02`Taittinger Comtes, 02`Billecart-Salmon Nick Frank,Peter Michael Chard,Jadot Petite Chapelle,95`Williams Selyem RRV+

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02`Taittinger Comtes, 02`Billecart-Salmon Nick Frank,Peter Michael Chard,Jadot Petite Chapelle,95`Williams Selyem RRV+

#1 Post by Blake Brown »

Five of us enjoyed a fabulous dinner at bouchon, one of Santa Barbara`s most consistently fine restaurants for 23 years now. We brought some nice wines to share while enjoying the company:

2002 TAITTINGER COMTES de CHAMPAGNE BLANC de BLANCS- disgorged 1/16; of all of the stellar champagne vintages of the 2000s, 2002 has got to be at least the 2nd best and for this house, their 02` has to be as good as any including the deservedly highly hyped 08` and the my repeated fav, the 06`; compared to many other bottles I’ve tasted in the past, the 02` has now come together beautifully and is giving up a bounty of treasures while maintaining impeccable balance; it`s super rich, creamy and full bodied possessing power and finesse; following its bright yellow gold color came aromas of toasty brioche and ginger joined by mature and honeyed citrus and stone fruit on the nose which more specifically translated into lemon, orange zest and yellow peach on the palate; it’s just the complete package and there’s no doubt, this wine will continue to express beautifully for many years to come. Epic.

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2002 BILLECART-SALMON CUVEE NICOLAS FRANCOIS BRUT- I took this as a treat for the one who brought the 02` Comtes knowing he had not had it; this was first released in 1964 as a tribute to the founder of this house; it is comprised of 60% Pinot Noir from the 1er and Grand Crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs; as with the 02` Comtes, it was disgorged 1/16; the notes for this bottle are consistent with the another recent bottle in that it had a light yellow color, a nice, refreshing citrusy nose and an initial taste of freshly zested lemon which by mid palate was joined by ginger, clove and honey infused lemon and lime which then faded back into more pure lemon zest at the end; this is a lovely, nicely rich and full bodied bubbly that, IMHO, can stand up to most, if not all of the other Grande Marques in this vintage.

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2011 PETER MICHAEL WINERY ESTATE `LA CARRIERE` KNIGHTS VALLEY SONOAMA COUNTY CHARDONNAY- pure golden yellow color; the nose had floral and tropical fruit with accents of coconut and vanilla which continued on to be joined by creme brûlée and honeyed pear, baked apple, orange marmalade and a touch of minerality; it was full bodied with ample weight and layered depth; about mid palate, there was an unexpected minty pine note that continuously stood out from all of the other nuances; this estate vineyard is bowl shaped and has shallow rocky soils, thus the use of the French name, La Carriere, which means quarry; it has15.2% abv that is not that noticeable.

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2017 VINCENT GIRARDIN LES CHAMPANS VOLNAY 1er Cru- the color was a light to medium semi opaque red; the nose and taste profile was very fruit forward with fresh red cherry/ berry and rose petals with a bit of spice; it had a light to medium body and weight and had an unsweetened kool-aid like red fruit finish; with a good chill, this could pass for a summer pleasing rose taking an extra step up.

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2005 LOUIS JADOT PETITE CHAPELLE  GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru- the nose had a petite amount of TCA especially noticeable after swirling; when not swirled, the primary evidence was now in the taste; it was tolerable, but as stated by the one who brought it and had opened another bottle the night before, this one had lost its power and a lot of it’s fruit as well as the wet cardboard notes; I actually went back for a few more sips and if I avoided aerating it, it was passable; beyond that was evidence of it being at least a decent wine with underlying red and dark fruit and a bit of spice; with another wine in the bag just in case it was needed, I opened it.

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1995 WILLIAMS SELYEM RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR- the fill was high neck and the color was a grainy cinnamon red which complimented the cinnamon accent to the spicy raspberry, strawberry and red cherry fruit in the nose and on the palate; amazingly, this wine expanded and improved in the glass and just went from really good to extra stellar; one commented, “red Burgundy, it is not” and then later on after repeated tastes remarked how very special it was; I’ve had numerous bottles of this vintage release and all have been equally stupendous and it’s understandable considering the track record of these Burt Williams made Pinots and it helps that there is some incredibly good fruit in the make up including a majority from Allen and Rochioli vineyards; I checked my notes for the last bottle I had which was in July 2018 and shared with Burt before he passed and they were equally comparable; these great wines just keep going on and on.

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Another exquisite night with great friends while dining at a superb restaurant and drinking good stuff. Life is good.

Cheers,
Blake
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A bump to celebrate the wondrous 02` Comtes if not the stellar 95` WS RRV.
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LOVE the Nicky Frank but it is no longer the bargain it once was. I have couple of the Taittingers but had thought to wait on opening one
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Neal.Mollen wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 10:38 am LOVE the Nicky Frank but it is no longer the bargain it once was. I have couple of the Taittingers but had thought to wait on opening one
Neal, I'm finding the Nick Frank to be pretty comparable to others at or near the same price so I do not have problem paying for it at the increased price. Having said that, the 06` Comtes at the average cost I've paid= ~$120 {from $105-135}, still gets the number one choice for being pulled.

If any of the "couple of the Taittingers include the 02`, I submit you don't have to wait if you want an epic experience sooner than later.

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Blake Brown wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 12:01 pm
If any of the "couple of the Taittingers include the 02`, I submit you don't have to wait if you want an epic experience sooner than later.

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I'm not Neal but I do still have 2 '02s so they are now on the list to be pulled the next time I go to offsite storage. Thanks!
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Jay Miller wrote: May 3rd, 2021, 4:36 pm
Blake Brown wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 12:01 pm
If any of the "couple of the Taittingers include the 02`, I submit you don't have to wait if you want an epic experience sooner than later.

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I'm not Neal but I do still have 2 '02s so they are now on the list to be pulled the next time I go to offsite storage. Thanks!
I`m overly optimistic for your drinking pleasure Jay. Please share your experience.
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#7 Post by Brian Pinci »

Nice notes. Thank you. I have two bottles of that ‘02 Billecart which I have not tried yet as well as the ‘06. Looking forward to popping the cork. I’m a big fan of Peter Michael Chardonnay’s. I’ve picked up on that minty pine note of the Carriere before. Although I still love the wine, probably my least favorite of their Chard line up due to that.
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