Pale old gold with a surfeit of tiny bubbles, very attractive. The nose shows so much citrus upon opening. Quince and peach are dominant at first with green apples coming in. The customary yeasty aromas tend to fresh vanilla brioche bread. There’s also a really nice touch of spices here that helps to distinguish it from the pack.
Blanc de Blancs from the Grand Cru villages of Cramant, Chouilly, and Mesnil sur Oger. A blend of three vintages and disgorged in November of 2018 with a lowish dosage of 4.5 g/l. Creamy with racy acidity. Finesse over power. Delicate and well structured.
Quite rich and autolytic in nature. That spice is present on the palate along with more citrus fruits and just a bit of smoke. A nice snippet of oak says hello and goodbye and then the chalk takes over. The finish is a bit short and overall you’re left wanting a little more but this is fun and elegant. — 14 days ago
I can say for Raveneau I prefer ‘08 over ‘07 but for Dauvissat it’s a much closer race, and this electric ‘07 supports that notion. Intense and ultra complex nose upon the first pour from the decanter. Really raring to go.
It’s a classic vintage for Dauvissat with its oyster shell minerality, sea spray salinity and an attractive algae like savoriness, all backed by a bright lemony acid spine. It has all the elements you’d hope for in this Grand Cru. An incredible combination of power and elegance, elite midpalate depth and a finish that goes on and on. Proving again to be true, I continue to prefer Preuses over Clos in most vintages. — 5 days ago
Nose has pear slice, orange zest, various under-ripe stone fruits, pineapple core and yellow flowers; not overly expressive at this time.
Palate has tart pineapple, orange peel, slightly chalky, yellow apple and mild barrel flavors (more new than neutral?). Decent finish, but seems a little closed here as well.
90m decant; Note to future self, check again 2022-23-ish.
"Le Clos du Château" is essentially a vineyard of approximately five hectares that sits in front of the Château de Puligny and is entirely enclosed by walls. This facilitates our bio-dynamic farming methods.
Classified as Bourgogne AOC, this vineyard is remarkably well situated in the village on the border of the Puligny-Montrachet vineyards. The deep soil, consisting of silt and clay gives the wine a lovely generosity.
On the Lawn at Tanglewood this evening with the the Boston Pops Orchestra. Our Conductor Keith Lockhart is leading an all John WILLIAMS program, with Mr. Williams (hopefully) sharing some of his wonderful stories to accompany the scores.
The program includes selections from..Superman, Heidi, Jaws, The Towering Inferno, Memoirs of a Geisha Oliver, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Olympic Fanfare & Theme, JFK, Schindler's List, The Witches of Eastwick, Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens and...Star Wars. So to say we're going to be well versed into the JW catalog will be the understatement of the evening for sure!!! — 13 days ago
Ca’del Bosco, Franciacorta, Cuvée Prestige, NV, Extra Brut, ABV 12.5%. 🇮🇹
Here is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Nero varieties, with a dosage at disgorgement introducing only 1 gram of sugar per liter, making this an Extra Brut sparkling wine (6 g/l max), coming from Franciacorta DOCG in the Lombardy region of Italy. Franciacorta sparklers are known for being produced with a second fermentation in the bottle and prolonged aging on the “lees” á la Méthode Champenoise. 🍾🥂
This is a beautiful representation. It’s pale gold, bone-dry, and offers toasty, bready notes next to tart, youthful peach, pear, and apple, lemon pith, blanched almonds, desiccated white flower, and wet slate. 💕
This wine is bright, elegant, and focused. It could cut through butter and is a delicious pairing with creamy, soft cheeses.👌👌👌
Cheers! — 13 days ago
From Willamette Valley including Bunker Hill and Eola-Amity Hills vineyards, this CH is lightest yellow with some greenish tones; fresh vibrant nose of yellow apples, nectarines, peaches, some seared butter and baking spices, and a slight Burgundy-like chalky salinity; taste is dry but round and mouthfilling with high acids and medium alcohol (13%) unripe tropical fruits, oranges and apples. The finish is long. They use mostly old french barriques for production and aging but some new oak is clearly present. On the nose I could have been tempted to guess southern Burgundy (Côte Chlns), but less so after tasting. Went well with a shrimp salad on toast pre-fried in garlic and olive oil. Very nice! — 5 days ago
Medium gold in color, slightly darker than the 86 Bonneau du Martray next to it. Heavy in the glass. Sweet floral nose. Notes of sweet kiwi fruit, lemon curd, apple cider and white acacia flowers. Lacked acidity at first but with many hours of air this powered up. Last sip was the best. I preferred the other whites to this, but was happy to see this improve so much during the evening. We discussed this being Vincent Leflaive’s last vintage, and sadly this was the last bottle in my cellar of 86 Leflaive. (Bday 4 of 12) — 4 days ago
Always a favorite BdB. Glad to have snagged the last bottle from the great Marta Champagne list. The illustrious Le Mesnil produces what is likely the best expressions of Chardonnay in Champagne. The 2010 shows a bit more age than the 2009 I had recently, (therefore more ready to drink too), but it’s still very fresh and vibrant and in a terrific place showing great appeal, charm and rounded flavors. Zalto Bordeaux was the perfect vessel. — 2 days ago
Happy National White Wine Day!
This is a nice and easy drinking Chardonnay from Oregon. Showing nice complexity, crisp and refreshing, with some oak notes.
Medium-bodied with medium-plus acidity and better when not too cold.
Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, oak, peaches, vanilla, spices, pears, red apples, minerals, white pepper and sea salt.
Nicely balanced with a tangy, long finish.
I had this vintage almost 2 years ago, and it is drinking much better now. Showing more complexity, especially on the palate.
A good wine to pair with food, but also good by itself as a sipping wine. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
13.1% alcohol by volume..
$48. — a day ago
Killer nose. Buttery and rich with gorgeous iodine and saline. Some green apple fruit as well. Herbs. Tree bark. Super complex. Really just lights out aromas. The good 15’s really are just tremendous and this is one of them. A wow nose. Gorgeously complex and rich with awesome purity and freshness. Has the 15 richness but also so much freshness from the minerality. Really elegant and such focus. Sweet spices on the mid palate and so well knit and put together. Such length. Wow. Superb concentration. Great structure that ensures at least another decade. Best 15 white burg I’ve had yet. — 5 hours ago
On to the white burg course… when I opened this 5 hours before guests arrived, the first whiff caused a smile and I told my wife, “this is why you age white burg!” What an amazing nose right from the get-go. Straw to medium gold color, bright and heavy in the glass. High-pitched nose with notes of meyer lemon, cardamom, kiwi, tan spice, gravel stone and almond paste. Palate staining acidity in the mouth. So much energy for a 35+ year old Chardonnay. I’ve had this many times in the past, and tonight it might just have been at its best! (Bday 3 of 12) — 4 days ago