Château Côte De Baleau

Domaine Leflaive

Clavoillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Chardonnay 2019

Presented to me double-blind at Tasting Group. The wine is a pale straw color with a silvery, watery rim. No signs of particles or gas. Medium+…actually closer to high viscosity. She thicc! On the nose, the wine is extremely expressive. Initially, I’m hit with a walk-in fridge of yellow flowers. There are muskmelons, cantaloupe and squishy, tropical fruit like a pineapple that’s been left on the counter for a week too long. Some fresh snap peas too, just for good measure. Minerals come across like crushed cinderblock. The wine was cold and somewhat difficult for me to assess if there was any use of oak but I was leaning towards, no. On the palate, the wine is dry with tremendous acid; easily in the medium++/high acid category. Here, I get mostly citrus fruit and very tart, tropical fruit similar to star fruit and maybe a little bit of underripe kiwi fruit. The minerals come across more chalky. And there’s a textural element that I’m getting that is beginning to confuse me. This was a gorgeous wine. I was absolutely in the Old World, even though this was very well endowed with fruit. I was between Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling from Burgundy (Chablis), the Loire (Vouvray & Sancerre), and Mosel respectively…but nothing made me feel really confident. I was starting to lean GC Chablis…but instead, I went with my old nemesis, Sancerre (which has dinged me so many times in the past), 2020 vintage; from a world class producer. I didn’t really like the call the moment I said it and…well…shit. To be fair, this is my first time with this wine and had no idea the acid could be so high from Chardonnay. As time went by and the wine warmed in my glass, the oak became more apparent. I learned something today; to pay attention to those textural clues that point to malolactic fermentation and oak…even when the wine is served cold. Ultimately, this is a stunning wine and I would love to try this again with some years of cellar time. Drink now if you want to strip the enamel off your teeth and experience the fireworks of its youth or you can hold and enjoy over the next two decades. — 9 days ago

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Stefan Dolhain

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These wines age beautifully. Best white wine I ever tasted was Domaine Leflaive 1992 Chevalier-Montrachet , maybe 7 years ago...
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@Stefan Dolhain this was righteous

Domaine Dujac

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir

Lynn Penner-Ash

Always a favorite. Nice fruit and freshness with beautiful structure — 7 days ago

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Domaine Jamet

Côte-Rôtie Syrah 1999

One of my favorite vintages for Jamet with a killer nose showing lots of dark fruits, smoked meat, blood, iron, spice box, mineral & violet. — 5 days ago

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Domaine Henri Boillot

Clos de la Mouchère Monopole Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Chardonnay 2014

Medium gold, darker than an 06 white burg next to it. Very quiet nose. Not giving up much, even with hours of air. Maybe some citrus, some funk. Faint acidity. But hard to pick up. Something was just off with this bottle… didn’t have notes of POX, was a little musty but not corked. Still drinkable and going to just chalk it up as “off”. — 5 days ago

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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC)

Richebourg Pinot Noir 1971

This was everyones wotn. Perfect btl that was fresh & vibrant showing red fruits, asian spices, floral with rose petal & tea. — 13 days ago

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Nice tea party 😂

Domaine Armand Rousseau

Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2010

Great! Still very young with apparent oak, but so seductive at this stage. A real “power without weight” wine and in a way, almost an antithesis of the Roty. Red fruit dominated, with flowers, spices, heaps of minerality, and traces of meat. Powerful, especially in Rousseau-sense, yet so elegant and pure with lacy textures and superb salinity. Boah! I really did love the minerality here. Drinking so well now, but will take some time before it hits its peak (NB: the mind-bending 76’ Beze we had a few months back is surely proof). — 17 days ago

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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC)

Grands Échézeaux Pinot Noir 1996

Excellent example of DRC with Asian spice beautiful balance between red and black fruits. Not a demanding finish. Also whilst we popped and poured and drank over the next two hours it does not feel like this wine has much gas left! So drink up! It’s not a 1993 or 1999! — 2 hours ago

Bouchard Père et Fils

Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus Grèves Beaune 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2009

Better with a couple more years of age - last had in 2020. Oak has fully receded in a good way. Nice red fruit. Definitely quite restrained - the character is a bit hidden - but still holds together very well especially for a vintage I wasn’t expecting to like. — 4 days ago

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E. Guigal

La Mouline Côte-Rôtie Syrah 1990

Had this ready to go for our last meal in NYC but learned no outside wines allowed. So consumed before and after dinner. A shame since this was in a near perfect spot. Notes of red and black fruit, smoked meats and bacon, some anise and lots of spice. Silky and smooth in the mouth. Huge finish. Everything you want in a great bottle. — 12 days ago

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Alan Weinberg

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Nice pour in that picture!
Mike Saviage

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Ha! Funny story. So I had opened this in them a.m. but subsequently learned I couldn’t bring it to the restaurant that night. So we drank most of it before, come back after dinner, and I split the last of it into two pours. I’m about to take this photo and my wife comes by, “I’m done” and pours hers into mine. And I snap it. So there’s the story behind the story. 😀

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC)

La Tâche Pinot Noir 2002

Gorgeous rise and violets on the nose. Soft, seductive, a hint of spice. Really settled and gorgeous on the midpalate and looong on the finish. Superb. — 14 days ago

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