Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.
On the nose cherries, black plums, barnyard, oak, spices, licorice, violets, espresso, vegetables, herbs, earth, wet leaves and black pepper. Nice complexity on the nose.
Full bodied with medium acidity and smooth.
Dry on the palate with currants, black cherries, plums, earth, oak, vegetables, black pepper, tobacco leaf, spices, coffee, wet leaves, herbs and earth.
Medium length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very interesting Syrah from Israel. Showing a great smooth mouthfeel and very aromatic.
Still very young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. A good quality wine with good potential for aging. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.
Feels very much like a young Northern Rhone. A little stinky as well, which is nice to see.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient.
100% Syrah grapes were fermented on the stems and aged for 11 months in French oak barrels. Kosher and unfiltered.
13% alcohol by volume.
$62. — 4 days ago
Not the greatest champagne year, but a wonderful example of a standout champagne that just needed a little bit of age to it. Charles Heidsieck has always been one of my favorite large house producers.
Right away, this showed a strawberry shortcake cookie profile. In the glass, copper color with plenty of bubbles. Sweet cranberry scone, orange zest, black cherries and black cranberries on the nose. Excellent mousse, creamy and absolutely open for business. I believe there is a decent percentage of still red wine here which shows in the vinous character. Ripping acidity. Similar to the aromatics this is mostly bright red/black fruit driven alongside a sweet/salty balance of yeast. Compared to the 2006, the finish is maybe not as complex/lengthy, but that’s a serious nitpick. This 2005 is a total home run for the vintage and will drink in this profile for at least 5+yrs. — 4 days ago
Light clear straw color in the glass. A fine stream of minuscule bubbles. A very precise and fine mousse with underlying creaminess. You immediately get the message that this is really a very nice Chablis with bubbles. The nose is initially dominated by bright and lively citrus fruits that are just plain uplifting. Some really nice gingerbread and cinnamon aromas begin to emerge slowly. A kick of white pepper and butter. This is one you could honestly just take in for a long time.
A Blanc de Blancs from Grand Cru territory in Tours-sur-Marne. Aged for eight years and disgorged in November of 2020. With a Brut dosage of 6.5 g/l, the acidity is not bracing but it sure is present and welcome. The vinous nature of this champagne is exceptional. Just so nice and clearly terroir driven. Impressive complexity and depth to be found here.
On the palate, there’s a bit of smoky wood to get the party started. Yellow apples and quince, along with pears and peaches. Orange peel and mango shine. A bit of chalk and wet stone minerality just for added measure. This performed well in the Riedel Winewings Champagne glass, allowing it the air to truly blossom. — 7 days ago
So smooth & unique at $75.00
elgian Michel Couvreur was an independent bottler of single-malt Scotch (and this apprentice Jean-Arnaud has carried on after studying under Michel for more than a decade). The cellars are located in Bouze-lès-Beaune in the heart of Burgundy, where Michel aged his single malts for years in sherry butts and then in demijohns or giant bottles kept in total darkness in the exceptionally well-protected underground galleries of Bouze-lès-Beaune. Vatted from 54 whiskies aged 12 to 27 years in oak casks, this malt has a rich amber color, a nose full of dried flowers, tobacco leaf, Jerez wine, and fat almond, plus a powerful, fruity, long finish. What a fantastic accompaniment to smoked salmon when served over ice. It is also perfect as a dinner digestive served at room temperature. — 14 days ago
Yeah, this is super fun. Cloudy purple haze with a hint of ruby lipstick - you know you’re in for a good night here. Good thing it’s lower alcohol or the next morning won’t be as enjoyable after drinking the entire bottle. Try stopping yourself!
There’s fresh tartness and red berries throughout. Cranberry and pomegranate, whispers of dried flower arrangements and the lovely lead and pencil shaving notes right at the end.
Bring it all together and this embodies a late night fling without regrets. — 11 days ago
This has basically become my favorite Bourgogne Rouge. I can’t afford to buy the Burgundy that I really want to and love to drink, so I gotta get my fix in other ways and this wine never disappoints. It’s also aging quite well. I bought a tranche of the 15’s a number of years ago and they’re just gorgeous. Incredible pure expression of forest berries that have an almost alpine quality with lovely florals and aromatic herbs all enlivened by nervy acidity and a gorgeous silky texture. I love pretty much all the wines from Hudelot-Noellat. — 4 days ago