Tasting Notes for paul195

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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 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
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
White
8/1/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Mid gold color, some funk on the nose which quickly blew off. This took 30-45 mins to open up and reveal itself. Decent acidity, lovely texture, mature white fruit, surprising minerality, more Perrier than Charmes. Went quite well with the King Crab at Wu’s
White
7/10/2019 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
3 of 4, best bottle yet. Nice fruit, solid structure and scale, balanced with a very ‘04 overall character, very clean and lean. Had quite a bit in common with the ‘15 Roulot Mersault in the earlier flight, adding to a fun BYOB night at Popina
Red
7/10/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
5th of 12. Consistent with prior notes, big, lush dark fruit laced with spice. I agree with Eric’s note from last month ..... that this wine does not have the burnt notes that many 2003s have, instead it reminds me of wines from the warm 1990 vintage
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White
6/30/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Last and best, freshest bottle of a case I split with a buddy 15 years ago.
Red
6/30/2019 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Last bottle of a case bought in 1985. Still drinking quite well. Lots of structure, mature fruit, good balance, persistent finish.
Red
6/18/2019 - paul195 wrote:
Still gigantic ......try again in 5-10 years?
Red
1989 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/19/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Brought this to a byob pot luck dinner. #3 of 12. Double decanted two hours ahead of time. Still a baby in my book, opaque core, tight nose even after the decant. Palate more evolved than the nose, it’s abundant fruit is still primary but the wines weight, structure, balance, elegance and persistence distinguishes this as an excellent young Palmer. Seems much younger than the 1983 which is only 6 years older. That being said it was consistent with my note last year. I will say that the younger palates at the table saw it as very in the prime drinking window, but it was also the oldest Palmer any of them had ever had. The two other equally seasoned winos agreed with my opinion that the next bottle needs 6+ hours in a decanter before it shows what it will become with 10 more years of patience.
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Red
1999 Dominique Laurent Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/31/2019 - paul195 wrote:
92 points
Similar to note from last year.
Red
5/31/2019 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
First bottle from a recent auction lot. Youthful deep color, a little funk on the nose which blew off after 30 minutes to reveal a fresh, deep, relatively open dark fruited nose. The fruit was more sour cherry than the dark profile I usually find with his Vaucrains. That aside this was a lovely glass of NSG in early maturity. Nice frame, balance and vigor. Persistent finish. I generally agree with Winesnouts note from earlier this year.
White - Sparkling
5/22/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Beautiful golden color, fine mousse, honeyed brioche, yellow fruits, hints of lemon tart. Still has lively acidity to go with an underlying creamy texture. Delicious mature champagne with plenty of life left here.

Great fun to drink alongside the younger, brighter 1995 and 1996 as the opening flight for a wonderful evening exploring the Chevalier Montrachets of the Colin Family (1986-2011)
White - Sweet/Dessert
1989 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/9/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
#3 of 12 Similar to last bottle, as noted darker than I would expect given its age but again it looks more mature than it drinks, and I am pleased to say it drinks very well indeed. As almost always I find this wine, regardless of vintage, in a class by itself.
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Red
5/9/2019 - paul195 wrote:
95 points
#13 of 18 This continues to drink very well. Dark, deep and still quite youthful, needs a minimum of a two hour decant if you want to really see what this wine has to offer. Impressive scale and length make 1989 a fabulous vintage for La Chapelle and properly stored bottles have upside as this wine ages further and picks up more complexity.
White
7/4/2003 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Light yellow color. Very tight nose, after an hour more chalk and mineral than fruit. Crisp acidity, lean white fruit, very mineral driven, very young now with a long life ahead. Much more of a GC Chablis profile
White - Sparkling
3/2/2018 - paul195 wrote:
This was part of an unbelievable wine evening at the Grill Room. The theme was Champagne, Chevalier and Chambertin. The Champagne line up included:

76 Dom Perignon
80 Krug Clos de Mesnil
82 Billecart Blancs de Blanc
82 Clos de Goisses
85 Krug
85 Krug Clos de Mesnil
88 Krug Clos de Mesnil
90 Tattinger Comte de Champagne
90 Salon
96 Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion
03 Krug Clos de Mesnil
Red
4/19/2019 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Continues in what is a very wide optimal drinking window
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Red
2001 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
4/7/2019 - paul195 wrote:
95 points
2 of 12 Last tasted summer 2015 revisit was inspired by recent notes in CT, which were spot on. This bottle was clearly one step closer to early maturity than last time. It still needs a two hour decant to properly strut it’s delicious deep red fruit core, perfect balance, silky texture and lingering finish, a simply delicious glass of wine
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White - Sparkling
4/7/2019 - paul195 wrote:
95 points
Wow talk about explosive bubbles. Bright, super lively, very linear, delicious and compelling. After a few hours this started to reveal some of the creaminess I expect from DP.
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Red
4/7/2019 - paul195 wrote:
92 points
Part of mini vertical 85/05/15

Bright mature appearance, nose clean mature red berry fruit laced with spice and earth notes. Surprisingly taught initial palate of red berries with a slightly distracting metallic note. After two hours this really opened up to reveal a pure, balanced, harmonious, mature Volnay.
Red
3/27/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
#5 of 12. Consistent with my notes a few years ago and the most recent CT notes. This continues to provide drinking pleasure to a broad range of Barolo lovers tastes, whether they are skewed to traditional or modern preference, this wine continues to get proper respect from all who have enjoyed it. Bravo
White
3/20/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
The 4th of 6. The bottle was just singing. Palate even more focused than my last bottle, with rich yellow fruits laced with hints of citrus. Modest acidity, less minerality and chalkiness than the 2000 or 2002. This bottle had a lanolin like texture, which I normally associate with Mersault not Chablis, which coated the fruit and offered a lush, silky, long finish. Certainly an opulent Chablis.
Red
3/16/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Consistent with my last note. Again the bouquet had an initial sourness which dissipated during a two hour decant. For me this wine is in early maturity, the fruit is no longer primary and shows nice depth and complexity, the fine tannins and good acidity provide engagement and the balance, texture and finish leave me wanting more. Very nice indeed. Glad I have a few more to enjoy over the next five or so years while the 96/99/02/05s continue to benifit from further cellaring.

Looking forward to revisiting his ‘01 Vaucrains later this month.
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Red
2/23/2019 - paul195 wrote:
95 points
Paired the 1999 Falletto and le Rocche this evening. Both were decanted for 2 hours and back in the bottle for another 3.

The Le Rocche had loads of sediment and was clearly the darker, younger looking wine. The Falletto had the more open and forthcoming bouquet filled with red fruit, rose petals, spice, tar and earth. The Rocche was darker, with tighter bluer fruit.

The vintages higher acidity level complemented the Falletto’s more mature red cherry fruit adding energy and balancing its fine tannins.

.......


Today the Falletto was more ready to go, youthful, elegant and delicious with a bright future. The Le Rocche’s fruit darker and denser and seemed the more serious of these two 20 year old Barolos likely the superior wine over the next decade or two.
Red
2/23/2019 - paul195 wrote:
94 points
Paired the 1999 Falletto and le Rocche this evening. Both were decanted for 2 hours and back in the bottle for another 3.

The Le Rocche had loads of sediment and was clearly the darker, younger looking wine. The Falletto had the more open and forthcoming bouquet filled with red fruit, rose petals, spice, tar and earth. The Rocche was darker, with tighter bluer fruit.

The vintages higher acidity level complemented the Falletto’s more mature red cherry fruit adding energy and balancing its fine tannins.

.......


Today the Falletto was more ready to go, youthful, elegant and delicious with a bright future. The Le Rocche’s fruit darker and denser and seemed the more serious of these two 20 year old Barolos likely the superior wine over the next decade or two.
Red
1980 Mongeard-Mugneret Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
2/23/2019 - paul195 wrote:
92 points
Last bottle of a parcel of 1980 Mongeard Mungeret wines purchased from Sherry Lehman in the mid 1980s.

After some initial funk a mature nose of sweet red fruit, laced with floral, spice and earth notes evolved over the next hour. As with the nose, this took 15 minutes or so to come together to reveal layers of mature, spiced red fruits draped on an elegant, well proportioned frame. The last sip was the best sip as we went on to the next flight.

I have really come to enjoy this Producer over the last 30+ years, particularly their Grands Echezeaux, and think they are undervalued in today’s marketplace.
Red
2/6/2019 - paul195 wrote:
95 points
1 of 12 bought on release. Deep, dark, broody looking. Decanted for only an hour, should have been 3-4 hours. I was pleased that the nose was more open than the last time I had this a decade ago. Dark fruited with all kinds of iron and mineral notes present, still very young but at the front end of maturity. Similarly the palate lead with full bodied dark fruits, fine tannins, elegant texture and delicious great balance for such a full bodied wine. Opened up over the next few hours offering more complexity and layers of spice and a better sense of where this wine is headed. Long persistent finish with a haunting underlying vein of iron ore and strength. Excellent now with clear upside
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Red
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.
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White
1995 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
This was part of an unbelievable wine evening at the Grill Room. The theme was Champagne, Chevalier and Chambertin.

The Chevalier line up included:
85 Leflaive Chevalier
89 Leflaive Chevalier
89 Jean Chartron Chevalier
90 Leflaive Chevalier
92 Leflaive Chevalier
92 Bouchard Chevalier
93 Verget Chevalier-
93 Leflaive Chevalier
95 Leflaive Chevalier
05 PYCM Chevalier
Red
2000 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/30/2019 - paul195 wrote:
93 points
Drank alongside the 1986. This appeared much younger in the glass. Similarly the nose was far more restrained with darker fruit, after an hour or so this started to open and show hints of leather and earth. Seems to have bigger frame than the ‘86 which supports its ample fruit and fine tannins. Still quite deep and primary relative to the ‘86 tonight which was in its sweet spot at 33yo. Although the ‘00 is clearly in it’s early drinking window and with a few hours in a decanter is drinking well at 19yo, it has enough stuffing to be every bit as good as the ‘86 was tonight when it reaches 33yo in another decade or so.
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Red
1986 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/30/2019 - paul195 wrote:
95 points
1 of 6, bought on release and given expectations at the time, put away for 25+ years. Drank alongside the 2000. Decanted for sediment, I was surprised at how open and ready it was. Beautiful bright ruby color, sweet red fruit laced with spice and earthly notes. The firm tannins softened by 30 years provide the frame for this wines ample fruit. Perfect balance, nice complexity and finish. Drinking great and should hold for for several more years.
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Red
1/9/2019 - paul195 wrote:
95 points
Hour in the decanter, deeply colored core, tight bouquet of dark fruit with earthier notes. Nice youthful fruit balancing acidity, silky texture, perfect balance ending in a persistent finish. Showing some maturity but a vibrant 30 yo with many good years ahead.
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