Tasting Notes: Weekly Roundup

Happy Friday! Before we celebrate the coming weekend, we want to look back on drinks the Delectable community enjoyed and consumed this week. We've gathered a handful of reviews and notes that caught our eye. From detailed notes to standout photos, the Delectable community was busy this week, and there are so many great posts to read. Mark your favorites and pick up a bottle to try this weekend. Cheers!

Bereche et Fils

Brut Reserve Champagne Blend

God so good. Maybe the Champagne I tend to think about most. A glimpse into the world of aged Champagne at NV cost and no patience needed. Via solera system, it’s and equal mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noire, and Pinot Meunier, of which 35% is reserve juice.

Rich, deep, sophisticated in a beautiful copper color. Deep. Yellow apple, spiced ginger, white flowers, red cherry, brioche.
— 11 days ago

Severn, Jay and 44 others liked this
Manny Abascal

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Brilliant wine. One of my favorites.
Ely Cohn

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@Jay Kline from what I’ve seen about a third of the juice comes from the solera. I could be wrong though...

François Pinon

Brut Non Dosé Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2015

Wow. Insane QPR for this sparkling vouvray. Lots of green apple, leesy quality, super mineral and a pleasant bitterness on the tongue, racy acidity. No doubt this will continue to age beautifully. — 15 days ago

Andrew, Chris and 20 others liked this

Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Coiled as hell but a long decant gave way to an awesome and a more classic (to me) Bordeaux. Its structured and tannic with a great spine of acid to it, however the dense brambly fruit holds up. Beautiful. Layers of gravel, turned earth, cedar and tobacco below it all. 20+? Should be stellar. — 15 days ago

Sylvain, LM and 11 others liked this

Château Latour

Grand Vin de Château Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2004

Eric S
9.4

Wow. Some kind of quality. Nose was amazing and the palate evolved throughout the lifespan of the glass. So impressive how young this still was. — 11 days ago

Shay, Tom and 42 others liked this
Eric S

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It was quite the experience @David T. By the glass in my hotel bar. Couldn’t help myself.
David T

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@Eric S There is only one place I’ve been able to get Latour by the glass and that was in Paris. To me, they are the King of Cabernet/blends. Are you attending the UGC later this month?
Eric S

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Missing it this year @David T. Too much work travel!

Fattoria Padelletti

Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese 2015

Cathy Corison
9.2

VA blanket. Earth. Cherries and plums. Hot rocks minerality. Delicious flavors. Snappy balance. — 14 days ago

Daniel P., Serge and 30 others liked this

Aubert

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018

Aromas of lemon curd and white flowers. Crushed gravel and stone fruit on the palate. Seemingly a softer oak treatment than his single vineyard chards. Bright acidity on the finish. A wonderful blend. — 15 days ago

Shay, Eric and 20 others liked this

Château Climens

Barsac 1er Cru Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2016

The 2016 Chateau Climens is a head-turning blend made by the talented Bérénice Lurton, who has managed this property since 1992. 100% Semillon, this golden hued wine shows an exotic aromatic display, offering apricot jelly, pineapple upside down cake, butterscotch and shades of toasted hazelnut the all mingle together on the nose. Showing a glorious combination of tension and viscosity, the 2016 Climens shows incredible length and elegance despite its obvious power. Rich lemon creme brulee, vanilla cream, and orange marmalade flavors combine with a bright sense of minerality and a light salinity. The seamless quality of the wine is remarkable. Simply glorious now in its youth, this scintillating new release will have an exceedingly long life in the cellar. Drink 2026-2050- 98 — 12 days ago

Dr., Severn and 37 others liked this

Aubert

Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Shay A
9.5

A few fun bottles from last Friday.

I’ve had quite a few vintages of this wine and they all remain very consistent, so I won’t create a new tasting note aside from calling out the power and richness this highlighted next to a few other different Aubert’s on the table. Lauren is consistently my favorite offering from Aubert because of the profile it displays...so much concentrated fruit alongside honeyed sea salt, lemon cream and marzipan. This 2014 is still powering through and may even get better over the next couple years. Thanks
@Dan Fitzgerald .
— 12 days ago

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with Dan and Mark
Joshua, Brandon and 39 others liked this

Odette

Estate Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

TONS of future potential but a very well made wine right now. Cheers — 15 days ago

Shay, Mike and 21 others liked this