Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A Beautifully Aged Burgundy - 1964 Mazis-Chambertin, Remoissenet

Another Easter bottle that performed in an excellent manner. I could drink more mature wines from Remoissenet - a 1993 Montrachet was equally great a while back.

1964 Mazis-Chambertin, Remoissenet
What a nose! A deep, refined, old vine nose with gorgeous notes of dried strawberries, veal stock, pipe tobacco, rosehip marmalade, a fresh forest floor with some mushrooms and fried root vegetables. Deep and profound. This has matured in a stately manner. Grace and charm. Really fine.
The taste is like drinking velvet with just the right amount of acidity and backbone. The fruit is a bit darker in the taste, with black cherries, wild strawberries and ripe raspberries. The finish lingers on for minutes with notes of raspberry truffles, sugared coffee and forest floor. Ample and fine. Old vine style, it resembles some fine bottles of Burgundies from the 40`s that I have tasted. Grand vin!
96p   (tasted 2014/04)

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

2008 Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot

Opened this beauty over the Easter holiday. While not as great as their 2009 Batard-Montrachet, it was a sheer joy to drink.

2008 Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot
A lovely smoky Puligny scent flows out from the glass alongside notes of sweet grapefruit, lemon cream, cap gun smoke, buttercup flowers and luxury soap. Very fine. Deep and hedonistic, albeit very young still.
The taste is young, creamy and focused with notes of lemon cream, cold butter, matchbox, summer flowers and butter biscuits. The finish is long and with a fine warmth. Good acidity. This is drinking great now but I would guess it should improve over the coming 4-6 years.
92p   (tasted 2014/04)

Monday, 21 April 2014

Just Popped & Poured - 1964 Haut-Bailly & 1964 Haut-Marbuzet

Just opened both bottles - right out of the gate the Haut- Bailly smells wonderful and have a soft, lovely mouthfeel. The Haut-Marbuzet feels more withdrawn and sturdier, both on the nose and the palate. Will update through the evening.
Now I have to tend to the lamb...

Update: the Haut-Bailly evolves into a stunning mature Bordeaux with all the signs of a fine Graves - warm tiles, gravel and soft black currants - very, very fine. The Haut-Marbuzet on the other hand is a rustic creature, too much so, but with the succulant lamb it show off in a excellent way. 
Now I will finish the bottles of - will be back with a final report...

Update no 2:
1964 Château Haut-Bailly
The nose is met by a wonderful, mature scent when you put your nose in the glass. Classy aromas of dried black currants, warm tiles, chewing tobacco, autumn leaves and a floral scent that is glorious. Very, very fine. Perfectly mature. Even some dried strawberries after a while.
The taste is cool, round and mature with notes of red and black currants, tiles, gravel, cedar, autumn leaves and dry dark fudge. The finish is long, balanced soft but oooh so expressive.
I loved this wine, from the first sip until the deposit, which I of course ate - they tasted sublime.
92p   (tasted 2014/04)

1964 Château Haut-Marbuzet
This on the other hand is more structured and heavy handed. The nose is big, focused and a bit younger than the Haut-Bailly, with notes of black currants, black cherries, dried orange peel, moist undergrowth and leather. A bit four squared. Dark.
The taste is big, mature and tight with notes of black currants, smoke, gravel, dry chocolate and some barnyard notes. There is still some tannins in the medium long finish. A little grumpy, and I think it will always be.
85p   (tasted 2014/04)

Sunday, 20 April 2014

2009 Frauenberg G.G., Battenfeld-Spanier - Day Two

I opened this yesterday and didn't think much of it - rather ungainly, hard and frankly, no fun. One glass and then, back in the fridge.
Day two - the duckling have become a swan!

2009 Nieder-Flörheim Frauenberg G.G., Battenfeld-Spanier
Today a refined, harmonious, pure nose flows out of the glass, with notes of grilled lemons, grapefruit juice, a touch of mixed tropical fruits, lemon pepper, chalk and a touch of linoleum and mint. Deep, somewhat mature and complex. Very, very fine.
The taste is younger than the nose leads you to believe, with a searing acidity and notes of sweet/sour lemons, pineapple, lots of chalk and the same linoleum feeling as on the nose. Given this blind, I could have guessed a Chenin Blanc. The finish goes on for a minute, ending high and dry. This is really fine.
92p   (tasted 2014/04)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Just Bought

A bottle of 1955 Château Soutard has arrived. I am planning another vertical tasting of this long lasting St Emilion.
The one I did two years ago showed a St Emilion of great quality that can age and evolve for a long time. And the older vintages can still be bougt for a reasonable price. Thankfully!


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

My Easter Egg...

Easter has come - I´m off work for five days, my cold has disappeared, the fridge is full of food and I just need to get my liquid Easter egg together.

After a lot of hard work I have chosen these bottles to comfort me and the family over the weekend, if they will suffice, which they wont... :-)

The Bordeaux bottles are 1964 Haut-Bailly and 1964 Haut-Marbuzet.

Happy Easter!

My Easter Egg Of 2012
My Easter Egg Of 2013

Sunday, 13 April 2014

1982 Château Grand Barrail

I knew that this wouldn´t work as medicine. Too weak - only 11,5% alcohol! I would of course have needed a cryoextracted 14,5% modern Bordeaux to get rid of these bacteria's. They obviously couldn't make proper wine in Bordeuax back in 1982...:-)

Well, now that I opened it, how is it?

1982 Château Grand Barrail
A mature, round, funky nose with notes of red currants, autumn leaves, a moderately cleaned stable, charcoal, cigarette ashes and some dog fur. Interesting. Very much alive and kicking. Some well hanged meat after a while. Very good.
The taste is mature, tight and somewhat dry with notes of lingonberries, red currants, lead pencil shavings, autumn leaves and gravel. The fruit has dried up a bit but there is a fine intensity here. A medium long finish. It took me three hours to finish the bottle and it didn´t budge a bit. You obviously can pack some flavours into a 11,5% wine and make it keep for 32 years...
86p   (tasted 2014/04)

Saturday, 12 April 2014

2011 Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir, Bergström

The second dose of medicine... 

2011 Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir, Bergström
A big, open, hedonistic nose with notes of mashed raspberries, lots of fresh herbs, raspberry liquorice, bonfire smoke and forest floor. Very good. A fine sweetness to the fruit. Easy going with a medium depth.
The taste is cool, medium bodied and finely structured with notes of raspberry coulis with a hint of vanilla in, smoke, herbs, undergrowth and a touch of resin. A long, balanced finish. A very good wine. The only thing I would write down of the negative side, is that it becomes a tad clumsy when it gets warm in the glass. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2014/04)

Friday, 11 April 2014

2010 Côte-Rôtie Améthyste, Vignobles Levet

A bottle a day, keeps the doctor away.
Or so I hoped. Earlier this week I opened three bottles over three days and I felt during those days that a cold was on its way.
Wine apparently didn´t work as a preventive I´m sitting here with a running nose, coughing.
At least I can enjoy the memories, and wait for the returning health, when something (hopefully) great is going to be opened...

First up:
2010 Côte-Rôtie Améthyste, Vignobles Levet
Aaaah, a gorgeously, young, firm nose full of ripe blueberries, minced meat, violets, asphalt, bay leaves and crushed white pepper. Very fine. Some gasoline notes after a while alongside dried flowers. Very young but showing of fine none the less.
The taste is young, fresh and juicy with lots of sweet blueberries, crowberries and lingonberries with additional notes of white pepper, rubber, asphalt and hyacinth. A medium bodied structure with a fine finish with some warmth. The end of the finish trails of a bit to fast. This is on the young side of things, give it 2-4 years and I´m sure it will be even better. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2014/04)

Seven Bottles From The Greatest Vintage Ever...

...which of course is 1964!
But you already knew that, right? :-)

Update - I have learned how to count - it was seven bottles...

In order to reduce my stock of 1964 bottles, I opened six of them when some friends came to dinner last weekend.

With some assorted Italian goodies I opened two bottles.
1964 Muscadet, Domaine de Gilliéres
What a surprise! The expectations of a 1964 Muscadet wasn´t that high when I opened it, but lo and behold - fresh as a daisy and not just drinkable but highly enjoyable.
The nose is racy, fresh (!) and stony with notes of dried lemon peel, oyster shells, yellow apples, almond biscuits and lots of crushed rocks. Remarkable.
The taste feels more mature than the nose but is full of dried yellow fruits and notes of hay, almond paste, slate and a smoky note. A medium long finish with high acidity.
If I had got this poured blind I could have betted some money that it was a 80´s Chablis of premier cru quality... It kept for four days in the fridge and didn´t budge at all. Just stunning!
90p   (tasted 2014/03)

1964 Eltviller Sonnenberg Riesling Cabinet, Weingut Rudolf Kurth
A deep, mature, honeyed nose with notes of dried apricots, sage, petrol, rubber boots and some saffron notes. A very fine dried up sweetness. Maybe a bit monolithic. Good.
The taste is mature an semi dry with notes of dried tropical fruit, dried honey, lavender and dried flowers. A good acidity. Ends with a slight bitter note. I would guess that this would have performed better 10+ years ago. Good though.
81p   (tasted 2014/03)

With the red Burgundies we had an array of different chargrilled sausages, root vegetables and a couple of different sauces.
1964 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Domaine Drouhin-Laroze
First up was two bottles from Drouhin-Laroze. I have had some amazing old bottles from this producer. The Gevrey-Chambertin has a sweet, mature, round nose with notes of strawberries, licorice, gravel and warm herbs. A fine warmth. Ripe. Very good.
The taste is warm, mature and a bit seedy with notes of ripe strawberries, cold coffee, stables and old leather. A fine maturity. A long, warm finish. This is drinking great now. Lacks a bit of oomph for greatness though.
88p   (tasted 2014/03)

1964 Morey-St-Denis, Domaine Drouhin-Laroze
This bottle has seen better days, the fruit is hot, overripe and with notes of moist forest floor, bonfire and old leather. Not all the way over the hill but close enough.
The taste is mature, dry and foursquare with notes of overripe strawberries, rosehips, wet smoke and old leather. There is a rather fine warmth but the middle of the taste is hollow. Works with the food but is too dry on its own.
67p   (tasted 2014/03)

1964 Nuits St Georges Clos des Porrets, Domaine Henri Gouges
But we were richly compensated with the next bottle. From the glass sours a complex, deep, somewhat mature nose with notes of wild raspberries, fresh herbs, pine, warm tiles and mushrooms. Very, very poised. Ripe, fresh red fruit. This is utterly gorgeous
The taste is pure, velvety and perfectly mature with notes of sweet lingonberries, raspberry coulis, fried herbs, forest floor and warm gravel. A long, balanced finish with a fine acidity. This is in a perfect stage now but should keep at this level for at least +6 years. Great stuff!
94p   (tasted 2014/03)

1964 Beaune-Perriéres, Guy Leblanc
The bottles from the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin can from time to time deliver some real pleasure. And they usually doesn´t command a high tariff.
This one opens with a deep, ethereal, pure nose with notes of raspberries, red currants, rosehips, tobacco ashes, autumn leaves and mushrooms. Very, very good. A fine sweetness to the fruit. This is very much alive and kicking.
The taste is mature, sweet and velvety with notes of lingonberries, dried strawberries, forest floor, dry tobacco and herbs. A fine warmth in the medium long finish. Perfectly mature. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2014/03)

1964 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses, F. Colin-Barolet
A Les Amoureuses no less but this is in a wheel chair on its way down a steep hill...
Not completely dead but the breathing is miniscule and the end is in sight.
52p   (tasted 2014/03)

Saturday, 5 April 2014

A Nice Blaufränkisch

2011 Bela-Jooska Eisenberg Blaufränkisch, Wachter-Wiesler
A young, firm, nice nose with notes of fresh black cherries, blueberries, earth and a elegant black pepper note. Not that deep but very upfront and enjoyable.
The taste is young, fresh and gulpable with notes of cherry pips, blueberries, spices and dusty earth. A medium long finish with some low keyed tannins. A fine bitterness in the end. This is easy to pour one extra glass of, and then one more, and then...
87p   (tasted 2014/04)


A Rerun - Six Bottles Of Pinot Noir

Last time our tasting group got together we were poured bottles of Australian Pinot, and one Burgundy. When sniffing through the wines that Håkan poured a couple of days ago, I wondered, Pinot again?
Yes, it was. And yours truly nailed both the grape and origin - I won´t be guessing anything more the rest of the year...:-)
Next tasting is on me - I got an idea - Pinot! (not!)

2010 Reed Vineyard Pinot Noir, Calera
An open, warm, spicy nose with notes of raspberry coulis, leather, cold coffee, rhubarb and a iron scent. Nice enough but lacks focus.
The taste is warm, fruity and feels almost fully mature, with spicy Pinot fruit and some leather, liquorice and warm earth thrown in. The finish is medium long and a bit thin at the end. Again, good enough but should be drunk sooner than later.
84p   (tasted 2014/04)

2010 Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir, Calera
This is more restrained and seedy with notes of sweet lingonberries, not fully ripe raspberries, undergrowth, dried herbs and a touch of band aid. Definitely more interesting and with the Phelps below, the only one that could have been mistaken for a Burgundy. Good.
The taste is young, cool and seedy with notes of lingonberry lemonade with some blueberries thrown in, liquorice, forest floor and lots of herbs. The same touch of iron as on the nose is evident in the taste. A medium long finish with a fine acidity. This is still young and will surely flesh out some with 2-3 years in the cellar. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2014/04)

2010 de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir, Calera
The following two Calera wines has more of everything - body, power, elegance and structure. The de Villiers has a big, open yet firm nose with notes of wild raspberries, new leather, forest floor, Asian spices and some bonfire aromas. Deep and fine. Very, very good.
The taste is young, tight and broad with notes of raspberry coulis, black cherries, licorice, fresh herbs and some freshly grounded coffee. The finish is medium long with a fine warmth. Very good for drinking now and the coming 7+ years.
90p   (tasted 2014/04)

2010 Jensen Vineyard, Calera
The Jensen has pretty much the same profile as the de Villiers, albeit the fruit is a tad warmer and there is a fine note of iron, as in the Ryan. Very deep and fine. A lovely sweetness to the fruit.
The taste is young, potent and concentrated with notes of raspberry truffles, hard cherry candy, warm herbs, leather and warm gravel. A long, fine finish. A very good acidity. Save this for 3-4 years before doing the deed.
91p   (tasted 2014/04)

2009 Ceremonial Vineyard Pinot Noir Vintage VII, George
Bottle number 1606 out of 2499 made. This bottle has a deep, decadent, gorgeous nose with notes of strawberries, (over) ripe raspberries, coffee powder, Asian spices, smoke and the crust of toasted bread. Very deep. This is good! A lovely sweetness to the fruit. Young.
The taste is big and bold yet with a fine delineation and notes of raspberry truffles, moist forest floor, fried herbs, tobacco and bonfire. Very long, very focused, very good. This is for drinking big mouthfuls of. But not worth the tariff, it costs 83 Euro here in Sweden.
93p   (tasted 2014/04)

2010 Freestone Vineyard Pinot Noir, Joseph Phelps
This was a surprise. I always associate Joseph Phelps with Insignia - the 1985 was magical a couple of years ago - and I don´t have much experience outside their Cabernet production. And this isn´t even their best Pinot! A more withdrawn nose than the George, with notes of lingonberries, red cherries, salmiak, dried spices, crushed rocks and tobacco ashes. It evolves nicely in the glass all through the tasting. Has more to give. Very, very good.
The taste is young, tight and focused with notes of not yet ripe strawberries, forest floor, smoke, salmiak and some tobacco flavors. The finish is long and elegant. Some bonfire notes evolves. I would love to explore this over a day or two. This is good!
93p   (tasted 2014/04)

Friday, 4 April 2014

A Third Bottle From The Brothers

Dinner can be easy sometimes - assorted shellfish, bread and aioli - yummy! And to go together with the sea food I open yet another bottle from the brothers.

2010 Pouilly-Vinzelles Les Quartz, La Soufrandière
The vines in this climat is between 40 and 70 years old, and you can feel the old vine character in this gorgeous Chardonnay. The nose is deeper and heavier than the La Roche, with notes of grilled lemons, mango, warm butter, cap gun smoke and a touch of coconut flakes. Very, very good. Creamy and hedonistic, yet with an upright character.
The taste is a big mouthful of ripe, creamy Chardonnay with notes of mango, lemon cream, smoke and sweet minerals. A fine salty touch. A fine acidity in the long, warm, classy finish. This is really good but I liked the withdrawn elegance in the La Roche more. But make no mistake, this is world class Chardonnay. I´ll be stocking up.
93p   (tasted 2014/04)

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Craving A Bottle Of Brunello

Since my Brunello project, I get from time to time a real craving for the pleasure a fine Brunello gives. This night was no exception and I opened this bottle.

1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Giacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
This 19 years old Brunello opens with a mature, seductive, deep nose with notes of ripe black cherries, pipe tobacco, rosemary, autumn leaves, a Tuscan gravel road and a hint of balsamic vinegar. A very fine sweetness to the fruit. This has matured in a great fashion. Very, very good.
The taste is warm, mature and round with notes of red and black cherries, warm tiles, dried flowers, violets, rosehips, tobacco and some veal stock. A long, generous finish with a fine backbone. I would say that this should keep on this level for 8+ years but I don´t think it will get better than this. Lovely.
92p   (tasted 2014/03)

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Preparing For Tonight

I need to reduce the stack of 1964 bottles - its a tough job but someone has to do it...:-)
Some friends are coming over tonight and I will check these bottles out. 
A 1964 Muscadet - should be interesting!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Drinking Lunch

Finishing a (or in all fairness skiping a boring) confernce early today, and I head for Primewinebar for lunch. A crisp sallad with salmon calls for - its friday after all! - champagne.
I start with a glass of

NV Prestige Blanc de Blancs, Diebolt-Vallois
A young, fresh, chalky nose with notes of lemon peel, lemon candy, hay, gravel, cap gun smoke and with a bit of warmth, a fine buttery note. Crisp and fine.
A fine, persistent, elegant taste with notes of lemon cream, assorted nuts, gravel and ending dry with a very good acidity. Medium long. This is a fine Bland de Blancs for consumption now and the coming 8+ years.
90p   (tasted 2014/03)

Well, one glass cannot be enough, right? Lets take it - hopefully - up a notch.

2006 Brut Millesime, Henriot
A deep, clean as a whistle and powerful nose with butter fried nuts, white flowers, dried apricots, lemon fudge, orange peel and lots of crushed rocks. Very intense. This is good.
The taste is focused, pure and lovely with notes of lemon crean, tangerines, slate, vanilla fudge and a touch of ginger. A high, fine acidity. Long and intense. Not as great as the 2002, but very fine indeed.
93p   (tasted 2014/03)

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

A Quaffable Tuscan

2011 A Quo, Montepeloso
A young, primary, fresh nose with notes of sweet/sour cherries, rosemary, violet scented soap, balsa wood and some veal stock aromas. Very good.
The taste is young and tight with notes of hard cherry candy, sloe berries, rosemary ham, road dust and lots of juicy tannins. A bit too young and rough around the edges but there is good things here to come in 3-5 years.
87p   (tasted 2014/03)

Friday, 21 March 2014

Resistance Is Futile - 1978 Château Fonreaud

It must a personal record - I resisted for 48 hours before I took the corkscrew to my newly bought bottle...

1978 Château Fonreaud
The nose is a bit shy but wonderful in its withdrawn beauty - lots of dried red and black currants, autumn leaves, pipe tobacco, rotten onions (great!), old chocolate and fresh stables. There is a lot going on here, albeit the volume is turned down. Very fine.
The taste on the other hand doesn´t live up to the fine nose, it is a bit dry and there is, here and there, a touch of greenness. But there is also some old root vegetables, red currants, pipe tobacco and autumn leaves. While preparing dinner I´m nibbling on some truffle salami and the dryness disappears, as always, with some food. Good. But I remember the 82 as sooo much better - will see if I can get hold of a bottle...
84p   (tasted 2014/03)

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Just Bought

I have a clear memory of it, not the time or place, but the taste. Aha, this is what a Bordeaux should taste like!
It must have been around 87 or 88, I had only previous tasted minor Bordeaux bottles that had been bottled by the State Monopoly (now, thankfully, a thing of the past), when a bottle of 1982 Chateau Fonreaud came my way. 
So many, many wines have been tasted and drunk since then and I still remember many of them, but the 1982 Fonreaud have a special place in my heart.
And now a bottle of 1978 - can't wait to open it!


Saturday, 15 March 2014

Another Bottle From The Bret Brothers

The Pouilly-Fuisse I tasted some days ago from the Bret Brothers - - was really, really impressive. I did then order the other cuvees available and tonight I open another Chardonnay from the brothers.

2012 Macon-Uchizy Cuvee La Martine
This youngster has a fine, elegant nose with notes of ripe grapefruit, grilled lemons, lemon cream, some dried apricots and a touch of vanilla pods. This one has more oak on the nose compared to the Pouilly-Fuisse. A fine nerve. Still very young. Very good.
The taste is young, pure and fruity with notes of sweet/sour lemons, cold butter, grapefruit juice, white flowers and fudge. A fine acidity and a lovely warmth in the medium long finish. Very, very good. I would definitely would like to drink this again, some 3-5 years from now. This is a steal for 22 Euro.
91p   (tasted 2014/03)

Thursday, 13 March 2014

A Top Notch Spätburgunder - 2006 Cuvée Caroline, Schlossgut Diel

I have been poured a couple of vintages of Cuvée Caroline blind in the past, and every time I have been certain that it have been a really great Burgundy. This time was no exception, even though I poured it myself. :-)

2006 Spätburgunder Cuvée Caroline, Schlossgut Diel
On the front label it says Pinot Noir and on the back label it says Blauer Spätburgunder - a beloved child has many names...
The nose is to die for with a hedonistic, deep, creamy character full of wild strawberries, raspberries, some blueberries tossed in and additional notes of veal stock, truffle juice, bay leaves and forest floor. Utterly gorgeous and breathtakingly beautiful. There is a hint of maturity that adds to the complexity.
The taste follows the nose perfectly with purity, intensity and concentration. Stunning notes of ripe strawberries, raspberry truffles, Asian spices, tobacco and moist undergrowth. The finish goes on for over a minute. Smooth tannins and a perky acidity. This is a dead ringer for a great Grand Cru Burgundy!
97p   (tasted 2014/03)

P.S. On a sadder note - opened two other bottle of Spätburgunder, one from Künstler and one from Dr Heger - both corked beyond recognition "#%¤&%¤#"&%¤!, which cut this series short, before I restock. D.S.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Next In Line - Not One But Two Bottles Of Spätburgunder

I opened these two German Pinot´s to go with some fried chicken and a tomato sauce with lots of fresh herbs - they did! :-)

2007 Achkarrer Sclossberg Spätburgunder***, Weingut Michel
A light, mature, finely chiselled nose with notes of dried raspberries, lingonberries, herbs, eraser and sugar dusted rhubarbs. Very good. Fairly light but with an interesting character.
The taste is cool and a bit foursquare with notes of dried raspberries, liquorice, warm gravel and dried herbs. The finish is medium long and a bit dry. Nice enough, and fine with the food, but not great. The nose is the best part.
84p   (tasted 2014/03)

2009 Pinot Noir***, Weingut Holger Koch
The second three star (!) wine is much better. A fine, elegant, cool Pinot nose with notes of just ripening strawberries, forest floor, rosehips, spices and a touch of tobacco. Medium deep. A very fine sweetness to the fruit. This is good.
The taste is medium bodied, sweet and tight with notes of crushed strawberries, liquorice, forest floor, rosemary and tobacco leaves. Very, very good. There is a fine acidity in the end of the finish.
89p   (tasted 2014/03)

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The First In A Short Series - 2007 Hohen-Sülzen Kirchenstück Spätburgunder GG, Battenfeld-Spanier

I have recently bought some bottles of German Spätburgunder, and I will taste them over the upcoming days. First one up is

2007 Hohen-Sülzen Kirchenstück Spätburgunder GG, Battenfeld-Spanier
Those long German titles... Ah well, on to the wine then - at first I thought it was a bit ungainly and uncongenial but it just needed time. Later, fine notes of cool red fruits, rowanberries, earth, dried herbs, dry chocolate biscuits and beetroots emerges from the glass. A high, delicate nose. Very, very good. Some maturity but still youngish. On day two it hasn´t budged a bit.
The taste is cool, a bit mature, round and fine with notes of dried raspberries, lingonberries, dried herbs, forest floor and beetroot juice. A fine acidity. A medium long, warm finish. Stays the same on day two. This is drinking fine and I don´t think it will get any better but it will surely stay on this level for 4-6 years.
90p   (tasted 2014/03)

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sunday Lunch Barolo - 2004 Vigna Conca, Fratelli Revello

I am working my way through the 04´s from Fratelli Revello (see the others below).
For this Sunday lunch with the extended family, two bottles of the Vigna Conca was opened, and it was unanimous loved. And the cook, aka me, got a big glass of this hedonistic juicy while cooking lunch...:-)

2004 Barolo Vigna Conca, Fratelli Revello
After two hours in the decanter this is firing on all cylinders with stunning notes of sweet/sour cherries, hard cherry candy, violets, sweet tobacco, lots of freshly picked rosemary and a touch of mint. Very deep and focused. Expensive leather. A high, delectable nose. Beautiful.
The taste is young, pure and at first just gulpable but then the tannins kicks in and leaves a distinct mark. Gorgeous notes of black cherries, hard cherry candy, violets, rose petals, forest floor and some tobacco. A long, refined finish. This is still young and should hit its peak in 5-8 years. I will surely save some bottles until then. Great wine!
93p   (tasted 2014/03)

2004 Barolo Vigna Giachino, Fratelli Revello
2004 Barolo Vigna Gattera, Fratelli Revello

Friday, 7 March 2014

A Bottle Each Of 1947 & 1997 Pommard - Just What I Needed

It is friday evening after a hellish week at work - I even had to decline a tasting this week - not good! :-)
What to console myself with when I get home?
I had just received a tasting sample from VinUnic in the shape of a 1997 Pommard and  I thought it would be fun to open a 50 year older version from the same district for comparison.
With red meat, home made fries and home made bearnaise sauce - magic happened!

1947 Pommard, ?lavien Jeunet Henry (the first letter is not readable)
It opens, as old wine usually does, a bit funky, but with just 30 minutes in a decanter there are beautifully notes of (over)ripe crushed strawberries, moist pipe tobacco, dry leather, stale Coca-Cola, asphalt and lots of undergrowth. Very good. A bit barnyardy at times, but in a good way. A wonderful sweetness to the fruit. This has matured in a excellent way.
A mature, ripe and round taste with notes of dried raspberries and lingonberries with additional notes of liquorice, asphalt, rosehips, autumn leaves and pipe tobacco. A very fine, high acidity. Drinking great, and it doesn´t die before the bottle is finished. A great mature Burgundy!
92p   (tasted 2014/02)

1997 Pommard Premier Cru, Louis Jadot
The 50 year younger Pommard displays a ripe, warm, tight nose with notes of dark raspberries, cherries, forest floor, fried herbs and a fine dark floral note. A fine Pommard feeling about this one. Very, very good.
The taste is big, bold and ripe with notes of black cherries, raspberries, liquorice, tobacco and forest floor. A touch of balsa wood. This has started to mature ever so slightly. A very warm, fine fruit. This could definitely be drunk now but will surely keep for another 10+ years.
90p   (tasted 2014/02)

A short but sturdy cork, just look at the level of the 1947!