2010 Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

This wine is in a beautiful place right now.  Medium gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has grapefruit, slight orange peel, with a slight touch or caramel.  Full bodied.  Complex.  On the palate, quince with slight grapefruit.  Good acidity.  Long finish. This is great on its own and would be excellent with shellfish.  Though it will last long, drink in the next few years to catch at peak.  

2020 Joseph Drouhin / Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

This is a very nice Chardonnay made from estate grown and purchased fruit.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some green apple often found in Chablis, but mostly grapefruit with some lemon.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is moderately crisp with a bit of chalky minerality.  Good finish.  It drinks well on its own and worked well with a caprese salad.  Drink over the next few years.  

2016 Chartron et Trébuchet Mâcon-Villages, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Grade: 

Unfortunately, this showed way too much oxidation for a wine this young.  While White Burgundy has had issues with premox, this also utilized an artificial closure, so what the cause was is unknown.  It had been bought on release and well stored, so that is not likely the cause.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is dusty with apple juice and slight lemon.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there is some lemon fruit but also a bitter almond note.  Not Rated.

2018 Domaine Rémi Jobard Meursault Les Narvaux, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$110.00USD

Golden green in color, clear and bright.  Great nose with lemon/lime and a slight chalk note.  Medium bodied with crisp acidity.  On the palate, this has some depth.  Grapefruit along with a touch of chalkiness.  Nice finish.  This drinks very easily on its own and works well with lighter foods, or seafood.  A nice wine with lobster.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  

2018 Domaine Bachey-Legros Santenay 1er Cru Clos des Gravières, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$55.00USD

This is apparently mostly from younger vines but it doesn't show in this excellent Chardonnay.  Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with lemons, beeswax and baking spices.  Medium to full bodied.  Slightly viscous in the texture.  On the palate, lemons with a slight amount of oak.  A bit bitter on the finish.  Very refreshing.  Good acidity.  It will probably work better with food.  Drink over the next three to five years.  It will work nicely with lighter foods.  Vegetarian Thai food would be a good match.

2010 Dominique Laurent Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Vieilles Vignes, France, Burgundy, Cotes de Nuits, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$509.00USD

Pop and pour, this was surprisingly open and accessible.  Deep ruby in color, clear and bright.  This is big and bold.  On the nose, cherries, sandalwood, some black cherries and baking spice.  Full bodied.  On the palate, lots of fresh cherries and sour cherries with some underlying char.  Delicious and vital.  Long finish.  This seems to be a five to ten years from full maturity but drinking well.  It is great on its own and would delicious with salmon or tuna.  

2002 Dominique Laurent Bonnes Mares Vielles Vignes, France, Burgundy, Cotes de Nuits, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+

Great showing for this wine and in a perfect place of maturity.  Garnett in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is beautifully perfumed with cherries, cinnamon, sandalwood and slight earthiness.    Full bodied.  On the palate, this clean with bright cherry fruit.  Some underlying earthiness.  Levels of complexity.  Great balance.  Long finish.  This has big fruit.  The oak is now integrated and the tannins are silky.  Everything one could want in a Grand Cru at age 20.  It drinks great on its own.  Contemplative.  It also worked well with food.  While it might last longer, drink over

1985 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses, France, Burgundy, Cotes de Nuits, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1985
Score: 
85
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$3400.00USD

Tasted two bottles of this.  They were part of a cellar purchase from which most of the bottles had been in excellent shape.  On opening, this was old and off a bit.  With a couple hours of air, it improved quite a bit although never got to the point of not being past prime.  Depending on one's level of enjoyment from wines with this much age, it seemed mostly a miss among the tasters.  I enjoyed it for what it offered.

1995 Frederic Esmonin Ruchottes-Chambertin, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1995
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$395.00USD

This kept improving after the cork was pulled but it took at least an hour to blow off its bottle stink.  At the two hour mark it finally hit its apogee.  If opening soon, give it some air.  From a vintage that does have its issues, this showed very well.  Ruby in color with some browning, clear.  The nose initially had some wet cardboard, but thankfully that blew off, so doubtful it was an off bottle.  In fact, at the two hour mark it showed cherries, dust, cedar and slight dry forest floor.  Medium bodied.  At the two hour mark, the palate had nice cherries, some slight macerated cherries

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