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by Sean S y d n e y
February 27th, 2021, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Pépière Gorges
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Pépière Gorges

Nice. I bought and had a couple of the 2014 Gorges and that, correct me if I'm wrong, was the first time the domaine processed grapes from Gorges. It didn't impress me enough to follow up with more purchases, as the very good 2014 Briords slayed it head-to-head, perhaps unfairly. I look forward to ...
by Sean S y d n e y
February 27th, 2021, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Pépière Gorges
Replies: 3
Views: 174

TN: 2015 Domaine de la Pépière Gorges

Iodine and light crushed rocks minerality greet you on opening. There's an attractive, lightly lactic quality to the nose with almond skin and a lees-y brioche, maybe a bit of yellow to red apple for fruit (but this wine isn't about fruit). The sparks really fly on the palate: I think this wine is t...
by Sean S y d n e y
February 27th, 2021, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08`Charles Heidsieck, 06` Taittinger Comtes, 2 fine Sauv Blancs, 4 fine white Burgs, 5 fine Rieslings
Replies: 9
Views: 491

Re: 08`Charles Heidsieck, 06` Taittinger Comtes, 2 fine Sauv Blancs, 4 fine white Burgs, 5 fine Rieslings

I’ve tasted the de Villaine whites twice in the past six months and I couldn’t agree more. They just do not taste like...anything.
by Sean S y d n e y
February 24th, 2021, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 146
Views: 5566

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

This is always a great discussion and William has, as always, used his thoughtfulness and command of language to great use. It's always been a wonderful series of dilemmas - is a tonnellerie that makes barrels from forests in Nevers, a mere ~200km from Beaune, closer in spirit to Burgundian terroir ...
by Sean S y d n e y
February 21st, 2021, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1902
Views: 128622

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2012 LOUIS ROEDERER BRUT- 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay; over a year ago, a friend brought this to a dinner and I just had to get some after having already fallen in love with the 12` Rose; as with previous bottles, it`s very generous, giving nice spicy and toasty, mineral infused apple and citrus...
by Sean S y d n e y
February 18th, 2021, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1902
Views: 128622

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Blake Brown wrote: February 17th, 2021, 7:53 am Another single bottle from a Valentine`s Day small gathering. The entire thread will be posted separately in Wine Talk in a day or so:

2012 DELAMOTTE BLANC de BLANC BRUT-
Cheers,
Blake
If you only had one bottle (and I do, I only have one), would you let it sit for a little while?
by Sean S y d n e y
February 16th, 2021, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Arnot-Roberts Ribolla Gialla Vare Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: 2018 Arnot-Roberts Ribolla Gialla Vare Vineyard

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: February 16th, 2021, 4:38 am There have been some wines that I found shrill, but just figured there would be more play here.
My only thought is that they’re sliiiightly on the pricy side for what may not be clearly defined value for some folks. I occasionally wince at the prices, but have never regretted it.
by Sean S y d n e y
February 15th, 2021, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Arnot-Roberts Ribolla Gialla Vare Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 453

2018 Arnot-Roberts Ribolla Gialla Vare Vineyard

My second Arnot-Roberts in as many days and I see that Herr Bueker has posted an A-R note so let's keep the party going, shall we? I think this may be the only Ribolla I've had that WASN'T a skin contact wine (and thank goodness for that). Really interesting. It's just the right amount of aromatic a...
by Sean S y d n e y
February 14th, 2021, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar?
Replies: 86
Views: 5528

Re: POLL: What is the most expensive bottle of wine in your cellar?

I blacked out when combing through a Drouhin offer last year and bought a bottle of Amoureuses, and that is far and away the most expensive wine in my cellar. I think it was like $600 US, but I would prefer not to remember.
by Sean S y d n e y
February 13th, 2021, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Arnot-Roberts Gamay Noir El Dorado
Replies: 0
Views: 184

2018 Arnot-Roberts Gamay Noir El Dorado

This might be the best Gamay I've had in quite some time. Somewhere on the road between Pinot Noir and Gamay on the nose - the fruit quality has that slightly candied signature of the variety, but there's a wonderful and harmonious savoury element that instantly gives it depth and draws you in. Afte...
by Sean S y d n e y
January 26th, 2021, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 2
Views: 377

TN: 2017 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Having had this a couple of months after the 2016 is an interesting comparison. This vintage feels a bit more ponderous in that the fruit quality is slightly more extracted; it's not syrupy per se but there is a confected quality about it and more black cherry than red - while still possessing great...
by Sean S y d n e y
January 23rd, 2021, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?
Replies: 51
Views: 2662

Re: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?

how critical the "secret recipes" for the liqueur d'expedition are for some of the grandes marques. I’ve seen and read this being mentioned in passing/between the lines in certain Champagne texts and articles (for reasons that are not entirely opaque to me ) - but can you give an example ...
by Sean S y d n e y
January 19th, 2021, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me love Chenin Blanc
Replies: 76
Views: 3955

Re: Please help me love Chenin Blanc

Grab a Guiberteau Saumur. It's the entry-level cuvée, but if you don't like it, I feel like Chenin just ain't your thing. It is sort of the unknowable grape because it comes in so many iterations, as you've said; once you think you've grasped it, it's gone, reappearing in a totally different form. I...
by Sean S y d n e y
January 14th, 2021, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote: January 13th, 2021, 11:44 pm Damn, man! You're finding the 2019 already?! It couldn't have been more than 3 months ago when I took delivery of the '18s I bought. Thanks for the note. [cheers.gif]
Admittedly they just arrived in our market a couple weeks ago and I'm always on record as wanting some!
by Sean S y d n e y
January 13th, 2021, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc
Replies: 4
Views: 369

TN: 2019 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc

Already showing so, so well! Couldn't resist opening it, and I'm so glad I did; lovely pure Chenin character, lightly waxy and ever so slightly honeyed, crushed white flowers, white peach, some flintiness, and that inscrutable crystalline quality Chenin always gives me. So elegant. Beautiful balance...
by Sean S y d n e y
January 13th, 2021, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pierre Gonon Saint-Joseph
Replies: 19
Views: 1812

Re: TN: 2017 Pierre Gonon Saint-Joseph

Thanks for the early visit; I tend not to open n. Rhone early, although I do enjoy young cdp a bit. Normally I would have stashed this for awhile but I read some intriguing notes on CT and had a really nice dinner that was well-suited, so it seemed appropriate. If you've got multiples, it might be ...
by Sean S y d n e y
January 12th, 2021, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Generosity of Berserkers
Replies: 47
Views: 2551

Re: The Generosity of Berserkers

I hope he won't mind me saying so, but in a thread about Burgundy books I mentioned something about Jasper Morris' Inside Burgundy being unavailable here and Tony Gigante just up and PMd me for my address and sent it to me, shipping paid, and just asked that I pass it on when I'm finished with it (w...
by Sean S y d n e y
January 11th, 2021, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pierre Gonon Saint-Joseph
Replies: 19
Views: 1812

TN: 2017 Pierre Gonon Saint-Joseph

I think the keyword here is "concentrated"; the fruit quality is dense, but there's a core of savouriness, olive tapenade, crushed rose petal, and soft and broad blue and purple, even plummy - but not jammy - fruits. The structure itself is elegant, with powdery, dusty tannins rather than ...
by Sean S y d n e y
January 10th, 2021, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "mousiness" in Marguet (Crayeres 2014)
Replies: 7
Views: 628

Re: "mousiness" in Marguet (Crayeres 2014)

Yeah - we poured the Shaman by the glass at an old workplace last year and there was pretty significant bottle variation.
by Sean S y d n e y
January 5th, 2021, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 494
Views: 28995

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Sorry to derail the thread into white territory, but does anyone know much about Julien Braud Muscadet? I can only find what I can Google, but I came across a bottle of his 2014 Monnières Saint-Fiacre and bought it because it was, well, a Cru Muscadet with a touch of age and well priced. Didn't wan...
by Sean S y d n e y
January 4th, 2021, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 21
Views: 1475

Re: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Just popped another - and my last - bottle of this and, man, I wish I had bought more. This'll go the distance, too, if desired. I really get "Baby Bordeaux" vibes - the fruit quality is different, but the structure and overall harmony (along with just the fainest touch of green) is quite...
by Sean S y d n e y
January 4th, 2021, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 21
Views: 1475

Re: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Just popped another - and my last - bottle of this and, man, I wish I had bought more. This'll go the distance, too, if desired. I really get "Baby Bordeaux" vibes - the fruit quality is different, but the structure and overall harmony (along with just the fainest touch of green) is quite ...
by Sean S y d n e y
January 4th, 2021, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee
Replies: 33
Views: 1848

Re: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee

I prefer Zalto universal for Champagne; the Zalto white seems to accentuate any minerality/chalkiness in the wine which can be nice but I love the "musk" of Champagne so I like the bigger bowl of the universal.
by Sean S y d n e y
January 2nd, 2021, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15688
Views: 812098

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1 x 2013 Cédric Bouchard Côte de Bechalin
1 x 2015 Ulysse Collin Les Maillons

...does anyone know the cure for the Champagne bug? Because the symptoms are getting difficult.
by Sean S y d n e y
January 1st, 2021, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6
Replies: 80
Views: 2211

Re: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6

2012 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Côte de Bechalin. I didn't take any formal notes, so I'll just copy and paste my iPhone scribble here, unedited: lightly tropical, vinous i really know what vinous means when it comes to champagne, pure lees as opposed to toast on the nose, the deepest yellow a...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 29th, 2020, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne
Replies: 1
Views: 299

TN: 2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne

This is really quite charming. Punches above its weight but with the trademark regional signature of delicacy; there's just the faintest hint of sous-bois on the nose with pure raspberry and strawberry. The palate is light and brisk, nice tart red fruits over silky tannins that just glide over the p...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 29th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15688
Views: 812098

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

William Kelley wrote: December 29th, 2020, 6:31 am 1x 1993 Roblet-Monnot Volnay 1er Cru (anyone who hasn't been following this producer.... well, they might want to rectify that soon!)
Interesting! I've got a 2015 Volnay Saint-François that I got in a mixed case from an importer stashed away without knowing much about the Domaine.
by Sean S y d n e y
December 28th, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Huré Frères Instantanée Extra Brut
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: TN: 2012 Huré Frères Instantanée Extra Brut

Sean, Yes, this sees some oak. The barrels vary in size (228L to 600L) and age. It is a majority steel for this vintage though each year is adjusted per the wines. I agree that cellaring will only see this get better. I'm a big fan of what Huré does and, as you said, the wines are still extremely a...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 28th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just my palate, or is white wine (and bubbly) more consistently enjoyable than red?
Replies: 43
Views: 1883

Re: Is it just my palate, or is white wine (and bubbly) more consistently enjoyable than red?

I've found that with whites (maybe Viognier excepted) and Champagnes, if nothing else, they'll likely refresh you and go down easy while a disappointing red will feel like a chore to get through. I'm in my early thirties if that helps at all! [cheers.gif] I guess you still have a lot to taste then....
by Sean S y d n e y
December 28th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Huré Frères Instantanée Extra Brut
Replies: 3
Views: 204

TN: 2012 Huré Frères Instantanée Extra Brut

First chance trying this surprisingly affordable producer; lightly bready aromas and some very appealing yellow apple on the nose. It’s fresh and racy on the palate, very vertical, and a pronounced cider-y quality; there’s also a somewhat bruised apple/lightly oxidative bent, especially on the persi...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 28th, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just my palate, or is white wine (and bubbly) more consistently enjoyable than red?
Replies: 43
Views: 1883

Re: Is it just my palate, or is white wine (and bubbly) more consistently enjoyable than red?

I've found that with whites (maybe Viognier excepted) and Champagnes, if nothing else, they'll likely refresh you and go down easy while a disappointing red will feel like a chore to get through.

I'm in my early thirties if that helps at all! [cheers.gif]
by Sean S y d n e y
December 28th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?
Replies: 55
Views: 2273

Re: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?

I cringe when I pick up a bottle and it's leaden. Such a waste of materials solely for the illusion of quality or importance.
by Sean S y d n e y
December 25th, 2020, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Laherte Rose de Meunier
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: TN: Laherte Rose de Meunier

No formal notes, but we had this tonight as an apéritif and it was quite nice. I appreciated the sort of blood orange-character with just a touch of savouriness; will pay more attention with my second bottle, and it was definitely more than interesting and delicious enough to warrant the reasonable ...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 25th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Model Farm Sonoma Coast Syrah
Replies: 1
Views: 336

TN: 2014 Model Farm Sonoma Coast Syrah

Pretty classic cool-climate, whole cluster American Syrah; cranberries, sour cherry & a touch of blue fruit with a bit of olive and woodsy stemminess on the nose; nice freshness, mouthcoating tannins, just a touch of white pepper and spice on the finish. Not incredibly complex and lacked that ce...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 24th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Pouring/Serving Temperature
Replies: 16
Views: 1141

Re: Champagne Pouring/Serving Temperature

Also, Champagne goes down like water for me for the most part because it’s so delicious so I don’t want to wait for it to warm up. [wink.gif]

Generally, I take it from the wine fridge at 12 degrees and put it into the normal fridge for 10-15 min before opening.
by Sean S y d n e y
December 24th, 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: TN: 2019 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie

Gary Schoenwetter wrote: December 24th, 2020, 4:43 am Thoughts on ageability? I have bought 2018 and 2019 based on tasting one bottle...excited to learn if these evolve/improve.
This one will definitely hold up well, but I chose the non-Tardive because I want them for short to medium term consumption.
by Sean S y d n e y
December 23rd, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Pouring/Serving Temperature
Replies: 16
Views: 1141

Re: Champagne Pouring/Serving Temperature

I'm a white Burgundy kinda guy - 12ish degrees C, so basically cellar temp.
by Sean S y d n e y
December 23rd, 2020, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Laherte Rose de Meunier
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: TN: Laherte Rose de Meunier

Well done, Sean. I bought a bunch when it was released but I’m down to my final bottle. I checked the LCBO inventory last week and saw there were still a few in the system. I’m hoping some will still be around in Jan when my moratorium ends. (Check my IG - I posted about it earlier this year.) I me...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 23rd, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: TN: 2019 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 23rd, 2020, 3:34 pm Just got mine. Going to let them sit a few weeks.
I should have - I have two more - but I was an impatient child on Christmas. No regrets!
by Sean S y d n e y
December 23rd, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie
Replies: 8
Views: 624

TN: 2019 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie

Lip-smackingly delicious but with compelling depth; the nose gives lovely sour cherries, soft wet earth, and high-toned, delicate florals. It's downright pretty, despite being on the fuller side of medium-bodied. Possesses animating freshness and has just the right amount of foundational tannins for...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 23rd, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: undervalued but not for long? (edited)
Replies: 133
Views: 8709

Re: undervalued but not for long? (edited)

Hautes-Côtes of all kinds in both colours. Between ambitious producers trying to get the best out of their relatively "meager" holdings and climate change making these less heralded areas more attractive from a terroir point of view, I think they will take a quick upward turn soon. This s...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 22nd, 2020, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine
Replies: 46
Views: 2545

Re: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine

Can someone give me a guide on how to read Roses de Jeanne vintages? I am just a tad confused as I saw a bottle of 2019 Roses de Jeanne / Cedric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Cote de Val Vilaine but when I checked its Celllartacker entry it is actually V17 (2017 vintage). Not sure how retailers...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 22nd, 2020, 10:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine
Replies: 46
Views: 2545

Re: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine

The only vintage I've tried is the 2015, which was delicious. I'm not an experienced champagne taster, but I wouldn't have guessed it was no dosage. Are all vintages of this bottling no dosage? How does 2018 compare to the 2015? I have one bottle left. Drink or hold? I must say, this seemed like a ...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 22nd, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Laherte Rose de Meunier
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: TN: Laherte Rose de Meunier

Rosé de Meunier Extra Brut - This has become my absolute favorite Rose for the past two years. Just crazy good for the modest cost. I just don’t know how they pack so much fruit into the package while still maintaining a sleek profile with plenty enough acid to hold it together. The balance here is...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 21st, 2020, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: undervalued but not for long? (edited)
Replies: 133
Views: 8709

Re: undervalued but not for long? (edited)

Hautes-Côtes of all kinds in both colours. Between ambitious producers trying to get the best out of their relatively "meager" holdings and climate change making these less heralded areas more attractive from a terroir point of view, I think they will take a quick upward turn soon.
by Sean S y d n e y
December 21st, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Re: TN: 2017 By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir

Great stuff, Sean! 2017 was quite cool in Geelong and that's probably where some of the green notes are coming from. Sangreal should have very minimal stem inclusion, as opposed to its more savory brother, Farrside. The 2016 with its more floral notes should be the typical profile of the vineyard. ...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 19th, 2020, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir
Replies: 4
Views: 374

TN: 2017 By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir

Upon opening, a bit dominated by some green stemminess; however, with airtime, really opened up to where the stem inclusion knit together more harmoniously with the wine as a whole and became more of a complexing element. On the nose there's some woodsmoke, dark cherry and a bit of earth; on the pal...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 18th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé
Replies: 0
Views: 205

TN: 2018 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé

Fun to have had this about five months after the 2017 (the tasting note’s here somewhere!) and I’d say Ferret’s thoughtful viticulture made it through the heat pretty well; it’s got lemon oil, light pear, maybe a hint of grassiness and just a touch of stoniness on the nose. The palate’s generous and...
by Sean S y d n e y
December 18th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '82 Ducru-Beaucaillou
Replies: 13
Views: 784

Re: '82 Ducru-Beaucaillou

I had it at Alinea in Chicago last year as part of their fancy-dancy pairings and it was in a wonderful spot. Fruit was still quite robust but was nicely developed. Tannins fully resolved.
by Sean S y d n e y
December 17th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne...To Malo or not to Malo...that is the question?
Replies: 31
Views: 1572

Re: Champagne...To Malo or not to Malo...that is the question?

Just off the top of my head (and tried to confirm with Google):

Cédric Bouchard - malo
Bérêche - no malo
Ulysse Collin - malo
Vilmart - no malo
Eric Rodez - partial malo I believe?
Egly-Ouriet - no malo

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