2008 Sankt Paul Spätburgunder Grosses Gewächs, Friedrich Becker
A deep, spicy, tight nose with notes of ripe rasberries, fresh herbs, new expensive leather, pine forest and some chocolaty notes. Very deep and fine. Opens up nicely and becomes sweeter. A gorgeous note of rasberry vinegar appears with air, and a elegant perfumed note coats the ripe rasberries.
The taste is cool and a tad restrained with good intensity and lots of ripe rasberries and lingonberries. A fresh acidity. The finish is long and medium bodied with a licorice note. Fresh and fine. Very, very good but the taste is a touch ascetic compared to the more hedonistic nose. Should evolve some more, give it 3-5 years. Very, very good. Info here.
92p (tasted 2013/03)
2005 Echezeaux, Lucien le Moine
A big, deep, powerful nose with notes of ripe rasberries, warm herbs, licorice, a touch of band-aid (in a positive way) and the scent of autumn leaves burning. Very, very deep. Has a old fashioned feeling about it. I like this very much. Very, very young.
The taste is tight, intense and focused with still perky tannins and notes of chocolate covered rasberries, black cherries, christmas spices, moist earth and some new oak. The finish is long, warm and very well balanced, in spite of its young age. This still needs another 5-7 years in the cellar. Great quality! Info here.
The title track of their first album - Saint Vitus - have never echoed better in my ears when (almost) a bottle of this nectar flowing through my veins...
93p (tasted 2013/03)
|Yours truly and David Chandler, guitarist and founding member of Saint Vitus|