Tag: France

Henri Goutorbe “Special Club” Grand Cru Aÿ Brut Champagne 2008, France




Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of yeast, spices, apples, citrus, bread, minerals and white pepper.

Medium plus in body, with small bubbles and medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, apples, yeast, bread, lemons, earth, minerals and spices.

Medium on the finish with limes and almonds.

This is a nicely aged 14 year old Champagne. Showing great complexity at this point.

Tasty and interesting. Rich, yet elegant. Loved the mouthfeel and the well integrated bubbles.

Nicely balanced right now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Good by itself or with food, and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

I paired it with a delicious grilled Octopus.

A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. disgorged October 2020.

12% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$90.

Domaine de Gachet Lalande de Pomerol 2009, Bordeaux, France




It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

This is a very nice 12 year old Merlot blend from Bordeaux.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Showing black fruits with earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, dark chocolates, coffee, wet leaves and herbs.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs time to open up properly, so be patient with it. I’ve had it before, and this time I gave it 4 hours.

Drinking nicely now and will be good in the next 10 years.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.




Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Brut 2004 Champagne, France





Yellow in color with a light golden hue.

On the nose yeast, bread, lemons, earth, minerals, over ripen green apples and light grapefruits. Feels a little oxidized on the nose.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, over ripen citrus fruits, apples, bread, minerals, spices, herbs and earth.

Nice finish with light almonds.

Although this Champagne was not in its prime condition, it is always nice to drink and experience.

This 17 Year old champagne is a little oxidized for me, but I still enjoyed it. Showing great complexity at this point.

I paired it with a dish of layers of eggplant with ricotta, mozzarella and fresh basil.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$350.


Krug Brut Champagne 1998, France






Golden in color, very pretty.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Showing lots of yeast and bread notes with citrus, limes, green apples, Mediterranean spices, herbs, white pepper and minerals.

Tasting this aged vintage champagnes is always a great experience. I really liked the nose once it opened up.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime, and I liked it better once it warmed up a bit.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Paired very well with the caviar and the charcuterie board.

12% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$450.

Château Giscours La Sirene de Giscours Margaux 2010, Bordeaux, France





This is a delicious second wine from this Chateau.

Full bodied with medium acidity and dry on the palate with a great nose.

Showing blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cigar box, tobacco leaf, graphite, light bell pepper, peppercorn, earth and sweet black tea.

A beautiful wine from a great vintage. Very enjoyable with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Decanter gave it 86 points. I think they missed it this time.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the complexity. It’s definitely worth the wait.

Feels like a Napa Bordeaux blend right out of the bottle, but then it changes as it opens up.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$60.

Domaine des Marronniers Les Marronniers Chablis Premier Cru 2018, France




Light yellow in color with a golden tint.

Fruity nose of yellow apples, citrus, spices, bananas and light oak.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with ripe citrus fruits, red apples, melons, spices, oak, light vanilla, herbs, honey and white pepper.

Nice length on the finish with tangy lemons.

This is a delicious Chardonnay from Burgundy. Nicely balanced, rich and spicy. Elegant and fruit forward.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself.

A good quality wine that will continue to age nicely in the next decade. Would be interesting to see how this evolves in the next few years.

Showing nice complexity and very well balanced. Neither tart nor bitter. I really enjoyed it all by itself, by the pool.

Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.

M. Chapoutier La Mordoree Côte Rotie 2007 Rhône, France

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish/brick rim.

Dry on the palate and medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing blueberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, olives, spices, tobacco, light barnyard, vegetables, herbs, dark chocolates and coffee.

This 14 year old is nicely balanced, with a nice mouthfeel. I really enjoyed the nose here.

Needed 3 hours of airtime to open up properly, but was good right out of the bottle too.

Thank you Scott for sharing.

Drinking nicely now and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Syrah grapes were hand-picked from 60 year old Vines. Aged for 16 months in Oak barrels.

13% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$120.

Maison Koenig Alsace Riesling 2018, France





Pale lemon in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of lemons, limes, apples, diesel, light tropical fruits, minerals and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry with a touch of RS on the palate with citrus, lemons, apples, melons, pears, spices, white pepper and minerals.

Tangy finish with limes and pepper.

This is a very enjoyable Riesling from Alsace. Easy drinking and good by itself.

Showing mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with some sugar left, to balance the acidity.

Would be nice to see how this evolves in the next 5 years.

A good wine to sip on by the porch. I paired it Burrata and tomatoes.

Vegan. Kosher and Mevushal.

12% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$19.

Domaine de Gachet Lalande de Pomerol 2009 Bordeaux, France



It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday

Deep Inky in color with a short brick rim.

On the nose cooked plums, currants, oak, spices, vanilla, licorice, cloves, wild flowers, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, tobacco leaf and herbs.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruity, with black plums, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, earth, herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Merlot blend from Bordeaux.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 90 minutes of airtime.

This 12 year old from the great 2009 vintage, is showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

I’ve had it many times before, and it is very consistent. Will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

A great price point, if you can find the 2015 or 2016, and keep it for a while.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

A great wine to pair with food, and paired wonderfully with smoked beef brisket.

A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.

Chateau Bechereau Philipperie Sauternes 1983, France





Dark golden in color.

Simple on the nose with honey, citrus, pineapples, honeydew and light spices.

Full bodied with high acidity and long legs.

Off dry on the palate with yellow apples, spices, light tropical fruits, licorice, honey, light earth notes, herbs and white pepper.

Long finish with spices and black pepper.

This 38 year old is still drinking very nicely now, but probably past its peak.

I gave it an hour to open up, but it probably needed much longer.

This is an interesting sweet wine. Spicy and entertaining, but lost a lot of the fruits by now. From a great vintage, but not as sweet as I expected it to be.

I had it a couple of years ago and liked it better then. Not what I expected but it is still very drinkable.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.