Château Grand Portail

Weingut Riehen

Le Grand Pinot Noir 2016

Lyle Fass
9.6

One of the best Swiss Pinot Noirs. Just a stunning stunning example. Nose is all woodland berries, mountain spice, insane florals and sweet herbals and unreal mountain cherry. So alpine and floral. Captivating and enveloping aromas. Plum skin as well that is so so fine. Stunning purity, breadth and detail the nose. Enchanted forest floor aromas. Keeps changing and changing. Just stunning. 9.6 or 9.7 on the nose. Smell like Grand Cru Burgundy. ZOMG the palate. Insane fruit and sweetness. So sweet and so intense. Wow. Mid to late season red and black cherries. Just so elegant and pure. Suave and chewy but silken tannins and impossible length. Just sickness. So long. Endless. Sappy and noble. There is a very serious and substantial structure here. This is truly amazing wine. Better than the 15. Needs air and I’ll be back. 9.6 for now.

After air the texture on this is truly stunning. So velvety. Amazing sweetened and no hard edges. Nose has so much Burgundian sous bous now and really is in Clos Vougeot territory. Brilliant. An elite wine. This is very close to a 9.7 but not quite. Only age is holding it back now.
— 12 hours ago

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I liked the old name.
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Pinotman /// Andreas

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Sounds like a great wine. Although technically really in Baden and not the Alps. As you know Riehen is across the Rhine - one of the enclaves of Switzerland 🇨🇭 on the ‘wrong side of the border on the ‘Hochrhein’ next to Basel.

Colterris

Coral White Cabernet Sauvignon

Very good all around wine to drink — 11 hours ago

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Maison Dampt

Valmur Chablis Grand Cru Chardonnay 2018

Nose has a lovely richness. Nicely mineral.

Palate has great fruit. Mineral. Very good deliciousness.

This is very very good

Bought from fass selections.
— 6 days ago

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Did you write this note while ignoring my pleas for help to just add the pricing on the Geitlinger email? I was crawling around my apartment and pissing in an empty water bottle I was in so much back pain yesterday. I asked you to edit the Geitlinger offer and you barely did, left out the prices and tariffs and then I had to call a client, give him our passwords and he saw valuable proprietary info. He entered the pricing and tariffs because you couldn’t be bothered to because I was having the worst back pain of my life. I want people who read this note to know that’s the kind of person you are.

Haut-Fonrazade

St. Émilion Grand Cru 2008

Is Merlot Monday a thing? Okay so this is only 80% Merlot (20% Cab Franc) but it is working for me. Smells like purple plums got inspired to write poetry about the cedar trees and violets blooming in their backyard (plums DO have backyards) so they naturally whipped out number two pencils, lit a pipe, and chilled out to write in situ. The plums, the pencils, the trees and flora, the birds and bees, you get all this in here. And soy sauce. I can’t explain it. Mayhaps I’ll go old-school and give it the ol’ WSET analysis:
Eye: medium ruby teasing at the beginnings of garnet at the rim. Thick slow tears.
Nose: medium plus intensity of Ted plums, cassis, cedar, violet, tobacco and dare I say...garrigue‽ in Merlot? Who knew.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium plus alcohol (albeit nowadays we would have to call it high as it is 14.1 so just barely high), medium body medium plus flavors echoing the nose with the added savory soy note that is quite compelling. Finish is medium plus.
It may be too late for new year resolutions but mine is now to not neglect Merlot. Merlot Monday’s it is!
— 13 days ago

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Josmeyer

Hengst Alsace Grand Cru Riesling 2014

Light to medium gold. Pineaple and ripe yellow fruit , light petroleum and varietal aromas as well on the nose that follow on the ripe and full palate, rich texture, wide yet with a soft backbone acidity, good length.

Couleur or assez prononcée, un nez de fruits jaunes murs, un peu d’ananas, touche pétrolée. La bouche sur le même registre, du fruit mur, plein, texture riche, acidité basse mais avec juste assez de maintien pour cette richesse, sucre résiduel pas trop perceptible, belle longueur. Très bien et un vin intellectuel un peu. 89-90
— 2 days ago

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Château Corton

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay 2013

👁 This wine was pale gold.

👃On the nose this wine had a medium intensity of youthful aromas. Aromas included primary notes of pear and apple tart, ripe apricot, lemon curd, and wet stone; also secondary notes of cream, butter, and vanilla.

👄 On the palate this wine was dry. It had medium acidity, a medium(+) body, high alcohol, and medium intensity in flavor notes that included primary notes of pear and apple tart, ripe apricot, lemon curd, and wet stone; also secondary notes of cream, butter, and vanilla. The finish was medium(+).

This wine was balanced, delicate, and demure. An elegant Chardonnay grown on the hillsides of the Montagne de Corton in the Grand Cru appellation of Corton-Charlemagne within the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy. I would love to pair this with lobster tail or scallops and risotto...

Louis Latour, Corton-Charlemagne, Grand Cru, White Burgundy. Vintage 2013. ABV 14%.
— 15 days ago

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Champalou

Le Portail Vouvray Chenin Blanc

2015 Vintage gold color , lees , quince , wet wool, honey , nice high acidity so nice toasty character from lees contact LOVE IT — 23 days ago

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Albert Mann

Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling 2011

Medium lemon with tropical and citrus fruit aromas with spicy perfume notes. Palate shows ripe fruit flavors of peaches, pears, green apples and citrus zest. Medium finish good balance with acidity ending with ripe fruit character and mineral spice. Drink now, no further aging benefit. — 11 days ago

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Louis Latour

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay 2013

Production of the 2013 was about 50% of the normal, thus real pricey. Pale lemon color with aromas of stone and tropical fruit with floral and yeasty mineral notes. On the palate, flavors of Apple and peach flavors with a touch of mineral and lemon zest, with an underlying crispiness, well balanced with acidity, long finish ending with mineral and nutty nuances. Truly a great wine, a bit pricey. — 9 days ago

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La Pousse d'Or

Corton Bressandes Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2014

Nose has ripe black cherry, wet leather, distant wood smoke (spring vine burn), cherry reduction and dry garden soil.

Palate has tart cherry, under-ripe plum, wet slate, green herbs, lightly creamy oak barrel notes with mild tannins. The energy in this bottle seems restrained.

Decanted 6H, and this is not enough time for this youthful wine. This bottle will likely need a decade to concentrate.

The third of several 2014 La Pousse d'Or bottles we acquired late in 2019. This, as expected, needs another 10-15+ years (2031+) to show its truer self.

(Notes will be updated tomorrow, this wine needs much more airing out.)

24 Hour Update: Nose is black cherry compote, cherry jam, wet leather and dry garden soil persists. Palate is dried cherry/blackberry, wet leather and dried tart cherry. More accessible then yesterday, yet only years of rest will open this wine for full enjoyment.
— a day ago

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Damn, @Severn Goodwin, drinking all that great Red Burgundy and all!! ;-)
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@Doug Powers This bottle needs more air (and years) to strut its stuff properly. On our prior bottles, as we work thru some P d'Or reds, we decanted about 10+H; I got to opening this one too late in the afternoon. We expect it to be much better today.