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Red
1995 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
4/8/2020 - Kemo Sabe wrote:
Opened 2 bottles. First was corked. Second was jut not good - drinkable but an off bottle. Lacking that signature Chave perfume, little complexity, no lift, barely even recognizable as Syrah. First 2 bottles of a 6 pack I bought in secondary market. WTF
  • CAC commented:

    4/8/20, 10:16 AM - Your second bottle suggests the prior storage wasn't great. I've gone through well over a case the past few years and all my bottles have been terrific -- with plenty of lift, perfume and so forth.

Red
2005 Ch√Ęteau Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Opened this right when we got to the restaurant and didn't touch it until about 2 hours later and still the fact that we were 'baby-killing' was pretty obvious. The wine has lots of great promise and I found myself continuously coming back to it (drank next to a '96 Ducru and a '94 La Mouline), but it's nowhere near peak yet. Maybe my second favorite of the night more from promise. This is going to be a great wine.
  • CAC commented:

    2/27/16, 6:17 AM - Thanks for the note. How was the '96 Ducru?

Red
2005 Nicolas Potel Morey St. Denis Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
1/30/2016 - drwine2001 wrote:
Half bottle. Unyielding deep ruby. Stemmy nose with camphor. Full bodied and meaty. Black fruit, herbs, and substantial tannins which have relaxed over the past several years. Good mouthful, but even out of half bottles, this wine has not traveled that great a distance over the past couple of years, a telling sign for 2005 Burgundy in general.
  • CAC commented:

    2/1/16, 9:49 AM - I'm a big fan of your tasting notes, which correspond closely with my own experiences (though I don't post notes on CT). What's your sense at this point about what the 2005 red Burgundies will be like at maturity? Despite all the rave reviews, I'm concerned that my partially consumed bottles seem only more tannic and less fruity the next day (particularly from the Cote de Nuits). No matter how concentrated this vintage is, I wonder if it's possible, or even likely, that the tannins will outlive the fruit in most cases.

  • CAC commented:

    2/3/16, 11:02 AM - That's interesting about the 1988s. The only '88 I recall ever having was a Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques, which I drank in the late 1990s. I thought the wine was fabulous, so subtle and so enjoyable. Memorable for me nearly 20 years later without the aid of a tasting note. Looking back, is there anything you've learned from how the 1988 red Burgundies matured that might shed light on which 2005s might live up to their potential, and which ones will likely see the fruit fade away before the tannins are absorbed? For example, did grand crus do better than premier crus and so forth down the hierarchy, or was success more a matter of the talent of the individual producer? (I do realize I'm asking for generalizations at best.)

  • CAC commented:

    2/3/16, 1:38 PM - OK, last question (I promise!): In your experience, would you place any of the following producers in the d'Angerville/Gouges camp of aiming for a more spare style of wine even in a rich vintage: Denis Bachelet, Domaine Bart, Barthod-Noellat, Simon Bize (I imagine you'll say yes to Bize), Sylvain Cathiard, Jerome Chezeaux, Bruno Clavelier, Pierre Damoy, Joseph Drouhin, Sylvie Esmonin, Faiveley, Fourrier, Anne Gros, Harmand-Geoffroy, Hudelot-Noellat, Lafarge, Lamarche, Domaine des Lambrays, Mugneret-Gibourg, JF Mugnier, Nicholas Potel, Rossignol-Trapet, Domaine Trapet.

  • CAC commented:

    2/3/16, 2:57 PM - Thank you very much

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