Pierre Nicolas Massotte

Domaine du Rochouard

Cuvée de la Pierre du Lane Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Cabernet Franc 2015

Very floral. Super delicious. Light red. Salem Wine Imports. — 4 years ago

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

David T

Pichon Lalande is my favorite 2nd growth with a steak. Yup...it's #SteakandClaret night to quote my buddy Gary Westby. Further, it's certainly one of my favorite producers period. I've waited for this wine to be in the bottle for 10 years before finding out definitely how good it was or wasn't. You see, the 05 Bordeaux vintage was exceptional. It's drinking right now better than 00. 00 may turn out to be better, but not for some time. The real issue was the division of scores between RP & NM. Parker had this as low as an 86 and now has it at 89. Neil Martin has been consistently at 95-96. I found it simply inexplicable that Pichon Lalande could have bombed in such a great vintage. Tonight, I know they didn't. This wine is beautiful. Although, I don't believe it will cellar as long as their some of their very best vintages and many others I've enjoyed. On the nose, bramble, ripe blackberries, dark cherries, notes of blueberries, poached strawberries, graphite, baking spices, cedar, lightly perfumed violets and dark, fresh & dry red flowers. The body is medium-medium plus, tannins nicely resolved with 10 years to be completely resolved. Fruits of; ripe blackberries, dark cherries, notes of blueberries, poached strawberries and pomegranate with a whiff of spice. There's notes of dry bramble, soft leather, fresh violets, graphite, cedar, dry stones, dark rich earth, limestone, tobacco, spice-box, vanilla, very light cinnamon & nutmeg. The finish is very long, elegant, ripe, round, smooth, good acidity and beautifully elegant...50-50 earth & fruit. I bought more bottles of this at $85 after it's was first released in futures and I do not regret it. $85 is proving to be a steal for this wine when it normally sells for between $100-$150 a bottle and higher. Might heavy up further after tonight if I find more around the same price. Oh yes...I'm with NM on the scoring. Photos of the Chateau, estate vines, newer tasting room & the Virginie de Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande. Forgive my long post, but my passion and love for this producer is profound. Producer history and notes...as I wrote in an earlier post for Pichon Baron, Pichon Baron and Lalande started as one entity. The first mention of what is now called Chateau Pichon Lalande was the creation of Pierre de Mazure de Rauzan. Pierre de Mazure de Rauzan is responsible for forming many of the top Bordeaux estates today. Pichon Lalande was given its name when Therse, the daughter of the founder received the estate as a dowry when she married Jacques de Pichon Longueville. Pichon Lalande was essentially managed by three women, Therese de Rauzan, Germaine de Lajus and Marie Branda de Terrefort. On the eve of his death in 1850, Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville divided the property between his five children. His three daughters received Pichon Lalande and his sons Pichon Baron. What happened next was Virginie, the wife of the Count of Lalande took over the management of the estate under the name of Comtesse de Lalande. In 1850 she commissioned the popular, architect Duphot to build a residence inspired by the Hotel de Lalande, located in Bordeaux. Without heirs, Pichon Lalande passed down from aunts to nieces. Following World War I, the Miailhe brothers, bought Pichon Lalande in 1925. They were the ones who planted even more Merlot. May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, the daughter of Edouard Miailhe became the new owner and general manager of Chateau Pichon Lalande in 1978. She expand the size of Chateau Pichon Lalande from 40 hectares to it's current 89 hectares. Chateau Pichon Lalande remained in the same family for more than 250 years! In fact, over three centuries, only two families have owned Pichon Lalande. May-Eliane de Lencquesaing sold Pichon Lalande to the owners of Roederer Champagnein in January 2007. This family-run company is managed by Frederic Rouzaud who owned several other wine estates in Bordeaux; Chateau Bernadotte, Chateau de Pez, Haut Beausejour and Chateau Reaut la Graviere. He sold Chateau Bernadotte in December 2012. In February, 2011, Sylvie Cazes was named the director of Chateau Pichon Lalande. She replaced Gildas d’Ollone. Sylvie Cazes was replaced in 2012 by current Director Nicolas Glumineau, who was previously at Chateau Montrose. In 2012, Pichon Lalande renovated the estate with a budget estimated at over 15 Million Euros. The new facilities included; building of a new underground barrel aging cellar and several new buildings...one that houses their new tasting room as shown. This renovation provided numerous improvements in their wine making. Most importantly, in the vinification. They created a new, triple tiered, cellar where everything moves by gravity. They also added numerous new, stainless steel, temperature controlled, double skinned vats. These new vats allow Pichon Lalande to vinify on a parcel by parcel basis as well as get much softer & gentle extractions. The 89 hectare vineyard of Chateau Pichon Lalande is located adjacent to Chateau Latour and and across the road from Pichon Baron. The terroir of Chateau Pichon Lalande is deep gravel with clay and limestone soil and is planted to; 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. — 5 years ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Awesome, I would even just love to smell the 1879!
François Hugueniot

François Hugueniot

2005 is not the best Pichon comtesse lack of concentration not very good maturity not at the level for the vintage. The opinion of a French winemaker in médoc area
David T

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@François Hugueniot Thank you for your note. I appreciate you joining the conversation. However, I never said, this 05 was the best vintage of Pichon Lalande or wine of the vintage. I simply believe it's much better than Parker has given it credit and I was more inline with Neil Martin's evaluation. I've certainly had better 05's and better vintages of Pichon Lalande. In fact, I made mention in my post that as much as I enjoyed it the other night, I didn't think 05 would cellar as long as many of their other vintages. I do agree their 05 is not as concentrated as I would expect from them. However, it doesn't mean that wasn't enjoyable or taste good. Especially, paired with a very good Ribeye. Also, it was all the better for purchasing it for well under original release pricing. Cheers. 🍷

Pierre-Nicolas Massotte

Zeste Machine 2021

Elegant och Lättdrucken oranginovino som inte kommer att stöta bort någon #tnwc — 4 months ago

Château Calon-Ségur

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

David T

On the nose, a touch of barnyard. Sweet & sour dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, baked strawberries and hues of blue fruits. Dry crushed rocks, dry stones, rich black turned, soft leather, cedar, underbrush, tobacco, light vanilla & clove, medium spice, limestone, fresh & withering dark red floral bouquet.

The body is just full. The tannins are soft, rounded, chewy & sticky and still have some teeth. The wine elegantly guides smooth over the palate...very little that pushes back. It’s still youthful but not as youthful as my expectation. Sweet & sour dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, baked strawberries and hues of blue fruits. Dry crushed rocks, dry stones, rich black turned, soft leather, cedar, underbrush, tobacco, some dry herbal notes, sweet tarry notes, light vanilla & clove, medium spice, powdery limestone, loamy clay & top soil, graphite, dark spice with lifting heat, fresh & withering dark red floral bouquet and haunting violets. The acidity is near perfect. The structure, tension, length are in a very place but, will still improve for another 15+ years. The long, finish is ripe, round, balanced and lasts minutes.

Photos of, the Chateau, Technical Director Vincent Millet, beautiful stainless steel tank room and their new barrel room.

Producer notes & history...historic records show that Calon Segur was in existence as far back as 1147, when it was owned by Monseigneur de Calon. He was an important Bishop in the community. This makes Chateau Calon Segur one of the very oldest properties in Saint Estephe. Eventually, the property came to be owned by Nicolas Alexandre de Segur. Hence where part of the name of the Chateau comes.

After passing through generations, the estate became the property of the famous Marquis de Segur. de Segur is an important figure in Bordeaux history, not only for his ownership of numerous top Bordeaux estates in that day but, he also owned Lafite and Latour. de Segur is credited with uttering the words that spawned the idea behind the heart shaped logo of Calon Segur. The story is that de Segur is quoted as saying: “I make my wine at Lafite and Latour, but my heart is in Calon.” This famous saying lives on the label of Chateau Calon Segur, where the drawing of a heart is prominently featured on the bottle.

Chateau Calon Segur was one of the original three Bordeaux vineyards in Saint Estephe. In 1825 Chateau Montrose was a forest without a single vine belonging to the massive Calon Segur estate. In fact, Chateau Phelan Segur was also once part of the vast Segur estate. The holdings of the Segur family were so large, they included what would later became Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour and Chateau Mouton Rothschild!

The more modern era by European standards began in 1894 when its Left Bank vineyards were purchased by Georges Gasqueton and Charles Hanappier. Hanappier was a large negociant at the time. The Gasqueton family managed the estate until 2012. Madame Gasqueton ran the estate until she passed away at the age of 87 in late September, 2011.

In July of 2012, Chateau Calon Segur was sold for 170 million Euros or 215 million US dollars. The buyer was a French Insurance Company, Suravenir Insurance. Jean-Pierre Moueix, the owner of Petrus and the massive negociant company Duclot also took a minority stake in Chateau Calon Segur.

Since taking over Calon Segur, they started renovating the property with the focus on the wine making facilities. They followed a trend to vinify on a parcel by parcel basis. The estate replaced their older vats with new stainless steel tanks that vary in size and number to match the size of the various vineyard parcels.

The new tanks accompany a completely new vat room as well with everything moving completely by gravity. The new tasting room was remodeled as well. The renovations were completed in 2016.

Their cellars also needed work. Immediately after closing, the new owners began an extensive replanting of the Calon Segur vineyard. There were a number of reasons they chose to do this. They needed to increase the level of vine density and add more Cabernet Sauvignon.

The extensive renovation of Chateau Calon Segur cost somewhere north of 20 Million Euros. Other changes, the new owners took full control and brought in Vincent Millet as the Technical Director.

The 55 hectares of Calon Segur are located just north of the small town of St. Estephe and are planted to 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

Chateau Calon Segur is one of the few walled in vineyards in the Left Bank. Calon Segur is also known as being the northern most Classified Growth in Medoc.

The terroir of Calon Segur is a blend of gravel, rocks, clay, sand and limestone soils on the surface with gravel that can be as deep as 5 meters. Underneath, you find marl, clay and limestone.

On average, the vines are 25 years of age. However, they have older vines that range in age from 45-60 years of age.

The vineyard of Chateau Calon Segur remains almost exactly the same as it did at the time of the 1855 Classification.

Since the remodel was completed, fermentation takes place in 70 conical shaped, stainless steel tanks that range in size from 25 hectoliters to 120 hectoliters. Vintages are now aged in 90% to 100% new, French oak barrels for up to 20 months.

Production of Chateau Calon Segur is around 20,000 cases per year. They also make a second wine, which was originally named Marquis de Calon. Now, the second wine is sold under the name of Le Marquis de Calon Segur.

There is also a third wine, which is sold under two names, La Chapelle de Calon, and St. Estephe de Calon Segur, which is produced from vines that mostly come from a specific plot with more limestone.
— 4 years ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Oh my 👍🏻 😩I🚑💉🆘
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

No offense @Sofia Jalilie , you know I like to mess with David 😁
Sofia Jalilie

Sofia Jalilie

Hi Paul, no offense taken- I enjoy your banter, makes for fun reading😊👍🏽

Domaine de Bellivière (Eric Nicolas)

Calligramme Jasnières Chenin Blanc 2010

Pomme au four épices verveine
Bouche dense fraîche seveuse et pierre froide
Superbe amertume
— 3 years ago

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Grand Brut Champagne Blend

Had this a while ago and wanted to try again. Perrier-Jouët, founded in 1811 in Epernay by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife, Adele Jouët. The firm began shipping wine to Great Britain in 1813 and to the United States by 1837. Bright straw with fine mousse and tiny bubbles, stone fruit and citrus aromas. The palate shows complex fresh fruit, vivid acidity, perfect balance on lingering finish ending with a yeasty mineral touch. Great value! A fav! Very nice! — 5 years ago

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Pierre Nicolas

Brut Premier Cru Champagne Blend 2007

By now best Champagne tasted! Mild Brut with fresh apple taste and light after taste, steady bubbles, golden color and summer apple aroma. Recommend! — 6 years ago

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Jean Maupertuis

Pink Bulles Rosé Gamay

Pink Bulles Rosé 2013 - Jean Maupertuis.

Alors que nous préparons doucement notre "top 15 des meilleurs vins en 2014", il nous semble impossible de ne pas évoquer le fabuleux Pink Bulles rosé de Jean Maupertuis.

C'est dément ce que l'on peut faire avec du Gamay et c'est Gamay de faire des trucs aussi déments ! Et c'est aussi dingue de constater le nombre de gens talentueux que l'on trouve en Auvergne : Hervé Souhaut : Saint-Épine, Destezet - Nicolas Carmarans : Selves, Mauvais Temps - Frédéric Gounan, Pierre Beauger, François Dhumes, etc.

Oui, Jean Maupertuis fait partie de ces vignerons qui faisaient autre chose dans une autre vie et puis il y a des rencontres qu'on n'oublie pas, comme celles avec Marcel Lapierre et Pierre Overnoy, lors de sa formation viti-œno. Ces fameuses rencontres qui font basculer un destin d'un état solide à celui de liquide. Du travail au plaisir.

Dans un superbe article de Libération, qui lui est consacré, on peut lire ceci : "Robe rose pâle, bulles très fines, nerveuses. Arômes de fruit délicats, pointe de sucre résiduel équilibrée d’une très belle acidité. Ce vin pétillant abordable, «Pink Bulles», tenait haut la dragée au champagne réputé". Et vous savez quoi ? C'est exactement ça !

Sauf que, ce qui n'est pas dit, c'est que ce vin enchanteur est léger et subtil. Un pétillant qui marie les attentes et les exigences que l'on peut avoir pour un excellent champagne, tout en y apportant une fraicheur et une jeunesse que celui-ci possède rarement. Mais, c'est de l'insolence ? Oui, tout à fait mais surtout un peu de folie avec beaucoup de maîtrise. C'est vrai, souvent, les pétillants natures sont fous mais peu peuvent revendiquer le fait d'être aussi raffinés que celui de Jean Maupertuis.

A 12 euros, vous tenez peut-être ici la clé du bonheur, ou en tout cas, la clé d'un bon moment entre amis autour d'une boisson enthousiasmante. Il ne reste plus qu'à trouver la cachette, bon courage (!) et bonne dégustation ;)

#vin #vinlibre #vinnature #vinnaturel #vinsauvage #vinslibres #wine #wineporn #winelover #wineaddict #winestagram #naturalwine #winetasting #wineoftheday #france #gamay #petillant
— 8 years ago

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Nicolas Perrault

Maranges Premier Cru Le Clos Des Loyeres 2011

Nez : plus de cuir, animal, pierre (calcaire), fruits secs. Vs précédent, a perdu côté floral. Très long en bouche — 9 years ago

Brice Wullus

Brice Wullus

Tanins frais, lisse, plus équilibré, plus acide, élégant
Brice Wullus

Brice Wullus

Calcaire (plus haut sur la colline, plus de vent aussi), minéral. 13,50€, se garde 10 ans