Gascony, Southwest France

Billecart-Salmon

Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

David T
9.3

My go to N/V Rosé. Haven’t had in sometime…been on Blanc kick.

Paired w/ a plum/pear tart topped off w/ pistachios from the Adorable French Bakery.
— 6 days ago

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Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1989

1989 vintage. Last tasted 3.28.24, 5.5.23, 4.4.23 and 12.9.22. Solid fill and cork. Recommended decanting but was denied. Mmkay. Eventually got clearance to decant after the bottle had been open for 1.25 hrs. Tasted after being open 5 mins, 45 mins and 2 hrs. Light-medium body throughout. Wine was funky and super tight initially. Had to talk a few of the “participants” down from their “this wine ain’t nothing” perch by telling them it needed at least an hour in the glass (since it hadn’t been decanted at that point). Wine threw expected sed on the decant. Started to loosen up at the 45 mins open stage and fairly exploded at the 2 hrs open (45 mins decanted) point. Dude that didn’t want to decant it gave me a wistful, regretful look at that point (since it blew the other 4 reds at the table away and was getting better) and it took waay too much willpower on my end not to say “Congrats on minimizing a fantastic wine experience, bro.” It wasn’t the best 1989 P-L specimen tasted semi-recently but feel this coulda delved into the 9.4 range without the unnecessary power trip from someone that didn’t even bring this wine to the shindig. Hopefully, this individual learned their lesson. 7.6.24. — 13 days ago

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Can’t imagine declining a decant. Been too lazy to decant and generally regretted.

Château Léoville-Las Cases

Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de las Cases Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

Elegant and refined with dark berries and chocolate present in the best way. A beautifully structured wine that benefits from 2 hour decant. Enjoy. — 2 days ago

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Jacques Selosse

Initial Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

#4-disgorged 2017, 2011 base
#5-disgorged 2016, 2010 base
#6-disgorged 2010, 2003 base
#7-disgorged 2008, 2001 base
#8-disgorged 2007, 2002 base
Amazing consistency, oxidative notes with apricots and apple cider. On the palate, green apples , sherry notes and citrus zest. What separated the bottles were the various levels of freshness. All were enjoyable but none had that “wow” factor. My rating is a composite.
— 17 days ago

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David T

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It is an interesting style they express in their craft.
Jay Kline

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What a wonderful opportunity!
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@David T @Jay Kline the tasting was an excellent tutorial. I have some other bottles that I need to post. 

Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2007

The complexity has arrived! Lovely color on this one. Not all my 2007 looks this dark yet but this one had a rich depth and most toasted fruit notes. This is a very good but not great vintage. — 6 days ago

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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Syrah 2001

This bottle was a library release from the Chave cellars. Decanted about an hour prior to service (but could have benefited from more time) and enjoyed over the course of several hours. The 2001 Chave rouge pours a deep ruby/purple color with a near opaque core; medium+ viscosity with significant staining of the tears. On the nose, the wine is developing with notes of charred blueberry pie, mushrooms, scorched earth, grilled meat, coffee, black pepper and soft baking spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannins and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes from the nose. The finish is long and super complex. With more and more air, this really came into its own. Totally Chave. Totally Hermitage. Totally awesome. Drink now with a little patience and through 2041. — 14 days ago

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94 is my fave old one that is affordable. Also 96.
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@Lyle Fass I have not had an opportunity to enjoy either but I hope that changes!
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@Jay Kline less ripe years pre 2004 I adore. After 2004 I find the wines are more forced, modern and “made.”

Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend 2014

$168 a bottle on Italian Viking cruise. I know what I’m drinking every night. — 4 days ago

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@Alan Weinberg makes the trip feel free😂. Enjoy

Château Lynch-Bages

Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2000

2000 vintage. Never a fave L-B vintage as it has always seemed a little too much sizzle and not enuff steak. FF two decades and said wine is drinking more like a Napa cab vs a BDX. Chunky and in a state of transition (discombobulated) but still medium-heavy body after two+ decades. The 2005 is more affordable and drinking better, imho, currently. Will this effort will ever round into form for dedicated L-B fans going back to the 1985 vintage? Not tasting it. Storybook fill and cork. Decanted and tasted immediately, after 30 mins and after two hours. Aggressive sed. 7.3.24. — 15 days ago

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Dom Pérignon

Brut Champagne Blend 2015

First taste of 2015. Very young but very open! — 7 days ago

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Domaine François Raveneau

Montée de Tonnerre Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2021

A vintage for Raveneau to drink young. No decant needed. — 9 days ago

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