2010 Maison Ilan Chambertin, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$275.00USD

Red/brown in color, mostly clear and bright.  It does look slightly older than expected, but just a bit.  The nose shows fresh strawberries, some cherries, slight clay.  It is a persistent nose although much more "feminine".  Soft texture.  On the palate, cherries and sour cherries.  Plenty to depth and complexity.  Good energy.  Nice finish.  This is drinking very well and at age 13 it seems very close to peak.  Drink over the next five to seven years.  It is nice on its own but better with foods.  It went well with assorted flat bread "pizzas".  

2017 Maison Dampt Chablis Grand Cru Bougros, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Drank this bottle among friends at the end of an evening and it was perfect in that spot.  Refreshing and energetic.  Light golden in color with green hues, clear and bright.  The nose has green apples, slight quince, minerality and a tweak of lemons.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is crisp and refreshing on a beautiful summer evening.  Flavors of citrus and green apples with slight minerals.  Long finish.  Great on its own, this is food friendly and would work well with vegetarian or seafood dishes.  Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.  

2002 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, France, Burgundy, Cote de Beaune, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

Great showing for this bottle.  This is a big, round white Burgundy that at age 21, is just about at peak.  Deep golden in color with some orange hues, clear and bright.  The color likely influenced by both the time spent in oak and the age of the wine, but certainly proper.  The nose is nice with red apples, with air, some lemon cream, just a very slight brown sugar note, and great minerality.  Almost viscous, but crisp at the same time gives this a nice texture.

2005 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Mousse, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Great showing for this 1er Cru.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, spice and slight sandalwood.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  Great texture.  On the palate, this is complex and layered.  Cherry fruit with some earthiness and spice.  Good balance.  Nice finish.  This drinks well on its own but better with food.  This would be nice with Salmon.  Drink over the next ten years.  

2006 Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine Vissoux Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes Cuvée Traditionnelle, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2006
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

Does Beaujolais age?  This was opened at a recent tasting of Beaujolais to show that it really does.  Not even a specific Cru, with the original $15 price sticker still on the bottle, this was fresh and drinking well.  Is it an amazing wine?  No, but it is solid and enjoyable.  Ruby in color with some darker swirls.  The nose has fresh cherry fruit and slight candy.  Medium bodied.  No tannins.  On the palate, cherries with some depth.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This drinks nicely on its own and would work great with a mushroom pizza.  

2019 Château de La Chaize Brouilly, France, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$25.99USD

A new winery for me.  This is very nice.  Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, slight candied cherries and slighter citrus.  Medium bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, this has tart acidity.  Cherries with slight citrus.  Nice finish.  This drinks well on its own and will work well with food.  A nice wine with Mushroom Quiche.  Drink over the next five to eight years.  A great value!

2020 Louis Jadot Morgon Côte du Py Château des Jacques, France, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$32.00USD

In a recent tasting of Cru Beaujolais, this was my top rated wine.  It is a big wine, but has the structure to hang the fruit on and everything is in proportion.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright.  Great nose.  Some oak showing but not overbearing.  Cherries, black cherries, dark chocolate, slight spice and even a floral tone.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Black cherries, cherries, a bit of anise and dark chocolate.  Long finish.  This drinks great on its own, but will work well with most foods.  It would be a nice choice with a C

2019 Château du Moulin-a-Vent Moulin-à-Vent Couvent des Thorins, France, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$26.00USD

Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is nice with cherries.  Light to medium bodied.  Light tannins.  Good acidity.  On the palate, nice cherry fruit.  Nice on its own, this will work well with food.  A nice choice with pizza.  While there are better values in Beaujolais, the wine is a middle of the road in style, easy drinking wine.

2017 Louis Jadot Moulin-à-Vent Clos de Rochegrès Château des Jacques, France, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

This is a very nice wine, but for me (your mileage may vary), this is not what I am looking for in Beaujolais.  Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, baking spices, slight coffee notes and a bit of citrus.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, bold cherry fruit with spice and slight dark chocolate.  Long finish.  This drinks well on its own, but would be better served with a steak.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  

2021 Jean Paul & Charly Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$42.00USD

Another in the old school style of Cru Beaujolais.  Garnet in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, some black cherries and what a friend noted as "Autumn spices" i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  Good balance.  On the palate, black cherry fruit with a touch of anise.  An almost menthol note on the finish.  This drinks well on its own but even better with food.  Poached salmon would work well.  Drink over the next ten years or so.  

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