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Raveneau Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2011

Raveneau Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2011

Sublime sophistication, Raveneau's 2011 Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre shows its pedigree with complex aromas of roasted pear, earth, hazelnut, iodine, and smoke. The influence of Kimmeridgian soils is evident on the palate, one that is both expansive and neatly tailored, swathed in stone fruit and lemon curd tightly bound by a mineral spine. The finish is intense, meandering and tipped in fleur de sel and dried herbs, especially tarragon. 9.3 Points ...

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-St.-Vivant 1999

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-St.-Vivant 1999

Breathtaking, transcendant and pure, the 1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-St.-Vivant is a woven tapestry of raspberries, cinnamon bark and fresh pastry, along with subtle touches of earth, underbrush, and lilting minerality. More diaphanous than the '99 La Tâche or Richebourg, the words that this wine conjures are vibrant, ethereal, fine-boned and mineral-edged. This is Pinot Noir at it's most nuanced expression. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 9.6 Points ...

Domaine Dublère Corton-Charlemagne 2005

Domaine Dublère Corton-Charlemagne 2005

Enjoyed on the Brooks winery patio on a warm not-quite summer's eve, the 2005 Dublère Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru followed a lithe Muscadet and oysters. Graced with pretty notes of apple tartin, yellow flowers, lemon curd, graphite, and spice, it's full and round and richly buttery on the palate, with ample intensity and good acidic cut, the finish is both minerally and vibrant. Very nice. Domaine Dublère 9.3 Points...

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg 1999

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg 1999

I've been holding off on posting notes for months, DRC is admittedly, an intimidating wine to write about. The 1999 Richebourg is a pinnacle wine, the sweetest nocturne, a walled-in garden of the soul. Heady, slowly unfurling layers of rose petals, dark loamy earth, mahogany wood, black cherry, crab apple, game, and forest floor. On the palate, pure silkiness knit together by a mesh of finely wrought tannins, it's timeless, graceful, pure—and at the end, a comet's tail of sediment in the glass. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 9.7 Points ...

Louis Jadot Meursault 2008

Louis Jadot Meursault 2008

This Louis Jadot Meursault was sampled last March, at JoJo Madrid’s aka Burgnut’s beautifully appointed wine shop in Metro Manila, Premium Wine Exchange (if this note tells you anything, it tells you how far behind I am in posting my tasting notes!). Back to the Jadot, the 2008 is fairly brimming over with luscious, ripe, tropical mango notes, followed by pineapple, caramel, and a touch of toast. On the palate, it’s smooth and round, with lovely saline-tinged acidity, layers of almond paste and yellow apple and a persistent finish. Maison Louis Jadot 9.0 Points...

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche 1999

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche 1999

The 1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche is a transcendent bottle, wherein no one element dominates, it's in absolute harmony, not unlike a great piece of music or art. It has pronounced power, and is at the same time weightless and ethereal. Layers of crushed raspberries, currants, blackberries and plum give substance to more fleeting layers of exotic spice, minerals, rose petals, black tea, and fresh alfalfa hay, all of which crescendos in a seemingly endless finish. A profound wine. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 9.9 Points ...

Patrick Piuze 'Val de Mer' Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2012

Patrick Piuze ‘Val de Mer’ Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2012

Ripe and expressive, the 2012 Patrick Piuze Val de Mer Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos is bursting with honey, white flowers and wet river rock. While medium-bodied, the texture is slightly waxy, verging on tropical with notes of lush papaya, dried pineapple and lemon curd set against a pronounced mineral finish of wet shell and sel gris, thanks to Kimmeridgien soils that distinguish this as a Grand Cru. "Val de Mer" itself is located on an 18-hectare parcel off the left bank of the Serein River, the name means "Valley of the Sea," a nod to the marine soils that are one of the distinguishing traits of the region. My impression is that at least some of the wine has been vinified in oak, but I haven't been able to verify if this is the case. 9.2 Points...

Lucien le Moine Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2002

Lucien le Moine Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2002

As the 2002 Lucien le Moine Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru develops in the glass it starts off with more classic notes of forest brambles, freshly turned tilth, dried rose petals and red fruit. The impression evolves, however, to darker black cherries and even a whiff of dark chocolate powder. On the palate, tart, high-toned red forest berries, dried cranberry and spice, along with an iron-tinged, metallic finish. My only criticism of this wine is that it falls short on the finish, that metallic note is predominant too, leaving me to wonder if this bottle had perhaps been subject to temperature fluctuations during storage. Lucien le Moine 9.0 Points...

Laurent Roumier Chambolle-Musigny 2010

Laurent Roumier Chambolle-Musigny 2010

The 2010 Laurent Roumier Chambolle-Musigny is perhaps just entering its drinking window, though it is important to note that this is a half bottle. The aromatics are intriguing, and firstly floral. Lilacs and apple blossom give way to seedy raspberries, plum and damp tilth. Perhaps what is most striking are the camphor and mint notes that emerge after 40 minutes. On the palate, its light and bright, red-fruited, and coolly energetic. The finish is medium-plus, and littered with crackly, dry autumn leaves. Domaine Laurent Roumier 9.0 Points...

A. et P. de Villaine Mercurey Les Montots 2011

A. et P. de Villaine Mercurey Les Montots 2011

Domaine de Villaine is owned by none other than Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of that most illustrious estate, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. The little house Villaine is located in Bouzeron, and offers fine quality for money for those looking for a good value. The 2011 is light on fruit, a notoriously difficult vintage, but it has some charm nevertheless with tart cherry notes, cranberry and rose hips on the palate. The acidity is quite high, and the wine begs for food. A nice cheese plate? Yes, please. Domaine A. et P. de Villaine 8.9 Points...