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Louis Jadot (Domaine des Heritiers) - Beaune-Boucherottes 1er Cru
Popped and poured; drank over 4 hours. Dark red color with aromas of red fruit and underbrush. This wine is now approaching its drinking window. Surprisingly big wine, but its 2005 character shines through with lots of structure, minerality and uplifting acidity. Glad I have several more bottles to drink over the next several years. Great value!
Jacquesson et Fils - Brut Cuvee 730
Clear and medium golden color with a very soft bead... this NV bottle is showing its age (purchased 9 years ago). On the nose, some roasted nuts and butter. Definitely acquiring secondary flavors. I've had this wine 3-4 times over the past 10 years; years ago this wine showed lots of fruit and energy with a punch of acidity; today, barely a peak at what it once was. While still enjoyable, for my taste, should have consumed this bottle 2-4 years ago.
Pierre Peters - Blanc de Blancs Cuvee de Reserve
Wonderful freshness to citrusy aromas combined with bread dough. Very pale yellow color with extremely fine bead of tiny bubbles. Very energetic flavors with plenty of acid and a lingering finish. A wonderful and usually elegant wine that has yet to disappoint. This bottle, disgorged in Mar 2013, also had quite a bit of punch and power.
Pride Mountain - Merlot Napa-Sonoma
Opened 2 hours prior to drinking. Dark and clear red color. Aromas of dark fruit and brambles, with very pronounced oak / vanilla overtones. Very silky wine drinking nicely right now. Good balance of fruit, acid and tannin. but the oak overwhelms for my taste.
Ulysse Collin - Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Pierrieres
Bright gold color with a fine and soft bead. On the nose, lots of tart apple and citrus. On the palate, good acidity, structure and lively flavors. On the fairly lengthy finish, citrus combined with biscuit and yeast undertones ... making for a strong showing. Base vintage for this bottle was 2008; disgorgement in 2012.