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2010 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Cuvée du Papet, France, Rhone, Wine Review

This has really come into its own and is drinking quite well right now.  Still youthful and not yet at peak though.  Purple in color.  The nose is bigger and excellent with cherries, violets, black olives, black raspberries, slightly meaty and spice.  On the palate, this is primary but deep.  it starts to open in the glass but still needs a few more years.  Lots of concentrated black raspberry fruit, cherries with just a bit of earth and spice.  Nice balance.  Long finish.  It needs heartier foods right now but should last for another 12 to 15 years at least.  

2007 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Cuvée du Papet, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Ruby in color, purple at the core.  The nose has cherries and black olives.  With air some black raspberries come out along with a bit of spice.  On the palate, this has a great texture.  This bottle seems like it is at or perhaps ever so slightly past peak (of course bottles vary).  nice complexity with layers of cherries, raspberries and spice with a slight dry earthiness.  Great balance.  It has an elegance that many 2007's do not have.  Great with foods of all kinds.  

1961 Château Montrose, France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe, Wine Review

Older wines can be a crap shoot.  At the same time, it's always a privilege to get to try them and to accept what they have to offer.  This was not a perfect bottle but it was quite good.  The color is great.  Mostly deep ruby/purple with a bit of lightening at the rim but not really bricking.  The nose is very nice if showing a bit of an oxidized note.  Slightly meaty with some cassis and tobacco.  A bit of funk.  In short - old Bordeaux.  On the palate, there is some cassis and cherry fruit.  The acidity is pronounced at this point but not intolerable (depending on your tastes).  Food cer

2006 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame, France, Wine Review

Silvery gold in color.  The nose has slight baked bread and slight citrus.  A nice head of lots of tiny bubbles.  On the palate, this is all about minerality and smoothness.  There is some citrus.  Great length on the finish.  This is incredibly versatile with food although hearty meats might be pushing it.  Great on its own as well.  Seems like this is a step up from the 2004.  

NV Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Imperial Rosé, France, Wine Review

Deep salmon Pink in color.  There is a nice mousse with lots of tiny bubbles.  The nose has seltzer, and strawberries.  Reminiscent of the Faygo Red Pop of my youth.  Nice.  On the palate, there is a bit of depth and complexity.  Dry.  Nice acidity.  Good finish.  Would go with practically any food.  This drinks quite well now but should develop some maturity and drink well for a while.  Aged Champagnes are not to everyone's taste but I think this should easily last for a decade.  delicious and more traditional Rose.  

NV Moët & Chandon Champagne Nectar Imperial Rosé, France, Wine Review

Apparently some version of this have a bit more sweetness than others.  This bottle had a hint of sweetness but not overt or cloying.  It was absolutely delicious.  Served to a group on a warm summer evening, it was a star.  Salmon pink in color.  There is a nice mousse with a lot of tiny bubbles.  The nose has nice strawberry fruit along with a bit of burnt orange peel in the background.  On the palate, citrus comes out first followed by nice strawberries.  There is a nice depth and complexity here.  Just that hint of sweetness which combined with the acidity is very refreshing.  Nice fini

2003 Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Demi-Sec, France, Loire, Wine Review

2003 was an extremely hot vintage across all of Europe.  The heat had two different effects on the vines.  Some of the grapes got withered and raisened from the heat.  Other vines just shut down an the grapes never got fully ripe.  And, a few places thru a combination of luck, micro-climates and hard work in the vineyard made good wines.  This wine seems to have a bit of all three of those.  Still, at age 15, it is drinking very well.  Medium deep golden in color.  The nose is sugary with apricots.  On the palate, this has nice apricot fruit.  Slightly sweet.  Not a lot of depth or complexi