Initial De Desmirail

Jacques Selosse

Initial Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

Wonderful nose, toasted almond, sherry, lemon, ripe pear. Oxidation is just right- not overwhelming, but adds to complexity and character. Slightly orange color, full bodied. Would love to know actual alcohol, label says 11-14%, but tears indicated higher alcohol, but very well balanced. Disgorged 14 November 2019. — 5 days ago

Château Lafon-Rochet

Saint-Estèphe Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2001

Tons to unwind here. Black and green olives, clay and uncooked peat, multi grain bread, pecan, black sesame, mushroom fricassee, grilled filet with beurre blanc and jus. Sage, mint, and tarragon. All cohesively woven together; immaculate. That’s just the nose. Graphite and oak pencil the initial signature, which delineates the oeuvre. The cherry life cycle, from underripe to dried expressed in black and red; still-grainy tannins supporting. Raspberry tart, briary berrries. Rooibos tea, cinnamon and clove. Impeccable.

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— 8 months ago

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Grange South Australia Shiraz 2001

An absolute monster of a wine. Hits you with waves and waves of layered flavors and with an incredibly regal texture and mouthfeel. It’s hard to believe this wine is 20 years old. An original 3 hour decant did not suffice, but an additional 2 did the trick, subsiding an initial whiff of VA to reveal blackberry pie, Christmas spice, kirsch cherry liquor and hints of mocha. There is superb depth and concentration that leads to a long and palate caressing finish. A well stored bottle of this wine is no where near full maturity. Majestic is the word for this. — 3 years ago

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Far Niente Winery

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

One of their best vintages.
Just opened it, so I’ll wait to@comment a little later - the initial test was amazing, hope decanting it was the right call.
— 4 months ago

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Aston Estate

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010

A rustic tawny color. Nose - initial aroma of cherry and funky earth followed by a musty herbaceous, and vanilla nutmeg. Taste - elegant and juicy coating the mouth with dark cherry, pepper spice, wet earth and crushed rock. Secondary notes of orange peel, cedar and sweet currants. Is still drinking well indicating it’s aging ability. Could lay down for a few more years, — 8 months ago

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Jacques Selosse

V.O. Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

2019 Disg- Rich, intense and with riveting energy. Selosse VO to me is a huge step up from Initial. It’s ultra complex and layered with candied citrus, rum barrels, caramel and salted nuts. There is massive structure with a simultaneous purity and weightlessness. Infinite finish. Decanted and served in Zalto Bordeaux. Fantastic. — 3 years ago

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Initial de Desmirail

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Very light, cherry and dry. Pairs well with BIDEN HARRIS 2020 / goodbye obese turtles. — 3 years ago

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Château Desmirail

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2020

2020 vintage. A great effort from this rather obscure Cru Classé that once was part of the immense Rauzan estate and even briefly owned by Château Palmer, before it was sold in 1980 to the legendary Lucien Lurton. Since 1992 it is managed by Denis Lurton ( one of the 10 children of Lucien). A blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. The great ( and very humble) Eric Boissenot consults. Interesting fact: the Merlots were harvested very early in 3 days from September 17th until the 20th, just before the rains on the 21st, that reduced the alcoholic degree of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that came in at 12% abv., creating a very fresh balanced blend. Dark red with purplish rim. Seductive perfume combining black cherries, cassis, flowers, cedar wood, and rosemary. Elegant and fresh, with very pure fruit, well-tamed tannin, and very good length. Abv. 13%. Very good value, an estate to watch. — 6 months ago

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Domaine Tempier

Bandol Mourvedre Blend 2018

Huge amount of funk, game, and earth on initial opening. Much better and more integrated on day 3. Still a lot of earth but now some plums and flowers come through. Great with food. — 2 years ago

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Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Decanted. Big Aroma of berries. Smooth initial taste of berries and cherries and plums. Then notes of vanilla and chocolate in the palate. Another winner from Arnie, we will miss you. — 3 years ago