I'll keep it short so you can get to the Wines... We tasted some great juice this past Monday.  Any time you get the chance to taste a First Growth... definitely do it.  Read the Chateau d'Yquem Review below (first wine) and you'll understand what I'm talking about.

The last two wines below are excellent finds for under $20 per bottle.  And we aren't referring to 'Bargain Finds' as in 'just acceptable'... we're talking about Great wines that won't require you to own a high rise in downtown.  Pick both bottles up at Pogo's off of Lovers.

ok go ahead, read. 

 

Reviews

 

Chateau d'Yquem 2013 Grand Cru Classe Superieur

Chateau d'Yquem 2013 Grand Cru Classe Superieur

 

Blake

Fresh tangerine marmalade and honey covered peach coat your mouth in this super sweet but super pure nectar.  Chalky, mineralistic, hedonistic and pine-nutty, the botrytis is in the background, but it should gain a bit in intensity as it was not bottled too long ago.  A bit dark for its youth, this wine will last quite sometime, probably until about 2065-2070.  This is pure class, multidimensional and utterly stunning.  Truly deserving of its pedigree and probably the wine of the vintage!

Should I buy? - Prices are lofty, but Yquem sits above the Sauternes box.  Wait for release price, but probably neutral.

Ratings

Overall - 98
Hedonism - 99
Fun to drink - 96
For the Classic - 98
In Pursuit of Balance (IPoB) - They drink Sauternes? - 97

 

Nick

Nose is desert.  Yea, desert.  It carries crazy aromatic notes of carmel, sugar, freshly browned edge of Angel Food Cake, and definitely alcohol.  This wine is as enticing and sexy as an old well made port.  But don’t be fooled, it’s not fortified.  On initial approach, the wine melts across your mouth with a consistency of sweet thin syrup.  Toasted almond… so much toasted almond. Notes of fig, extra ripe peach, and almost a hint of brown sugar.  This wine is nothing short of dreamy, and will hold on to your desires even in between sips. “Nick you’re a little too into this wine”… No, quiet down and taste it.  Trust me, it’s excellent.

Should I buy? - Difficult buy for the consumer at about $645 retail, but if you get a chance to taste it don’t you dare pass it up.

Ratings

Overall - 99
Hedonism - 99
Fun to drink - 99
For the Classic - 98
IPoB - 96

 

Domaine de Chene-Colombe 2012 White Burgundy

Domaine de Chene-Colombe 2012 White Burgundy

 

Nick

Call me crazy, but the nose jumps out at me with the smell of a freshly peeled ear of corn, more of the corn stalk actually.  It’s accompanied by strong mineraity, limestone, chalk, citrus, blood orange, and carrots.  This wine shouts at you that it’s refreshing, and not only on a hot day.  Palate presents with medium plus acidity, pear, green apple, and the bite of a good glass of fresh lemonade. Slightly alcoholic finish, but not all the way to offensive.  Just enough to bite you in a loving way.

Should I Buy? - Absolutely excellent purchase at $13, go get it at Pogos off of Lovers.

Ratings

Overall - 97
Hedonism - 96
Fun to Drink - 97
For the Classic - 95
IPoB - 94

 

Blake
 
A ringer, if not somewhat forced, for some Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne!  Loads of mineral swim up from the glass like wet river-bottom in an utterly beguiling manner.  On its back are citrus oils with some granny smith apple floating around in the background.  There is an almost flinty corn-stalk aroma that adds some interest too, but it falls flat a bit at the end.  Plenty of focus and well defined, this shoots well above its weight.  This would be a disappointment if I wasn’t almost jumping for joy after learning the price.  Such a killer value, this should be a party white for every serious collector.  Bravo to the entire team of this producer who I am unfamiliar with! Drink until 2019 (could last longer but I don’t know how this property ages), if it proves to be a long lived wine, a couple points could easily be added to the overall and classicism scores.

Should I Buy? - Buy hand over fist

Ratings

Overall - 91
Hedonism - 88
Fun to drink - 92+
For the Classic - 93
IPoB - 94

 

Y d'Yquem 2013 Bordeaux AOC

Y d'Yquem 2013 Bordeaux AOC

 

Blake

Orange marmalade, key lime pie, cinnamon, and exotic melon notes come together in this weighty, full bodied, yeasty wine with a touch of residual sugar (7g/L to be exact).  Composed of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% slightly botrytized Semillon, this is a tour de force that has the potential to easily age 15+ years (and probably 20-22).  For as round as this wine is, the terroir (soil, microclimate, winemaking ability etc) is able to provide such acidity for life and freshness as this wine is SOOO delineated and pronounced for its richness!  As challenging a vintage for reds 2013 proved to be, this is an exceptional vintage for dry and botrytized whites, with Sauvignon Blanc stealing the show.  Expect to see a higher proportion of Sauvignon Blanc in all whites than normal.  What is interesting here is this is nota second wines by any means, but a bunch per vine picking of the best plots of this magnificent vineyard.  Only 10,000 bottles of this wine are produced, and this is probably one of the best whites in the world.  But, this is not typical dry white Bordeaux - Instead, it is more closely related in style to Alsace or White Burgundy.  It represents a compelling value against many wines that are much more expensive.  This is probably the most unique white in Bordeaux and in the same league as Haut Brion Blanc, qualitatively.
Compelling buy for the true collector

Ratings

Overall - 97+
Uniqueness - 100
Fun to Drink - 99
Hedonistic - 99
For the Classic - 93
IPoB - 89

 

Nick

Notes - Very approachable nose.  Immediate notes of minerality, peaches, nectarines, and stone fruits.  Seems to have a hint of subtle spice, definitely inciting.  This wine definitely invites you in to take a sip, it’s not offensive or harsh at all.  On first sip, the juice calms your soul.  Yea, I said it.  This wine coats your mouth, throwing comforting hints of whipped cream without the thin light airy quality.  There’s definitely body here, especially for a white wine.  Mid palate reveals medium acidity, apple crisp, and hints of cinnamon.  Finish, simply delightful; smooth with an unmistakable whisper for you to return.  This wine is good, very good.

Should I Buy? - Good buy at about $150, but don’t extend yourself for it

Ratings

Overall - 97
Uniqueness - 99
Fun to Drink - 99
Hedonistic - 99
For the Classic - 93
IPoB - 90

 

Maison Nicolas Perrin 2012 Syrah

Maison Nicolas Perrin 2012 Syrah

 

Blake

Crushed dried cranberries and red cherries frame this decently well-made, strait forward Cote-Rotie styled blend.  Very subtle, and barely medium bodied, the wine comes across as slightly austere, chalky and a bit peppery.  A good introduction to the range, but I am left wanting a bit more body, fruit and complexity.  It could be better or fall apart in a year or two, but drink up by 2019.

Should I Buy? - A great buy at the price as it does reflect the style well in a very restrained style

Ratings

Overall - 87
Hedonism - 80
For the Classic - 89
Fun to drink - 86
IPoB - 90

 

Nick

Pepper, plum, heirloom tomato, and cumin on the nose.  Large but not offensive.  Carries potential for food pairing and will stand up to Filet Oscar, and a peppered Medium Rare Ribeye.  Pulls in the drinker on sheer mystery alone.  Front palate slaps you in the face with pepper, in a good way.  It rounds out the intense nature of the Syrah grape.  Plum comes through in a big way on the mid palate, as if you’ve bitten into one.  Medium acidity, with a bold and tight finish.  This is a good representation of this grape, and trust me, for the price you won’t be disappointed.

Should I Buy? - Excellent buy at the price, $14 is never a bad purchase for an 88 point wine.

Ratings

Overall - 88
Hedonism - 85
Clacissism - 90
Fun to Drink - 86
IPoB - 89
 

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