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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...

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...

Fontaine-Gagnard Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2011

Fontaine-Gagnard Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2011

Ripe d'Anjou pear gliding under aromas of lemon zest, white flowers and smoke. Notably, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet is the smallest of the Montrachet Grand Crus, and is known for producing white Burgundies endowed with chalk and saline. This 2011 Fontaine-Gagnard is a superb example. Not only is it expansive and slightly glycerol-laden on the palate, this decadent element is nicely balanced against layers of orchard fruit, hazelnut and lemon oil notes that later evolve into oyster shell and leesy chalk. Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard 9.2 Points...

Jadot Corton-Pougets Grand Cru 2002

Louis Jadot Corton-Pougets Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot 2002

The Jadot Corton-Pougets Grand Cru 2002 is simply a fresh, pure expression of Pinot Noir with delicate aromas of mountain strawberry and raspberry on the nose, along with a pinch of earth and dried mint. It isn't terribly complex, one has to reach to try to find any secondary aromas or flavors. Primarily red fruit in this charming medium-bodied red, with discreet spice on the finish. A fine pairing with last week's Saint Patrick's Day supper of corned beef and mashed potatoes. Maison Louis Jadot 9.1 Points...

La Pousse d'Or Clos Des 60 Ouvrées Monopole Volnay 1er Cru 2004

La Pousse d’Or Clos Des 60 Ouvrées Monopole Volnay 1er Cru 2004

La Pousse d'Or Clos Des 60 Ouvrées Volnay 1er Cru 2004 is a spring garden of delicate mint and rose petals, seedy raspberries, alpine strawberries and incense. Garnet-hued with a watery rim, it's light, and feminine. The finish is a little bit short, embellished with black tea tannin and cherry pit. It comes across as slightly thin, that is, perhaps the major disappointment to a wine that paired agreeably with that most classic of French dishes, Coq au Vin. 13.0% ABV La Pousse d'Or 9.1 Points...

Sylvain Dussort Meursault 2011

Sylvain Dussort Meursault 2011

Richly robed in gold, not unlike Gustav Klimt's portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the Sylvain Dussort Meursault 2011 has both contrast and curves. On the nose, aromas of lush, bruised pear, golden apples, almond puff pastry, and honey. And on the palate, a lovely interplay of silken, glycerol-drenched orchard fruit layered into moderate acidity and discreet minerality. It strikes all the right notes, and the oak is quite restrained. Fresh and vivacious at this stage in its development. Sylvain Dussort 9.1 Points...

Four La La's: La Landonne, La Mouline & La Turque at La Balena

Four La La’s: La Landonne, La Mouline & La Turque at La Balena

I have, in recent past, promoted and sold Guigal’s single-vineyard Côte-Rôties, La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque (affectionately known as the La La’s) to fans and collectors all over the United States. An invitation to taste these wines is not something to pass up, an event made even more special considering the vintage—all three from 1999, and all three having received a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker. I have mixed feelings about Parker’s perfect 100s, but I’ll confine this post to discussing the La La’s. Certainly, I wanted to experience Guigal’s most sought after wines first hand. Invited by my generous friend and fellow wine lover John Bradford, the wines were lovingly uncorked at La Balena in downtown Carmel. We were joined by winemaker Morgan Clendenen of Cold Heaven Cellars and a young winemaker from Santa Ynez, Blake Sillex. You will find my tasting notes for Blake’s wine here: Vivino Together, we shared antipasti over a bottle of 1999 Domaine Leroy Pommard Les Vignots, which in and of itself, deserves mention. My first introduction to Leroy, managed by Dame Lalou Bize-Leroy was in watching A Year In Burgundy, if you have not seen the documentary, watch it. One gets a sense of Lalou’s person, her strength...

Paul Pernot Et Ses Fils Grand Vins de Bourgogne Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2006

Paul Pernot Et Ses Fils Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2006

Somewhat closed on opening. After 30-45 minutes, aromas of roasted nuts, toast, smoke and baked apple emerge. On the palate, it’s not as full nor hefty as some Bâtard-Montrachet’s can be (the website notes only 40-50% new oak on Grand Crus) and there is nice mineral overhand and fair acidity. Golden delicious apple, lemon peel, iodine and baking spice round out this classic white Burgundy. Domaine Paul Pernot Et Ses Fils 9.1 Points  ...