Burgundy Pinot Noir

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC)

La Tâche Pinot Noir 1999

Delectable Wine

Good dark red; not crystal-clear. Very ripe, musky, multidimensional nose combines blackberry, raspberry, violet, earth, game, black pepper and herbs, plus a positive vegetal nuance. Plush, silky and very ripe but not particularly sweet, with concentrated dark fruit, spice and pepper flavors complicated by a hint of prune. ("More fruit ripeness than the '15," noted Aubert de Villaine just moments after we had tasted the '15 La Tâche) Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and a note of licorice. Not particularly high in acidity but this extremely complex wine is still just short of its peak drinking window. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2018) — 6 days ago

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La Pousse d'Or

En Caillerets Volnay 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2010

Gorgeous perfume and texture. Lacey, high toned, bursting with purity and crispness. Flora and red fruit driven. Oak (1/3 new) has integrated, adding a deft sweetness and spice to it all. I love Caillerets when I can have it, to me that classic elegant and sexy Volnay that is so alluring. Pomegranate, wild cherry, candied red apple skin, candied cranberry, blood orange. Mulling spice, struck flint, star anise, sandalwood, red rose, pink peppercorn, damp forest floor. The acid is keen, tannins are suave, more silky and persistently so. The spice and textural finish this wine has is awesome, showing well from 375ml. — 2 days ago

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Domaine Fourrier

Les Goulots Vieille Vigne Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2013

Alex Lallos

Beautiful light ruby color. The nose is so pure with raspberry and ruby red grapefruit followed by cracked pepper. So pure and lively and not a bit 'green'. Wonderful 2013 and a wonderful way to bid good by #carmelgourmetfest and also pay homage to the old Masters of Food and Wine (we sipped on this at the Highlands Carmel after the final event of gourmetfest) — 2 days ago

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Domaine Bart

Marsannay Rouge 2015


Just a superb easy ready to drink bottle. As usual I get some cinnamon. For whatever reason my nose is on red alert for cinnamon. Thanks for a nice spread of wines @Todd Abrams. You have inspired my green thumb!! — 4 days ago

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@Ted is it as good as the cinnamon jolly ranchers that you ♥️


@Janell just bought our Christmas wine for this year. This is awesome grape juice

Thierry Richoux

Les Cailles Irancy Pinot Noir 2013

Lyle Fass

New single vineyard called Les Cailles from Thierry. So great. Big stanky cherry and mineral on the nose. Some licorice as well. Very aromatic. Palate has big fruit and big acid and so much of that rustic and tannic mineral Irancy charm. But remains elegant and sappy. Nice freshness on the very long finish. Excellent. — 3 days ago

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Domaine Laurent & Karen Boussey

Les Taillepieds Volnay 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2015

Lyle Fass

Nose is deep and tight with a nice core of mineral and big black cherries. Really needs an hour but it keeps revealing new nuance every 5 minutes. Likely due to the 100+ year old vines. Palate is juicy and so refreshing with wonderful purity but also you can tell it has great material but needs to come together with air. Terrific balance and length. Such a baby. Needs 5 years but a fun preview. — 19 hours ago

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Domaine Dujac

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir 1999

Delectable Wine

(the yield here was 45 hectoliters per hectare): Good full red. Knockout explosive nose combines raspberry, brown spices, underbrush, mustard seed and roast coffee. Very rich and sweet but with terrific energy and minerality lifting the wine's red fruit flavors. This grand cru is evolving at a snail's pace and seemed to grow even fresher as it opened in the glass. Finishes with firm but suave tannins and outstanding slowly rising length, with an unexpected piquant note of blood orange. This incredible Clos de la Roche is just approaching its peak. The most amazing thing of all: I tasted it from a 375-milliliter bottle. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2018) — 6 days ago

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Bouchard Père et Fils

Le Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2005

Pink center wide watery rim , showing a little age, but in line with expectations . Quite a lot of interest on the nose , with some menthol , ripe strawberry , red cherry , earthy undertones . On the palate the red cherry fruit continues , nice ripeness to the fruit, mineral edge . Tannins still noticeable , balanced acidity . Long elegant finish. This exceeded expectations. Drinkable now though will improve over the next few years. Not really secondary yet, still quite primary fruit forward. — 5 days ago

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Domaine Bachey-Legros

Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015

This ‘15 village PN was singing out-of-the-gate, with a leesy and stemmy nose, a hint of barnyard. Soft, light strawberry fruit, not a wrinkle. Great PV! — 6 days ago

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Thibault Liger-Belair

Richebourg Pinot Noir 2005

From a cellar that had a brief temperature malfunction which I bought on the secondary market thru old friend Peter Scudamore-Smith MW. From the excellent 2005 vintage in Burgundy. Peter advised it should be good just don’t Cellar as long as you normally would for Richebourg. This was Excellent Mid to rich crimson in colour. Bouquet of Loam and black cherry with some forest floor notes. The palate was sumptuous showing both power and restraint if that makes sense. With my limited tasting experience with Richebourg with DRC Jean Grivot and one Leroy I formed the view that they are RICH!particularly the 1999 DRC - well named as Richebourg. With time in decanter it formed a minty note. This Wine was well mannered knew it’s place and drinking at its peak given its provenance. A thrilling experience. Thibault Liger-Belair has a mere 0.55 Hectares in Richebourg. — 10 days ago

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