March 28, 2019 - Dark ruby. Blossoming aromas of game, roses, black pepper, coffee, and dry heath. Gritty tannins on the palate, with a pure sweet clear fruit core shining through, framed by girders of tannin and acid, with a lovely floating aromatic back note above the lingering finish of sparkling acid under polished tannins. A remarkable wine, probably way too young, looking forward to tasting years from now, excellent with ratatouille. 50 + 17 + 18 + 9 = 94.
March 19, 2019 - Tasted side by side with the '15 Balthazar Chaillot - this comes off as more polished. It has dark fruits, black olive tapenade and fine tannins - still very young but approachable now.
March 19, 2019 - Revenge of the Cornas (Michaeangelo Hotel): Nice start to the tasting. This is classic Cornas. Lots of lovely dark black fruits and a bit of a more gentle note (which I think is how I interpret the acidity in these wines). Very fine tannins. Tasty.
October 27, 2018 - 2015 Northern Rhones Blind: Decidedly corked.
October 27, 2018 - Most of the 2015 Northern Rhones worth a damn, blind (Chicago, IL): Corked.
June 14, 2018 - Followed over two nights. Tight initially, but it did open up with air. This is a big, dark and tannic wine. Very polished and well made. My only complaint is that this reminds a bit of a CA Syrah - not a bad thing, but it doesn’t have some of the wildness that I like in Northern Rhone. Maybe that will come with time. Time will benefit this wine in any event. Decant if drinking now.
December 12, 2017 - Impressive - this is painfully young and a wall of tannin at first, but there's a lot going on here with lots of bright red fruit, black olive notes in the background, and stemmy and savoury earthy notes that gradually emerge with air. It's still very primary and not showing any of the more meaty/sauvage notes of Cornas yet, but I love the overall balance here and think this will get much better with time.
November 6, 2017 - This is a Wine built for potential - and not for today. Or even this decade. On opening it was painfully tight, with drying tannins. The nose was reticent to nearly non-existent. Other than the tannins, the fruit was black and a little tarry. No finesse at all - a bit of a spike maul of a wine. Second day entirely different. Brambly black fruit with a bit of iodine in the nose. Lovely. Smooth and light-bodied. The tannins are not as aggressive - what one expects in a young wine of such quality. Black and red fruit, balanced acids, charcoal and a tiny bit of tar on the very end of an exceptionally long and syrah-spice finish. Delighted to have 6 more bottles - and they will be left alone until, at a minimum, 2020 and beyond. This wine should be truly fabulous at age 10 - 15.
November 5, 2017 - Very deep purple. Nose is quite modern, ripe and polished with black fruits, violet，black berry jam， sweet spices, liquorice, cinnamon and olive. Very tannic on the palate and did not smooth with time in glass. It is really hard to judge it now but I believe it needs more than ten years to be integrated and balanced.
September 3, 2017 - Deep purple appearance. Nose of dark fruits, black plum, blackcurrant leaf, but some toasted strawberry jam element, pine leaf, black pepper. Bold up front but not giving much away after that. Drying and tannic on the finish. Very hard to judge at this stage. Needs 3 years at an absolute minimum to soften. I may well completely change my opinion later but this makes me worry about the longevity of 2015s.