Saturday, 15 September 2018

Two Fine Nebbiolo´s From Valtellina

The best Nebbiolo´s in the world comes from the Langhe - nuff said. But - there is really fine Nebbiolo´s grown outside the Langhe which demands serious interest - one of those places is Valtellina.
I have had some nice experience of older bottles from here, for example these two bottles from The Greatest Vintage ever.
This producer is new for me and I was really impressed. Info here.

2015 Costa Bassa, Sandro Fay
The Costa Bassa comes from two vineyards, the estate calls it its "classic wine". It has a high, ligth, fresh nose with notes of lingonberries, a hint of strawberries, paint, bakelite and a some light smoky aromas. Very good in a light, fragrant style.
The taste is light and elegant with notes of dried raspberries, some asphalt, lingonberries and chrushed rocks. Finely tuned and verging on anemic. A fine acidity. I would guess this will perform even better in 3-5 years time. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2018/09)


2015 Cà Moréi, Sandro Fay
Ooooh boy, what a wine! Given this blind I would have guessed a great vintage of Acclivi from Burlotto. The nose is refined, high and energetic with notes of incense, dried strawberries, candle grease, light smoke and paint. Just lovely.
The taste is young, dry, focused and fine with notes of lingonberry infused licorice, Christmas spices, chrushed rocks and bakelite. The tannins have been polished with the finest cloth. Long and very lingering. This is some stunning juice. 6+ years. For 34 Euro, this is a no brainer, fill up the cellar!
94p   (tasted 2018/09)

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

One Day Of Trade Tastings - Second Stop - Cask & Moestue

One day last week - three trade tastings - a total of 137 wines tasted - life is rough...

With this amount of wines tasted, I just highlight those wines that made the utmost impression on my taste buds. Since I only spent a minute of two with each wine I give an approximate score.

Next up - Cask & Moestue  (46 wines tasted)

The whites - 2015 Saint Romain, Domaine Matrot demonstrate that fine white Burgundy can be had without paying and arm and a leg - peach, lemon and spices on the nose and a tight, tuned taste with a fine acidity (~91p).
Two more bottles of Chablis caught my attention, this time from N&G Fèvre, the 2016 Chablis sports a chalky nose with birch leaves and lemon. The taste is elastic, spicy and chalky. For 19 Euro, this is a steal (~90p). The big sister in the shape of 2016 Chablis Fourchaume is steely and smoky on the nose while the taste is deep, racy and pure (~92p).


On to the reds - the 2015 Bourgogne Rouge, Benjamin Leroux shows a ligthly meaty, seedy nose with a fine warmth and a cool, light on its feet but with character and fine Pinot fruit (~89p).
The 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis, Arlaud has a deep, smoky nose with dried raspberries and forst floor. The taste is solid and fine with fine fruit and a long, smoky finish (~91p). Another 2015, the Gevrey-Chambertin from Benjamin Leroux offers up a luscious nose with ripe raspberries, root vegetables and mushrooms, while the taste is long, tight and promising (~91p).

Changing vintages, the 2013 Nuits-St-Georges Aux Murgers, Sylvie Cathiard carry a hefty pricetag but the quality is there, a deep, expressive, multi layered nose and a refined, noble, lingering finish (~93p). Lastly of the Burgundies, the 2014 Volnay Champans, Marquis d´Angerville offers up a elegant, low keyed yet intense nose and a focused, linear, red currants and forest floot taste (~92p).


Of to Italy! From G.D. Vajra, the 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo has a fine earthy, spicy nose with purity and a structured taste with silky tannins (~89p). The 2013 Langhe Freisa Kyé is possibly the best Freisa I have tasted, Christmas spices, paint and mushrooms on the nose and stern but juicy tannins in the fine finish (~89p).
The 2010 Barbaresco Vanotu, Pelissero shows some sign of maturity with fine dried fruit, autumn leaves and some leathary aromas. The taste is medium bodied with polished tannins and fine red fruit (~90p).


Two bottles from San Felice got me going. The 2008 Pugnitello (a grape that one doesn´t come over that often) has a really fine sweetness to the red fruit that dominates with additional notes of dusty earth, leather and a hint of oak. A tight, concentrated taste that seems light and focused. Very fine (~92p).
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Il Quercione has a large scaled nose with notes of expensive tobacco, ripe cherries and old, worn leather. The taste is mouth coating with notes of sweet/sour cherries, cigarr smoke, asphalt and hot gravel. Long and impressive (~92p).

Monday, 10 September 2018

Election Barolo - 1997 Barolo Pajana, Domenico Clerico


Watching the election unfold last night needed a fine bottle of wine and this perennial favourite of mine did the trick.

1997 Barolo Pajana, Domenico Clerico
Popped and poured and right out of the gate this gives pure pleasure on the nose - sweet/sour cherries, raspberry licorice, incense, rosehips and that intoxicating scent of a warm Langhe earth. Evolves nicely over the evening and gets fatter and deeper with air.
The taste is velvety yet with a firm core and lots of sweet dried black fruit, melted tannins and fine notes of licorice, dried raspberries, warm tiles, smoke and dry leather. A long, balanced finish. I would say fully mature but it will keep on this level for 6+ years. Last time poured it was corked so it was nice to drink a fine bottle.
93p   (tasted 2018/09)


Sunday, 9 September 2018

One Day Of Trade Tastings - First Stop - Divine

One day this week - three trade tastings - a total of 137 wines tasted - life is rough...

With this amount of wines tasted, I just highlight those wines that made the utmost impression on my taste buds. Since I only spent a minute of two with each wine I give an aprroximate score.

First of - Divine (38 wines tasted)

Of the whites, the 2016 Offspring, Blankbottle with a idiosyncratic blend of Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling shows of a highly individual nose and a fresh, flavourful taste (~91p). On to Burgundy where the 2016 Bourgogne Blanc Champ Perrier, Tessier displayes a deep, buttery nose and a refined, lingering taste (~91p).
Two bottles from Séguinot-Bordet wowed me - the 2017 Chablis with rocks, salt and a crispy acidity, a bargain for 22 Euro, (~90p) and its big sister, the 2017 Chablis Fourchaume with an old school, backwards, impressive citrus fruit and chrushed rocks (~92p).



Among the reds, the 2016 Bourgogne, Terres Dorées talked to me with an old style, animal, "dirty" Pinot voice (~89p). The 2014 Château Charmail is a charming, classic Bordeaux for near term drinking and a very good drinking at that! (~90p),
From Il Poggione, the 2016 Rosso is a cool, refined creature with ease and focus (~89p) while the 2013 Brunello is deeper, darker and denser (~91p).


Divine usually have some of their producers present at these tasting and I got stuck at the Vite Colte table. Strange, since they are from Piedmont...
Vite Colte is a new cooperative, in that sense that they have taken the best growers from the existing cooperative Terredavino and started a new company (in 2016). They have 180 growers and 300 ha of land. I was impressed with the lineup.

Arneis! I love Arneis and the 2017 Roero Arneis Villata is no exception - crisp, flowery and herbal (~88p). The 2016 Chardonnay Fosche has a cool honeydew melon nose and a stony, fresh taste (~88p).
The 2017 Barbera Rosso Fuoco is something to buy by the case. A juicy, herbal nose with ripe lingonberries and some dark raspberries tossed in, and a fresh, light yet focused taste. A stunner for 16 Euro (~90p).
Three Nebbiolo´s were poured by Gregorio. The 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo La Malora (with 15% Barbera) shows a fine, earthy nose with mushrooms, violets and dried cherries and a long, dry taste with fine tannins (~91p). Moving up the ladder, the 2013 Barolo Essenze di Barolo display a classic tar & rose nose and a refined taste with a healthy dose of fine grained tannins (~92p). What an elegance the 2008 Barbaresco Riserva Spezie displays! 5 spices, dried flowers, paint and dried cherries makes up the nose and the palate is refined, long and pure. Really fine. (~93p).




To finish my first tasting of the day, some heavy hitters were poured by Gunnar.  From magmum no less, the 2009 Fe Ciega Pinot Noir, Ojai presents a fine tuned, somewhat mature nose with forest floor, raspberries and some balsamic scents. The taste is creamy and medium bodied with lovely fruit and balance (~94p).
Two great Cabs from Spottswoode followed, the 2014 Lyndenhurst has a tight, intense nose with fine black currant fruit and some spicy, minty touches. The taste is concentrated yet refined with polished tannins and a lingering finish (~92p). The 2014 Estate is all that the Lyndenhurst is but everything cranked up to eleven, but so balanced and so fine (~94p).
The 2015 Syrah, Lilian is a stunner! Sweet violets, chrushed white pepper, veal stock and a hint, just the tiniest hint (but it brings complexity) of VA. Sooo deep. The taste is just brilliant in its purity, concentration and beauty. A must buy! (~97p). Lastly, the 2015 Old Bastard, Kaesler shows a ripe, fruity, forward nose with a long, warm, juicy taste. Big, extrovert and really enjoyable (~92p).




Saturday, 8 September 2018

Another Rancia Bites The Dust

2007 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia, Felsina
A large scaled, open, yummy nose that would scare all I-don´t-like-new-oak-hipsters far away. Muscovado cooked ripe cherries with a hint of vanilla, dark chocolate, warm tiles and fried rosemary. Deep and outgoing. I´m liking it!
The taste is tighter than the nose indicate, with notes of ripe cherries, dark blueberries, sundried tomatoes, dried herbs and warm gravel. Long and dry, with a hint of scorched earth at the end. A tad marked by the vintage, but I will drink this any day, for the coming 10 years.
91p   (tasted 2018/09)


Other vintages tasted recently:
1993 Rancia
1997, 2001, 2006 & 2010 Rancia


Monday, 3 September 2018

2012 Chablis Grand Cru Le Vaudésirs, Domaine Long-Depaquit


2012 Chablis Grand Cru Le Vaudésirs, Domaine Long-Depaquit
A long time favourite Chablis producer of mine, this 6 year old Grand Cru opens quite restrained and needed some time in the glass to reveal notes of oyster shells, flint, ripening yellow apples, cuccumber and gravel. Very fine. Needs time.
The taste is fresh, racy and stony with notes of lime peel, slate, white currants, dry grass and minerals. A fine, long, complex finish. Will turn out great if you leave it in the cellar for 6+ years. I will.
92p   (tasted 2018/09)


Sunday, 2 September 2018

A Vertical Of Puligny-Montrachet Clos De La Mouchere, Henri Boillot / 1986 - 2012


My friend S invited to a exciting tasting of Clos de la Mouchere, this almost 4 ha Monople in the Premier Cru area of Les Perrieres (this Monopole making up almost half of Les Perrieres).

I have always loved this wine, with found memories of bottles from the mid 80´s and early 90´s, but it has been a while since I tasted it, the last being the 2013, drunk at the one of the best fish restaurants in Sweden.

On to this evenings tasting!

2008 Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube G.G., Schäfer-Fröhlich
We started with some fine Italian delicatessen and two blind bottles. The first has a fresh, upfront nose with notes of grass, grey pears, white peppers and iron. Young and pure.
The taste is cool and tight wiht notes of earth, pears, steel and dried lemons. A long, structured finish with a high acidity and a fine focus. Still young at ten years of age.
92p   (tasted 2018/08)


2015 Furmint Hold-Völgy, Demeter Zoltán
This was no fun. Foursquare with notes of platic, dry bamd-aid, potatoe water and dried mushrooms. And where is the fruit?
The taste is cool, foursquare with high acidity and dry, dry yellow fruit. For the masochist wine drinker, not for me.
78p   (tasted 2018/08)

Flight One
1996 Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Mouchere, Henri Boillot
The oldie in the lineup but a real goodie. The nose is deep and mature with notes of dry fudge, old wrinkled red apples, dried flowers and minerals. Fully mature, laid back and lovely.
The taste is like a liquid dry Tarte Tatin with additional notes of moist earth, birch sap, grass and minerals. Long and intense. The first glass that got empty...
93p   (tasted 2018/08)

2002 Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Mouchere, Henri Boillot
A deep, powerful, smoky, intense nose with notes of peach, matchbox, sweet minerals, bee wax and white currants. Very complex and fine. Still very young.
The taste is high and pure with notes of oranges, lemon meringue, pears and lots of chalky notes. Very, very long. Still needs 4+ years. Great wine.
95p   (tasted 2018/08)



2008 Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Mouchere, Henri Boillot
A favourite (young) vintage of mine when in comes to white Burgundy. This bottle is a tad low keyed compared to previous bottles, with notes of white flowers, chalk, lime ice cream and minerals. A light, airy touch.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of white peach, lemon peel, grapefruit and lots of chalk. Backwards. A high acidity. Has gone into a shell, wait 8+ years. But there is lots of potential here.
92p   (tasted 2018/08)

2007 Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Mouchere, Henri Boillot
The 07 sports a cool, fresh nose with notes of almond paste, yellow apples, white currants and matchbox. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and concentrated with a hint of maturity and notes of dry lemoncello, cap gun smoke, dried flowers and grass. A long, intense finish. Drinking perfectly now and the coming 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/08)

Flight Two
2009 Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Mouchere, Henri Boillot
A high, pure, intense nose with a wonderful refinement to it and notes of white currants, birch leaves, wet asphalt, cap gun smoke and sweet minerals. Just lovely.
The taste is long and finely tuned with notes of white currants, grey pears, wet stones and some smoky notes. A high, elegant acidity. On top of its game and will stay there for 6+ years. A stunner.
94p   (tasted 2018/08)

2010 Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Mouchere, Henri Boillot
The 2010 is a beauty, with a deep, racy, smoky nose with notes of lemon cream, sweet green peas, freshly cut grass, dry fudge and chrushed rocks. Concentrated and fine.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of lime, white currants, grass and sweet minerals. Very long, very intense and very fine. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/08)



2012 Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Mouchere, Henri Boillot
A warm elegance on the nose, with notes of ripe limes, melted butter, chalk and a hint of mosquito repellent. Very young.
The taste is deep and concentrated with a lot going on, but not really harmonious yet. Sweet fruit, a good acidity and a fine lenght, but needs to knit it all together. Wait 5+ years.
90p   (tasted 2018/08)

2011 Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Mouchere, Henri Boillot
A high, intense nose with notes of ripe lemons, pears, chalk and some interesting plastic scents. Very, very good. Polished and fine.
The taste is tight and charming with notes of white currants, grey pears, cap gun smoke and birch leaves. A very long finish with a cleansing acidity. Very, very good. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/08)

Friday, 31 August 2018

2016 Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine Des Lises vs 2016 Syrah, Mullineux

2016 Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine Des Lises
Both wines needed time to open up, the Crozes more so. When it does it reveals fine notes of violets, iron, ripening blueberries, candle grease, minerals, freeze dried coffee and some peppery aromas. Very young and fine.
The taste is racy and tight with notes of allspice, blueberries, veal meat, violets and earth. Long, mineraly and energetic. Very, very good. Will become great in 5+ years. For 25 Euro, a real bargain. A proof of the 2016 greatness. But - only 10% new oak - too bad, it could, and should, have been (at least) 100%... ;-)
91p   (tasted 2018/08)


2016 Syrah, Mullineux
A different creature, more open, wild and generous. The nose is deep and warm with notes od sweet violets, hand pounded meat, smoke and ripe dark flowers. Very good. Has a broad shouldered refinement and a fine warmth.
The taste is tight, warm and peppery with notes of asphalt, violets, blackberries, earth and Christmas spices. Long and rewarding. Very, very good but doesn´t have the complexity of the Crozes. Same prize though, ca 25 Euro.
88p   (tasted 2018/08)

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Drinking Tonight - 1993 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia, Felsina

The bottle in the background has been stored in a warm place, not drinkable

1993 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia, Felsina
25 years old and fresh as a daisy. Another fine 93, the underrrated vintage, and me being the cape crusader (although lacking a cape) for this vintage, is joyful.
The nose starts of a bit shy but after an hour in the deacnter, things starts to happen. It opens up and reveals fine notes of dried cherries, autumn leaves, dried rosemary, a hint of fresh stables, leather, candle grease and some high strawberry aromas. Still fresh and fine, and gets more juicy by the hour, until the bottle is finished. Really fine.
The taste is tight, dry and yet velvety with just the right amount of resistance in it. Dried cherries, hard cherry candy, leather and a touch of cinnamon makes up the flavours. A fine acidity and soft, but noticably tannins. A fine warmth in the finish. I would have guessed a younger and "better" vintage if this would have been poured blind.
91p   (tasted 2018/08)


Other vintages of Rancia tasted:
1997, 2001, 2006, 2010

2007 - part one
2007 - part two
2007 - part three

Friday, 17 August 2018

2015 Dolcetto d´Alba, Bruno Giacosa

Being back to work, I have to comfort me with something nice...

2015 Dolcetto d´Alba, Bruno Giacosa
And this bottle is! A deep, spicy, finely tuned nose with lovely notes of ripe blueberries, bay leaves, warm tiles and sweet minerals. A fine earthy aroma. Very, very good.
The taste is tight, sandy and polished with a great acidity and lots of blueberry fruit, topped with notes of fir wood, bakelite and spices. A long, velvety finish. A rather broad shouldered Dolcetto, and a very good one at that. Gotta get me more!
91p   (tasted 2018/08)


Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Vacation Wines - No 27 & 28 - 2008 Barbaresco Campo Quadro, Punset & 2008 Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera, Elio Grasso

Last bottles of this summers vacation - work starts tomorrow...

2008 Barbaresco Campo Quadro, Punset
A fine, mature, soft nose with notes of forest floor, dried red berries, dry tobacco, balsamic vinegar and dry asphalt. Very nice maturity. A fine dried up sweetness.
The taste is dry and mature with notes of gravel, licorice, leather and red currants. A fine dryness at the end. Perfect for drinking now.
89p   (tasted 2018/08)


2008 Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera, Elio Grasso
A deep, tight, concentrated nose with notes of raspberry licorice, mushrooms, dried flowers and some bonfire scents. Velvety and refined. Some maturity. Very, very good.
The taste is long, steady and complex with notes of hard cherry candy, violets, herbs and mushrooms. Very deep. A lovely warmth. Really fine. Needs 3+ years more.
93p   (tasted 2018/08)

Monday, 13 August 2018

Vacation Wines - No 26 - 1983 Chablis 1er Cru Momtee De Tonnerre, Bacheroy-Josselin


Soon the summer vacation is over....but there is still time to open some bottles. A mature white Burgundy is never wrong!

1983 Chablis 1er Cru Momtee De Tonnerre, Bacheroy-Josselin
Another fine 83, one of my favourite vintages when it comes to aged white Burgundy. The nose is still tight and sturdy with notes of dried orange peel, sea food shells, birch sap, dry caramel and even a hint of dry coconut. Expressive and still youngish. Very, very good.
The taste reflects the nose with still young (but dried) yellow fruit and additional notes of rust, flint and smoke. The taste is more monolithic than the taste. No hurry to drink this one. A good acidity. A lovely companion to fried salmon balls and vegetables.
89p   (tasted 2018/08)

35 year old sediment

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Vacation Wines - No 25 - 2010 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Grigio, San Felice


2010 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Grigio, San Felice
Eight years old and still a baby. It needed some serious time in the glass and some vigorous svirling before it reveals notes of ripe black cherries, black olives, Tuscan gravel, ripe flowers and a hint of tobacco. A very fine structure. Lots of promise here.
The taste is tight and finely constructed with notes of dry licorice, tapenade, black cherries and rosemary. Fine, polished tannins. Not any maturity to talk abot, wait at least 6+ years. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2018/08)

Friday, 10 August 2018

Vacation Wines - No 24 & 25 - 2009 Westhofen Kirchspiel Riesling Trocken, Keller & 2009 Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Spätlese Trocken, Eugen Müller

Grilled salmon for dinner, with an array of fixings - what to open? Why not a David vs Goliat tasting? Keller vs (for me the unknown) Eugen Müller. Rheinhessen vs Pfalz.

And the result...?

2009 Westhofen Kirchspiel Riesling Trocken, Keller
A deep, rocky, salty nose with notes of dried lavender honey, pears, cap gun smoke, touch of violets and lots of chrushed minerals. Very deep and fine. A tad restrained.
The taste is young, forceful and driven with notes of dried lemons, dried kiwi, chrushed rocks and a hint of salty licorice. Very acidic at the end. A tad bitter at the very end. Very, very good, although not as great as last time.
92p   (tasted 2018/08)



2009 Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Spätlese Trocken, Eugen Müller
A young, handsome, refined nose with notes of grapefruit, fennel seed, slate and dried flowers. Juicy and fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of chalk, grilled lemons, white peach and dried flowers. A fine acidity at the end. Very fine.
91p   (tasted 2018/08)

Two different wines - Keller more intense and forceful but the bitter note at the end of the finish lets me down a bit, while the Müller charms me with outgoing fruit and a fine balance. Two very fine dry Rieslings.


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Vacation Wines - No 23 - 1986 Château De La Riviére

I was very impressed with this wine three years ago. I haven´t opened a bottle since then, but now was the time.

1986 Château de la Riviére
Not as great as last time - this bottle anyway - but a really fine mature Bordeaux. The nose is mature and refined with notes of autumn leaves, dried black currants, graphite and lead pencil shavings. Very traditional and very fine.
The taste is cool, round and mature with notes of earth, leather, dried black currants, salmiak and gravel. A medium long, dry finish. This bottle is fully mature but will go on for 5+ years.
90p   (tasted 2018/08)


Sunday, 5 August 2018

Vacation Wines - No 22 - 1997 Ilusion, Gaja

Opened a mature (?) bottle the other day from Gaja before heading out to dinner in the warm Visby night.
But what is it? What does Ilusion contains? Google comes up short and when posting the image on IG with the same question, I get two answers - Freisa.
Freisa? I am not a big fan of young Freisa (regardless if it is from Mascarello, Vajra or someone else) but apparently if you cellar it for 20 years...

1997 Ilusion, Gaja
I was thinking a blend of Cabernet and Nebbiolo when I sniffed and drank it - the nose is deep, mature and velvety with notes of dried black currants, undergrowth, rosehip and leather. A fine sweetness to the fruit. Very, very good.
The taste is mature, warm and finely textured with notes of autumn leaves, dried raspberries, warm tiles and earth. A long, soft yet concentrated finish. Drinking perfectly now.
90p   (tasted 2018/08)


Friday, 3 August 2018

Vacation Wines - No 20 & 21 - 1990 Barolo Riserva De Gracia Cuvée, Manzone & 2004 Barolo Vigna Cucco, Cascina Cucco

Two bottles of Barolo on a Friday night, seems about right!

1990 Barolo Riserva de Gracia Cuvée, Manzone
This 28 year old Barolo shows its age in the shape of a damp forest, canned mushrooms, dry tobacco, old licorice and meat stock. But a fine depth and a aged complexity.
The taste is mature, warm and dry with notes of sweet/sour cherries, dry tobacco, violets and forest floor. A round, generous finish. Soft tannins, Fully mature, and maybe a tad so.
89p   (tasted 2018/08)


2004 Barolo Vigna Cucco, Cascina Cucco
A deep, velvety, concentrated nose with notes of ripe cherries, rose petals en masse, salt licorice, earth and blue skiwax. Very fine. Power, refinement and balance. A hint of maturity. Gorgeous.
The taste is polished, structured and finely tuned with notes of hard cherry candy, violets, rosehip, paint and minerals. Very long and lovely. Firm tannins at the end gives backbone. Evolves all evening. Very, very fine. 5+ years.
94p   (tasted 2018/08)

Vacation Wines - No 19 -2008 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts, Bachelet-Monnet


2008  Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts, Bachelet-Monnet
I was eager for some fine Chardonnay and opened this bottle to go along some salmon and vegetables. It worked out fine :-)
The nose is deep and smoky with notes of lime cream, yellow plums, warm hayand chrushed rocks. Deep and fine. A hint of maturity.
The taste is structured and racy with notes of lime, starfruit, yellow apples and lots of dry minerals. The finish is long and spiked with a high acidity content. Really fine. Salivating. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/08)


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Vacation Wines - No 18 - 2007 Brunello di Montalcino, La Gerla


2007 Brunello di Montalcino, La Gerla
It has been a couple of years since I last opened a bottle of this Brunello. It is now in a fine drinking mode and it shifts personality from day one to day two.
When popped and poured, and during the first evening, its shows of a tight, warm nose with notes of vanilla powdered black cherries, Tuscan gravel and rosemary. A bit restrained. On day two it has blossomed nicely, with lovely additional notes of fresh stables, Finnish licorice and chrushed rocks. Deeper and with more refinement on day two.
On day one this is a big mouthful of hedonistic Brunello fruit, with inky black cherries, tar, fried rosemary and sweet minerals. Very juicy and fine. On day two it has taken on the character of the nose on day one, more restrained and tight. The finish is long and intense. Overall a very fine Brunello for drinking now and the coming 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/07)

Monday, 30 July 2018

Vacation Wines - No 16 & 17 - 2008 Brut, Louis Roederer & 2008 Givry 1er Cry Clos Du Cellier Aux Moines, Domaine Joblot

Some friends visited us on our ongoing stay on Gotland and I opened these two 10 year old bottles to go with dinner.

2008 Brut, Louis Roederer
This Champagne is always a treat. A wonderful, light yet intense nose with notes of smoke, toasted bread, lemon cream, minerals and almond paste. Deep and balanced. Still young.
The taste is hight and tight with notes of sweet minerals, lime peel, smoke and dry cookie dough. A very long lasting, fresh finish. Gorgeous. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/07)



2008 Givry 1er Cry Clos Du Cellier Aux Moines, Domaine Joblot
A cool, fine tuned nose with a hint of maturity and notes of ripe lingonberries, rose petals, earth, bakelite and a hint of tobacco. A fine depth. Laid back and lovely.
The taste is earthy and racy with a fine acidity and notes of dried raspberries, rowanberries, earth and dried herbs. A refined finish that ends with a lip smacking dryness, Very, very good. 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/07)

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Vacation Wines - No 14 & 15 - 2008 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir, Simonnet-Febvre & 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Poissenots, Louis Jadot

2008 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir, Simonnet-Febvre
There is a hint of maturity on the nose, yet it still is steely and racy with notes of white currants, lemon cream, warm grass and a hit of rust. Deep and fine.
The taste is cool, steely and fresh with notes of minerals, hard lemon candy and dusty earth. A long, fine finish with a cleansing acidity. Very, very good. Still needs 5+ years in the cellar.
91p   (tasted 2018/07)



2010 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Poissenots, Louis Jadot
A fine, flowery, herbal nose with notes of red currants, ripening raspberries, beet roots and forest floor. Earthy and fine. Opens up beautifully in the glass. Refined.
The taste is cool and creamy with notes of dry raspberry licorice, root vegetables, earth and dried flowers. Quite sturdy in the finish still. Very long. Very fine. Drinking great now and the coming 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/07)

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Vacation Wines - No 13 - 2003 Barolo Sarmassa, Brezza


Another Barolo!

2003 Barolo Sarmassa, Brezza
A mature, warm but not overly so, nose with interesting notes of meat, dried flowers and some animal scents. Additional notes of autumn leaves, burning fir and a hint of milk chocolate. Very, very good.
The taste is big and warm with notes of dried raspberries, licorice, leather and a touch of cocoa. Soft, warm tannins. Drinking really nicely now. A fine mouthful of Nebbiolo.
90p   (tasted 2018/07)

Monday, 23 July 2018

Vacation Wines - No 12 - 2014 Chardonnay, Rochioli


With fine grilled filets of catfish, new potatoes and a lime aioli I opened this beauty.

2014 Chardonnay, Rochioli
This Russian River Valley Chardonnay sports an open, direct yet deep and complex nose with notes of dry butter cookies, candied lemons, passionfruit and sweet minerals. Ripe, rich and very yummy.
This is a big mouthful of ripe, lively, forward Chard with a firm backbone and notes of lemon meringue, dry pineapple, smoke and lots of chrushed rocks in the long lasting, structured finish. Very, very good. Drinking great now and the coming 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/07)

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Vacation Wines - No 10 & 11 - 2014 Chassagne-Montrachet, Michel Niellon & 1996 Cuvée El Palomar, Abadia Retuerta

2014 Chassagne-Montrachet, Michel Niellon
Poured to go along a light seared tuna with a sallad of asparagus, cucumber and spring onions. The nose is steely, mineraly and salty with notes of white currants, birch leaves, dry butter cookies and a hint of white chocolate. Very fine. Lots of flint after a while.
The taste is light and refined with notes of smoke, white currants, grass and flint. Long and fine with a fresh acidity. A really fine village wine.
91p   (tasted 2018/07)



1996 Cuvée El Palomar, Abadia Retuerta
This mature blend of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon shows of a round, sweet nose with notes of a mix of raspberry and blueberries and scents of moist animal fur, mushrooms, warm rocks and tobacco. A very fine maturity.
The taste is finely mature and softly intense with notes of raspberry licorice, warm herbs, leather and tobacco. Long, rich and velvety. A very fine warmth. Fully mature. Very, very good. Much better than the 96 El Campanario tasted three years ago.
92p   (tasted 2018/07)