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Chapitre 4 La Parade Malbec 2019

Very nice interpretation of Malbec "on the fruit" on lands usually reserved for Carignan, Mourvèdre, Syrah ... in addition to the usual notes of the grape variety: prune, very ripe cherry, graphite, fresh ink etc. we have notes of fresh herbs, mint, verbena, vetiver. Round and crunchy, very good for its price range.

Très belle interprétation du Malbec « on the fruit » sur des terres habituellement dévolues aux Carignan, Mourvèdre, Syrah... outres les notes habituelle du cépage: pruneau, cerise très mûre, graphite, encre fraîche etc. On a ici des notes d’herbes fraîches, menthe, verveine, Vétiver. Rond et croquant, très bon pour sa gamme de prix.
— 15 days ago

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Frédéric Savart

L'Ouverture 1er Cru Brut Champagne Pinot Noir

A distinctive pale old gold in the glass. A plethora of fine, elegant bubbles that just go on and on and on. Very effervescent and creamy with a soft mousse. Crème brûlée and roasted almonds get the party started on the bouquet with more pretty white flowers and soft cherries complimenting.

All Pinot Noir disgorged on April 2020, this is still quite youthful and fresh with that zippy acidity you come to expect. This is Savart’s entry level offering but it’s head and shoulders above so many others. Very sensual and elegant throughout with those classic Pinot characteristics shining through. Not the most complex of champagnes at this level but definitely makes up for it with nice depth and purity of fruit.

Sexy in the mouth, the palate is beautiful and expansive. Firm in structure. Stone minerality alongside Pinot fruit. Dried cherries and nectarines with clay, mushrooms, and just a touch of raspberry on the palate. Long and refreshing finish. Truly excellent champagne from a real deal superstar.
— 7 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Fabulous photo and review as always! Cheers!🥂

Bollinger

Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

David T
9.1

Congratulations to TB12 on going to his 14th Conference Championship.

The nose shows; more macerated green & golden apple, pineapple than usual. Touch of apple cider, bruised pear, some dried apricots, nougat, melted, salted caramel, alluvial limestone minerals, chalk, sea spray, roasted white spice, dry yeast, rising bread dough, baguette crust, ginger ale with withering lilies and some spring flowers.

The palate has softer mousse & less lively acidity than previous bottles. Still nice but, it’s giving cause to wonder when this bottle was disgorged. Macerated green & golden apple, yellow peach, pineapple juice. Touch of apple cider, bruised pear, some dried apricots, nougat, melted, salted caramel, alluvial limestone minerals, grey volcanics, gritty chalkiness, sea fossils, saline, roasted white spice, nuts, dry yeast, rising bread dough, baguette crust, ginger ale that has the high notes of root beer, vanillin with withering lilies and some spring flowers. The acidity is ok but, seems off a bit. Change in base wine for this bottling? The finish still rich, elegant, well balanced persisting minutes.

Bottle is off slightly from the many others we’ve enjoyed.

Photos of; the House of Bollinger, branded cave with resting bottles, their Cooper making barrels and one of their Grand Cru vineyards.

1/17/21
— 10 days ago

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Georges Lelektsoglou

Vieilles Vignes Cairanne Red Blend 2017

Beautiful nose, Intense fruit. Equal parts Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Syrah. — 3 days ago

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Domaine Le Roc

La Folle Noire d'Ambat Fronton Negrette

First time with this grape - Negrette. Drinks like a cross between St Joseph and a nice Morgon... which is to say, it totally slays. Meaty, crunchy, acidic, and bright - raspberry and blueberry. Really wonderful. — a day ago

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Daniel M

Daniel M

That's my stuff! I grew up 10 miles away from that winery. Really glad you enjoyed!
Adam Beasley

Adam Beasley

@Daniel M No way! That’s amazing man.

Tarlant

Zero Brut Nature Champagne Blend

A fascinating, if not polarizing wine. At first, this came across a bit over the top. Not in terms of fruit, rather the minerals and acid. It was by far the chalkiest, most mineral driven Champagne I had ever tasted. In fact, it took about 30min for my palate to recalibrate (and maybe allow the wine to relax a bit). After that, it became much more pleasurable and I actually quite enjoyed it. There is some austere citrus fruit but it’s all about the structure at this point and no wonder as this NV’s base year is 2012. A bit of cellar time would do well for this NV. Disgorged January 31, 2019. A true Brut Nature with 0g/l dosage. — 5 days ago

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Dom Pérignon

Brut Champagne Blend 2008

A wine of tremendous energy. Much like other Champagnes of this vintage, the acid plays a starring role which, to some palates, may be a bit much at this early stage in its evolution. However, with some air, it relaxes a bit and begins to show off its character…and this is a wine of tremendous character. Lemons, minerals and smoke dominate now but it’s the sheer depth that pulls you in and won’t let you go. My first experience with the 2008 and I have to say that it met my lofty expectations. This is a legend in the making. — 6 days ago

Eric, Daniel P. and 20 others liked this

Fournier Père & Fils

Les Belles Vignes Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Sunday night I have opened the 2019 Domaine Fournier Les Belles Vignes Sancerre Blanc.

On the nose there is grapefruit, lime, apricot, herbs, green apple and minerals.

On the palate I am getting lime, grapefruit, white peach, herbaceousness, minerality and wet stone.

This wine is medium bodied with medium + acidity that moves wonderfully into a long crisp clean mineral finish. Have a great week ahead and please be safe and stay healthy. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂
— 3 days ago

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Gregory Fulchiero

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Does It scream classic Sancerre ? Last few bottles of 2018/19 from various producers have me anywhere but Loire.

Domaine Henry Pellé

Menetou Salon Morogues Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Nose has yellow apple slice, lychee slice, washed lime, dry chalk and orange blossom.

Palate has warmed sweet green apple, lime peel, lime slice, crisp salinity, steely notes with medium level acidity. A short but fun finish, a solid wine for enjoyment; Purity of the appellation.

I am in agreement with some professional critics, the vintage of this Village wine appears a little softer than other years. This will be an earlier drinker, but would be rewarded with a brief hold of 1-2 years, 2022-23. ~$20
— 11 days ago

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Believe I have two of these.
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I still have to pick up my '19's, hopefully a bit more acidity to the next vintage.

MOD

MOD Selection Reserve Champagne

David T
9.2

This is a cheers we’ve been waiting four years on. Well worth the wait. Congratulations, President Biden.

First time having this cuvée. Thank you to Christina for opening.

The nose says it leans reductive. Rich, creamy; slightly sour lemons, lemon meringue, overripe stone fruits & pineapple, busied pear & golden apple, notes of apple cider, ginger ale laced with cream soda, sea spray to fossils, volcanics minerals, fine chalkiness, yeast, bread dough to baguette crust, graham crackers, nougat with withering yellow lilies/spring flowers.

The palate is rich, full & juicy. Light on its feet with beautiful mousse. Rich, creamy; slightly sour lemons, lemon meringue, overripe stone fruits & pineapple, busied pear & golden apple, notes of apple cider, ginger ale laced with cream soda, vanillin, sea spray to fossils, light white spice with perfect, heat, gentle volcanics minerals, limestone, fine chalkiness, yeast, bread dough to baguette crust, graham crackers, nougat with withering yellow lilies/spring flowers. Excellent, lively acidity. The finish glides beautifully across the palate with moosee mousse, richness, balance, elegant and persists gently for minutes.

1/20/21
— 7 days ago

James Christina Champagne
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David T

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@Dawn E. Cheers! 🥂
Severn Goodwin

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A great day for America 🇺🇸
Sean Smith

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Couldn’t be prouder to be an American right now. Cheers!