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2010 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde is as good a bottle of entry-level/budget Côte-Rôtie one could ask for. Surprisingly ready to drink with round tannins and balanced acidity and fruit. On the nose it shows pretty violets, olive and black currants. On the palate the black currant fruit dominates with some cold smoke and cedar in the background. Finish is solid. Not sure this will make super old bones given how well it is drinking already, but with a little more age I suspect the bacon fat will become more pronounced which may be worth waiting for. Domaine Guigal nailed this one.
2001 Domaine Jasmin Côte-Rôtie is a wine that is oddly advanced at age 16. Incredibly wild and animale with tertiary and barnyard aromas and flavors dominating. With some air, it mellows somewhat and a nice berry and olive tapenade comes to the fore, but in the end, this is a disappointing showing for a wine of this pedigree and especially from a vintage like this. I have one more bottle which will be opened soon.
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2000 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie is simply magic in a bottle. Pure violets and bacon fat, this has the texture of Grand Cru Burgundy. All silky and seductive. Perfect balance, and still ample structure and fruit to keep improving. This is the kind of wine that really proves the rewards of cellaring. So insanely good.
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2007 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape with dinner tonight. Kirsch Liqueur and dried herbs dominate in a towering structure and massive tannins. Somewhere underneath, there is some raspberry coulis and minerality. Serious wine that may reward serious ageing. That said, perfectly fine to drink now with flavorful foods and some airtime.
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1998 M. Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne with braised pork shoulder tonight. This is the kind of wine that reminds me why I cellar wine in the first place. Absolutely spectacular stuff. So complex it is absurd. Herb rubbed bacon, salinity, blackberry and blackcurrant. Finish for days and a midpalate to die for. It's got precision, balance, stucture and freshness in spades. At almost 20 years old, this is beginning to drink at absolute peak although I have been taking this to blind tastings for years where folks have swooned over it. An absolute overachiever.
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2010 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph. What can I say...great terroir, legendary winemaker, and outstanding vintage. The product is an inky dark wine that oozes dark fruit, meat juice and black olive tapenade. It is a 20+ year wine without question. Amazing what Chave coaxes out of his St Joseph holdings and I continue to be a big fan of this wine in virtually any vintage.
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