Kistler McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay 2014, Domaine Charles Audoin Les Favières Marsannay 2013, Louis Jadot Pommard Rugiens 1er Cru 2010, Rocche Costamagna Rocche dell’Annunziata Barolo 2012


Kistler McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Colour: Pale straw

Nose: Big whiff of lemon, peach, butter, floral, honey, stone, ginger.

Palate: Dry, medium+ bodied, medium+ acidity. Copper, oak, peach, crushed stone, pineapple.

Finish: Medium finish, metallic.

Score: 77+/100

Very Californian in style, did not cheap out on oak, and at the same time too typical. Loads of oak influence, the flavour doesn’t cope well together on the palate, very average. Would cellar for perhaps 1-2 more years to see if the flavour would integrate together in the future.

Domaine Charles Audoin Les Favières Marsannay 2013

Colour: Clear medium- ruby core

Nose: Ripe cherry, cedar, green saplings, meaty, spice.

Palate: Dry, medium-bodied, high acidity, medium grippy tannins. Dominant cherry, plum, crushed stone, spice.

Finish: Medium-long finish, cherry, mineral.

Score: 80+/100

Haven’t had Marsannay wine before, loads of cherries on the nose and palate, got nice minerality and spice to give it more complexity. Great structure for evolution. Would hold off for another 5 years or so.

Louis Jadot Pommard Rugiens 1er Cru 2010

Colour: Light ruby

Nose: Fresh meat/blood(iron), cherry, touch of oak, undertones of cherry and berries.

Palate: Dry, medium body, high acidity, medium tannins. Cherry, crushed stones, plum, integrated oak, raspberry, liquorice.

Finish: Long finish, mineral, oak, white flower.


What a nose! Didn’t expect that fresh meat, bloody nose, exceptionally elegant nose. Hard to explain to people how fresh meat and blood leads to elegance, but that irony metallic tone adds extra depth. Decent complexity with a great structure on this still-young Pommard, definitely a lot of room to evolve. Would hold off for at least 5-10 more years!

Rocche Costamagna Rocche dell’Annunziata Barolo 2012

Colour: Clear medium tawny

Nose: Rose pedal, black tea, dried Chinese herbs, aroma of a Chinese dried seafood store, dried cherry.

Palate: Dry, medium bodied, medium acidity, high tannins. Dark chocolate dusted cherry, plum, black raspberry, dried flower.

Finish: Medium+ finish, cherry.

Score: 83+/100

A Barolo with a rather interesting costal and herbal nose. Really reminds me of the smell of a Chinese dried seafood store! Still need a few more years for the tannins to soften on the palate, and the palate is more standard Barolo, would love to see this develop. Approachable now, but would hold for 3-5 more years.

Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 2014, Roux Pere & Fils Les Valozieres Aloxe-Corton 2013, Paolo Scavino Bric del Fiasc Barolo 2011, Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

939dce840d094944a18ba5913730611b.jpgChâteau de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot 1er Cru 2014

Colour: Pale lemon

Nose: Clean nose, mineral, peach, pineapple, citrus, white flower.

Palate: Dry, full bodied, high acidity, citrus, pineapple, mineral.

Finish: Long finish, mineral and pineapple.

Score: 75+/100

On the simple side, aside from the long finish, nothing special.

Roux Père & Fils Les Valozières Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru 2013

Colour: Light purple core

Nose: Clean nose, cedar, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, floral, touch of smoke.

Palate: Dry, medium body, high acidity, low tannins, raspberry, salt, mineral, sour cherry, pepper.

Finish: Medium finish, raspberry, cherry, touch of oak.

Score: 80+/100

Lacks layers of complexity of a great burgundy.

Paolo Scavino Bric dël Fiasc Barolo 2011

Colour: Medium purple core

Nose: Clean nose, black tea, banana, light red fruits, floral, touch of earthiness.

Palate: Dry, medium+ body high acidity, full tannins, raspberry, sour cherries, blackberries, well integrated oak, touch of spice.

Finish: Medium+ finish, red fruits, oak.

Score: 86+/100

Classic Barolo on the nose, drinking quite well now but will definitely improve in the next 5-15 years.

Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012

Colour: Dark purple core

Nose: Clean nose, liquorice, black currant, bell pepper, black currant leaf, black cherry, raspberry, mineral.

Palate: Dry, full body, full grippy tannins. Black currant, blackberries, raspberries, liquorice, well integrated oak, floral, pepper.

Finish: Long finish, black fruits, oak, and a touch of spice.

Score: 84+/100

Classic Napa cab sauv, showing great depth, great refinement. Wouldn’t pay $275CAD asking price for it.

**Do note I score tighter than average, and price isn’t part of the considering for scoring.

Conclusion: Burgundy and Napa over priced as usual, and there are better Barolo for less.