Domaine Saint Damien

Domaine Saint-Damien

Gigondas Red Rhone Blend 2018

Divine dinner at Oran Mor on Nantucket. We shared foie gras and roasted oysters. Then I had halibut and he had bison and beef short rib. This wine played friendly with everything. — 9 hours ago

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1985

1985. Synth laden moment. Depeche mode. Tears for fears. But I digress. Just opened this. It’s quite a structured wine. The nose is a little muddled right now but that’s because I didn’t decant. That said, after 15 minutes of opening in the glass the nose is indeed tannic cherry skin. Musty and such, but that fruit profile is obvs right up front. I would say that the same is true on the front palate. Cherries with immediacy and extremely full fruit. That is what drives my initial rating here. So rich and definitive fruit. Finish not real refined but it’s only been 15 minutes and this wine has just had the wires jacked out of it Matrix style. It doesn’t know itself yet. Will post some notes in a few hours to see if the landscape has changed. Cheers! — 9 days ago

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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Clos Florentin Saint-Joseph Syrah 2017

Off the charts good, textbook classic Syrah made in a clean and almost too perfect way. Where are the faults? Kidding aside this is about as good as anything I have had from St. Jo from Gonon or anyone else. All the classic notes of black pepper, roasted meats, bacon fat, olive, the hole package...the nose is very pronounced and the palate has freshness to the generosity, a super long finish and a very fun and enjoyable bottle! — 2 days ago

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Martin Bergo

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Impressive Tom. I rarely find Cornas and StJ syrahs that I truly enjoy. Have to get my hands on this!

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

En Remilly Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Chardonnay 2015

DAY 1
👃Perfumed orange florals, peppery lemon & minerals
👅More pretty & less intense than many PYCMs. Palate is medium bodied. Not totally dry

Remaing wine Slow Decanted in my refrigerator

DAY 14
Change in character vs Day 1. The subtle fruit has been shrouded by intense minerality
👅Flinty, smoky minerality with just enough lemon fruit. Nicely salty. Long bold and distinctly dry finish

Quite different on the 2 occasions. It was more delicate and very nice on Day 1 but I preferred the intensity & minerality that had developed by Day 14💕🥂

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Château La Roque

Cupa Numisma Pic Saint Loup Red Blend 2019

Yes, to early-evening sunshine after being cooped up inside all day!! And, yes, to savoring a glass of delicious wine while we’re at it!!!

This wine is 60% Syrah, 40% Mourvèdre, hailing from the Pic Saint Loup appellation in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. It was produced by Château La Roque, which is certified biodynamic and practices low-intervention winemaking.

It offers a medium purple hue with medium (+) intensity of youthful aromas reminiscent of black cherry compote, blackberry sauce, ripe plum, also licorice, anise, peppercorn, nutmeg, tobacco, leather, peat, and cured meat (not tied to bottle aging).

This wine is dry with medium acidity, high alcohol (14.2%), a medium (+) body, medium (+) and grippy tannins, and medium (+) intensity in flavors consistent with the nose, but the pepper is more present on the palate than on the nose. The finish is medium (+).

This wine has balance, a strong structure, and great concentration of aromas and flavors. It’s beautiful.

We have tasted and loved many wines coming from this appellation (and the Languedoc-Roussillon region) lately. It's a region undoubtedly worth exploring.

Château La Roque Pic Saint Loup Rouge “Cupa Numismae” (2019)
— 4 days ago

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Château Montrose

Saint-Estèphe Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

Nose: Pronounced Aromas of Blackberries, Plums, Figs and Tobacco.

Palate: Dry. Medium Acidity. Medium Tannin. Medium to Full Body. Pronounced Flavour Intensity of Blackberries, Tobacco, Oak and Wet Stone. Long Finish.
— 10 days ago

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Cave Sébastien Blachon

Margariat Saint-Joseph Syrah 2019

Starts weighty and earthy, but becomes pretty with a few days. Earth, grape, brine, berry. Tannins are grippy and forbidding, actually quite bitter, but then this does have promising seductiveness and finesse. — 6 days ago

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Éric Texier

Domaine de Pergaud Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine Syrah 2010

Fresh, still youthful Syrah, great acid, redfruits, medium-long finish, very nice!! — 2 days ago

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Château Léoville Barton

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

First time I opened one of these 1.5 years ago it was totally closed. Now it’s back open for business and lovely. If blindfolded, based on the perfume alone I would have guessed a Margaux like Palmer as it threw off tons of violets, graphite and blue fruits - gorgeous but a tinge of rough edge that blew off after about an hour. Palate still tasted young but had the complexity you look for in an older claret - spice, leather, graphite, blue fruits and a long finish. This is in a great drinking window but easily has decades of life ahead of it. — 14 days ago

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Château Talbot

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1986

Like Gruaud Larosse they made great wine in the 82 & 86 vintage. This had black fruit, cassis, earth, graphite, spice box, cedar & tobacco leaf. — 9 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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A great value BDX, I don't own any '80's, but just extracted '96 & '00 from storage. Hopes are dashed for '96, but'00 should be wonderful, if not closed...
Ron Siegel

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Severn, have not tried the 96 & 00 as the 82 & 86 were the only vintages I purchased in qty of Talbot based on RP’s notes. Cheers!
Severn Goodwin

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Thanks Ron. Our BDX buying started mid-90's, for better or worse. All our pre-90's stuff was careful acquisitions, and we've been served well by that strategy.