaps 2002. Very interesting.
White
2/22/2018 - slaton wrote:
Developing, slightly lactic nose, but fresher palate with dried apple and fresh farmhouse butter notes, plus a touch of quite subtle baking spice. Balanced acidity that is neither firm nor soft. Surprised how much I liked this. Very nice!
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White
3/9/2018 - slaton wrote:
Nice Savoie minerality that is reminiscent of other jacquere I've drunk. But it feels a bit flat in terms of acidity. Also, the base note here is a sort of melony, gooseberry fruit that reminds me of sauvignon blanc. I'd happily drink this at a summer's picnic. But less so at $30 a pop.
Red
3/10/2018 - slaton wrote:
Initially very pretty and showing excellent pineau d'aunis typicity. But alas the structure moved out in front within a few minutes.
Day 2: still pretty, but still moderately obscured by astringence. I noticed this issue with both vintages of this wine that came to the US: beautiful, classic varietal aromatics and flavors, but an excess of astringent, green tannins. But perhaps I should just be drinking this with fattier food, like M'k L'n below.
White - Sparkling
2/28/2018 - slaton wrote:
100% pinot noir, disgorged June 2016. I rather liked this. It reminds me a bit of the NV Bereche Brut Reserve, but with better integrated dosage (even though this is 7g/L) and stronger base material. The Bereche BR was rather beautiful circa 2010-2012 but I've noticed a real decline in quantity in recent years. I'm guessing the amount of purchased fruit was increased. But back to this wine: very good, and very happy to have a tasty, well-priced Savart option in the cellar.
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Red
3/2/2018 - slaton wrote:
This was initially gorgeous with incredibly fresh bright red fruits and whole cluster notes, but immediately closed down completely. With a couple of hours of air, a wonderful tea, spice and gentle sous-bois character came around that alternately reminded me of both Oregon pinot noir and also a fresher, less-animale Gevrey such as Fourrier. This producer has my full attention.
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Red
3/3/2018 - slaton wrote:
This showed a very subtle black pepper, dark fruit compote nose with some light reduction notes but the palate was just missing in action. Aeration brought out a lacy tannic structure but no pleasure was to be found. A disappointingly insipid bottle.
White - Sparkling
3/7/2018 - slaton wrote:
This was instantly recognizable as a Val Cornet, with a delicious characteristic minerality and savor, almost like someone had sprinkled some glutamate into the glass. It does show some of the green acidity of this vintage, and is a bit spiky and severe at the moment. A few more years should nicely acquit the wine although it's never going to be at the level of the 2010 which is a real stunner.
Red
3/9/2018 - slaton wrote:
Initially closed and ashy. Decanted 3-4 hours and this opened up and resolved into two distinct partitions: a light, aromatic wine with lots of green peppercorn and juniper (and still some of those ash notes), sitting atop a denser base wine with a gentle yet striking richness. This latter bit is something new I have not seen previously in younger bottles. Fascinating and delicious. I'll wait another 2-3 years before revisiting as I'd really like to see that richness continue to emerge.
White - Sparkling
3/10/2018 - slaton wrote:
L.0801. Another fantastic bottle of this. Exotic, dessert-like tarte tatin flavors with candied ginger and just a hint of richness. Finishes bone dry with firm but balanced acidity and a lovely saline savor that whets the appetite. This shows a trace of development compared to earlier bottles but really hasn't budged much in several years. A friend who joined me for dinner and doesn't like Champagne absolutely adored this.
Update - the last glass is still brilliant on day 2. I suppose Belluard sparkling gringet could be a 20+ year wine. Sadly I probably won't find out as I have just 2 btls left of this vintage.
Side note - I paid $19.56 for this which makes it the best value in the world of sparkling wine, for my palate.
White - Sparkling
8/19/2016 - slaton wrote:
This was brilliant. Which puzzled me as I'd recently found the '00 and '06 too rich, sweet and slutty-ripe for my palate. This on the other hand comes across as quite dry, and the richness/ripeness is very in-check and there is just shit-tons of depth.
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