TNs: Some wines over Chinese New Year weekend


  • 2014 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis 1er Cru Beauregard - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
    Opened the night before and brought half of the bottle for dinner. Better on second day as it came across as rather disjointed on the first day. Ripe, tropical fruit as usual for this producer, but I felt this lacked energy and acidity compared to the Butteaux I had before. Based on my previous experiences this was slightly advanced in my book, but others seemed to like this a lot more than I did for the floral nose and round texture. (91 pts.)
  • 1989 Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Moelleux RĂ©serve - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray
    Orange with a tinge of bronze in colour. Exactly what I look for in a sweet - tropical fruit of peaches and apricot, orange peel, but with structure and acidity. Great balance despite the unctuous texture, has the stuffing to go on forever. (94 pts.)
  • 1975 C.V.N.E. (Compañía VinĂ­cola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
    Completely oxidised. NR (flawed)
  • 1990 Bersano Barbera d’Asti Superiore - Italy, Piedmont, Asti, Barbera d’Asti Superiore
    Was between Piedmont and southern Rhône for this, plumped for the latter in the end. Thought this didn’t have the tannic bite of Nebbiolo, but the sweet dark cherry fruit of Grenache. Not the most complex wine but drinking very well for its age, could have passed off as a late 90s or early 2000s wine. Became a little pruney after a couple of hours and lost its structure. (90 pts.)
  • 2002 Château LĂ©oville Barton - France, Bordeaux, MĂ©doc, St. Julien
    I was quite confused about this showing as I liked this wine a lot the previous time I had it. Went through a few previous notes and Nicka’s note on 3/9/2022 mirrored my experience. Didn’t place this as a traditionally made claret at all, heavily extracted with dark fruits with powdery tannins. Guessed a more modern producer like Poyferre, similar to the 2011 I had last month. Dense and monolithic. (88 pts.)
  • 2008 Château Le Dome - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
    Surprisingly I preferred this to the Barton. Clearly a modern producer but had more elegance than the Barton. Not too concentrated or oaky despite the plum fruit being predominant, think the vintage helped here to restrain the modernist tendencies. (91 pts.)
  • 2010 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge - France, Burgundy, CĂ´te de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
    Wanted to share this since I loved it a couple of years ago. Unfortunately this bottle was much less integrated. Still had that silky texture but the oak stuck out here. Fruit wasn’t fully expressive and felt muddled. Shame because the one I had previously felt at peak, so probably some bottle variation going on here. (89 pts.)

  • 2012 Philippe Roty Marsannay Champs Saint Etienne - France, Burgundy, CĂ´te de Nuits, Marsannay (23/1/2023)
    Roty’s wines always have a savoury, bacon note but this was something else. Overwhelming nose of barbecued potato chips, thankfully the palate was much better. Elegant and light on its feet with pretty red fruit, the acidity and sweetness of fruit were perfectly balanced. Delicious. (92 pts.)


All the best for the year of the rabbit.

I have had better luck with the 2002 Leoville Barton, too bad your bottle did not show as expected. Also the Clos des Mouches will probably benefit from more cellar time

cheers Brodie

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Cheers Brodie! Yes unfortunately with the Barton and I’ll keep my other bottle away for some time yet. First 2010 I’ve encountered from my limited experience that was grumpy :frowning: