Tuesday, 3 May 2016

A Bottle Of Bubbly - 2008 Fleur de Meunier Brut Nature, Beaumont desCrayères

2008 Fleur de Meunier Brut Nature, Beaumont des Crayères
Beaumont des Crayères is a cooperative that consists of 250 growers that grow grapes on a total of 86 hectares. This is a zero dosage 100% Pinot Meunier cuvèe - an interesting concept.
The nose is young and gravelly with fine notes of elderberries, grass, oatmeal cookies and assorted herbs. A high, pure nose. Very, very good. On day two it takes on some green apple aromas. This is fine.
The taste is elegant and stony with notes of candied lemons, green apples, grass and flint. A long, caressing finish with a fine acidity. Day two, a little more restrained but the finish seems longer and even more harmonious. Very, very good. Would love to see how this evolve with some bottle age.
91p   (tasted 2016/05)

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Drinking Tonight - 1991 Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres, Domaine Henri Clerc

A classic here at home - angel hair pasta, a rich white wine sauce and fish skewers, this time with scallops, salmon and cod on them.
What to open to go along then? Why not a 25 year old Puligny?

1991 Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres, Domaine Henri Clerc
The colour is on the orange side of things and many thoughts pass through my head before sticking my nose in the glass - shit, oxidized; too old, what do I have as backup; white Burgundy, not again, why, why, why... But note, that was before I put my nose to the glass. And when I did - a big smile appears on my face.
The nose is deep, rich and perfectly mature with gorgeous notes of candied lemons, matchbox, candle grease and a touch of saffron. A lovely warmth and dried up sweetness of the fruit. Rich and rewarding. This is really fine. Just as fine, mature white Burgundy can be.
The taste is deep and multi layered with lovely notes of lemon cream, ski wax, parsnips, olicloth and earth. A great acidity and a long, long finish which ends dry and lingers on for minutes. Drinking perfect on this night and I am glad to have some more bottles. This is why one should cellar white Burgundy.
94p   (tasted 2016/04)

Friday, 29 April 2016

Drinking Lunch - Live From Eriks Wine Bar

You could do worse on a friday. While deciding on what to eat I have a glass of

2002 Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill, Pol Roger
A deep, buttery, refined nose with notes of crushed rocks, white flowers, dry fudge and freshly washed clothes. Feels like there is a substantial portion of Chardonnay in the blend. Very, very fine. Almost a chlorofyll freshness. Some cap gun smoke. This will go on for 20+ years.
The taste is fresh as a daisy with lovely notes of flint, lemon cream, peach and white currants. A stunning acidity that effectively cleans the palate. Long and harmonious. Great now but even greater in 8+ years.
95p   (tasted 2016/04)

I notice a Cote-Rotie on the glass list and why not a pour of that and some meat?

2013 Cote-Rotie Ampodium, Rene Rostaing
A gorgeous nose that combine meat and flowers, iron and violets, road dust and peppers in a beautiful way. A very fine structure. Young and promising. This is gooood!
The taste is focused, balanced and youthfully sturdy with notes of ripe blueberries, violets, bay leaves and sweet minerals. A long, long finish with finely polished tannins. Needs time, say 6+ years. A very fine wine in the making.
93p   (tasted 2016/04)

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Me & My Magnum - 1993 Campaccio, Terrabianca

"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.

My previous magnum one-on-one encounter was the 1985 Château de La Rivière.

1993 Campaccio, Terrabianca
This is the best cuvée from the Terrabianca estate. The grapes comes from Radda in Chianti and from Massa Marittima in Grosseto. The blend is 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon but it can vary from vintage to vintage. The first vintage was 1988.
The nose is open, soft and mature with notes of dried cherries, fire smoke, dried rosemary and warm gravel. Fattens up with air and becomes richer and deeper. Very good. Another nice 93. A fine warmth.
The taste is easily accessible, velvety and fine with notes of red and black cherries, graphite, autumn leaves and dried herbs. A very fine dry finish. Some warm tiles. This is drinking very nicely today. Fully mature but other magnums should keep for another 5+ years.
88p   (tasted 2016/04)

The Wine. The Glass & The Literature

Monday, 25 April 2016

Then & Now - 1967 & 2012 Château Plince

I haven´t tasted much from Château Plince over the years, therefore it should be fun to compare this vintages, 45 years apart.
This 9 ha estate makes a wine that consists, from 2005 when all Cabernet Sauvignon was pulled out, of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Before 2005 10% Cabernet Sauvignon was included in the blend. Nowadays it spends 18 months on on third new oak before release. How it was done in 1967 I have now idea. :-)

Both 2012 and 1967 are, at first glance, considered to be rather weak vintages. But that is not the case when it comes to Pomerol. Both vintages favored the early ripening and harvested Merlot.

1967 Château Plince
A good looking bottle with a base neck level. The cork broke in several pieces. When first poured it reveals a soft, shy nose that need some coaxing to come around. But how would you feel if you were trapped for 49 years and then let out?!
However, with air things starts to happen, the nose broadens and offer up nice scents of dried plums, earth, iron and corinthians. A fine mature nose with clean stables and sugared coffee. Maybe not that deep but very much alive and kicking (at least some).
The taste is round, warm and mature with notes of dry plums, warm rocks, coffee powder and old wood. The finish is on the short side but it delivers some elegance in that old school Bordeaux fashion. Really good. Parker describes Plince in general terms as "capable of aging for 8-10 years". This bottle beat that assesment with 40 years...
85p   (tasted 2016/04)

2012 Château Plince
The very much younger version opens with a upfront, berry nose with vanilla covered black currants (though there is no Cab Sauvignon in the blend) and plums with additional notes of violets, freshly roasted coffee and new leather. A bit international in style, would I have pegged this as a Bordeaux given blind? I don´t know. The fruit is good though, with nice warmth and prescence. This is my verdict for day one. On day two it has calmed down and shows more distinct characteristics of a young Bordeaux. Very good.
The taste is also young, fruity and direct with notes of ripe plums, fresly brewed coffee, dark cookie dough and new leather. Initially soft and sweet but in the finish there are some firm tannins that reveal some cocoa bitterness. On day two those tannins are very nicely integrated and it is drinking really fine then. If you open a bottle now decant for a few hours, or just wait 45 years.
87p   (tasted 2016/04)

Thankfully, one of the few estates that hasn´t felt the urge to chance the label. Some trees have however grown over the years.

A Bottle Of Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Marconnets From Simon Bize Of AUnknown Vintage

This is fun! Buying bottles with unknown vintages. Sometimes rewarding and sometimes horrifying, yet always exciting.
This time it was a bottle from the master in Savigny-lès-Beaune, Simon Bize (the current owner and winemaker is Patrick Bize), and from the 1er Cru Les Marconnets. Bize owns 0,6 ha that was planted in 1972.
Bought with the information that it should be from the 80´s. Lets open the bottle and see what, hopefully, the cork reveals.

1988 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Marconnets, Simon Bize
Aha! A 1988. Could be nice, I have had some fine 88´s but also some that have been to sturdy and rigid for their own good.
The nose is open and sweet with nice notes of moist forest floor, boiled root vegetables, fire smoke and stale Coca-Cola. Fully mature. A bit rustic, but very good. A good depth and a nice warmth.
The taste is mature, warm and dry with notes of dried raspberries, forest floor, dried flowers and old leather. A tight acidity in the medium long finish. Ends dry. A nice mouth feel, and it went really well with the chicken dish I had prepared. Yet again, a nice surprise, especially when bought for 18 Euro...
87p   (tasted 2016/04)

Friday, 22 April 2016

Two Vintages Of Château de La Rivière

I have acquired a foundness of the wines from Chateau de la Rivière, having over the last year tasted the 1990, 1986 and 1985.
I recently bought some more vintages and eagerly opened two of them.

1989 Château de La Rivière
Aaaaah, a classic, old fashioned, mature Bordeaux nose with notes of cigarr box, dried red and black currants, dried up shoe polish, autumn leaves and some stable aromas. A fine dried up sweetness. In a lovely stage of maturity, the only way for this beauty is down, even though it will keep on this level for a couple of years still. It should, since I have more bottles! :-)
The taste is medium bodied, warm and dry with fine black currant fruit and notes of lead pencil shavings, old leather and undergrowth. A little like licking a stable floor. A very fine mouthfeel. Created harmony with some meat and potatoes. A lovely mature Bordeaux.
92p   (tasted 2016/04)

1995 Château de La Rivière
The 6 year younger version starts out a bit slow with a dense, dark nose with notes of ripe black currants, sweet tobacco, earth and coffee. With air it lightens up and some red notes appear, dried strawberries for example. A nice, medium deep nose. However, it seems to be caught in between adolescence and maturity. Needs time.
The taste is tight and compact with notes of assorted black fruits, leather, warm gravel and fir. The tannins push through in the finish. A fine warmth. A hint of bitterness in the end. This is good but I guess that 5+ years in the cellar could do, if not wonders, at least good things to this wine. I just have to wait and see.
85p   (tasted 2016/04)

Thursday, 21 April 2016

2013 Les Fontanilles, Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot

Recovering from a cold I needed something to get my taste buds started. Not that complex, but with character and flavour. I opted for the recent (at least here at the state monopoly) vintage of the Les Fontanilles, the Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot project from the Minervois.
Tasting note of the 2012 vintage here.

2013 Les Fontanilles, Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot
The nose is young, open and generous with notes of blueberries, allspice, asphalt and dried raspberries. Very good. A touch of dark chocolate appears with air. More forward than the 2012 at the same stage, and with more body.
The taste is young and fresh with some light, sandy tannins and notes of blueberries, cherries, bakelite, warm gravel and herbs. A medium long finish with a nice grip. Should evolve nicely for the next 3-5 years. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2016/04)

Saturday, 16 April 2016

2013 Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Mouchere, Henri Boillot

We are at one of Swedens best fish restaurants, Sjömagasinet, and I order a lobster sallad and a sumptous turbot dish with truffles. And to go with these dishes, a bottle of

2013 Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Mouchere, Henri Boillot
The nose is full bodied and ripe with lovely notes of blood grape, cap gun smoke, lemon curd and lots of sweet minerals. A fine supporting oak note. Young and expressive. Very, very good. Sweet and vigorous fruit.
The taste is broad and distinct with notes of lemon cream, flint, dried mango and minerals. The finish is long with a fine acidity. This is gooood. Lovely now and surely even more stunning in 4-6 years.
92p   (tasted 2016/04)

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

2013 Vintner´s Reserve Pinot Noir, Kendall-Jackson

This arrived as a tasting sample. Opened on one of the first real suuny days, indicating that spring is in the air!

2013 Vintner´s Reserve Pinot Noir, Kendall-Jackson
The nose is open and creamy with an unmistakable New World Pinot feeling and notes of sweet/sour raspberries with some bluberies thrown in the mix, smoke, rhubarb and some vanilla pods in the background. Really nice and salivating.
The taste is easy going yet displaying a fine structure, with notes of wild raspberries, warm herbs, chocolate and root vegetables. The initial feeling is that of a sweet, ripe wine but in the finish it firms up and the end is dry and fine. Good on its own and really good with food - a chicken fillet with pasta and a taragon sauce in this case.
89p   (tasted 2016/04)

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Home Made Pizza & Two 1985 Chianti

A whole day of unpacking my wine books, and some other unimportant stuff...:-) What do we need for dinner - lets try out the new oven and make some nice pizza´s!

1985 Chianti Classico, Castello di Ama
On its own, a bit overmature. With a succulent truffle salami pizza it however delivers the goods, with notes of undergrowth, dried strawberries, dry herbs and balsamic vinegar. Good but barely hanging in there.
The taste is big and sweet with lots of maturity and notes of ripe red cherries, raspberry liquorice, moist earth and tobacco. The finish is medium long and warm. Fully mature and then some, matched the food in a good way but a tad, just a tad, over the hill.
84p   (tasted 2016/04)

Lots of bottles made!

1985 Chianti Classico Riserva, Badia a Coltibuono
Aaaah, a whole other ball game - still young, fresh and vigorous. The nose is deep and ripe, just entering the first stages of maturity, with notes of ripe red and black cherries, Tuscan gravel, coffee powder, rosemary and some tobacco. Very fine. Structured and sweet. Very, very good.
The taste is tight, seedy and focused with notes of sweet/sour cherries, tobacco, cigarette ashes and a hint of dry chocolate. The finish is long, warm and showing of some perfectly dry tannins in the end. This is on top of its game, according to this bottle. I bought three, the first was corked, this was heaven, hopefully the third resembles this one.
92p   (2016/04)

Friday, 8 April 2016

A Proper Examination Of 2005 Château Tour Baladoz

I tasted the 2005 Tour Baladoz at a trade tasting some months ago and found it to be very good. But it is hard to make a proper assessment when you spend 1-2 minutes with each wine. I bought some bottles and now I thought it was time to make a thorough examination.

2005 Château Tour Baladoz
It needs 15 minutes to settle down in the glass but when it does it shows of fine semi mature notes of red currants, ripening plums, spruce, cool tobacco and green pepper. Very, very good. A fine spiciness. Some maturity but this has more to give.
The taste is cool, tight and medium bodied with notes of red currants, plums, gravel and some fresh stables. This smells and taste like an old school Bordeaux, not a toasted oak barrel in sight, and even though I fancy that from time to time, I really enjoy taking another sip of this fine specimen. 30 Euro per bottle is a true bargain.
90p   (tasted 2016/04)

Monday, 4 April 2016

Moving The Cellar

My back hurts. From lifting 80 boxes of wine today. Each box lifted four times in and out of the cellar and on and of the trailer ...
But now they have found a new resting place. And while packing together the cellar I also packed down the object d`art that have been decorating the walls. Some fine memories.

Tasted many years ago and it was brilliant, one of the best Burgundy´s ever tasted!

Mature Sauternes is hard to beat

A magnum 1964 Barbaresco from Cappellano - great stuff!

The Unicorn of wines, and yes, it resembled Port

A 1923 Pommard from a Bordeaux negociant - and it was spectacular!

Alongside 1955 Taylor´s, the best Port ever tasted and I have been fortunate to have drunk it twice

1892 Riesling - and surprisingly fresh!

It was a time when you could buy this for 110 Euro...

A magnum of 1985 Jacquesson - lovely label and a lovely wine

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Two 1973 1er Cru´s From Jean Grivot

These two were bought some time ago, and with tonights chicken breasts with a truffle, mustard and garlic sauce I thought it was time to open them. After all, after 43 year they should be ready for prime time drinking...

1973 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaumonts, Jean Grivot
A joy to sniff and sip! From the get go it has a wonderful nose of a mushroom forest, (over)ripe rowanberries, dried raspberries and compost. Very complex. Full of life even though it is fully mature. A high, pure nose. Kept on its toes all evening long. Very, very good.
The taste is delicate, mature and velvety with notes of dried raspberries, rosehips, parsnip and cooked rhubarb. A long, finely tuned, dry finish. Drinking perfectly with the chicken and on its own, soooo easy to empty this bottle. A great mature Burgundy.
93p   (tasted 2016/04)

1973 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots, Jean Grivot
Horribly corked "#!!%¤&#!!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Drinking Tonight - 2003 Chateau Peyreau

Never heard of or tasted anything from this estate, and this being a bottle from 03......ok, lets roll the dices!

2003 Chateau Peyreau
And I got lucky! This is a really nice, modern St Emilion with a upfront, juicy nose with notes of ripe plums, cedar, bonfire smoke, herbs and undergrowth. A nice warmth to it without being heavy or cooked. A fine backbone. Opens up nicely in the glass. Very good.
The taste is young and gulpable with lots of sweet plums and black currant with additional notes of new leather, scorched earth and herbs. The finish is long and nicely focused. This is giving lots of pleasure tonight, with a seared steak, oven potatoes and a Madeira sauce. Glad I have a couple of bottles, bought for 15 Euro per bottle...:)
89p   (tasted 2016/04)

Friday, 1 April 2016

Drinking Tonight - 1996 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Lombardo

Needed something mature tonight and not that overly complex, a wine to just gulp down, this bottle hopefully should do the trick.

1996 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Lombardo
The nose indicated that I have made the right choise, with its aromas of ripe black cherries, tapenade, underbrush, decaying flowers and a hint of bakelite. Fully mature and very good. Round, sweet and soft. 
The taste is mature, velvety and warm with notes of cherry jam, asphalt, red wine vinegar and autumn leaves. A medium long finish that ends on a dry note. Drinking fine tonight and just what I needed. 
87p   (tasted 2016/04)

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Tasting Flaccianello - 1985 - 2010 - 12 Magnum

Some seven years ago I found two magnums of Flaccianello at a wine store somewhere in Europe. That was the beginning of this evening. During the years I have sought out magnums of the good and great vintages of Tuscany.

Flaccianello was born in 1981 and up to 1985 it consisted of up to 15% green grapes along with the Sangiovese. From 1985 it is 100% Sangiovese, rightfully so.
Between 1981 and 2000 the grapes came from a single vineayard, called Flaccianello because it was located in the vicinity of the church that have given the cross on the label (one of the wine worlds most beautiful labels IMHO), but from the 2001 vintage the blend is made out of the best grapes from Fontodi´s estate, that covers 70 ha.
The oak treatmant has increased over the years and now it is 100% new oak, interesting in this anti-oak day and age...

Now it was time to open them all - 12 magnums for 13 wine afficionados - sounds about right! It was actually one magnum each since we started with a magnum Champagne...
We were seated in a private room at Djuret, one of my favourite restaurants in Stockholm, which if you don´t bring 12 magnums of Flaccianello or 20 vintages of Montrose...., has an amazing wine list. The food, service and handling of the bottles was, as usual, top notch - thanks!

This is how it went.

1995 Femme, Duval-Leroy
This was really a slow starter. At first I was a tad disappointed, but when it got some air things started to happen. When it opens up fine aromas of tangerines, dried flowers, smoke and fudge emerges from the glass. Classy. Some steely notes. Very fine.
The taste is tight, stony and barely mature with notes of lemon cream, tangerines, slate and gravel. A high, fine acidity. Long and intense. This is very, very good and will go on for many years to come. A great start.
93p   (tasted 2016/02)

Flight I
1985 Flaccianello
Things didn´t start out as well when we came to the Flaccianello´s though. This bottle has been stored badly somewhere along the line. The nose is murky and hot with notes of cherry jam, (over) ripe plums and wet earth. Hollow.
The taste is warm and compact with notes of old wood, red wine vinegar and mud. Tired. I can see this standing for years in a shop window somewhere in Italy (been there, seen that...).
60p   (tasted 2016/02)

1988 Flaccianello
A big, open, sweet nose with notes of dark cherries, rosemary, autumn leaves and tobacco. A fine maturity. Very good. A fine sweetness to the fruit.
The taste is round and mature and drinking beautifully with notes of ripe cherries, liquorice, dried herbs and warm Tuscan gravel. A long, velvety finish that ends with a dry twist. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2016/02)

1990 Flaccianello
From a regular bottle this has been mature for some time, but from a magnum it delivers the goods. The nose is deep and intense with rich notes of black cherries, raspberry liquorice, pipe tobacco, violets and warm gravel. A perfect maturity, and just so. Very, very fine.
The taste is big and chewy with notes of ripe cherries, chocolate wafers, warm tiles and sweet tobacco. The finish is long, multi layered and impressive. In this format, this could be kept for another 5+ years. Great wine.
94p   (tasted 2016/02)

1995 Flaccianello
The 95 Flaccianello opens up with a deep, warm nose with notes of spicy cherries, rosemary, autumn leaves and Tuscan gravel. Pure and fine. Some tobacco after a while. Very, very good.
The taste is big and steady with sweet, mature cherry fruit and additional notes of sugared coffee, warm herbs and dry liquorice. A long, dry finish. Drinking perfect tonight.
90p   (tasted 2016/02)

Flight II
1997 Flaccianello
My perennial favourite of Flaccianello is of course stunning from a magnum! But I have to be honest and say that I have had even better ones from regular bottles, the last one three years ago. This bottle has a deep, meaty and powerful nose with notes of sweet/sour black cherries, warm herbs, chocolate, black olives and violets. Very, very fine. Fully mature and giving lots of pleasure.
The taste feels younger than the nose with notes of black cherries, moist earth, chocolate covered cherries, rosemary and tapenade. The finish is very long, sweet and showing some tannins in the end. Drinking great now and the coming 5+ years, at least from this bottle size.
95p   (tasted 2016/02)

1998 Flaccianello
The 98 shows a deep, seedy, fine nose with notes of warm, ripe cherries, dark flowers, black olives and some tobacco. More restrained than the 97. Very, very good. Almost fully mature.
The taste is warm, structured and fine with notes of ripe black cherries, warm tiles, dried flowers and liquorice. A long, taut finish with a fine tobacco note. Very, very good. Could be cellared another 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2016/02)

1999 Flaccianello
My favourite in this flight and the runner up of the whole line up. The nose is just stunning with deep, intense notes of ripe black cherries, dusty earth, violets, leather and a dark salt caramel. Great wine. Some maturity but this has a long way to go.
The taste is tight and concentrated, yet refined with gorgeous notes of black cherries, ripe blueberries, dark chocolate, warm Tuscan gravel and expensive leather. The finish goes on for minutes. Lovely polished tannins that comes through in the end of the finish. Great for drinking now but I would love to drink this every day for the coming 10+ years.
96p   (tasted 2016/02)

2000 Flaccianello
The 00 is no slouch but it has some problems shining in this company. The nose is big and outgoing with notes of warm cherries, liquorice, moist earth and tobacco. Ripe and good.
The taste is broadshouldered and ripe with notes of cherry jam, raspberry liquorice, fried herbs and tobacco. A long, warm finish with fully integrated tannins. Very good. Another magnum, tasted last year was better.
88p   (tasted 2016/02)

Flight III
2001 Flaccianello
A fine, young, seedy nose with notes of sweet/sour cherries, violets, fresh rosemary, gravel and veal meat. Very ripe fruit, but in a laid back sort of way. A high, almost ethereal nose. Needs time to open up. There is future greatness here.
The taste is young, tight and intense with notes of red and black cherries, cigarette ashes, violets, Tuscan gravel and veal stock. The finish is long, structured and very promising. Really, really good now but give this baby another 6+ years and it will reach different, and even better heights.
94p   (tasted 2016/02)

2004 Flaccianello
There is something wrong here. Not corked, but very, very weird. The nose is bitter and highly strung with lots of cold gravel, beets and stems.
The taste is seedy and bitter with red, unripe fruit and a high acidity. Something must have happened with this bottle, for a 04 Flaccianello can´t behave like this. Judgement reserved.
?   (tasted 2016/02)

2006 Flaccianello
Aaaaah! Best wine of the evening. The nose is a cornucopia of ripe black cherries, violets, assorted herbs, undergrowth and warm tiles. Very impressive. Shows structure, power and refinement in one sniff, or several, which is what you would like to do with this. Gorgeous!
The taste is young, tight and intense with the ripest red and black cherries imaginable and additional notes of expensive tobacco, rosemary, Tuscan gravel and a hint of asphalt. The finish goes on for minutes. Stunning now and will go on being stunning for 10+ years. Gotta me more of this nectar.
97p   (tasted 2016/03)

2010 Flaccianello
Too bad - corked beyond belief !#¤%"#%!

Other impressions (in Swedish) here & here.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

2010 Côte-Rôtie - Vignobles Levet & Saint Cosme

What to open to along the traditional lamb dish this Easter? Why not two bottles of young, juicy Syrah? Ok then!

2010 Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Maestria, Vignobles Levet
I tasted Levet´s Améthyste almost two years ago, but have not come around to the Maestria until now. Glad I did, for this is great. The nose is young, cool and finely tuned with notes of ripening blueberries, allspice, rubber and bay leaves. A bit low keyed but oooh so fine. Some wood smoke after a while. Impressive. Day two it is even better, with a lovely sweet lingonberry note and a whole petrol station oozing up from the glass.
The taste is young and tight with notes of veal meat, crushed black pepper, lots of minerals and bay leaves. The finish is long, sandy and full of tannins that are sandpapered with the finest grade. Very promising. On day two it is even more harmonious and handsome with everything (except maturity) in place. Note to self, wait 4+ years before opening another bottle.
94p   (tasted 2016/03)

2010 Côte-Rôtie, Saint Cosme
Some 10 years ago we did a tasting of 1999 Côte-Rôtie - all three La-La´s from Guigal, Jamet and Saint Cosme. Tasting them single blind I had La Mouline as number one and a perfect wine. In second place....Saint Cosme. There were others tasters that had the Saint Cosme in first place. Ah well, we fast forward to 2016 and me opening the 2010.
The nose is open for business right out of the bottle with gorgeous peppery aromas and additional notes of ripe blueberries, violet pastilles, meat stock, cigarette smoke and gravel. A very fine depth and sweetness to the fruit. Some freshly sawn spruce lingers in the background, and dried flowers. Just lovely. On day two the fruit is a bit darker and there is notes of tobacco and dusty earth.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of blueberry pie, dried raspberries, fine tobacco, black pepper and diesel. The finish goes on for over a minute and shows a fine concentration. Day two it is tighter still and needs time to open up. Wait 3+ years. Great wine!
95p   (tasted 2016/03)

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Drinking Tonight - 2014 Chardonnay by Farr

Winepunker recommended - I bought, and this is the first bottle that gets opened.
Info here.

2014 Chardonnay by Farr
A young but wonderfully open and generous nose with notes of ripe grey pears, cap gun smoke, lemon grass and birch sap. This is right up my alley when it comes to Chardonnay. A lovely oak aroma in the background. Really fine. Still very young though. Give it 2-3 years.
The taste is pure and racy with notes of lemon cream, summer flowers, sweet minerals and butter cookies. A long, fresh finish with a fine acidity. Drinking great tonight with some assorted cheeses, a mature Gruyère and this wine made a celestial combination.
93p   (tasted 2016/03)

Friday, 25 March 2016

A Bottle Of Bubbly - 2006 Cuvée Gentilhomme, AR Lenoble

When I attended a tasting with wines from Lenoble two years ago, they really stroke a chord with me, so I have bought a bunch of bottles since then.

Their two prestige cuvées - Gentilhomme and Les Aventures - really impressed me at that tasting. Les Aventures is a multi vintage and the last bottle I drank was marvellous.
Time to check up the 06 Gentilhomme.

2006 Cuvée Gentilhomme, AR Lenoble
It opens young and steely and its show it best features on day two, when stunning notes of white currants, lemon fudge, almond paste, butter cup flowers and grapefruit oozes up from the glass. this got class and refinement. Lovely. Still young.
The taste is fine, elegant and steely with notes of lemon zest, white currants, chalk and dried flowers. The finish is long and persistent with a very fine acidity. This is a keeper, glad I have more, but I will wait 4-6 years until the next bottle is opened. Great stuff.
94p   (tasted 2016/03)