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

2002 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Hard to beat Gouges for a combination of price, quality and ageability in Burgundy.  At age 19, this one is still youthful although drinking well.  Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is nice with cherries, some black cherries, slight sandalwood and just a hint of funk.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this has depth and complexity.  Cherry fruit with some earthiness underneath.  Nice acidity.  Long finish.  This should continue to drink well for another decade.  It drinks well on its own but will work better with food.  Roast chicken would be a nice match.  

2009 Maison Ilan Charmes-Chambertin Aux Charmes Hautes, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2009
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$114.00USD

Crazy history on this winery but I am not going into that here.  This particular bottle was very nice.  Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is nice with cherries, spice, and slight smoke.  Maybe a hint of funk.  Medium bodied with slight tannins.  On the palate, this is mature and drinking well.  Cherries, slight rhubarb and earthy undertones.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This should continue to drink well for another eight to ten years.  Lamb chops would work well.  

2017 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin Clos du Château, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$325.00USD

Garnet in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is quite tight.  Even with a lot of coaxing, this seemed closed for business.  On the palate, this is a bit more open, especially with some air.  Black cherry fruit, some cherries and spice.  Good mouthfeel and balance.  Long finish.  This needs another five to ten years and should drink well for ten to fifteen after that.  This would work well with a Wild Mushroom Risotto.  

2005 Dominique Laurent Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Very nice showing for this.  It seems to be just about at peak right now.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, black cherries and slight baking spice.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, light tannins.  Black cherry fruit with some spice.  Complex with tight layering.  Great mouthfeel.  Long finish.  This should drink well over the next ten to twelve years.  This will work well with aGarlic-butter Roast Chicken.  

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

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,

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

2009 Domaine René Leclerc Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru les Champeaux, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2009
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

From a tremendous, if very ripe, vintage.  Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has cherries, black cherries, cola and slight earthiness.  This has a great lush texture.  The black cherry fruit comes out on the palate with some cherries and underlying minerality.  Clean.  Nice balance.  Long finish.  Tasted blind, one might think California but on the more elegant side.  Still on the youthful side, this should develop a bit more.  drink over the next ten to fifteen years.  This will work well with roasted foul or slow cooked braised meat dishes.  

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