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White
2004 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux Chardonnay
9/5/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
First bottle of a mixed case of Raveneau 04s bought on release. Brought, along with a 2004 Leflaive Batard, to drink with friends Thursday night at the Acker Auction held at Le Bernardin Prive.

Light yellow color, tight clean bright nose, the initial palate showed crisp fruit, citrus notes with hints of sea salt. Texture and acidity provide an energetic frame which serve the wine well. A delicious bottle of wine. Given the embarrassment of riches at these events I moved on to taste other goodies and revisited this a few hours later and this bottle was hitting at a grand cru level.

As was true with a 2004 Rav Foret at a friends 40th dinner a few weeks ago, this bottle of Butteaux was youthful and still quite primary and drinking 10 years younger, wow I haven’t said that about a white burgundy since roughly 2004 and we said the same this about 1989s which were 15 years old.

Sadly the 04 Batard which should have been a baby at 15 years old started out well but after 45 mins showed oxidative notes which blemished a wine which used to be, in vintages prior to 1996, a consistent top performer.

Glad I brought the Butteaux
  • paul195 commented:

    9/8/19, 10:34 AM - Give it lots of air. My bottle showed better after 3 hours, towards the end of the auction. Enjoy

Red
1995 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/2/2018 - paul195 Likes this wine:
96 points
This was part of an unbelievable wine evening at the Grill Room. The theme was Champagne, Chevalier and Chambertin. The Chambertin line up included:

85 Trapet Latricieres Chambertin
91 Leroy Chambertin
93 Rousseau Clos de Beze
95 Rousseau Chambertin
96 Rousseau Clos de Beze
96 Trapet Chambertin
96 Leroy Chambertin
02 Chezeaux/Ponsot Chambertin
02 Faiveley Latricieres Chambertin
02 Rousseau Chambertin
02 Rousseau Clos de Beze

This was my contribution to the Chambertin lineup. As has been noted this wine has layers of bright red berry fruits, good minerality, excellent balance, fine tannins and lingering finish. In early maturity took some time for the nose to really open. Should improve over the next decade.

Among this stiff competition this was my #2, behind the 1993 Bèze.
  • paul195 commented:

    5/4/19, 6:17 AM - Here you go. The 1995 is a wonderful wine, in early maturity in my opinion.

Red
2005 Lucie & Auguste Lignier Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/2/2019 - jaylew1 wrote:
95 points
I have to agree with the May of 2018 tasting note. Coming out of its shell, but still plenty of room to run. Accessible now - the next 10 years should be a lot of fun for this one.
  • paul195 commented:

    3/3/19, 10:38 AM - I thought this was remarkably open at the time. As I have tasted other 05s I am less surprised. It was said when I bought this case that though released as A&L it was literally the same wine as the 05 H. Lignier at a third the price. Damn good value so far.

White
1981 Coche Debord Meursault Chevalières Chardonnay
7/24/2018 - Geoff7777 wrote:
First of three excellent bottles from a good cellar. Colour is medium gold but not advanced. On opening, tightly coiled and with very little to show for itself other than the spine tingling acidity. 6-8 hours later, the wine had taken on a nutty richness with some air, with sweet stone fruits on the nose and a balanced palate still dominated by the cut of the acidity. On the evidence of this bottle, no rush to open the remaining two bottles as this wine has indeterminate longevity. I would decant well in advance next time.
  • paul195 commented:

    9/30/18, 7:41 AM - Thanks for the note, I have what remains of a mixed case of a 1986 of Coche-Doubord Meursaults, a Charmes and a Gouttes D’or I bought in 1989, both look great and only hope they are as exciting a bottle as yours. ��

White
2002 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux Chardonnay
7/30/2017 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
First of a six pack purchased on release. Beautiful medium yellow core, lighter at the edge. A beautiful nose of white fruits, mixed with hints of citrus and floral notes leapt from the glass. Refreshing acidity, lovely texture, perfect balance and finish. Consumed over two hours it was clear that this wine is just entering early maturity the fruit is just starting to show its complexity with a compact core of white fruits laced with hints of lemon, apple and melon. Currently drinking very well with upside over the next few years.
  • paul195 commented:

    8/2/17, 10:20 AM - I have had the 2000 and the 2001 recently and the 2002 was a clear step up, just delicious

Red
1969 Maison Leroy Volnay 1er Cru Santenots Pinot Noir
5/16/1997 - paul195 wrote:
92 points
Lighter color and brighter fruit than her 69 NSG 1er and Echezeaux tasted earlier this year. Fragrant strawberry fruit with a touch of tartness, bright acidity, some earth and hints of spice. Nice medium length finish
  • paul195 commented:

    9/21/16, 1:19 PM - Seth please note I was posting an old TN, that being said my experience with her wines is that the Volnay Santenots is generally lighter colored than any other of her premier crus, looks more like a Dujac wine. Hope this helps.

    I see we are both Brooklyn based, i hope we get a chance to share a glass someday, cheers

Red
1975 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
9/18/2015 - paul195 wrote:
95 points
Opened two hours before. Deep, bright ruby color with a maturing edge. The initial bouquet had an almost dusty, candied cherry component which two hours later was replaced by what I have come to expect from HB the mix of cigar box, leather, dark fruits, minerals and earthyness. Clearly a fully resolved 1975, this is beautifully balanced, with silky tannins and a layers of fruit and spice. It has a lovely elegant finish. It shows the depth, complexity and texture of a first growth and demonstrates to me once again that HB is the most consistent deliverer of what I expect from a mature first growth
  • paul195 commented:

    8/3/16, 2:09 PM - If your bottles have been well stored I would think you should be fine for 5 or so years.

White
2001 Coche-Dury Meursault Chardonnay
9/8/2015 - Burgnick wrote:
92 points
The nose was lovely with honeysuckle, cake, minerals, mango and stone fruits. However the palate was not deep and complex. The acidity was still there, but it is drinking nicely now with lots of life left.
  • paul195 commented:

    9/8/15, 6:58 PM - Had similar experience with this wine last month, very enjoyable. Looking forward to trying the 1999 in the next month or so.

White
2004 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
6/8/2015 - BradE wrote:
Lunchtime kickoff for tomorrow's 60th birthday. A very nice bottle. Beautiful nose, lovely palate that just got better and better as it opened.
  • paul195 commented:

    6/8/15, 11:51 AM - Happy birthday

Red
1999 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde Syrah
4/18/2015 - Ron Slye wrote:
Seems a bit sour and stewed on the nose, with aromas of acidic fruit, with a slight hint of acetone. A bit sweet on the palate, with hints of milk chocolate. This is not holding up very well. Did not get better with time. I don't think it is a bad bottle. Just wine that did not age well. I initially had a low score on this, but have removed it as it might be this was an off bottle. I have four more, so am looking forward to trying them to see if this is an anomaly or not!
  • paul195 commented:

    4/24/15, 5:40 PM - I have had this wine in this vintage several times including most recently earlier this month and found it to be quite age worthy. I would be more suspicious of your bottle's storage.

    Cheers

White
2002 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Ruchottes Chardonnay
2/27/2015 - mappe Likes this wine:
95 points
I found this to be really sensational. Hints of apple, lemon, creme, mint, spice, with chalkiness and good intensity. This got better and better with more time in the glass, making me believe this wine still have many good years ahead of it. My last glass of the wine, about three hours after the bottle was opened was my favorite. It maybe doesn't have the power or super rich intensity of the Batard or Montrachet, but it has a good mix of intensity and elegance to it that is very appealing. As previous reviewer mentions, it is bottles like these that makes one forgive the sins of the premox problem in burgundy.
  • paul195 commented:

    3/3/15, 7:28 AM - Well said, FYI - I had the 1992 a few weeks after the 2002 and it was even better.

White
1992 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Charmes Chardonnay
6/5/2014 - Le Musigny wrote:
In a great drinking window right now. Good minerality and this added weight over the course of a couple of hours. V
  • paul195 commented:

    6/6/14, 7:52 PM - Agreed

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