April 15, 2019 - Renegade Wine Dinner - Thierry Allemand (Marc Forgione - Tribeca, NYC): Tasted side by side with the '12 & '13 Chaillot, this was my favorite of the flight. Had a lighter pretty nose of berries and was the tannins were less assertive. Not as dense and concentrated on the palate, but the fruit, pepper and black olive notes were delivered with a silky, more elegant texture. I also think this will benefit from additional cellaring but more ready than the 12 and 13.
December 25, 2018 - Xmas Day late night at ES BK. Poured through Vinturi into decanter, aired for about an hour and drank over the next 45+mins.
Appearance is clear, deep intensity, purplish ruby colour. Legs.
Nose medium+ intensity, with aromas of initial horse barnyard that blew off to reveal smoky earth, bacon meat, ripe brown stems, chilli peppers, black pepper spice, dark purple flowers. Developing.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13.5%), stolid high tannins, full body. Pronounced flavour intensity, with flavours of wild gamey animal, smoked bacon meat, ripe brown stems, chilli peppers, black pepper spice, iron, black cherries, wild blackberries. Long finish.
Very very good quality. Packed with loads of complexity. Many more years of evolution ahead.
Younger vines 5-40 years old from Chaillot.
September 30, 2018 - Crushed black fruit, spice like white pepper, meaty, humus
Floral like violet and lavender
Characteristic green scent(11 vintage, using stem)
Good minerl and mid-palate, bitter tannin
It was good overall. but still young wine.
and I hate green taint
September 8, 2018 - Old World vs. New World Syrahs @ Blackberry Farm (Blackberry Farm, TN): Stellar, but still a baby. Needs to sit in the bottle for a couple more years.
August 23, 2018 - On Thursday, we drank a few wines from the North Rhone blindly. Well made wines, but with very different styles. The WOTN was the E. Guigal Cotie Rotie La Mouline 2002. Classic and consistent. Amazing. The second wine was the Thierry Alemand Cornas Chaillot 2011. Great wine. For some it was the WOTN. The third wine was the Clusel Roch Cote Rotie 2006. Modern style. Good. The 4th wine was a huge disappointment. Bernard Levet's Cotie Rotie La Chavaroche 2012 looked like a Chilean wine with excess of guava.
August 17, 2018 - Blind: guessed syrah, figured northern rhone. It's dark and has a little saddle aroma. Dark cherry core and some barnyard. High acid and lots of grip. There's a solid mineral base throughout the wine.
August 16, 2018 - Opened at 3PM, splash decanted and returned via funnel to bottle where I left it open without the cork for a few hours more. Took to dinner, consumed 5 hours later--this is the aeration context for those who want it. Maybe a touch of barnyard or saddle in the aromatic, tangy, dark cherry fruit that fills in with air during the meal. Iron and meat, with plenty of tannin into the finish. Enough structure here to let my final bottle go another 5 years but no harm (at least for me) in enjoying this now to see how it was coming along.
December 27, 2017 - Post-Christmas Blinds (Chez Nanda): Served double blind after ~2 hours in a decanter. Medium nose of lighter black fruit, meat, herbs, pepper, smoked meat and some florals. The palate shows moderate weight with good herbal and smoke character. Clearly old world syrah in a lighter, elegant style. A bit surprised on reveal as I would have expected a bit more intensity and polish from Allemand. Good, but not up to Allemand's high expectations ... perhaps not wholly unexpected given the lighter vintage. As a post-script, my impression of the wine is much closer to KenK than ACYSO.
December 27, 2017 - Pretty aromas of grilled black cherries, saddle leather, and toast. A very harmonious wine with everything in good balance at this still young age. Red fruit dominated with a touch of animal, light spices, and just enough lift and structure to see this aging for the next 5-10 years, yet friendly enough to give pleasure now. The feminine side of Cornas.
December 27, 2017 - Blinds at Rich's (Chicago, IL): Served double blind. A profoundly troubling wine for me (especially after the reveal), where the nose and palate seemed to show a bit of the green taint that I found in 2004 and 2011 red Burgundy. In fact, I originally thought this was a 2011 red Burgundy. Very light and thin, with a meanness here that doesn't seem to represent the black-fruited meatiness and fleshiness of Cornas too well.