2017 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$375.00USD

Quite the treat!  Served to me by friends!  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose takes some time to open, and then orange/tangerine, peach, slight almond flour and a bit of a floral note.  Medium bodied with a slightly oily (in a good way) texture.  On the palate, this takes some time to open and then shows peach, tangerine, and stony minerality.  Delicious.  Long finish.  This is young and will undoubtedly improve over the next seven to ten years.  It should drink well for another ten to twelve after that.  That said, it offers up so much energy and intensity now, it would be

1981 Domaine Ponsot Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos des Monts Luisants Blanc, France, Burgundy, Cotes de Nuits, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1981
Grade: 

The neck tag on this said 1978 but the label said 1981 so...  A bit of research seems to suggest this is 60% Aligote, 25% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Gouges.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has a lot of mushrooms along with a bit of citrus and a burnt almond quality.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, the citrus and burnt almond quality come out.  There is some life here but not a lot.  Still an interesting wine to try.  Drink up if you have any.  Giving it the respect it deserves, share this wine with friends without food and have a back up bottle.  It doesn't seem fair to

2019 Maurice Écard Bourgogne Chardonnay, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is a nice easy going French Chardonnay (listed on the label).  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has pears and apples with a slight note of almonds.  Light bodied.  Crisp and clean.  On the palate, green apples with a slight minerality.  Nice balance.  Good finish.  This is refreshing and should be popular among fans of all styles of Chardonnay.  This should be consumed over the next couple of years.  It drinks well on its own and will work well with salads and seafoods.  

2005 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$198.00USD

At or near peak and drinking well.  Garnet in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with cherries, slight funk. slight black cherries and spice.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, bold cherry and some black cherry fruit.  Slight forest floor and mushroom underneath.  Nice energy and balance.  Good finish.  This should drink well for another ten to twelve years.  Great on its own, this would work well with salmon or a mushroom dish.  

2015 Maison Albert Bichot Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
83
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is an inexpensive Chardonnay.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some gun flint with a touch of peach.  I suspect it had more fruit when it was younger.  On the palate, a bit chalky with slight peach as well.  A bit bitter on the finish.  This seems past prime and should be consumed soon.  It will work better with food, seafood would be a nice choice.  

2010 Maison Ilan Charmes-Chambertin Aux Charmes Hautes, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$155.00USD

There is a lot of controversy about this American producer.  I won't go into the here except to say, all the wines I personally purchased and opened so far have been at or above expectations.  Pop and pour.  Light ruby in color, slightly hazy which is not uncommon in Burgundies.  The nose is very nice.  Earthy with slight mushrooms, cherries, slight cranberry notes and just a bit of funk.  Medium bodied with tart acidity (in a good way).  On the palate, nice cherry fruit with underlying earthiness and slight mushrooms.  Still on the youthful side of full maturity.  That said at age eleven,

2018 Bouchard Père et Fils Pinot Noir Bourgogne Reserve, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
82
Grade: 
B-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

Tasted over two nights, it was better on the second.  This carries the name Pinot Noir on the label as well.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has raspberries, rhubarb and slight cherries.  Also, a slight dill note.  Odd as this sees no wood at all.  On the palate, the red fruits carry thru if a bit thin.  There is a green note especially on the finish.  This was disjointed on opening but with air settled a bit.  It is an easy going Pinot Noir that is unremarkable in most aspects.  It will work better with some lighter food, perhaps chicken salad.  Dirnk over the next couple of ye

2010 Dominique Laurent Bonnes Mares Vieilles Vignes, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$275.00USD

Gorgeous wine.  Pop and pour, this kept improving.  Still needs another ten to twelve years to maturity.  Ruby in color with slight brown hues, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is great with cherries, black cherries, black tea, and moist earth.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is layered but tight.  Complex layers of earth, cherries and spice.  Light tannins.  Still has plenty of fruit and also oak to  integrate.  Long finish.  Delicious.  This should easily go another twenty to thirty years.  Drink on its own or with any fowl or hearty sea food.  This could easily work with a roast or

2005 Dominique Laurent Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$300.00USD

Splendid bottle consumed while still youthful but showing some maturity.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is great with cherries, macerated cherries, slight earthiness, just a hint of oak spice.  Medium to full bodied.  Layers of cherries, black cherries, funk and spice.  Light but present tannins.  Yes, some funk and oak but overall very clean.  Enough fruit to finish the job in another five years, but great now.  Long finish.  Contemplative on its own, this will work well with food as well.  Anything from roasted duck to Kung Pao Chicken.  This should easily go another f

2002 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Drinking very nicely at this time.  Deep golden in color with a slight green hue.  The nose is tight but shows apples, pears and minerals along with just a touch of oxidation.  On the palate, this has slight tannins.  Tart apples with slightly bitter lemons (not in a bad way).  Good acidity although the wine comes off more rich/fat than lean/mean.  Nice finish.  This seems fully mature and these probably should be consumed in the next five to seven years.  

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