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Taittinger - Comtes de Champagne
Pale yellow color with an amazing bead of micro-fine bubbles that filled and continued to emerge in the glass. Some yeast and apple on the nose. On the palate, a moderately intense though elegant wine. Bright and lively acidity as well. Perhaps not as powerful as I remember of the other '96 I tasted a few years back. Still lots of life ahead with this wine!
Leroy (Domaine) - Chambolle-Musigny
Opened and drank over 3-4 hours. Color was light red with orange tones at the rim. Very cloudy as is my experience with 3 other 2004 Leroy wines. Wonderful aromas - fruit and spice with a bit of earth underneath. The nose on Leroy wines is consistently exceptional! On the palate, very juicy with primary fruit flavors and a moderate to long finish. The light color of this wine belies the fact that there is quite an intensity of flavor!
Fontodi - Flaccianello Della Pieve
Popped and poured, and then quickly decanted. Still very dark purple / red color showing little signs of aging. The nose was yielding aromas of black fruits and flowers; slight undertones of spice and chocolate. On the palate, this wine is big and still very tight, with predominate and edgy tannins. While enjoyable and showing lots of promise, I'd leave this wine in the cellar for at least another few years.
Dominique Laurent - Vosne-Romanee Les Beaumonts Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru
Popped and poured, then drank over 3 hours. Medium, sparkling burgundy color. Initial nose a bit stinky (barnyard) but this blew off after 15-30 minutes. Bright, high-toned and red fruit flavors; very fresh due to the acidity but there was enough fruit to balance the acidity and tannins. There was good punch through the mid-palate, but the flavors trailed-off quickly - moderate finish at best. Drinking nicely now, and probably at its prime over the next 3-5 years
Bouchard Pere & Fils - Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru
Popped and poured. Medium plus color, no hint of age; still has a deep burgundy color of a 2-3 year old wine. Nose has a fairly deep pitch with some oak undertones adding a bit of sweetness to the aromas of primary fruits, mostly dark cherry. On the palate lots of structure and solid mouth-feel, typical of the big 2005 vintage; moderate finish. Still young, I'd wait at least another 2 years for this wine to hit the start of its drinking window ... for my taste anyway; though very enjoyable right now!