Domaine Marie Louise

Marie Courtin

Efflorescence Extra Brut Champagne Pinot Noir 2015

Shay A

I’m between a 92-93 here. Second time with this champagne in the last year and it has stayed consistently delicious.

Slightly older disgorgement at July 2021. 100% Pinot noir. Extra year aging and fermentation in used barriques compared to all stainless for the Resonance cuvée.

Almost 6yrs on the lees and it shows with a leesy character alongside rich power (which can be hard to do with zero dosage champagnes, but the vintage and style help). Gold tinged in the glass. Spiced cider, oyster shell aromatically before a honeycrisp red apple, cranberry, red and black berry fruit and a mineral/limestone finish. I’d love to try this disgorgement a few years down the line, as I think it would be doing even better.

Happy Thanksgiving.
— 6 days ago

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Henri Bonneau

Cuvée Marie Beurrier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2015

Very dense in colour - an impenetrable dark Ruby red. Aromatics of dried red fruits, earth, a little charcuterie and a touch of tar. Love the CdP perfume. A trace of sootiness. This is the 2nd Cuvée of the enigmatic Henri Bonneau, who has now passed on. His top wine, Celestins, is a WOW Wine. A medium plus weight palate - both sweet and savoury and also rich. The flavours of good CdP suit my palate perfectly - particularly wines like this from Bonneau, Rayas or Beaucastel Jacques Perrin. — 2 months ago

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Summa Old Vines Pinot Noir 2013

This is one Rivers Marie Pinot that benefits from time. Very enjoyable. — 12 days ago

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Cuvée Louise Brut Champagne Blend 2005

Star bright burnished yellow gold with persistent tiny bubbles and a rapidly dissipating mousse. Abundant nose ("Can I just smell this?" asked my dining partner) of ripe pear and airborne ash. Medium palate is crisp (medium plus acidity) and confirms the nose adding fresh apricot and royal Anne cherry, the latter particularly assertive back palate and on the moderate finish. Pommery's tete du cuvée is on point as always, and this vintage isn't showing its age yet. Complexity to complement almost any cuisine but still in range for that special toast. Drink now through 2030 or so. — a month ago

Vin, Austin and 11 others liked this


Louise Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2021

Like their Chardonnay so much tried the Pinot magnum … fantastic… these are new to me but wow — a month ago

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Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Very nice. Drinking very well and still has the ability to mature a few more years. — a month ago

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Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018

Shay A

Last bottle of my 2018 SC.

Followed over two days. Juicy, ripe and balanced. Astounding value at $30. Haven’t found the signature TRB blood orange profile in these RM SCs, but that’s a small nitpick. Loads of red and black berry fruit upfront, boysenberry, red currant and dark florals. Mid palate was much better on day two as it bulked up and showed the nervy side of SC Pinot. It has a high toned/elegant profile while retaining weight. Stylistically it sits in between RRV and cool climate SC. Banging value, as always. Drink now or in the next 3-5yrs.
— 3 months ago

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