Rare Red

Piper-Heidsieck

Cuvée Rare Champagne Blend 2002

Celebrating another trip around the sun. This Piper Rare is medium straw in colour. Masses of ultra fine bubbles ( fine persistent mousse). Complex toasty aromas with a touch of gun smoke and flinty notes. On the palate Complex, Intense and Refreshing all at once. Chalky minerality with a saline note. Yellow fruits with creamy notes starting to take over the acid at 18 years. A blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. An outstanding Champagne from a great year where the contents more than lives up to the bling of the packaging. Tempted to make a statement and give it 98 points. — 13 days ago

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Bob McDonald

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Thanks Simon. Hope you are keeping well in the People’s Republic of Victoria. 😉😉
Simon Gilligan

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@Bob McDonald all good! But after 25 years living in VIC I’ve returned to my home state of SA for something of a tree change in the Adelaide Hills. Left just before the first lockdown :)
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That was a good move Simon considering the lockdown length in Melbourne.

L'Aventure

Côte à Côte Estate Paso Robles Grenache Blend 2013

Cold November date night at home...2 inch med-rare filets, fully dressed bakers, and roast butternut....Stephan’s MGS is a brut at 15.8–but Paso blends hide the ABV with some age. Beautiful full purple with no noticeable jamminess.. med-weight, a touch of pencil, leather, tobacco oak but lovely dark, black fruit/stem fruit. Nice acid/fruit/tannin balance and a long warming finish. I’ve loved these wines and valued Stephan Assao since he walked into my retail workplace 25 years ago and tried to sell his wines. Perfect...no...but they taste so fucking good and I love them and their vision! — 17 days ago

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Domaine des Ouled Thaleb

Vin Vieux Grande Reserve Ait Souala Red Blend 2017

2018 was a great find. Evocation of Madiran and Cahors wines, woth the presence of Tannat and Malbec grapes. Very ripe black fruits, spices and toasted notes. Nice balance. With one more year, 17 is more flexible, more homogeneous. Definitely a very good quality / price / pleasure ratio.

2018 a été une belle trouvaille. Évocation des vins de Madiran et de Cahors, avec la présence de Tannat et Malbec. Toujours beaucoup de fruits noirs très mûrs, des notes épicées et toastées, toujours un bel équilibre. Avec un an de plus, l’ensemble est plus souple, plus homogène. Définitivement un très bon rapport qualité/prix/plaisirs.
— 4 days ago

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Tassi

Franci Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2015

Rare and rather expensive, less than 4000 bottles made. No trace of wood. Just a wonderful Sangiovese, meaty, funky almost syrupy with tannins that make the back of your mouth dry and makes you thirsty for a next glass. Outstanding unfortunately rare and rather (very) expensive. — 13 days ago

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Domaine De La Chapelle Des Bois

Cuvée Vieille Vigne de la Cadole Fleurie Gamay 2015

Always love the earthy, woodsy, crushed berries, stems and all, bouquets. Always reminds me of being outside in a forest, cool air drifting through trees, the hope of a hidden stream through an unnamed bend in the path.

Deep and dark, rich and jammy. This is a rare treat like truffle pizza or watching a marathon of your favorite movie series (Rush Hour, Die Hard, Fast & The Furious, The Godfather, take your pick).

Cornucopia of fruits, but I really love the noir licorice and plum notes right at the end. Harmonize with spice and acidity and you’ve got a winner. Class and drinkability.
— 15 days ago

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Sunset Hills

Estate Club Select Syrah 2010

Very rare one-off from Nate’s early years at SSH. He source the Syrah from Horton and crafted in the “feminine” style. At 10yrs old it is really special. The acid had waned a bit (say 85% from baseline), but the aromatics were very Pinot...Oregon meets Rhône :) this was our thanksgiving dinner wine and it was great with Charcuterie and then brown sugar-cured ham, sweet potatoes, cream spinach etc. delicious!! — 4 days ago

Dow's

Vintage Porto Port Blend 1994

Cathy Corison
9.2

Half bottle. Rare treat. — 19 days ago

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Luc Belaire

Rare Rosé Blend

Nice rose style champagne! Not too sweet. Bubbly enough. Love it! — 14 hours ago

Domaine Bobinet

Hanami Cabernet Franc 2019

PFM
8.9

smells like dewy grass and wet clay. lots of zing, slight grapefruit vibe. gr8 start to rare weekend alone in the apartment. peppery too — 5 days ago

Cupano

Vino Rosso

Our host sort of snuck this into the mix, without fan-fair, during an evening of very lovely wines. Apparently a VdT without a clear and obvious vintage statement. This was Exhibit A for proof that great wines don’t need a vintage date when the juice is this good. Beautiful ruby color with a dark core. Everything on the nose and the palate were in the right place and this immediately took me back to my experiences in Toscano where I drank “generic” jug wine at a random trattoria that was made by the family and I wanted for nothing. I desperately wish more wines like this were in my life. — a day ago

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