Smells of hazelnut (common in aged wine for me)
This has mellowed a lot sconce I first tasted it, it has relaxed most of its muscle, and has become a much more eager to please than tanning dominating wine.
Heft to the body, with some barnyard decay, dried prune, oil cured olives, Thai basil, anise.
Tannins are still ready to slap you around, just not as much as they did in 2012 the acidity reminds me of a rechargeable battery. In a green way.
— 16 days ago
Nice blend for the price.
Barrel-fermented and aged in mostly older oak, the 2018 Lirac Blanc Comtesse Madeleine is a blend of 40% Marsanne, 35% Clairette, 20% Grenache Blanc, and 5% Picpoul.
An 88-acre estate, Château de Montfaucon sits just across the Rhône River from the esteemed vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is owned and operated by Rodolphe de Pins, a UC Davis graduate and former member of the winemaking staff at Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe. — 3 days ago
One of the most Burgundian vintages in the last ten years, secondary notes are starting to show themselves in the Charvin now. Notes of leather and mushrooms are beginning to join the beautiful brambles and candied red rope licorice fruit. While still a very delicious wine, it has lost a bit of the freshness that was so compelling upon release. This was my last 2014 Charvin and I’m happy to be drinking it now. Bottle No. 10409 — a day ago
4 weary grocery store workers transcended tonight.
Every disparate element of the wine seems to charge along on parallel planes so that each mouthful is a choose-your-own-adventure. It flies through a range of crunchy red, to floral purple, to sultry black fruit on lithe, peppery tannins. Somehow the texture is creamy -- like an au poivre. All sorts of garrigue and charcuterie, fresh and saline, mingle with newly ripe berries, and as the thing takes a preposterously long time to finish you realize how perfectly acid has been holding everything together.
I may not yet have had the privilege of trying other legend status wines with which one could draw comparisons but this was by far the most complex bottle of (still young!) juice I’ve ever tasted. — 2 days ago
The ultra rare Cuvée Syrah from Fonsalette and Château Rayas. And here, from the excellent 2004 vintage for Southern Rhône. Rich, intense and still quite youthful. Not all stewy like you can sometimes have with the Grenache. Black raspberries, kirsch cherry liquor, roasted herbs, animale, firm tannins and balanced acidity. Finishes with excellent length and tension. — 15 days ago
Stunning. Brought this up yesterday as a back-up wine, which was doing this btl a disservice. Popped and poured. On the nose: soft funk, loads of red raspberry, musk, hides the ABV so well. On the palate, good acidity, loads of raspberry fruit, confit pomegranate seed, very hi-toned, with a touch of pomegranate and cranberry syrup. Very finely grained tannin on the long, and slightly black-peppery finish. — 7 days ago