Community Tasting Notes (20) Avg Score: 90.9 points

  • Calling an Audible (Brad & Marcia's Place, St. Paul, MN): Medium dark red color. PNP, drank a glass over 90 minutes plus next to the '90 Clos de l'Olive. This was in good shape, a smidge darker than the Olive. Cherry, lacquer, leather, a bit of funk, deep earth, saddle leather on the nose. The palate adds a deeper char and gravelly mineral notes, deep cherry, leather, a hint of berry, leather, funk and a spicy finish on a medium frame with soft tannins. I give this a very slight edge over the Olive.

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  • Very similar notes to my last bottle - high-toned red fruit with leather, forest floor and just the right amount of herbal pyrazine character to add interest. I loved this. Flighted with the 1990 Clos de l'Olive. The Clos d'Olive was also red-fruited but leaned darker - black cherry vs red cherry - and showed more earth and mushroom notes. Both excellent and I scored them similarly. Would love to buy more of both if I ever found them on the market at a decent price.

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  • Beautiful aged red berries with just a hint of herbaceousness, plus dark earth and an intoxicating sous bois note. Tannins are fully integrated, plenty of fruit left on the palate. Delicious.

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  • Similar to my 2019 TN, but even better. From PnP over a couple of hours this was singing.

    Well-stored bottles have years left in them.

    12.5% abv

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  • In a perfect place now. Dark cherry, clove, green pepper, leather, lavender on the nose and more on the palate. Fulsome body on the palate with very fine, almost fully resolved tannins, medium alcohol and acidity. Long finish. Gorgeous Chinon! Happy to have a few more.

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  • World Cup final BBQ: One of the two 1990s that I brought to do a comparison between Bordeaux and Loire. More greenness and rough edges that then Lanessan alongside, some classic Loire funk that blew off. Almost no perceptible fruit, some balsamic notes but the structure is still quite formidable. Liked the 1996 that I tried before better which was more pleasurable.

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  • 2 hour decant. I really enjoyed this but there was definitely a lot of funky bret going on here. I like a bit of bret but this was distracting. Nonetheless this had some lovely medium bodied red fruit and autumn leaf notes, good acid and freshness. It went quite well with my venison in Cumberland sauce which I am sure is challenging for a lot of wines.

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  • Decanted for 1h then back into bottle. 5.5h after decant. Lovely aromas of green pepper, green and brown leaves, earth, bark and hints of dried cherries. Elegant palate w dried cherries, brown leaves, earth, bark, green peppers, and earth. Complex. Elegant. Medi bodiy w moderate grippy tannins on midpalate. Nice acids. Speaks softly and doesn't shout in the least but has a fair amount to say. 92+

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  • Needed a couple of hours to open, and then showed classical tobacco leaf and herbal notes, with just a hint a pyrazines and pepper. Browning color, but the wine was fresher than it appeared and needed a few hours to open up. Bright acidity.

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  • Very fresh, vibrant aromas of dark cherry and raspberry, fresh spring flowers too, with a hint of nutmeg. The attack is bright, crisp, full of cherry, raspberry and blueberry, before a second section moving more into blackcurrant and a long but crisp finale. Amazingly youthful, if anything it was too zesty, the fruit is still quite primary - tasted blind I would have said this was a Roches-Neuves cuvée from 2014. Not a hint of green and no brett.
    Not at all what I was expecting, slightly disconcerting, but absolutely delicious. Made in the same style as the 96, totally different to the 89. I have one more which I'm going to wait another 5 years for.

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  • Medium bodied with some cab franc character, though not particularly expressive or complex. Ok, but not great.

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  • Solid old school cab franc. Leaner than the ‘90 Olive, but with more noticeable cab franc typicity. Good, but not earth shattering. Ready to drink any time, though not in decline.

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  • Only had one of these, great bottle. Delicious with nice aged, forest floor and other character, but still with richness of fruit.

    Great wine for my taste and an interesting personal intro to what aged Chinon can be.

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  • Drunk as part of my Saumur vs Chinon tasting. It was probably the best of all Chinons but honestly: my second Chinon vs Saumur tasting clearly reveals - Saumurs are much more interesing and log lasting wines than Chinons..... If you are choosing - pick Saumur 100%

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  • MNB: Loire Reds (Home (Noe st)): (blind)
    Medium minus ruby to a garnet rim, quite cloudy in the glass.

    Nose is developed, bretty, and pyrazinic - raw and decaying bell peppers. I actually really love this. I just love old cab franc.

    Dry, medium bodied, 12.5% alcohol, elevated acid, medium melted tannins - fully resolved. A mostly tertiary midpalate with a suggestion of dried blackberry remaining. Hint of balsamic verve.

    An excellent classic example of aged Cab Franc.

    Probably Chinon or Bourgueil.

    Age: Based on the color and the amount of tertiary notes, I think this is from the mid-'90s.

    Final guess: 1996 Chinon, good quality.

    Actually: 1990 Couly-Dutheil Clos l'Echo. I'm totally not surprised. This is fantastic. Additional notes: turmeric, slight black pepper, indian masala - like desi chinese spices. Cigar ash.

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  • This bottle drank identically to the last time I tasted this from a friend's bottle. Slight whiff of brett. Classic build. Showing age but far from gone. Just maybe not quite good enough to really gain complexity from extended aging. A nicely balanced wine that still shows some tannin.

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  • Still fresh and lively and only showing a bit of aged character. It is amazing how vibrant these wines can be at nearly 30 years. Pretty red fruits, violets, wet stone and, particularly with the glass kept in bottle for the second night, tomato stem and a touch of pepper. This is typical Chinon and it was very enjoyable.

    That said, I was hoping for a bit "more" from it at this point given that there is an understandable price to pay for a wine at this age that has been stored properly. I'm not sure I got more enjoyment from this than I'd get from a ~5 year old vintage in the $30 range. Still, glad I had it and glad to have another, which I should plan to lay down for several more years.

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  • Touch of brett which was more apparent in the nose than taste. Pretty red fruits with some signs of age but not much tertiary notes. Light medium body, nice texture, not overly complex or "special" but enjoyable. Fair acidity to work well with food. Small taste on day two not much change.

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  • Signs of age and a bit of brett. Still some dark fruit peaking out. The palate is light bodied and silky. Not very complex but this is showing in the way of a nicely classic mature wine. It's not real interesting but somehow it calls you back for another sip and then some.

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  • From a 3L, lots of red fruit with a bit of olives and just a dash of green pepper, it isn't that complex but makes up for it in tastiness and drinkability.

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