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Top Ten Chateauneuf du Papes of 2016

I tend to taste and drink a lot of wine over the course of a year.  I am in a few tasting groups, sometimes the wines are consumed at various local wine store tastings and a number drunk with friends and family. 

2015 Markus Molitor Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett (Golden Capsule), France, Alsace

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
92

This is young and tight.  Light golden in color.  The nose is nice with peach and minerals.  On the palate, this is rich.  Not quite the acid I might like but plenty of deliciou

2005 Domaine Michel & Joanna Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Peuillets, France, Burgundy - Wine review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91

Checking on a 2005 Burgundy.  Not ready yet.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is nice but primary with cherries and spice.  On the palate, this has cherries, slight tannins and

1988 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
94

From a 375ml bottle.  This was very impressive.  Drinking very well.  Deep golden in color.  The nose has honey and burnt orange peel.  On the palate, this is sweet not clo

2010 Château d'Yquem, France, Bordeaux, Sauterne

Grade: 
A
Score: 
95

What can you say about d'Yquem?  An amazing wine.  The nose has honey and crem brulee.  Unctuous.  Sweet not cloying.  THe honey and crem brulee continue thru to the palate

1999 Château Mouton Rothschild, France, Bordeaux, Pauillac - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
94

Really nice showing for this first growth from an under appreciated vintage IMO.  Ruby in color with purple swirls.  The nose is great.  Classic.  Cassis, barnyard, cigar tobacc

2010 Domaine du Grangeon Chatus Ardèche, France, Languedoc - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91

My first time that I recall trying the Chatus grape.  It is very interesting.  Not too dismilar from Cinsault.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has cherries, dust and cranberrie

2009 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Grade: 
A+
Score: 
98

What an excellent wine.  It seems mature but it keeps getting better so who knows.  Purple in color with some ruby swirls.  The nose is gorgeous with black and red cherries, spice an

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 164eme, France - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
96

The 164 uses 2008 as a base.  This is pehnominal albeit very young at the moment.  Light golden in color.  A beautiful mousse with a lot of tiny bubbles.  The nose is great with

2013 Domaine François Cotat (Paul & François) Sancerre Les Monts Damnés, France, Loire - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
92

Seems to be in a bit of a dumb phase right now.  Don't get me wrong, it is quite good but not as good as it can be.  Light golden in color.  The nose has some grapefruit and nice min

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