Wednesday, 14 November 2018

2006 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese, Dönnhoff

2006 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese, Dönnhoff
The 2006´s are ready for prime time drinking. The last couples of bottles have been ready and that is what I have heard from friends as well. This bottle was proof of that particularly pudding.
The nose is wide open and ready for business with nice notes of dried apriocots, rubber boots, wet asphalt, white raisins and hints of ripe strawberries. Very direct and very good.
The taste is cool and fine, a little more restrained than the nose leads you to believe, with notes of yellow pears, gravel, pine apple juice and dried strawberries. A fine, medium high acidity. For drinking now and the coming 4+ years.
91p   (tasted 2018/11)

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Stunning Wines From Podere Forte

I was invited by Brix Wine to a tasting of the wines from Podere Forte at one of our crown jewels of restaurants in Stockholm, Operakällaren.
As we were gathering and enjoying the ambience of this beautiful locality we were poured glasses of
NV Pol Roger Brut (89p) which always bring pleasure and their own NV Cuvée Operakällaren Blanc de Blanc (88p) which was smoky and fine.

Giovanni Mazzoni, Sales and Marketing Director, presented and discussed the wines, and much more, with great enthusiasm, charm and joy.

2013 Riesling Clos des Capucins Cuvée Theo, Domaine Weinbach
For the first course this Riesling was poured. I drink way to little from Alsace, as I say everytime something great like this passes my way. The nose is deep and multi layered with notes of sweet/sour orange candy, rubber, moist earth and mosquito repellent. A high level of intensity.
The taste is refined (which I wrote three times...) and broad with notes of sweet lime, tangerines, grilled onions (!) and wet asphalt. A high, perky acidity that cleans the fat fruit of the palate. Very lively. Great wine. Mature? Feels like it but I wouldn´t be surprised  if this would last 20 years.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)

2015 Petrucino
This 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot blend sports an outgoing, deep, handsome nose with notes of red and black cherries, plums, spices, tobacco, autumn forest floor and expensive leather. Very, very good.
The taste is taut and refined with notes of blueberries, sour/sweet cherries, asphalt, rosemary and violets. A long, structured, warm finish with a dry twist at the end. Drinking perfectly with food now but I would wait 5+ years for even more complexity.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)

2008 Petrucci
This 10 year old Sangiovese shows of a seamless elegance with a deep, complex nose with notes of forest floor, ripe cherries, dark chocolate, expensive perfume and fresh rosemary. Very pure and fine.
The taste is cool and refined with hint of maturity and notes of red cherries, leather, dry licorice, Tuscan gravel and a hint of tobacco. Very, very long. Lovely. 3+ years.
94p   (tasted 2018/11)

2013 Petrucci
The younger sibling, and from magnum no less!, displays a deep, focused nose with every screw and bolt in the right place. Lovely notes of ripe red cherries, violets, candle grease, Jerusalem artichokes, herbs and Tuscan gravel. Beautiful.
The taste is brilliant in its precision, intensity and sheer enjoyment. Of course very young but I can see myself taking big sips after sips after sips... Notes of plums, red cherries, leather, earth, violets and some sweet tobacco notes. A one minute finish. 6+ years.
96p   (tasted 2018/11)

2009 Guardiavigna
A high, pure nose with notes of hay, quince, red currants, wet cement and some coffee aromas. Lively and very interesting.
The taste is cool and complex with notes of red licorice, earth, warm tiles and cold coffee. Long and balanced, maybe a tad less focused in the finish compared with the two following vintages. 50% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot, 12% Pettit Verdot.
91p   (tasted 2018/11)

2010 Guardiavigna
The 10 has the same blend as the 09 and displays a fantastic, concentrated yet light and refined nose with notes of gravel, ripe red currants, tobacco and milk chocolate. Vivacious and really fine.
The taste is tight and complex with gorgeous fruit, a seamless structure and an ethereal refinement. The finish goes on and on and on. Great wine! 6+ years.
95p   (tasted 2018/11)

2014 Guardiavigna
The youngster shows of a high, pure nose with notes of ripe red currants, wet asphalt, herbs and tobacco. Very deep and fine.
The taste is young, structured and elegant with notes of violets, warm tiles, cranberries and earth. A long, complex finish. Will evolve well, give it 5+ years. 45% Cabernet Franc, 44% Merlot, 11% Pettit Verdot. From 2016 the Guardiavigna is 100% Cabernet Franc, it will be interesting to see what that will do to the character of the wine.
93p   (tasted 2018/11)

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Friday Dinner Baroli - 2010 Barolo, Elio Altare & 2010 Barolo Perno, Elio Sandri

What to drink with juicy burgers, cheddar cheese, owen baked tomatoes, truffle sauce & home made fries a la Heston Blumenthal...?

Barolo of course!

2010 Barolo, Elio Altare
The Altare grows in the glass all evening long. It starts of quite floral and red berry fruity and puts on weight as the evening progress, with lovely notes of pine wood, tar, cinnamon, Christmas lacquer and rosehips. Very fine.
The taste is structured and still young, with polished tannins and notes of red cherries, damsons, sandelwood, violets and dried herbs. A long, finely tuned finish. I would wait 5+ years before opening another bottle.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)

2010 Barolo Perno, Elio Sandri
The Monforte wine from Elio Sandri is a more broad shouldered creature with a deep, intense nose with notes of black cherries, paint, incense, hard cherry candy and asphalt. Doesn´t evolve as much in the glass as the Altare. A laid back framework. Very fine.
The taste is taut and structured with notes of bakelite, dried cherries, trumpet mushrooms and a hint of dry tobacco. This has more texture and backbone than the Altare but maybe a tad less charm. I will let my remaining bottles rest for 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)

Friday, 9 November 2018

1998 - 2011 Loius Roederer Blanc de Blancs

1% of the production. That´s not much, even for a big company as Louis Roederer. But that is volume of the production of the vintage Blanc de Blancs. The other day I was fortunate to taste eight vintages, courtesy of VinUnic.
Thierry Wallaert from Louis Roederer guided us through the wines with charm and deep insights.

NV Brut Premier
We started things of with the Brut Premier from magnum, as all Champagne´s, always drinking better from large formats. The nose is cool, fresh and smoky with notes of yellow plums, freshly washed clothes and day old bread.
The taste is pure and fresh with a salivating acidity and a nice body. A long finish with lots of lemons, smoke and minerals. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2018/11)

Flight I
2011 Blanc de Blancs
The 2011 shows of a really smoky nose, even some Islay feeling from this one. After some swirling additional notes of lime peel, oyster shells and grass emerges. Very fine.
The taste is chalky and racy with a young, stern character with lots of promise. A very fine dry finish. 8+ years.
91p   (tasted 2018/11)

2010 Blanc de Blancs
The 10 is a beauty with a deep, refined nose with notes of white flowers, handcream, ripe lemons and a hint of petrol. Complex and fine, although still very young.
The taste is tight and pure with a lovely balance and notes of grilled lemons, chalk and cap gun smoke. Very, very handsome. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2018/11)

2009 Blanc de Blancs
The 09 is the weakest wine in the lineup. Not a bad wine, but not reaching the level of the others. The nose is restrained and a tad hollow with notes of dried up lemon curd, flint and dry grass.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of dry lemons, earth and hay. A good lenght with a fine acidity. Very good but again, not up to par with the rest.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)

2008 Blanc de Blancs
Aaah, another stunner from the 08 vintage. The nose is deep and rich with notes of tangerines, smoke, lemon licorice and a fine, salty aroma. Very fine.
The taste is regal, racy and refined with a gorgeous yellow fruit, a crisp acidity and a structure that promises a long life. Great wine. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2018/11)

Flight II
2007 Blanc de Blancs
The 07 reveals some maturity on the nose with notes of shellfish shell, sage, lemon cream and a hint of tobacco. A bit soft but a fine intensity never the less.
The taste is round and generous with notes of passionfruit, dry lemon, grass and smoke. Medium long. Very, very good. Drinking fine now.
90p   (tasted 2018/11)

2002 Blanc de Blancs
The nose is a beauty with a hint of maturity, but the depth and concentration is of the charts. Stunning notes of chalk, grilled lemons, sandelwood, salt stone and dry milk chocolate fudge. Just lovely.
The taste is tight and complex with a fabolous intensity, persistence and lenght. An utter joy to drink. A beatiful wine that just entering the first stages of maturity. Will go on for a long time.
96p   (tasted 2018/11)

1999 Blanc de Blancs
A fine, dry, somewhat mature nose with notes of dry caramel, birch sap, lavender and dried flowers. Very fine.
The taste is chalky and dry with notes of oyster shells, clay, dried lemons and grass. Long and juicy. A hint of maturity but I would wait 3+ years for the next bottle.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)

1998 Blanc de Blancs
This 20 year old bubbly sparks things up with a deep, refined and high nose with notes of white currants, light tobacco, chalk, lemon cream and the scent of morning fog on a the late summers day. Very vital.
The taste is multi layered and sappy with notes of dry biscuits, lemon cream, chalk and flower soap. The finish goes for a minute with a gorgeous structure and crisp acidity. This will go on for 10+ years. Great wine.
94p   (tasted 2018/11)

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Six Bottles Of Châteauneuf-du-Pape

From our latest tasting group gathering. Thanks Håkan!
Tasted double blind.

2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chantee Le Merle Vieilles Vignes, Bosquet des Papes
A somewhat mature, round, warm nose with notes of ripe red berries, dark almond paste, violets and scorched earth. Very good in a open, direct way.
The taste is generous and warm with notes of spices, birch sap, rubber and cooked red currants. A long finish with dry tannins and a fine warmth. For drinking now before the fruit gets drier.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)

2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne
A backward, shy nose with some notes of bonfire smoke, earth, bakelite and dry leather. Not much fruit to be found.
The taste is tight and inky with notes of dried blueberries, road dust, rust and violets. A good lenght but it ends foursquare and on a hot note. Can´t see this getting any better.
84p   (tasted 2018/11)

2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Reine des Bois, Domaine de la Mordoreée
A fine, spicy, peppery nose with notes of ripe red peppers, smoke, blueberries and dark perfume. Very deep and fine.
The taste is concentrated and balanced with notes of violets, red currants, dried raspberries, black pepper and a slight touch of mint. Long and complex. Very fine. Entering maturity, this could surely keep for 10+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)

2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château la Nerthe
A cool, earthy nose with notes of blueberries, minced meat, herbs and violets. More undergrowth with air. Very good.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of ripening blueberries, chrushed rocks, bakelite and dry herbs. More monlithic on the palate. Could use some years in the cellar.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)

2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Beaucastel
A fine red berry, smoky nose with notes of fresh stables, Christmas spices and dried strawberries. Round and fine. Entering maturity.
The taste is darker and meatier with notes of bakelite, fried herbs, cooked raspberries and undergrowth. Long and lingering. 5+ years.
90p   (tasted 2018/11)

2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reservée Des Deux Frères, Pierre Usseglio
A very fine, deep, open nose with notes of herbs, red currants, sealing wax, violets and a lovely perfumed aroma. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of red plums, herbs, undergrowth, pine wood and a hint of mint. Long and lovely. For drinking now and the coming 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)

Sunday, 4 November 2018

1997 Château Soutard & 1997 Brunello Di Montalcino Val Di Suga, Tenimenti Angelini

Two bottles opened the other day for a family dinner.

1997 Château Soutard
This St Emilion keeper has almost always impressed me, regardless of vintage. I have never tasted the 97 so I thought that it was time to open a bottle. The nose is of a classic mature Bordeaux, with fine notes of autumn leaves, tobacco and leather, but there is also a fine scents of plum, asphalt and dark flowers. On the verge of maturity.
The taste is dry and warm with notes of ripe red and black currants, road dust, forest floor, sun baked earth and dried flowers. Long. Ends on a dry note. More marked by the vintage on the palate. I would opt to drink any remaining bottles sooner than later.
88p   (tasted 2018/11)

1997 Brunello di Montalcino Val di Suga, Tenimenti Angelini
Haven´t tasted the 97 Val di Suga before, I am impressed when I sniff and sip. The nose is big, warm and focused with lovely notes of black cherries, rosemary, warm Tuscan gravel, violets and fine floral scents. A very fine maturity.
The taste is round, generous and inviting with notes of dried cherries, raspberry licorice, violet pastilles, asphalt and pipe tobacco. Long lasting and dense in the mouth, with a spark of acidity and some remaining tannins that compelles you to take another sip.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)

Saturday, 3 November 2018

A Bottle Of Bubbly - 2008 Biographie, Michel Genet

2008 Biographie, Michel Genet
It was three years since I last opened a bottle of this gorgeous Blanc de Blancs, and as I noted then, this would benefit from a couple of years in the cellar. I´ll bet that there still is some room for improvement, but this is a stunner right now.
The nose is open and inviting with depth, structure and an effortless ease, and displays notes of lemon fudge, cap gun smoke, oatmeal cookies, ripe peaches and sweet minerals. Very deep and soooo fine.
The taste is creamy yet racy and on its toes, with notes of slate, assorted nuts, milk chocolate fudge, smoke and a hint of vanilla. Very long. A fresh acidity. A lovely wine to drink now and the coming 8+ years.
94p   (tasted 2018/11)

Friday, 26 October 2018

Drinking Tonight - 1993 Langhe Nebbiolo, Produttori Del Barbaresco

1993 Langhe Nebbiolo, Produttori del Barbaresco
This bottle is a) a testament to the quality of this cooperative and b) - which I have been nagging on for years - the much-better-than-its-reputation vintage of 1993.
Well, getting of my soapbox and on to the wine; the nose of this lovely mature specimen is that of mushrooms, an autumn walk in a dimlight forest, dried up 90´s perfume, Gauloises smoke, violet pastilles and a hint of dog fur to add to the complexity. Very fine. A perfect maturity.
The taste is dry, mature and soft with notes of dried lingonberries, mushrooms, violets, dry leather and gravel. Medium long with a fine dry finish. The taste doesn´t really live up to the fantastic nose and doesn´t have heaps of complexity but it is an utter joy to drink, and isn´t that what its all about?
89p   (tasted 2018/10)

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

2015 Tirrenico, Mazzei

A tasting sample from The Wine Agency.

2015 Tirrenico, Mazzei
This is a Bordeaux blend from the hills above "Mar Tirreno" and consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Alicante.
The nose is young, fresh and balsamic with notes of ripe red currants, plums, matchbox, leather and a fine low keyed salty aroma that may come the closeness to the sea. A kiss of oak. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of fresh rosemary, cherries, smoke, leather, asphalt and chrushed rocks. A long, fine finish. A touch of salt in the finish as well. Drinking fine now and the coming 8+ years. A bargain for 16 Euro.
90p   (tasted 2018/10)

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Some Baroli Of Late

2013 Barolo, Domenico Clerico
A deep, open nose with notes of Christmas spices, ripe black cherries, herbs and some minty aromas. Very direct and pleasing.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of dark cherries with a sprinkle of vanilla on top, asphalt, smoke and herbs. Velvety tannins. 4+ years.
89p   (tasted 2018/09)

2013 Barolo Bricco Boschis, Cavallotto
A fine depth and lovely aromas of red cherries, red beets, tobacco and root vegetables. A very fine freshness. Complex.
The taste is young, tight and racy with notes of ripe red cherries, sweet lingonberries, forest floor and warm tiles. Very balanced and fine. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/07)

2013 Barolo Gattera, Bovio
Oooh dear, this lack depth and is a bit to warm, strangly enough in this elegant vintage. Ripe raspberries, moist undergrowth and asphalt on the nose with a underlyinh warmth.
The taste is warm and a bit to structured with notes of cherry liquor, sweet licorice and scorched earth. Long, warm and dry.
84p   (tasted 2018/07)

2013 Barolo Castelletto, Giovanni Manzone
A fine, deep, high nose with notes of sour/sweet cherries, violets, rosehips and some handcream notes. Young and fine.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of hard cherry candy, dry licorice and a fine sandy deeling. Long and seedy. Needs 5+ years.
89p   (tasted 2018/09)

2010 Barolo Nirvasco, Bersano
A cool, earthy nose with notes of dried mushrooms, asphalt, herbs and a hint of dry chcocolate. More earthy than fruity in a old school manner.
The taste is earthy, smoky and dry with notes of violets, mushrooms and asphalt. Young, perky tannins. Very good in a dry, restrained way.
87p   (tasted 2018/09)

2013 Barolo, Sordo
The Normale from Sordo sports a fine, low keyed, traditional nose with notes of lingonberries, paint, rosehips and herbs. A fine spicy character.
The taste is seedy and young with notes of bakelite, cool red fruit, and herbs. A bit restrained on the palate. Needs 5+ years. See all 2013 cru´s from Sordo here.
86p   (tasted 2018/08)

2013 Barolo Tre Ciabót, Cascina Ballarin
A finely tuned nose with a light sweetness and notes of ripe red cherries, tobacco, asphalt and model clay. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and balanced with notes of raspberry licorice, tobacco, gravel and herbs. A fine finish with silky tannins. Very fine. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2018/08)

2011 Barolo Arborina, Mauro Veglio
A deep, warm, nicely put together nose with notes of dried rose petals, hard cherry candy, ripe flowers and some smoky notes. Very fine. Needs lots of ait to open up.
The taste is taut and warm with notes of raspberry licorice, warm undergrowth, herbs and rosehips. A long, fine tannins with still marked tannins. 5+ years. Here is a note of one of its sister wines, the 2011 Rocche dell´Annunziata.
91p   (tasted 2018/08)

1968 Barolo, Sordo
The last 68 Barolo was a nice one. Not this one, or it could have been nice if its not had been stored in a Italian shop window (or a please like that) for 20+ years... A beautiful label though.
50p   (tasted 2018/09)

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Some Champagne´s From AR Lenoble

I got an invitation from Valid Wines to meet Christian Holthausen and taste some wines from AR Lenoble. Of course I jumped at the chance, I adore the Chouilly (mostly) bubbles they produce, as seen from some of my previous notes, see below.
Christian held a fetching presentation of the wines and the philosophy behind this small, family owned winery, info here. And he mentioned a newly released 88, my favourite vintage, mmm...

NV Intense Mag 14
The Intense is light and elegant on the nose with notes of lime peel, thai basil, red currants, gravel and summer flowers. High and pure.
The taste is fresh and juicy with notes of lime, gravel, spices and some dried fruits. A very fine acidity. This is for happy everyday drinking. Mag 14 means that the base vintage is 2014. A blend of 45% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay.
89p   (tasted 2018/10)

NV Brut Nature Dosage Zero
I liked the non dosage better last time, see the Tasting lunch with Anne Malassagne below. This time I felt that the nose was very rocky, flinty and a tad one dimensional with notes of shellfish, chalk and cigarette ash.
The taste dry and chalky with notes of the white inside a lime, chrushed rocks and oyster shells. A high acidity. Linear. Could evolve nicely though. Base vintage 2013. 35% Pinot Meinier, 35% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.
86p   (tasted 2018/10)

NV Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Mag 14
Also with the base vintage of 2014, the Blanc de Blancs is a beauty, with a fresh, racy nose with notes of dried apriocts, freshly washed clothes, lemon cream and some smoky scents. High and fine.
The taste is young, tight and intense with notes of lemon cream, yellow apples, smoke and chalk. Long and refined. Gotta get me some of this.
91p   (tasted 2018/10)

2008 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
I have tasted the 08 two times before (and have some in the cellar), see below, and this still is, and will continue to be, an awesome bottle of bubbly. The nose is balanced and handsome with notes of white peach, sunwarm asphalt, butter cookies and spices. Very, very fine.
The taste is concentrated, focused and fine with notes of grilled lemons, chalk, smoke and spices. Long and luscious. A really great wine that will go on for 10+ years.
94p   (tasted 2018/10)

2012 Premier Cru Blanc de Noirs Bisseuil
Imagine a Premier Cru Faiveley, Grivot or Confuron - red that is - with bubbles! A stunning nose, vivacious and lively, with spicy Pinot fruit and notes of red beets, autumn leaves, root vegetables and violets. Different and just splendid!
The taste is very young, concentrated and focused with notes of ripe lingonberries, moist earth, a touch of coffee and light licorice notes. Very long, very intense and very, very lovely. Gotta get hold of this one as well!
94p   (tasted 2018/10)

Tasting Lunch With Anne Malassagne
NV Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs L´Epurée
1996 Grand Cru Bland de Blancs
2008 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
2004 Premier Cru Blanc de Noirs
2006 Premier Cru Blanc de Noirs
2002 Gentilhomme
2006 Gentilhomme
MV Les Aventures (1990. 1995, 1996)

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Rabbit & Barbaresco

What to do with some leftover rabbit? Make a yummy pasta sauce and then open a mature Nebbiolo, of course!

1985 Barbaresco, Punset
A lovely mature nose that really opened up with some air, with notes of autumn leaves, tobacco, dried cherries, paint and a hint of truffle. Very, very good. A fine dried up sweetness.
The taste is mature, cool and velvety with notes of cranberries, earth, leather and rosehips. A fine, dry finish with a hint of still structured tannins. Very fine.
91p   (tasted 2018/10)

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Dinner With Some Oldies & Some Immature Bottles

Mikke invited to a tasting dinner. Then you know that it will be some oldies at the table (not so much the guests as the bottles...) but this time there were more young ones then normal, and very nice ones at that.
All wines tasted double blind.

2016 Coche Blanco, Nierpoort
A stony, finely tuned nose with notes of green apples, spices and hand cream. Some flowery scents with air. Very good.
The taste is dry and structured with notes of white peach, chrushed rocks, spices and grass. A fine acidity and a good length.
88p   (tasted 2018/09)

2003 Cuvée de 6 Cepages, Moutard
An interesting blend of six grapes - Arbanne, Petit Meslier, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier - that shows an open, inviting nose with notes of autumn apples, orange blossom, root vegetables and milk chocolate. Complex and fine.
The taste is round and mature with a good acidity and notes of a dried up Tarte Tatin, peach, dry cookies and warm grass. Very, very good. Perfectly mature.
90p   (tasted 2018/09)

1985 Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles, Jean Boillot
A lovely mature white Burgundy from Boillot - this 85 was as fresh as the 96 Clos de la Mouchere tasted two months ago. The nose is deep, mature and with a gorgeous dried up sweetness from ripe grapes, with notes of white currants, slate, dry fudge and a delicate salty aroma. Very fine.
The taste is long, luscious and dry with notes of candied lemons, cap gun smoke, dried peach and gravel. A very fine mouthfeel. Great wine.
94p   (tasted 2018/09)

2010 Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes, Simon Maye
This also shows some mature features in the shape of dried yellow plums, dried up vanilla ice cream, chrushed rocks and a hint of rubber. Warmer and bigger than the PM. Very, very good.
The taste is outgoing and delicious with notes of apricots, lemon cream, asphalt and herbs. A very fine acidity. A long finish with a fine, dry warmth.
91p   (tasted 2018/09)

? Château Pavie Decesse
Unknown vintage, but guesses hoovered around vintages 64, 66, 70, but we will never know... The nose is soft and mature with notes of earth, autumn leaves, cranberries, dried plums and mushrooms. Pretty vital and very good.
The taste is earthy and cool with notes of dry tobacco, dried plums, leather and some balsamic notes. Ends dry but definitely not dried out.
87p   (tasted 2018/09)

1964 Château La Croix Du Casse
There was something wrong with this bottle from The Greatest Vintage Ever...
53p   (tasted 2018/09)

1970 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion
A deep, lovely mature nose with notes of tobacco, black currants, forest floor, gravel and some fine animal scents. A fine dried up sweetness. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied, elegant and fine with notes of red currants, autumn leaves, tobacco and warm tiles. Soft and fine.
89p   (tasted 2018/09)

1970 Château Troplong Mondot
A fine, mature, low keyed nose with notes of autumn leaves, plums, root vegetables and tobacco. Light and fine.
The taste is warmer and more "cooked" than on the nose, with notes of scorched earth, dry tobacco and old leather.
85p   (tasted 2018/09)

1970 Château Phelan Ségur
A very fine, multi layered nose with notes of sweet tobacco, black currants, pencil shavings and forest floor. Deep and very fine.
The taste is balanced and very fine with notes of black currants, red beets, ink and forest floor. The finish is long and structured. Mature but will go on for 6+ years.
91p   (tasted 2018/09)

1970 Château Magdelaine
Corked (/"#¤/&%!!!

2008 Chardonnay, Far Niente
A palate cleanser between the two red wines flights. The nose is fresh and steely with notes of lemon cream, Christmas spices, yellow flowers and almond paste. Very good.
The taste is fresh and pure with notes of butter biscuits, corn, grass and gravel. There is some warmth in the end. Feels younger than 10 years old. A tad linear though.
87p   (tasted 2018/09)

2003 Cabernet Franc Rosa Mystica Block, Owenroe
Bottle no 684 out of 3.840. The nose is deep, inky and herbal with notes of ripe cherries, licorice, fir wood, gingerbread dough and heavy perfume. A tad over the top.
The taste is taut and steady with notes of blueberry pie, Christmas spices, bonfire and fir wood. Very concentrated and long. Wait another 10+ years and see...
86p   (tasted 2018/09)

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Owenroe
The young Owenroe is much better with a more laid back, balanced nose with notes of ripe blueberries, graphite, geranium and gravel. A fine young structure.
The taste is young, focused and finely tuned with notes of blueberries, cherry licorice, tobacco and forest floor. Very long. 6+ years.
91p   (tasted 2018/09)

2010 In The Rocks Syrah, Reynvaan
To my recollection, the first bottle from Reynvaan I have ever tasted - what have I been missing out on!! The nose is that of an great, and I mean Great, Côte-Rôtie with stunning notes of white pepper spiced blueberries, handpounded meat, pine wood and violets. Ethereal and just lovely.
The taste is cool, refined and persistent with notes of violets, white peppers, veal stock, dried flowers and asphalt. The finish is one minute long and ends seamsless. Really, really fine.
96p   (tasted 2018/09)

1970 Château Guiraud
A deep, round, sweet nose with notes of toffee, lavender honey, dried apricots, apricots and dry vanilla fudge. A lovely maturity.
The taste is deep and semi dry with notes of red tea, apricots, orange peel and some old milk chocolate. A tad blunt but very charming in a old fashioned way.
87p   (tasted 2018/09)