Château Grand Beauséjour

Pierre Callot

Grand Cru Champagne Blend 2011

@Delectable Wine this is Les Avats

A champagne from a vintage that is, shall we say, not particularly lauded. Nevertheless, I've had some fantastic experiences with 2011 Champagnes, and this one might be the best of the bunch. This is probably better than the 2011 Pierre Peters Chetillons. From a single parcel <<Les Avats>> in Avize, this is, I believe, a blanc de blanc even though it isn't listed as such. There is no disgorgement information on the bottle. Notes from 4 hours open.

The nose is a heavenly mixture of soft lime and meyer lemon, custard, some oxidative nutty notes. On the palate, the acidity is on point, the mousse is soft and carries the flavors so well, there is more lemon, a touch of rich oxidative character with a slight coffee tinge, but then, all of a sudden, it lightens up in the palate, almost like cotton candy dissolving, yet somehow manages not to give up its intensity. Wow. I have a few more bottles, but the current CellarTracker drink-by dates say 2026-2036...there is no way I could wait that long; this drinks so well already.
— 5 days ago

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@Aravind Asok Agreed, I have the 11 but not popped yet. Not sure I could hold them 15 more years without drinking. The Les Avats is in the system already, I have 10's posted.

House of Arras

Grand Vintage Champagne Blend 2007

Drank this last Sunday for Mother’s Day. Arras is probably Australia’s best Sparkling producer. Of recent years certainly the most awarded. A few years ago this 2007 won Best Sparkling at the Royal Queensland Wine Show and then the Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show! The wine itself is mid Lemon in colour - low on fizz - we drank this from Burgundy glasses. Bakery aromas with Lemon Curd. 78% Chardonnay, 22% Pinot Noir. The lemon/citrus flavours derived from the Chardonnay. The following day Sherbet, Honeycomb and Quince. 7 years on Lees giving a wonderful complexity and ridiculous value at only $60. I don’t know how Ed Carr can do it. — 18 days ago

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Verget

Le Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay 1992

Medium gold, heavy in the glass like oil. Ripe apricot nose. Also notes of peach, vanilla, wet pebble stones, sweet kiwi fruit. Huge power in the mouth where the fruit matches some big structure. Long finish. This wine ebbed and flowed all day and needed to be chilled down a few times with the warm outside weather. Drink these sooner rather than later. — 4 days ago

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Colterris

Grand Valley Malbec 2016

Rich red magenta color with purple undercoat. Fruit forward bouquet more than earth. Tannins and acid medium, leaning dry with good alcohol for aging. Clear blackberry and raspberry tones, with underlying tart plums — slightly sour finish. An promising ingenue waiting for a lead role. — 25 days ago

Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin

Valmur Chablis Grand Cru Chardonnay 2016

A beautiful nose of yellow orchard fruit, honeysuckle and a touch of sea shells and salin texture. The wine is rich, a nice roundness and slightly less crisp than the usual Droin style, but still with enough backbone and acidity to make it harmonious, balanced, classy, elegant and with a lingering delicious finish. Great bottle. Un nez magnifique sur les fruits jaunes, pêches et un petit côté chèvrefeuille et une touche de coquillage. La bouche est sur le même registre, un côté plus riche et ample que le style Droin habituel, mais non dénuée de colonne et d’acidité qui en font un ensemble harmonieux, frais, pur, équilibré et avec beaucoup de classe et une longueur impressionnante. 93 pts aisément — 4 days ago

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Domaine François Raveneau

Clos Chablis Grand Cru Chardonnay 2005

Tasted blind. Canary gold color. Honey'd fruit forward nose with notes of white Kimmeridgian soil, white acacia flowers, citrus fruit and a pile of rocks. Guessed 2002 Raveneau Valmur. The bottle went quickly. Glad I have some of these saved for future consumption. 96+ — 3 days ago

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Château Beauséjour

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2004

Well aged and classic BDX. On the nose, rose hips, dusty red fruit and forest. In the mouth, red fruit, dried flowers and noticeable secondary flavor characteristics. Still some tannin left, even after 2 hours in a decanter. Medium-long finish. I don’t think you need (or should) wait much longer for this one. — 21 days ago

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Pierre Henri Ginglinger

Eichberg Grand Cru Gewürztraminer 2016

Dan R
9.4

Smoking good. Super lifted, classic rose / lychee aromatics. Fat and round on the palate, with a musky leesiness on the finish. Held up amazingly well over 3 nights. As good an Alsatian GWZ that I've been fortunate to try. — 2 days ago

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Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier

Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2001

Tasted blind. Reddish tawny, looks younger than the other reds served before it. Notes of ripe bing cherries, iron, earth, rhubarb and some raspberries. Rich and round in the mouth. Very refined, very pure expression. Guessed 95 Dugat Charmes Chambertin. I liked this as much as any of the other bottles today. Great wine. 96+ — 3 days ago

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Domaine Leflaive

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay 1995

Tasted blind. Medium gold. Notes of lemon, dirty white stones, marzipan, some honey. Floral. In the mouth it shows its intensity with great fruit to match. Fine grained acidity. Memorable finish. Memorable wine. — 3 days ago

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