Tasting Notes for paul195

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Red
3/11/2020 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Ross’s Last Supper @ Lucali — Double decanted 3 hours before dinner. Deep ruby center with some lighting at the rim. Lovely initial nose dominated by mature fruit and floral notes with earth, tar and mineral elements intermixed. The palate is framed by fine tannins, nice acidity and elegant texture. The sweet red fruit remains fresh yet has engaging complexity. As recent notes suggest this initially presents more elegantly and picks up more richness and complexity with air. For me this bottle appeals to my preference for Burgundy vs Bordeaux.
White - Sparkling
3/6/2020 - paul195 wrote:
98 points
Youngest of an impressive champagne flight, 66 DP, 75 DP Oenotheque, 85 Krug, 88 DP P3 (corked), 90 DP (mag), and 96 Salon to start a Crab feast at Wu’s.

This is a truly impressive young champagne, youthful light yellow color, fine bubbles, bright acidity, fantastic balance, layers and layers of white fruit, hints of green apple, a light chalkiness, both weightless and intense at the same time. I am relatively new to champagne but this is the fourth time I have had this over the last decade and each bottle has set a very high bar indeed. Just delicious.

Although I have only had the 2008 Cristal once, in MHO it is younger and will be just as memorable in a decade.
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White
3/8/2020 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
This bottle reinforced my last note in November. Give this a two hour decant and it presents very well.
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Red
2/24/2020 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Deep mahogany color, after 30 mins this opened nicely with red fruit, rose petals, tar and leather. It has good acidity, an engaging energy and is well balanced. The tannins are well integrated, elegant texture and medium finish. All in all a very nice Barolo in early maturity.
Red
2/10/2020 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
As I reviewed the note from my last bottle three years ago there was not much more to say. Although three years has passed this wine remains in early maturity, bright ruby appearance, expressive Nebbiolo nose, sweet dark fruit mixed with tar, spice and earth notes. Engaging acidity, perfect balance, long finish. Only time for a two hour decant tonight, next time try 6 hours and this should open up even more.
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Red
2/5/2020 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Had this alongside a 2001 Gaja Barbaresco as the fifth pair of a dinner at Marta.

Opened when we arrived, deep ruby core, initial nose pretty tight, left it in the decanter for 2 hours. As I found with my last bottle 18 months ago, this is a young, beautiful, richly fruited Hermitage with lively acidity, wonderful texture,
perfect balance all leading to a compelling finish. Beautiful now, with more to come.
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Red
1/14/2020 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Brought this and a second mag of 1985 Domaine Alain Michelot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Champs Perdrix as the last flight of a 2007 white burgundy tasting dinner.

Dark fruited nose of black cherries with some spice and earth notes thrown in. Richer, rounder and more stuffing than the Nuits. Lovely balance, decent acidity and energy, plenty of life left in this format. A lovely glass of 30 year old Pommard
Red
1/14/2020 - paul195 Likes this wine:
93 points
Brought this and a 1990 Domaine Pothier-Rieusset Pommard 1er Cru Clos de Verger as the last flight of a 2007 white burgundy tasting dinner.

Mature appearance, especially next to the Pommard. Beautiful floral nose intermingled with red cherry notes. Champ Pedrix is next to Boudots on the Vosne side of NSG and it shows. Good mid palate, balance and texture ending in a lovely finish.

The is a very elegant Nuits which is drinking much better than a Maison Leroy bottle of the same vineyard and vintage that we had at another dinner two months ago. Lovely contrast to the richer 1990 Pommard
Red
2000 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/20/2020 - paul195 wrote:
95 points
Deep dark purple core, initial nose was surprisingly open although clearly youthful. Palmer, in my experience, is a wine that requires 20-30 years of bottle age to really show its stuff, 1961, 66, 70, 83, 89. The 2000 is in the zone, described as sexy and lush by more than one at our table, this was a very enjoyable Palmer. Abundant sweet fruit, hints of earth and spice, fine tannins, good acidity, balance and finish. Drinking very well now and should improve a point or two over the next decade.
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White
11/21/2019 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Light yellow color, citrus, mineral and salty nose. A touch of sweetness which gives the a rounder, richer presentation, good acidity balances and frames the vintage sweetness. Needed a couple of hours to settle down and really open to reveal its internal beauty. This wine should improve over the next 10 years
Red
1/7/2020 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Haven’t opened one of these since 2011 and the extra age has served this wine well. As more recent tasters have found this is a good Ponsot CdlR, not a great one. Let breathe for three hours, clean red fruit profile, moderate complexity, nice acidity, fine tannins, now showing a reasonable mid palate consistent with a GC. Nice texture and finish. More age, 5 years, should add a point or two
Red
2001 Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/22/2019 - paul195 wrote:
96 points
#2 of 12. As has been noted in the last dozen TNs this is hitting on all cylinders, a melange of red and dark fruits engulf your nose upon opening, a quick taste and into the decanter for 3 hours. This wine has it all, layers of sweet red and black fruit, earth, spice, smooth tannins, elegant mouthfeel, perfect balance and long finish, certainly a grand cru in every way. This wine should still pick up greater complexity over the the next few years.
White
12/22/2019 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Drank this alongside the 2015 Barre. Consistent with prior note the 2004 is in a great place, a leaner vintage balances Barre natural richness, add no sign of POX and voila, a delicious mature Meursault
White - Sparkling
12/21/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Consistent with my last note. Energetic vintage characteristics provide an interesting foil for the house style. Very nice young champagne indeed. Corked half of the bottle and had it the next night alongside the 2008 Cristal. I was pleasantly surprised how well it drank the next night, retaining quite a bit of energy and opening up to reveal richer tones. That being said and taking nothing away from this delicious young DP the 2008 Cristal was a full step up in every way, it is an extraordinary champagne.
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Red
12/18/2019 - paul195 wrote:
96 points
#2 of 12. As noted in my bottle earlier this year I decanted this 4 hours ahead of dinner. The 80s marked the return of Château Margaux to greatness for many collectors, the 86 is clearly a fine example of what this Château can produce. Dark, rich and complex, full bodied, fine tannins, layers of fruit, perfect balance, long lingering finish. Still shows Margaux elegance even in this harder vintage. Clearly in early maturity, this wine will get better for the next decade and remain there for another.
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Red
2/13/2004 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Deep dark ruby color, red fruited bouquet laced earth with spice notes. Full bodied, dense compact fruit, fine tannins, mouth filling, long finish. Young and impressive.
Red
1996 Dominique Laurent Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/7/2019 - paul195 wrote:
92 points
Youthful appearance, a little tight to start with some initial funk. After 30 minutes the nose opened up a bit to show darker fruits, spice and earth notes. Fine tannins, medium weight, good texture nice finish. This drank well and should do well over the next 5 years
White
1992 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
11/14/2019 - paul195 wrote:
92 points
This replaced a corked 1992 Raveneau Chablis - Butteaux which was paired with 1992 Raveneau Chablis - Montee du Tonnerre

Cleaner nose than my last bottle, more yellow fruited than I normally find in this wine. Decent acidity, solid finish.
White
11/14/2019 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Paired 1992 Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre v. 1992 Coche Dury Meursault Les Rougeots

The Lafon was tighter than the Coche and initially had a more reserved nose of fresh tropical fruit while the buttered popcorn nose on the Coche wafted from the glass. The palate on the Coche was a little flabby relative to Lafon which seemed leaner and fresher though less opulent and supple. In some respects these two wines switched personalities places in this vintage. Setting the popcorn nose aside the Lafon was the leaner more mineral driven wine and the Coche more opulent and fat. Both wines are fully mature and unlikely to improve. Personally I liked the Lafon slightly better, but the Coche’s opulence stole the groups heart.
White
11/14/2019 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Paired 1992 Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre v. 1992 Coche Dury Meursault Les Rougeots

The Lafon was tighter than the Coche and initially had a more reserved nose of fresh tropical fruit while the buttered popcorn nose on the Coche wafted from the glass. The palate on the Coche was a little flabby relative to Lafon which seemed leaner and fresher though less opulent and supple. In some respects these two wines switched personalities in this vintage. Setting the popcorn nose aside the Lafon was the leaner more mineral driven wine and the Coche more opulent and fat. Both wines are fully mature and unlikely to improve. Personally I liked the Lafon slightly better, but the Coche’s opulence stole the groups heart.
White
11/14/2019 - paul195 wrote:
91 points
92 Butteaux v 92 Montee du Tonnerre

Unfortunately the Butteaux was corked and was replaced by a 1992 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne.

The MdT was thankfully in proper shape. Barely mid yellow color with a nose showing citrus and tropical fruit notes with hints of chalk. The palate showed similarly, the fruit here is yellower and sweeter and lacks the crispness and acidity than I normally associate with Raveneau having more in common with the Mersaults in the next flight. 1992 was not a great Raveneau year IMO
White
11/14/2019 - paul195 wrote:
flawed
92 Butteaux v 92 Montee du Tonnerre Montee du Tonnerre

Unfortunately the Butteaux was corked and was replaced by a 1992 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne.

The MdT was thankfully in proper shape. Barely mid yellow color with a nose showing citrus and tropical fruit notes with hints of chalk. The palate showed similarly, the fruit here is yellower and sweeter and lacks the crispness and acidity than I normally associate with Raveneau having more in common with the Mersaults in the next flight. 1992 was not a great Raveneau year IMO
Red
11/14/2019 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Paired 1972 Maison Leroy Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers v 1972 Maison Leroy Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Narbantons

Both bottles late releases purchased in 1995 and are certainly fully mature. The SLB appeared far lighter and less dense than the GC. The SLB bouquet was dominated by rose petal, herb and forest floor notes. The fruit has largely faded but the wines acidity still adds life to this faded beauty. The GC, although fully mature as well, was darker and younger looking than the SLB. The nose and palate showed similarly, having sweeter darker fruit which have this wine better balance.
Red
11/14/2019 - paul195 wrote:
91 points
Paired 1972 Maison Leroy Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers v 1972 Maison Leroy Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Narbantons

Both bottles late releases purchased in 1995 and are certainly fully mature. The SLB appeared far lighter and less dense than the GC. The SLB bouquet was dominated by rose petal, herb and forest floor notes. The fruit has largely faded but the wines acidity still adds life to this faded beauty. The GC, although fully mature as well, was darker and younger looking than the SLB. The nose and palate showed similarly, having sweeter darker fruit which have this wine better balance.
Red
11/14/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Paired 1985 Maison Leroy Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos des Argillières v 1985 Maison Leroy Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Perdrix

Both of these wines were purchased from a reputable retailer in December 1992. Never saw other vintages of either so these two just sat in my cellar since then. This was as good a time as any to drink a pair of 34 year old NSG 1er crus. It should be noted that these crus are on the VR side of NSG and where Leroy has a clear home court advantage
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The Pedrix was the more elegant red fruited of the pair. The Argillieres darker, fuller and more complex and to me was the more NSG and less Leroy of the pair.
Red
11/14/2019 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Paired 1985 Maison Leroy Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos des Argillières v 1985 Maison Leroy Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Perdrix

Both of these wines were purchased from a reputable retailer in December 1992. Never saw other vintages of either so these two just sat in my cellar since then. This was as good a time as any to drink a pair of 34 year old NSG 1er crus. It should be noted that these crus are on the VR side of NSG and where Leroy has a clear home court advantage.

The Pedrix was the more elegant red fruited of the pair. The Argillieres darker, fuller and more complex and to me was the more NSG and less Leroy of the pair.
Red
8/20/2019 - paul195 wrote:
96 points
First time from magnum....Brought to a friend’s birthday wine dinner with 20+ guests, many bearing wonderful bottles and mags for the occasion. As I hoped this was very well received by all attending, holding its own in a field dominated by Burgundy and Bordeaux.
Red
1971 Maison Leroy Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/11/1999 - paul195 wrote:
92 points
Beautiful ruby core with edges showing little age.
Floral nose laced with earth and red fruits. Medium weight, more elegant than powerful, good fruit and balance with a nice finish.
Red
10/18/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
6th of 12 yummy CndP consistent with prior notes
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Red
10/18/2019 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
3rd of 6 pack. A peaking 20 year old Barolo. This continues to improve from bottle last year. Fruit remains youthful with spice and floral notes adding complexity all of which is well displayed on its maturing structure, tannins present but integrated, balance and acidity good, nice texture and finish.
Red
1982 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/6/2019 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Enjoyed this paired with a 1978 Chateau Margaux

Decanted for an hour — initial impressions were that the Margaux was at least 15 years older than the Canon in every way. Lighter color, mature rim. Fully mature dark fruits laced with cedar and spice notes. Resolved tannins, elegant texture, nice finish. The Canon showed all the 1982 vintages strengths. Rich underlying fruit, luxurious texture almost sumptuous wine.

Interestingly after a couple of hours, the Margaux presented far younger. It darkened, the mid palate filled out and the fruit sweetened a touch.

In the end this was a wonderful pairing of two fine Bordeaux’s both drinking very nicely
Red
10/6/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Enjoyed this paired with a 1982 Canon.

Decanted for an hour — initial impressions were that the Margaux was at least 10 years older than the Canon in every way. Lighter color, mature rim. Fully mature dark fruits laced with cedar and spice notes. Resolved tannins, elegant texture, nice finish. The Canon showed all the 1982 vintages strengths. Rich underlying fruit, luxurious texture almost sumptuous wine.

Interestingly after a couple of hours, the Margaux presented far younger. It darkened, the mid palate filled out and the fruit sweetened a touch.

In the end this was a wonderful pairing of two fine Bordeaux’s both drinking very nicely
White
1989 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
9/26/2019 - paul195 wrote:
95 points
Beautiful youthful medium yellow core. Tight nose with hints of apple, lemon and wet stones. Remarkably youthful palate as is marked with the vintages sharp acidity. Perfect balance, lovely energetic finish. This bottle was both youthful and mature if you know what I mean, a pleasure. Once again this bottle supports my belief that 1989 is the best white burgundy vintage in my four decades of drinking and collecting. Bravo
Red
9/18/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Less densely packed than my last note, 4 years ago. As others have noted this wine is drinking very well. Having shed some of its youthful density and darker notes, this is now showing a more elegant red fruit profile, better complexity, balance with a lovely texture and persistent finish.
White - Sparkling
9/18/2019 - paul195 Likes this wine:
95 points
#2 of 6. PnP light color, energetic mousse, clean bright nose with citrus notes, nice acidity. Texture is both creamy and lively giving a wonderful balance to this really great bottle of DP. Clearly evolving beautifully since my first bottle in 2016

This was superior to a regular 96 and the equal of a 96 Oneo tasted at the Acker Auction two weeks ago.
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Red
1970 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/18/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Good color and clarity, nose had some initial funk which blew off quickly. It took a full hour for the nose to really open up and reveal that cedar and graphite profile. Medium bodied, lovely smooth texture, perfect balance with persistence to the finish. a lovely mature bottle of Bordeaux. I happened to have opened an excellent bottle of 1970 Cheval Blanc last month and have to say well stored bottles of top 1970s seem to be as peak as one could ask.
White
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
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White
2004 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
9/5/2019 - paul195 wrote:
85 points
Brought, along with a 2004 Raveneau Butteaux, to drink with friends Thursday night at the Acker Auction held at Le Bernardin Prive. Popped and tasted.... Light gold color, relatively tight nose showing some yellow fruit a little funk but appeared to be a sound bottle and was a little warm. They put it on ice and we moved on to some champagnes 96 DP, and 96 Oneo, 08 Grand Anne, 08 Cristal rose.....

By the time we returned to some taste some whites, the Rav was just opening up but sadly the Batard, which should have been a baby at 15 years old, now showed some oxidative notes which blemished the wine. Although drinkable, unfortunately this is just is another confirmation to me that this wine is no longer the consistent, long aging, benchmark GC it was up to the 1996 vintage. These need to be consumed much younger. They will never reach the same peak that great older bottles do
Red
1995 Bernard Dugat-Py Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/2/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
#1 of 3. It was time to try the first bottle, from the first parcel of Dugat Py I ever purchased. I had limited experience with his wines but i liked the few that I have tasted and decided to add some DPy to my cellar. This survey parcel included 3 of the 1995, 1998 and 3 the 1999 Charmes and three of the 2000 and 2001 Mazi. This first bottle has sitting in my cellar, waiting till today...

I opened this at 11:00 and found a big, jammy fruited nose, the core was dark with some signs of age visible at the rim. Took a quick sip to confirm it was sound. Poured it in a decanter swirled it for a couple of minutes, tasted it again and was happy it would get a full five hour decant.

Met my friends at 4:30 we poured glasses and this was now more open and ready for business. Clearly big in most ways, lots of tart dark cherry fruit. The scale, texture and frame of this wine was clearly Grand. Grippy tannins played well with the tartness and purity of fruit while the acidity balances the wines impressive richness. Long finish bright future. I’ll wait 5 years for bottle #2
White
8/29/2019 - paul195 wrote:
NR ... #3 of 6. This bottle was little darker than it should, there some oxidation which in my experience drinking Lafon is premature for this wine. Drinkable but the 2002 Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc drank much fresher and better. The prior 2 bottles from this parcel drank where they should have been when they were consumed but this drank 10 years older than the 1989 Clos du Barre I opened at a birthday dinner earlier in the week where I brought the 99 as the backup. I think this is more of an affected bottle of a 20 yo Charmes than a “premox” bottle. Sad either way
White
8/29/2019 - paul195 wrote:
92 points
This 17 year old Bourgogne Blanc continues to impress. Good color, nice fresh nose and palate, vigorous acidity keeps it quite lively. Likely at this level for a few more years
White
8/27/2019 - paul195 Likes this wine:
94 points
2 of 3 purchased on release. Brought this to a serious white burgundy lovers 40th birthday wine dinner. Served in a double blind lineup which included premier crus from Raveneau, Coche Dury, Leflaive, Latour, and Remoissenet from a wide range of vintages 1979-2014.

This bottle held up well against impressive competition. It had all of the luscious sweet yellow and tropical fruit I have come to expect from this le dit refreshed and balanced with the acidity and leaner nature of the 1989 vintage. This bottle reflected that balance particularly well and was just delicious
Red
8/21/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Showed even better than the last bottle. Better with an hour in the glass. Deep core no age on rim. Nice nose with a darker fruit profile as you would expect, whole cluster breadth evident. Nice weight, fine tannins, excellent balance and finish.
White
8/21/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Drinking very well indeed.....
White
8/17/2019 - paul195 wrote:
91 points
Similar bottle to the last note, certainly prematurely advanced as was true with my last bottle. Drink them up
Red
8/13/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
3rd of 12. Opaque, brooding appearance. The nose, even after a 5 hour decant before dinner remained tight relative to the other wines en flight, 1970 & 1983 Cheval Blanc, both of which were opened at the dinner and clearly at, or close to peak maturity. I also think that these two wines are a tough comparison across any vintage. That being said this bottle was younger than the two I had two years ago. Muscular, deeply fruited, fine grained tannins, missing some of the richness I generally find in all well stored 82s. This wine is two decades away from the peak maturity of the bottle of 1970 CB tonight which was elegant and captivating.
Red
8/13/2019 - paul195 wrote:
Unfortunately corked
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