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David Bloch’s favorite wines of 2015


The second guest post is from David Bloch.  He has contributed a few posts over the years which you may read here.  His selection of favorite wines for the year lean heavily towards France but other countries such as Italy, Spain, and the United States are represented too.  I can attest that the December bottle of 2000 Antinori, Solaia was lovely!

Whites of the Year:

2000 Domaine Leflaive, Chevalier-Montrachet: an incredible mouthful of minerals.  I had this wine once before – many years ago.  This is a wine that is “fruit free.”  It is simply all stones, minerals and rocks.  Extremely long.  I was concerned that the wine may have been over the hill, but it was terrific.  I bought this bottle from a retailer in the City of London when I was working there in the early 2000s.
2004 Domaine Trimbach, Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile, Alsace
2005 Dauvissat, Chablis  Les Clos (two bottles this year)
2010 Coche-Dury, Meursault Les Chevalieres

Reds of the Year:

France

Bordeaux
1990 Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (purchased as futures for $25!!)
1995 Chateau Angélus, St. Emilion
1998 Tertre Rôteboeuf, St. Emilion

Rhone

North
1998 J-L Chave, Hermitage

South
1995 Close des Papes, Chateauneuf du Pape
1998 Henri Bonneau, Marie Beurrier, Chateauneuf du Pape
2003 Domaine du Pegau, Cuvée Reservée, Chateauneuf du Pape

Burgundy

1996 Jean Tardy, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots
2002 Chevillon, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges

Italy

1996 Mascarello, Barolo Monprivato
1997 Monsanto, Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio
2000 Antinori, Solaia (twice – December and July)

Spain

1998 Clos Erasmus, Priorat
1998 Artadi, Pagos Viejos, Rioja

US

2001 Dominus, Napa Valley
2002 Joseph Phelps, Insignia, Napa Valley

Bubbles of the Year:

2002 Doquet, Blanc de Blanc Les Mesnil VV Champagne
2002 Taittinger, Blanc de Blanc Comtes des Champagne
2004 Bollinger, Grande Anne Rose Champagne: one of the best pinks I’ve ever had.

Sweets of the Year:

1986 Chateau Climens, Barsac
1998 Zind-Humbrecht, Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Vendange Tardive:  a powerful and super rich wine.

Taken in its youth:

2006 Donnhoff, Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Beerenauslese, Nahe

Surprises of the Year (exceeding expectations!):

1998 Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon, Champagne
2002 Chateau Palmer, Margaux
2006 FX Pichler, Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Kellerberg, Wachau

Happy New Year!

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