My very best wines for 2013

A great year, with two astonishning verticales at domain Trimbach in Ribeauvillé :

Dom Pérignon rosé 1993 : 19/20
Chablis Dauvissat Le Clos 2007 : 19/20
Cheval-Blanc 2012 : 18,5/19 (cask)
Clos Sainte-Hune 1990 : 18,5/19
Barolo Mascarello Monprivato Ca d’Morissio riserva 2004 : 18,5/19
Margaux Bel Air Marquis d’Aligre 1961 : 18,5/20
Ausone 2012 : 18,5/20 (cask)
Trimbach Clos Sainte-Hune 2001 : 18/18,5
Trimbach Clos Sainte-Hune 1983 : 18,5/20
Leroy Vosne-Romanée Beaumonts 2011 : 18,5/20
D’Auvenay Meursault Narvaux 2005 : 18,5/20
Rayas 2001 : 18/20+
Trimbach Frédéric Emile 1983 : 18,5/20


2011 Quivet Cellars Syrah Hulda Block Las Madres Vineyard
2009 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard
2006 Jones Family The Sisters
2011 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard
2011 Patiné Cellars Pinot Noir Gaps Crown
2010 Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
2004 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Majories Vineyard Premiere Napa Valley
2012 Carter To-Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Myriad Dr Crane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
2011 Relic Wines Pinot Noir Kashaya
2010 Relic Wines Petite Sirah Old Vines
2004 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red
1997 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 Abreu Madrona Cabernet Sauvignon
1999 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Herb Lamb

It’s been a good year, wine-wise. Personal, not so much.

My 10 most memorable wines for 2013 so far, all from bottles enjoyed over long meals with family and/or good friends. Some were mine, some from my friends (as credited). No trade tasting or “tasting pours” here:

1971 Latour (from Alex Tiu)
1983 Cheval Blanc (from Clem Nieto)
Champagne Jacques Selosse Initial (from Clem Nieto)
2010 Bernard Baudrie Chinon Blanc La Croix Boisée (mine)
2011 Couly-Dutheil Chinon Blanc Les Chanteaux (mine)
1989 Montrose (from Keiichi Miki - the best bottle of '89 Montrose I’ve had to date)
1990 Daniel Rion Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes (mine)
1985 Pothier-Rieusset Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens (mine)
1970 Château La Fleur-Pétrus (mine)
1983 Oremus Aszú Eszencia (from Jay Labrador)

My most memorable wines of the year:
1996 Château d’Yquem (thanks Nick!)
1966 Château Beychevelle (thanks David!)
1996 Château Angélus
1977 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill
1978 Clos du Val Merlot
2009 Zepaltas Chardonnay Hanzell

I guess this is where under-$50 shame enters the picture. My favorite wines this year have been rather modest and related at least in part to occasion/company. They’d include:

B. Defaix 2010 Chablis 1er Lechet
S. Bize 2007 Savigny les Beaune aux Vergelesses - both red and white
Belliviers 2010 Jasnieres les Rosiers
de Moor 2007 St. Bris
Castagnier 1999 Charmes Chambertin
Villaine 2005 Chalonais Digoine
Taluau 2002 St. Nicolas de Bourgeuil vv
Pepiere 2010 Muscadet Clisson
Jadot 2007 Corton Pougets
Fourny NV 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature

True, I slipped in two Grand Cru Burgundies, but I snagged them both for about $50 each.

These look awfully good. No need to apologize for any of these.

I do not understand any apology here myself.
I hope this does not turn into that type of post.

'10 Pott Arsenal Greer
'09 Carter Grand Daddy To-Kalon
'09 Corra
'06 Quilceda Galitzine
'10 Maybach Eterium Chardonnay
'07 MacCauley To-Kalon
'09 M’Etain
'10 Myriads (the entire lineup is excellent!!)
'10 Quivet Kenefick Ranch
'10 Hourglass Blueline Merlot

I searched CT for my top reviews for 2013 and was very surprised to see how many '09s and '10s are on the list. Especially given the expectations/ratings for the vintages.

+1 I would have been delighted to share any of those bottles!

Not apologizing, poking fun - I disagree with the idea recently floated that we need a separate forum for wines under $50. An emoticon would have helped.

I’d have been happy to share any of these bottles with either of you, or, I dare say, most of the folks here; and feel fortunate to have enjoyed them.

The Prisoner
Rombauer Chardonnay
Apothic Red
Sierra Carche
Silver Oak

Sorry if I touched a nerve, Mike. In any event, you have a fine list - I’d love to expand my own horizons vis-a-vis US wines.

Ian, no nerve hit, but recent memories of some insinuating we should feel guilty to drink ‘well’. Really, that is all. And yes, smileys go a long way!



that d’yquem is right at the top of the list for me. i should try to top it in the rest of december!

All NV?

Damn right you all envy me. And I purposefully didn’t list Layer Cake, Belle Glos Meiomi and Santa Margherita, because I didn’t want to sound like a showoff.

This was a pretty good year.

1993 Ampeau Meursault Perrieres
2002 Carillon PM Combettes
2009 Coche Dury Meursault
2007 Raveneau Valmur
2011 Lafon Meursault Perrieres
1988 Lafite
1990 Lafite
1999 d’Yquem
1986 d’Yquem
1999 Truchot Clos de la Roche
2001 Drouhin Romanee St. Vivant
2002 Hudelot Noellat Romanee St. Vivant
2010 Hudelot Noellat Romanee St. Vivant
2010 Lafon Volnay Santenots
2007 Mann Gewurztraminer Steingruber
1970 la Tache
1998 Guiseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato

89 Beaucastel (found a magnum in a bargain bin for $70, not kidding, just a torn label and a low shoulder fill)
80 BV Georges de Latour Private Reserve
75 Beychevelle
81 Palmer
77 Ridge York Creek
08 Rancia
01 Tondonia Reserva

Top 9:

1983 Château Mouton Rothschild
1982 Château Gruaud Larose
2001 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve
1983 Château Gruaud Larose
1984 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate
1995 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage
1996 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux
1983 Château Margaux
1994 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard

2004 Arnot Roberts Wild Iris (Chalk Hill)
2012 Arnot Roberts Trout Gulch
2010 Kapcsandy Estate Cuvee
2009 Realm Dr. Crane
2010 Forman Cab
2001 Togni Cab
2009 Greer
2004 Shafer Hillside