Saturday, 18 April 2015

Me & My Magnum - 1985 Château De La Rivière

"A magnum is the perfect size for 2 gentlemen to share over lunch...especially if one of them isn´t drinking". This quote is said to have originated from Winston Churchill.

Recently I drank a bottle of 1990 Château de La Rivière and subsequently ordered a couple of 1985 and 1986´s, the 1985 being magnums.
Time to take one for a test drive, all by myself...:-)

1985 Château de La Rivière
The nose shows a bit restrained at first but opens up nicely with some air in the glass. After a while it displays fine aromas of plums, black currants, graphite and autumn leaves. A lovely mature, old school Bordeaux typicity.
The taste is beautifully mature with fine note of red and black currants, dry tobacco, autumn leaves and warm tiles. The finish is medium long, perfectly dry and very, very good. Not as great as the 1990 but tonight this is a perfect drinking Bordeaux, at least from a magnum. :-)
91p   (tasted 2015/04)


Friday, 17 April 2015

Drinking Tonight - 2006 Pinot Gris, Schlossgut Diel

Coming home on Friday evening, making a tasty fish soup and pondering over what to open. Wait, is it not a single bottle of a Pinot Gris laying around? Well, it seems to be.

2006 Pinot Gris, Schlossgut Diel
Isn´t Grauer Burgunder a more beautiful name? It says that on the back label but on the front label Pinot Gris boast its name. Anyway, a big, extrovert meets you when you put your nose in the glass, with fine notes of sweet flowers, candle grease, dried peaches and candied lemon. Some maturity. Very good. Round and yummy.
The taste is broad and tight with notes of apricots, pine apple juice, smoke, candle grease and blood orange peel. The finish is long, warm and mouth filling. The acidity is on the low side of things but I really like it all the same. Went perfectly with the fish soup. Drinking perfectly now.
89p   (tasted 2015/04)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Keller - Seven Bottles From The 2012 Vintage

A couple of weeks ago, at Mirans follow up chapter of my Brunello project, he also poured a LOT of white wines, before we came to the Brunello´s.
Here are some of them...

And if you want to read all there is to know about Keller, look no further than here.

2012 Rieslaner Spätlese, Keller
A young, vigorous, fine nose with notes of pear juice, bay leaves, flowers and gravel. Fine spicy aromas. Very, very good.
The taste is young, tight and elegant with notes of ripe yellow pears, spices, dried flowers and gravel. The finish is very long and crisp. Really fine.
92p   (tasted 2015/03)

2012 Westhofen Morstein GG, Keller 
The nose is very young and restrained, but with some swirls of the glass you can get scents of chalk, white currants, grape and a touch of matchbox. Very refined. This has lots to offer although it needs lots of time.
The taste is young, tight and seedy with notes of white flowers, white and red currants, chalk and almonds. The finish goes on and on and on. A high strung acidity. Sooo good, but it needs at least 6+ years in the cellar.
94p   (tasted 2015/03)

2012 Riesling -RR-, Keller
A very young, focused and intense nose meets you when you put your nose in the glass. Stunning notes of lemon peels, white flowers, slate and a touch of ginger. Some pine forest scents after a while. Really fine.
The taste is elegant and pure with notes of dry white peach, summer flowers, slate and pears. The finish goes on for over a minute. Very, very good. A stunning acidity. Young of course, but oh so lovely already.
93p   (tasted 2015/03)

2012 Nierstein Hipping -R-, Keller
A low keyed, refined nose with gorgeous notes of just ripening peaches, wet asphalt, birch leaves and sweet minerals. Just lovely.
The taste is cool, tight and intense with notes of lemons, lime, birch leaves and lots of crushed rocks. A long, elegant finish with a great acidity kick in the end. This is fine!
92p   (tasted 2015/03)

2012 Nierstein (Hipping) Riesling Kabinett -H-, Keller
This comes from Hipping but according to the German regulations, it can´t be labelled as such, hence the "H" on the label. It has a cool, sandy nose with notes of green apples, gooseberries and a hockey puck! Pure as a mountain river. Great stuff.
The taste is young and cool with notes of gooseberries, rhubarb, sweet lemons and cucumber. A long, medium dry finish with a stunning acidity. Very, very fine.
93p   (tasted 2015/03)

2012 Nierstein (Pettenthal) Riesling Kabinett -P-, Keller
This beauty shows of a deep, penetrating nose with stunning notes of sweet/sour lemons, modelling clay, pear ice cream and lots of crushed rocks. A lovely, wilful nose that leaves a distinct mark on your olfactory senses.
The taste is tight, focused and pure with notes of ripe pears, almond paste, lots of gravel and candied lemon peels. A lovely acidity that marks the long, long finish. This is a stunning example of what Riesling can achieve. Simply marvellous.
96p   (tasted 2015/03)

2012 Nierstein Pettenthal Riesling Spätlese, Keller
A deep, medium dry nose with notes of ripe peaches, lemon candy, warm grass and a lovely after-the-rain scent. Very refined. This is goooood!
The taste is pure as a mountain river with lovely notes of white peaches, sweet lemons, grass and a touch of lemon liquorice. The finish is long, focused and with a gorgeous balance. Very, very fine.
94p   (tasted 2015/03)


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Two More Bottles Of 2010 Chianti

Two more 2010 Chianti´s down the hatch. A great vintage, as shown in these bottles and previous tasted bottles - here, here, here and here.

2010 Chianti Classico Riserva, Montegiachi
With a young, upfront, juicy nose, this Chianti delivers the goods. Fine notes of violet pastilles, sweet/sour cherries, gravel and roses. Very fine. A lot of nerve and interest.
The taste is young and tight with a core of sandy tannins, a fine acidity and lots of ripe cherry fruit. The finish is long with notes of smoke, violets and warm gravel. Very good now, this will be even better with 5+ years in the cellar.
90p   (tasted 2015/04)

2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Monsenese, San Leonini
This one is denser and richer than the wine above. A big, structured nose with notes of ripe black cherries, liquorice, dried flowers and some chocolate scents. Some oak vanilla in the background. Compact. Needs time.
The taste is big and intense with notes of chocolate covered cherries, liquorice, hot gravel and sweet flowers. Some dusty tannins in the long, warm finish. Needs time to come around but I think that it will be fine in 6-8 years time.
87p   (tasted 2015/04)

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Preparing For Tonight

Tonight it is time for another wine dinner in our tasting group. I am preparing the amuse bouche´s that will be nibbled on with three bottles of Champagne (no pics of those for an obvious reason...:-)

These three will be opened to along the main course, which will be three variants of veal. Notes to follow.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

A Bottle Of Bubbly - 2004 Rubis De Noirs, Leclerc Briant

I opened this as an aperitif over Easter. The whole bottle didn´t get emptied so I toyed with it for a couple of days, and it stayed the same for those three-four days.
Info here.

2004 Rubis de Noirs, Leclerc Briant
This 100% Pinot Noir 1er Cru has a elegant, rather withdrawn nose with notes of ripening raspberries, lingonberries, blood grape and crushed rocks. A touch anemic but good all the same.
The taste is tight and restrained with notes of rhubarb, barely ripe raspberries, earth and red beet juice. The finish is medium long and shows a fine acidity. Nothing wrong with it, but neither something to get excited over.
84p   (tasted 2015/04)

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Lamb & Two Bottles Of 1983 Bordeuax

No Easter holiday could be complete without a lamb dish and some Bordeaux poured. I opted for two bottles of mature Bordeaux, in a, obviously, classic style.

Said about Château Soutard:
"The aim is to make long-keeping, classic wines, and the result is rather uncompromising and needs patience from the consumer."         
(David Peppercorn: Bordeaux (1991))

"this is one of the most traditionally made and longest-lived wines in St Emilion"
(Robert Parker: Bordeaux (1998))

1983 Château Soutard
Even though it is 32 years old it needs some time to come around. When it opens up, it offers fine scents of red currants, cool plums, dry tobacco, autumn leaves and road dust. A old fashioned style with lots of backbone and a resolute character. Very, very good.
The taste is perfectly mature with a taut structure and a rugged, old style fruit with additional notes of tobacco ashes, old leather, warm tiles and dry earth. A long finish with still some tannins present. With the lamb this created harmony. Perfect now. I really like Soutard - as this tasting with 8 vintages almost three yeras ago shows.
91p   (tasted 2015/04)

Said about Château Rouget:
"As a result of its position and the methods employed, this is a really powerful, tannic, old-fashioned Pomerol, that demands keeping for its true merits to be appreciated."
(David Peppercorn: Bordeaux (1991))

"there is no question that Rouget can be a rich and interesting wine"
(Robert Parker: Bordeaux (1998))

1983 Château Rouget
The 83 Rouget is more open right from the bottle, with fine notes of dark plums, sugared coffee, moist undergrowth and pipe tobacco. This has a lovely warmth, but it is a tad more shallow than the Soutard. Very good though. Again, a nose from a distant era, when you could identify a Bordeaux from a mile away, even though the question of the Left or Right bank sometimes could cause some pondering...
The taste is tighter and drier with notes of dried black cherries, plums, pipe tobacco and cold coffee. A medium long finish with a fine warmth. A deep, sweet, mature black fruit. This wears its heart on its sleeve. Maybe a tad overmature, but I love drinking it! Bought a couple of months ago for the outrageous sum of 11 Euro...:-)
87p   (tasted 2015/04)


Sunday, 5 April 2015

A Easter Pinot

This bottle was opened to compliment a whole roasted chicken, stuffed with truffle butter, Serrano ham, thyme and lemon.
It did.

2005 Beaune-Greves 1er Cru, Jacques Prieur
It needs some time to open up in the glass but when it does it shows lovely aromas of ripe raspberries, red cherries, damp earth, assorted herbs and a touch of chocolate. With air it becomes more meaty. Deep and fine. Still on the young side of things.
The taste is young and firm with notes of cool raspberries, dry liquorice, forest floor and a hint of chocolate covered cherries. A long, structured finish with a fine interaction between the sweetness of the fruit, the acidity and the sandy tannins.
Perfect with the chicken. Alas, my only bottle, would love to have more of this beauty. And it will get even better in 4-6 years.
93p   (tasted 2015/04)

Saturday, 4 April 2015

2012 Heytesbury Chardonnay, Vasse Felix

To go along assorted shellfish yesterday I opened this youngster. I drank the 2009 a while back.

2012 Heytesbury Chardonnay, Vasse Felix
A young, upfront yet focused nose with notes of sweet/sour lemons, dried papaya, milk chocolate fudge and a lot of cap gun smoke. There is a lot of interesting things going on here, although its still very young. Lots of sweet minerals.
The taste is young, tight and concentrated with notes of lemon candy, flint, dried tropical fruits and dry fudge. A very fine acidity characterizes the long, intense finish. Very, very good. This need a couple of years in the cellar to really unfold. A serious Chardonnay.
92p   (tasted 2015/02)

Thursday, 2 April 2015

1987 Brunello di Montalcino, Conti Costanti

I opened the first bottle from my Easter egg yesterday. It complimented perfectly some hand made saugeses, grilled vegetables and a garlic sauce.

1987 Brunello di Montalcino, Conti Costanti
It opens a bit shy and need one hour in the decanter before it starts to blossom in the glass. When it does, oh boy, this is good! Wonderful attenuated yet prominent notes of autumns aromas - wrinkled leaves, decaying flowers, damp earth - and additional scents of sweet tobacco, a stale cherry Clafouti, viol pastilles and candied blood orange peel. Very complex. A could sit and sniff this all night long.
But I got to taste it! It has a mellow, mature, sweet character with similar notes as on the nose, although the tobacco is a bit drier and the autumn leaves have just caught fire. The finish is long and full of interest. Fully mature, like a dowager, still with a twinkle in her eye. Great stuff!
94p   (tasted 2015/04)


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

My Easter Egg

It is that time of the year again - a few days of from work and I am looking forward to visits from friends and family. I rummaged through the cellar and came up with these bottles for this years Easter egg.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Some Spanish Wines

At the last tasting in a our tasting group, Göran presented us with one white and four red wines, and we were, as usual, forced to try to make some sense out of them. We don´t, for some reason, taste Spanish wines that often, so this was fun. Especially when I guessed right - for once...
Tasted double blind.

2002 Gran Clos Blanco, Cellers Fuentes
This has an interesting nose with notes of dry honey, tangerines, oil cloth and candle grease. At first I was thinking Chenin Blanc. And the salty scents that appeared later didn´t change my mind.
But the taste did - more volume and fat than a Chenin should have. Too low in acidity also. But very fine notes of sweet tangerines, almond paste, crushed rocks and some melted butter. A long, warm, mature finish. This I like!
90p   (tasted 2015/03)

1997 Viñas Pizarra, Cran Clos de J M Fuentes
This 18 year old Priorat sports a broad, mature nose with notes of ripe red and black cherries, plums, rosehips, damp earth and some vanilla oak scents. Deep and fine. With air there is a hint of a Rioja dill aroma. Very, very good.
The taste is firm and steady with a mature feel and notes of plums, liquorice, undergrowth and cold coffee. A long, mellow but persistent finish. In a great drinking phase now.
90p   (tasted 2015/03)

2007 Gran Clos, Cellers Fuentes
The ten year younger Gran Clos has a big, spicy nose with notes of (over)ripe black cherries, toasted almonds, warm flowers and mulled wine. Deep and complex.
The taste is big, warm and juicy with lots of sweet black fruit and notes of red apples, coconut, warm tiles and coffee grounds. The finish is long and, almost, hot. A fine structure but I think it it a tad too warm. Maybe age will cool it down.
87p   (tasted 2015/03)

2012 Les Terasses Velles Vinyes, Alvaro Palacios
This old vine wine displays a deep, dusty and delightful nose with notes of ripe blueberries, damsons, gravel, fine chocolate and some wood. More restrained in the aroma department, compared to the Gran Clos wines above.
The taste is young, tight and concentrated with notes of warm blueberries, a pine forest, cocoa and road dust. A long, refined finish which showcases some stellar tannins, waiting to be resolved. Give this 3-5+ years in the cellar.
91p   (tasted 2015/03)

2011 Finca Dofi, Alvaro Palacios
Lastly, the young Finca Dofi flows out from the glass with notes of Christmas spices, black cherries, some rasberries, candle grease and sweet coffee. A interesting, handsome nose with a fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is young, compact and tight with notes of ripe blueberries, chocolate covered raspberries, warm tiles, cold coffee and a touch of oak. A very long, intense finish with a bit of locked in fruit, ends a tad dry. This will need time, but the quality is there. Wait 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2015/03)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

2011 Paleo, Scrio & Messorio

I got a chance to taste the new vintages from Le Macchiole.

2013 Paleo Bianco
The cepage is 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Chardonnay. The nose is open wide with deep, broad notes of papaya, sweet white currants, blood oranges and some wood smoke. Very good.
The taste is big and spicy with notes of melon, orange peel, butter biscuits and a hint of wood vanilla. A long finish with a good warmth. Needs time to settle down a bit. 
87p   (tasted 2015/03)

2013 Bolgheri Rosso
This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Syrah, displays a warm, hearthy nose with notes of black cherries, plums, dusty earth, some pepper and some animal scents. 
The taste is young, big and tight with a mix of black fruits with additional notes of dark chocolate, cherry pips and dusty earth. A long, dry finish. A good "generic" wine but lacks in character.
85p   (tasted 2015/03)

2011 Paleo
This 100% Cabernet Franc burst out of the glass with fine notes of sweet red currants, ripe herbs, undergrowth, leather and some warm red apple aromas. Very deep and fine.
The taste is young, tight and spicy with notes of just ripening plums, red currants, leather, cigar ashes and some chocolate notes. A long, intense finish. Lots of potential. Very, very good.
92p   (tasted 2015/03)

2011 Scrio
100% Syrah - what not to like!? This young puppy shows of a big, warm, smoky nose with notes of blueberries, rubber, assorted herbs, white peppers and cold coffee. Deep and finely structured. Very young.
The taste is young, tight and concentrated with notes if lightly peppered meat, blueberries, leather and some forest notes. Very long and tight with finely polished tannins. Will turn out great with 3-5 years in the cellar.
92p   (tasted 2015/03)

2011 Messorio
Aaaah, what a nose - deep, pure and just fantastic with notes of plums, raspberry liquorice, expensive leather, fine herbs and a warm gravel. A very creamy character. Hauntingly beautiful.
The taste is pure, intense and just lovely with notes of sweet red currants, plums, cigarette ashes and a touch of asphalt. The finish is long, long, long and very promising. This will turn out great, maybe as
the 1999 taste a while back.
95p   (tasted 2015/03)


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Another Lovely Example Of A Mature Bordeaux

Last time it was a bottle of 1989 Château Beaumont. This time it is a bottle of

1990 Château de La Rivière
This Fronsac delivers the goods from the first pour until the last. The nose displays a perfectly mature, deep and beautiful nose with notes of dried red and black currants, autumn leaves, dry stables, plums and soft leather. A very fine, ripe, mature fruit. Deep and enticing.
The taste is ripe, mature and velvety with sweet red currants, damsons, autumn leaves, pencil shavings, dried plums and leather. The finish is long, expressive and with a lovely dryness.
A text book Bordeaux in a perfect stage of its life.
93p   (tasted 2015/03)

I want more of this - just ordered two magnums of 1985 and two bottles of 1986 - should be nice to try!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

A Study In Mouflon & Mouton

Djuret arranged one of their "A study in..." and I was lucky to get two seats, so me and Peter went there for an evening with stunning food, excellent service and some Mouton...

NV Henriot Brut Souverain
Henriot is one of my, many, favourite houses and this Souverain delivers a fresh, open nose with notes of fudge, minerals and lemon zest.
The taste is young and pure with notes of sweet minerals, dried flowers, white currants and fudge. A fine, persistent finish. Enjoyable, especially with a spoon of Karelian caviar!
88p   (tasted 2015/03)


2010 Aile d`Argent
The white Mouton was served with a tartar of the topside of the mouflon with ramson and rye bread - lip smacking good! The wine showed of a nose with notes of sweet flowers, rubber, dried peaches and a hint of soap.
The taste is fine and open with notes of melted butter, plastic, flowers and some smoke. The finish is long and broad. Lacks a bit of elegance.
85p   (tasted 2015/03)

2009 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild
There is nothing "petite" with this wine, its displays a gorgeous nose with notes of fresh blueberries, black currants, cigar smoke and a very well cleaned out stable. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and inky with notes of ripe black currants, blueberries, graphite and coffee grounds. The finish is long and structured. Some very finely chiselled tannins. A perfect compliment to the Mouflon sausage with white beans, sage and Mouflon stock.
90p   (tasted 2015/03)

2001 Château Mouton Rothschild
Time for the real stuff. Having tasted 30+ vintages of Mouton, it is nice to make another mark in the belt, for I haven´t tasted the 2001 before. The nose is very fine and deep with notes of ripe black currants, graphite, fresh stables and that fine Mouton coffee scent. Aristocratic and very fine.
The taste is somewhat mature, pure and restrained in a very positive way, with notes of just ripening black currants, blueberries, pencil shavings and cold coffee. The finish is long, cool and refined. This is gooood! The best wine with the outer and inner filet of the Mouflon with asparagus, nettles, hazel nuts and duck liver.
93p   (tasted 2015/03)

1983 Château Mouton Rothschild
The first bottle was corked, but was swiftly replaced with a fresh one. The nose is beautiful mature with notes of dried black currants, dry graphite, well used stables, dark perfume and sugared coffee. Deep and fine. Perfectly mature.
The taste is mature and tight with a rustic elegance and notes of dried fruits, coffee powder, worn leather and damp earth. The finish is medium long and balanced. I have drunk this several times over the years and it always delivers, although it doesn't perform on the highest level that Mouton can achieve, for example with 1982 and 1986.
91p   (tasted 2015/03)

2002 Château d´Armailhac
This was generously served as an extra wine. The nose is cool and clean with notes of barely ripe red currants and red cherries, black tea, gravel and some wood notes. Good although it is a touch anemic.
The taste is tight and restrained elegant with notes of cool red fruit, cherry pips, gravel and wood. The finish is medium long with a fine acidity. Good with the food, which in this case was a spectacular dish in the shape of braised Mouflon neck with cabbage in a truffled bouillon, and then fresh truffles was generously shaved over the plate. The best dish I have had in a long time - absolutely stunning!
86p   (tasted 2015/03)


2007 Brunello di Montalcino, Valdicava
The generosity kept on flowing - another extra bottle was poured. This Brunello shows a deep, powerful nose with lovely notes of ripe black cherries, pipe tobacco, liquorice and expensive soap. Very, very deep.
The taste is big and bold with a touch of maturity and notes of sweet black cherries, tobacco, violets and hot earth. The finish is long, intense and structured. This is good!
92p   (tasted 2015/03)

2002 Château Suduiraut
Last but not least - a very fine Sauternes. The nose is from the textbook, with notes of saffron, hand cream, sweet apricots and peaches, lots of botrytis. Very deep, very focused and very fine.
The taste is intense and precise with notes of saffron cakes, lemoncello, tropical fruits, sweet almond paste and a hint of detergent. The length is counted in minutes. This is yummy!
93p   (tasted 2015/03)

Monday, 23 March 2015

Just Bought

I just love when this happens - I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve - every time, even though I know what´s in them...:-)

Some mature Aussie´s
A 50 year old Swiss Pinot Noir - should be good! :-)
I love the wines from Cullen!