Thursday, 28 May 2020

2009 Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta


2009 Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta
An open, warm, fine nose with notes of cranberries, red apples, chocolate wafers and that tell tale dill aroma. Very, very good,
The taste is dry and mature with notes of dried strawberries, cranberries, tobacco and fir wood. A fine dry finish. Maybe a tad marked by this hot vintage but there is no problem finishing the bottle with a chicken and sage pasta.
88p   (tasted 2020/05)

2001 Gran Reserva 904

1964 Gran Reserva 904

Sunday, 24 May 2020

2004 Barolo Bricco Viole, M. Marengo


2004 Barolo Bricco Viole, M. Marengo
An open, somewhat mature nose with fine notes of tar, tobacco, herbs, undergrowth, roses and, of course, violet pastilles! Very deep and fine. A fine warmth.
The taste is round and fine with notes of asphalt, mint, dried cherries and incense. A long, warm finish with a fine dry twist. Very, very good. Drink now and the coming 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/05)

The 2004 tasted in 2012
2013 Bricco Viole
2014 Bricco Viole
2015 Bricco Viole
2016 Bricco Viole

Friday, 22 May 2020

2015 Spätburgunder Grande Réserve, Weingut Bietighöfer


2015 Spätburgunder Grande Réserve, Weingut Bietighöfer
A high, interesting nose with notes of fir wood, red currants, Finninsh licorice, Lily of the valley and a touch of cinnamon. Idiosyncratic and fine.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of dried raspberries, plywood, forest floor and violets. A very fine warmth. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2020/05)

Thursday, 21 May 2020

2017 Barbaresco Ronchi, Albino Rocca


2017 Barbaresco Ronchi, Albino Rocca
I remember vividly the Barolo Boys visit to Albino Rocca some 10+ years ago where Angelo poured us some great wines before taking us to lunch in the Barbaresco square, bringing two bottles and one magnum for four... Angelo is very much missed.
The 17 Ronchi flows elegantly up from the glass with fine notes of red currants, rhubarb licorice, asphalt and tons of rose petals. Really fine.
The taste is restrained and handsome wirh notes of red currants and cherries, violets, sage and a hint of fine tobacco. Stony. Very long and refined. 6+ years. A tasting sample from Wine Affair.
93p   (tasted 2020/05)

Monday, 18 May 2020

One Old Sherry & One Old Madeira

NV Don Estepha Amontillado, Bodegas Pastranilla
A nutty, intense nose with notes of white rasisins, old nougat, detergent, white chocolate and mahogny wood. Very deep and complex.
The taste is luscious and tigth with notes of fried nuts, dried sage, old chocolate and shoe polish. A very long finish with a fine acidity. Ends semi dry. High and fine. Bought two bottles for 10 Euros...
92p   (tasted 2020/05)


NV Fine Madeira Wine, Justino Henriques
The neck lable says "Sweet" but on the nose there is more restrained, dry scents that come up from the glass, in the shape of dried nuts, old wrinkled red apples, dry biscuits and model clay. Medium deep.
The taste is expressive and long but dry and a tad empty in the middle. Notes of dry nougat, raisins, nuts and earth. Its good but nothing too write home about.
84p   (tasted 2020/05)

Saturday, 16 May 2020

New Vintages From Wine Affair - Part Three - Five La La´s From Guigal


Last part of tasting notes from the tasting of recent releases from Wine Affair. And what a lineup!

2011 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline, Guigal
The first La Mouline (usually my favourite of the three La La´s) dispalys a laid back, smoky nose with notes of veal meat, velcro, violets, white pepper and dark flowers. Really fine.
The taste is intense and multi layered with notes of chrushed rocks, ripe blueberries, violets and a hint of tobacco. A gorgeous mouthfeel. Stunning. 8+ years.
97p   (tasted 2020/04)


2012 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline, Guigal
The 2012 is more muted on the nose compared with the two other vintages of La Mouline, with notes of flower earth, dried meat, damsons and fir wood. Deep. Very, very good.
The taste is more expressive with notes of sage, damsons, forest floor and some lovely meaty notes. Very, very long. Very fine. 5+ years.
94p   (tasted 2020/04)

2013 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline, Guigal
Dark and restrained on the nose, this beauty reveals scents of violet pastilles, raw meat, iron and flower water when you swirl the glass energetically. Really deep and intense.
The taste is young, tight and concentrated with notes of model clay, black pepper, violets and graphite. Long, long, long. Lovely. 10+ years.
96p   (tasted 2020/04)


2012 Côte-Rôtie La Turque, Guigal
A candidate for perfection - just give it 8+ years - the 2012 La Turque oozes up from the glass with stunning notes of asphalt, perfectly mature blueberries, peppered meat and ripe flowers. Very, very deep. Hauntlingly beautiful.
The taste follows the nose with a taut structure and lovely notes of allspice, asphalt, incense, blueberries and ink. The finish goes on for minutes. Great wine.
98p   (tasted 2020/04)


2013 Côte-Rôtie La Turque, Guigal
Last but not least, the 13 La Turque offers up a dark, tight nose with notes of violets, scorched earth, damsons and that distinctive smell of a fresh hockey puck. Very, very deep and promising.
The taste is taut and steady with notes of damsons, violets, asphalt, beef stock and dried flowers. Intense, sandy tannins. This will need time in the cellar, 10+ years. Very fine.
96p   (tasted 2020/04)

Thursday, 14 May 2020

2016 Blaufränkisch, Weingut Heinrich


2016 Blaufränkisch, Weingut Heinrich
A earthy, spicy nose with notes of blueberries, lavender, bay leaves, ink and gravel. Very good. A touch of iron and clay.
The taste is tight and structured with notes of damsons, iron, violets and scorched earth. Dry. Fastidious and fine.
87p   (tasted 2020/05)

Saturday, 9 May 2020

1996 Barolo, Costa di Bussia - Tenuta Arnulfo


1996 Barolo, Costa di Bussia - Tenuta Arnulfo
From Bussia this 1996 shows a fine. mature nose with notes of dried cherries, mushrooms, shoe polish, aspahlt and a autumn fir forest. Very, very good.
The taste is round and warm but still with a tannin bite and notes of tobacco, dry licorice, mushrooms and violets. A fine lenght with a dry finish. Fully mature, as most 96 are by now. Info here.
89p   (tasted 2020/05)

Thursday, 7 May 2020

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection, Raymond

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection, Raymond
This is so yummy it is hard to keep my hand of my decreasing stash of bottles...
The nose jumps from the glass with notes of ripe black currants, coffee powder, fine tobacco and ink. Very deep. Just lovely.
The taste is refined and structured showing no age but fine notes of spicy black currants, warm tiles, tobacco and asphalt. Very, very long. Yet again, impressive. 6+ years.
95p   (tasted 2020/05)


Earlier tasting notes: From March 2018 & March 2017

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

New Vintages From Wine Affair - Part Two

This was the reds tasted the other day from Wine Affair, except for five bottles of La La´s from Guigal. Those notes will come in the last part.

2018 Limonte, Braida
This young, perky Grignolino jumps out of the glass with notes of chrushed cherry pips, gravel and fresh herbs.
The taste is fresh with a racy acidity and notes of red cherries, cranberries and herbs. Drink now with a bowl of pasta or with some Crudo and Reggiano.
86p   (tasted 2020/04)


2016 Chianti Classico Storia di Famiglio, Cecchi
A young, crisp nose with notes of red cherries, violets and rosemary.
The taste is dry, sandy and taut with a fine, juicy cherry fruit and some violet pastilles. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2020/04)

2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Villa Rosa, Cecchi
The one year older Gran Selezione is a more serious creature with notes of ripe black cherries and some black currants tossed in, Tuscan gravel and dried leather. Deep and complex.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of dried cherries, rosemary, warm tiles and furniture polish. Very long and fine. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/04)

2018 Family Vineyards Pinot Noir, Newton Johnson
A fine, smoky Pinot nose with notes of wild raspberries, forest floor and some light meaty aromas. A very fine sweetness.
The taste is earthy and fine with notes of ripe raspberries, salt licorice, leather and red beets. Long and lingering. Lovely.
92p   (tasted 2020/04)


2017 Sojourner Vineyard Pinot Noir, Walter Scott
This is a stunner. The same lovely Pinot fruit as the above but darker, more structured and with added depth. Really fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with gorgeous Pinot fruit and notes of smoke, incense and dark tobacco. Very, very long. Great wine.
95p   (tasted 2020/04)

2017 Geyserville Zinfandel, Ridge
The Geyserville sports a high, direct nose with some VA and additional notes of sweet licorice, blackberries and birch sap. Very interesting.
The taste is big, complex and  a bit all over the place with dark fruit, a high acidity, hints of VA and a fine warmth. Would love to taste this again.
90p   (tasted 2020/04)


2017 Lytton Springs Zinfandel, Ridge
The Lytton Springs on the other hand is a role model for this kind of Zinfandel - dark, suave and perfumed with notes of ripe blueberries, damsons and asphalt. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and warm with ripe black fruit, a dense structure and long, long finish with notes of blueberry pie, smoke and scorched earth. Very fine.
92p   (tasted 2020/04)

2015 Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Guigal
The regular Côte-Rôtie shows of a light meaty nose with notes of red currants, blueberries and black pepper. Spicy and fine.
The taste is cool and structured with notes of violets, dried blueberries and warm sand. Medium long and balanced. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2020/04)

2014 Côte-Rôtie Château d´Ampuis, Guigal
From a cool vintage, this d´Ampuis has a high, flowery nose with notes of assorted spices, red currants, damsons and forest floor. Very fine.
The taste is cool and fresh with notes of white pepper, a dried up blueberry pie, violets and a hint of tobacco. On the lighter side but very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2020/04)


2015 Côte-Rôtie Château d´Ampuis, Guigal
A very deep, tight, concentrated nose with notes of ripe blueberries, hand pounded meat, dark flowers and black pepper. Very, very fine.
The taste is pure and handsome with a lovely focus and intense fruit. Layer upon layer. Bay leaves, ripe blueberries, spices and tobacco. Stunning. 8+ years.
95p   (tasted 2020/04)

2016 Barolo, Mauro Veglio
A finely tuned nose with notes of ripe red cherries, some strawberries, Finnish licorice and rosehips. Very, very good.
The taste is young and tight with notes of dried strawberries, rosehips, earth and leather. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/04)


2016 Barolo Paiagallo, Mauro Veglio
The Paiagallo has a refined, balanced nose with notes of fresh herbs, ripe red cherries, asphalt and some flowery aromas. Very fine.
The taste is elegant and concentrated with silky tannins and a assortment of red and black fruits. Herbs, rosehips and asphalt is noticable in the long finish. Lovely. 8+ years.
These two Veglio wines made me remember the Barolo Boys visit to the estate some two years ago.
93p   (tasted 2020/04)

Saturday, 2 May 2020

2015 Dolcetto d´Alba, Bruno Giacosa


2015 Dolcetto d´Alba, Bruno Giacosa
Being member no 3 in the illustrative association of "Dolcetto Boys & Girls" (of which Elisa Scavino in member no 2) you gotta drink some great Dolcetto from time to time!
The nose is stony and fresh with notes of rowan berries, blueberries, violets, chrushed rocks and a fine salty scent. Very, very good.
The taste is dry and tasty with notes of green peppers, violets and dried blueberries. Sandy. A long finish with silky tannins. Very fine.
90p   (tasted 2020/05)

Friday, 1 May 2020

2011 Iphöfer Kronsberg Spätburgunder Erste Lage, Weingut Hans Wirsching


2011 Iphöfer Kronsberg Spätburgunder Erste Lage, Weingut Hans Wirsching
The nose is open, smoky and direct with notes of ripe strawberries, red beets, earth and smoke. Very fine. Rhubarb licorice after a while.
The taste is cool and fine with notes of ripe lingonberries, red currants and dried strawberries, smoke, licorice and earth. A very fine, dry finish. Very fine.
91p   (tasted 2020/05)

Thursday, 30 April 2020

New Vintages From Wine Affairs - Part One


I had the opportonity to taste through some new releases from Wine Affair the other day.

Here are some brief notes of the white wines tasted. To be contiuned...

2019 Sparkling Rosé, Mulderbosch
A light, fresh, stony nose with  a fine wild strawberry and earthy character and a lively taste with a fine acidity and a plethora of red fruits. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2020/04)


2016 Chablis Dame Nature, La Chablisienne
A salty, spicy nose with some oyster shells, chrushed rocks and minerals. A light, pure taste with salt, wet stones and lemon peels. Racy.
88p   (tasted 2020/04)

2014 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros, La Chablisienne
A very stony, intense, lovely nose with minerals, grilled lemons, flint and a hint of licorice.
The taste is restrained yet aristocratic and racy with lovely yellow fruits, flint and smoke. 10+ years.
94p   (tasted 2020/04)


2018 Il Fiore, Braida
A low keyed, herbal nose with notes of white peppar and stony fruit with a spicy taste with dried apples and chrushed rocks.
87p   (tasted 2020/04)

2017 Chenin Blanc Block W, Mulderbosch
A handsome, balanced nose with a touch of wool, grilled lemons, white pepper and sage. Complex.
The taste is high pitched and lovely with grilled pine apple, asparagus and flint. A very fine acidity.
91p   (tasted 2020/04)

2017 Chenin Blanc Block S2, Mulderbosch
The Block S2 is more restrained, more spicy and with notes of wet wool. Very good but more subdued than the Block W.
The taste is high and fine with dark yellow fruit and with a fine acidity.
89p   (tasted 2020/04)

2018 Southend Chardonnay, Newton Johnson
A fine, lightly oaked nose with notes of butter biscuits, grilled lemons and assorted nuts. On the palate it is textured and fine with sweet lemons and smoky notes.
90p   (tasted 2020/04)

2018 Family Vineyards Chardonnay, Newton Johnson
A very deep, sandy nose with notes of blood oranges, smoke and lemon fudge. Very, very fine.
The taste is luscious and very fine with notes of tangerines, smoke, slate and ripe lemons. Looong.
92p   (tasted 2020/04)

2017 Justice Vineyard Chardonnay, Walter Scott
This Chardonnay shows of a big, ripe nose with notes of mango, quince and rubber glue. A bit all over the place.
The taste is big and structured with notes of ripe yellow fruits, rubber and dry lemon candy. The acidity isn´t really integrated in the fruit. Impressive yes, but...
85p   (tasted 2020/04



2015 Hermitage Blanc, Guigal
A large scaled, old fashioned nose with dried yellow fruit, a hint of VA, dried flowers and spices. Very deep.
The taste is long, deep and structured with warmth, generous dried fruits and a long, long finish. Drink now or in 30+ years.
89p   (tasted 2020/04)

Saturday, 25 April 2020

1982 Barolo, Valerio Alfero


1982 Barolo, Valerio Alfero
Not a excisting producer according to Masnaghetti, this 1982 displays - with a two hour decanting - a warm, mature nose with notes of worn Chesterfiels chairs, dried strawberries, sun warm asphalt and old chocolate wafers. Ripe, mature and interesting.
On the palate, it is compressed and a tad hollow in the middle, but still has fine notes of cranberries, rosehips, dried black currants and gravel. Long enough, with a fine warmth and a sandy texture. The nose is the better part of this wine.
85p   (tasted 2020/04)

Monday, 20 April 2020

2016 Barbera d´Alba, Mauro Molino


2016 Barbera d´Alba, Mauro Molino
A open, spicy nose with notes of wild raspberries, shoe cream, chestnut purée and a fine meaty scent. A sweet/salty touch. Very, very good.
The taste is young and lively with notes of ripe raspberries, sage, leather and gravel. Highly gulpable. A fine acidity and structure. 3+ years. I had a great time visiting Mauro Molino last year.
90p   (tasted 2020/04)

Thursday, 16 April 2020

1988 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Les Marconnets, Simon Bize


1988 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Les Marconnets, Simon Bize
A fine, soft yet expressive nose with a lovely maturity and notes of warm tiles, forest floor, dried raspberries and a hint of tobacco. Very balanced. An understated elegance. Very fine.
The taste is handsome and nicely dry with notes of red beets, red currants, forest floor and tobacco ash. Medium long. Again, balanced. Perfectly mature. Lovely. Much better than four years ago.
92p   (tasted 2020/04)

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

2015 Spätburgunder Réserve, Stefan Bietighöfer


2015 Spätburgunder Réserve, Stefan Bietighöfer
A wilful, finely tuned nose with notes of rhubarb, pomegranate, wild raspberries, violets and sage. Very, very good. Gravel. Complex.
The taste is handsome and silky with a very good acidity and notes of dried raspberries, violets, flower water and some dry chocolate wafers. A very fine sweetness to the fruit. Drink now and the coming 6+ years. Very interesting.
90p   (tasted 2020/04)

Monday, 13 April 2020

1978 Barolo, Stefano Marengo & 1998 Barolo Marialunga Cascina Bruni, Giuseppe Veglio

1978 Barolo, Stefano Marengo
A very fine mature nose with lovely notes of dried strawberries, melted licorice, autumn leaves, dried up ketchup, furniture polish and lots and lots of mushrooms. Very complex and fine. Perfectly mature.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of rosehips, dried mushrooms, herbs and tar. A long, dry finish. A fine balance. Not as expressive on the palate as on the nose. Very fine.
92p   (tasted 2020/04)


1998 Barolo Marialunga Cascina Bruni, Giuseppe Veglio
A deep, restrained nose with notes of black cherries, asphalt, rosemary and earth. Very Serralunga in character, stern and tight. Even with 8 hours of air it doesn´t really open up. Has character.
The taste is stern and focused with notes of ripe black cherries, violets, sun warm rocks and rosehips. Very long and handsome. Some taut tannins in the finish. 6+ years. Info here.
91p   (tasted 2020/04)

Saturday, 11 April 2020

2018 Chardonnay, Far Niente


2018 Chardonnay, Far Niente
A young, deep, potent nose with lovely notes of melted lemon ice cream, butter biscuits, slate and matchbox. Very, very good.
The taste is broad and luscious with notes of dried up lemomcello, grilled lemons, chrushed rocks and smoke. Long and lingering. 5+ years. Very fine.
92p   (tasted 2020/04)

Friday, 10 April 2020

1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Beaucastel & 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reseve, Fox Creek

1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Beaucastel
Here is a prime example of the merits of cellaring a bottle for 18 years...
Dull, so desperately dull, tidious and stuffy, it is almost cooked, even though it has spent the last 18 years in my cold cellar. Not even passable for cooking, just down the drain.
58p   (tasted 2020/04)


1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reseve, Fox Creek
This is more like it! Just like the 1996, tasted seven years ago, it sports an outgoing, deep, spicy nose with notes of just laid asphalt, ripe blackberries, bonfire, graphite and violets. Very fine.
The taste is deep and compact with lovely notes of bluberry pie, fried herbs, sweet violets and bonfire smoke. More Syrah notes than Cabernet ones, but still, a great wine. Mature but still have plenty of life.
92p   (tasted 2020/04)

Thursday, 9 April 2020

My Easter Egg!


Its that time of the year again, this year kind of crazy, but I still planning to drink some (hopefully!) great wine.
This year with a vintage theme, all ends with a "8" - 1978, 1988, 1998 & 2008.

Happy Easter!

My Easter Egg of 2019

My Easter Egg of 2017

My Easter Egg of 2016

My Easter Egg of 2015

My Easter Egg of 2014

My Easter Egg of 2013

My Easter Egg of 2012


Wednesday, 8 April 2020

2003 Château Du Domaine De L´Eglise

2003 Château du Domaine de L´Eglise
Opens up rich and barnyardy but evolves into a soft, almost mature, warm wine with fine notes of plums, melted asphalt, pipe tobacco and candle grease. Very good.
The taste is warm and dry with notes of plums, blueberry pie, leather, violets and undergrowth. A good warmth but a tad short finish. For drinking now and the coming 5+ years.
87p   (tasted 2020/04)

Sunday, 5 April 2020

2012 Barbaresco Albesani Vigna Borgese, Piero Busso


2012 Barbaresco Albesani Vigna Borgese, Piero Busso
Third bottle tasted. The first one was three years ago, when Pierguido visited Stockholm. A year after, I tasted a bottle to check out its progress. Now it was time to open another bottle.
The nose is still young and vigorous with notes of spicy red cherries, rosehips, dry licorice and a fine smoly note. Very elegamt. Still young.
The taste is luscious and focused with notes of hard cherry candy, gravel, hebs, cool tobacco and rosehip. A very fine finish. Silky tannins. Great wine. 5+ years. Glad I have more.
94p   (2020/03)

Saturday, 4 April 2020

2012 Langhe Nebbiolo, Burlotto


2012 Langhe Nebbiolo, Burlotto
A handsome, somewhat mature nose with notes of a damp forest floor, red cherries, dried roses and a fine incense aroma. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied and open for business with notes of ripe red cherries, earth, asphalt, tobacco and dried herbs. A fine acidity. A tad more sturdy than the previous bottle.
90p   (tasted 2020/04)

Thursday, 2 April 2020

1958 Barolo Riserva, Castellana


1958 Barolo Riserva, Castellana
A very light, fragile colour. But colours can be deceiving when it comes to really old wines. A 1964 Vietti tasted five years ago had almost the same colour and was great!
The nose is deep and interesting with notes of dried apricots, band aid, wet rocks, old yellow apples and bucketloads of mushrooms. A fine dried up sweetness. Very good.
The taste is more linear and dry with notes of dried mushrooms, hay, dried apricots and old herbs. Medium long. A dried up sweetness. Not as good on the palate as on the nose.
82p   (tasted 2020/03)

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

40 Years Of Château Potensac / 1975 - 2015


Nineteen bottles of Château Potensac tasted last Saturday. A very fine tasting. Potensac have been managed by the Delon family (Leoville Las Cases) since the middle of the seventies. The wines are classic Medoc´s with a fine structure for aging. And the represent a really fine value, most of the vintages, except for the 70 and 80´s were bought for ca 30 Euro/bottle.

Flight I
1975 Château Potensac
A fine, soft, earthy nose with notes of dried rowanberries, tobacco and autumn leaves. A fine, round maturity.
The taste is mature and earthy with notes of dried black currants, tobacco and old leather. A long, velvety finish. Not at all dry as so many 75´s can be. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2020/03)


1978 Château Potensac
A big, open, barnyardy nose with notes of cooked black currants, leather and sweet tobacco. Very fine. A lovely maturity.
The taste is warm and mature with a fine dried up sweetness and notes of scorched earth, dried black currants and pipe tobacco. Long and lingering. Lovely.
92p   (tasted 2020/03)

1982 Château Potensac
%#"!&)%¤!! Corked!
Not rated   (tasted 2020/03)

1986 Château Potensac
The 86 Potensac offers up a cool, refined nose with notes of sun warm rocks, black currants, violets and a ash tray. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and sandy with notes of dried up black currant jam, earth and leather. Long and dry. mature but could go for 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/03)


Flight II
1989 Château Potensac
A deep, light meaty nose with notes of ripe black currants, cherries, leather and undergrowth. A very fine maturity.
The taste is concentrated and very fine with notes of smoke, black currants, leather and violets. A very fine structure. Mature but in no hurry to drink up.
92p   (tasted 2020/03)


1990 Château Potensac
A deep, complex nose with notes of dark flowers, ripe black currants, chocolate and autumn leaves. High and pure. Very, very fine.
The taste is taut and not fully mature yet, with fine notes of leather, iron, black currants and dark chocolate. Very long. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/03)

1995 Château Potensac
A tight, earthy nose with notes of asphalt, cranberries, damsons and dried blood. Intense. Stern and fine.
The taste is dry and steady with notes of gravel, dry licorice, asphalt and tobacco. A dry finish. A tad foursquare. Drink sooner than later.
87p   (tasted 2020/03)


1996 Château Potensac
A deep, iron filled nose with notes of ripe black currants, rust, moist undergrowth and fresh stables. Very fine. Somewhat mature but still on the young side of things.
The taste is concentrated and focused with notes of blut juice, red and black currants, asphalt and dried flowers. Very, very long. 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/03)

Flight III
1998 Château Potensac
An outgoing, fine nose with notes of smoky black currants, fir wood and sweet tobacco. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of Finnish licorice, asphalt, tobacco and undergrowth. Very nice for drinking now and the coming 10 years.
90p   (tasted 2020/03)


1999 Château Potensac
A finely tuned nose with notes of expensive tobacco, gravel, iron and damsons. Very deep. A low keyed intensity. Lovely.
The taste is earthy and tight with notes of leather, autumn leaves, tobacco and dried black currants. Silky tannins. Long. Very fine. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/03)

2000 Château Potensac
A large scaled nose with notes of dark chocolate, black currant jam, raspberries and scorched earth. Big and burly and very good.
The taste is more restrained than the nose with notes of cooked black currants, damsons, sweet tobacco and earth. Long and dry. A fine warmth. Drink now.
89p   (tasted 2020/03)

2001 Château Potensac
For me, the best wine in the line up. The nose is cool and refined with notes of perfectly ripe black currants, sark perfume, an autumn forest and some smoky elements. Very fine. A hint of maturity.
The taste is racy and tight with notes of graphite, ripe black currants, fine tobacco and sun warm rocks. Very long and distinct. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/03)


Flight IV
2003 Château Potensac
A big, broad and complex nose with notes of sweet black currants, equally sweet blueberries, balsa wood, sugared coffee and violets. The ripest of all vintages, but keeps everything in place.
The taste is broadshouldered and intense with notes of blueberry licorice, dried up black currant jam, asphalt and violets. Very long. Very, very good. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2020/03)


2005 Château Potensac
A restrained, concentrated nose with smoky black currants, sandelwood, roasted coffee and black tea. Very, very fine. Graceful. Still young.
The taste is tight and balanced with notes of iron, ripe black currants, bakelite and fir wood. A very fine structure. Ripe, silky tannins. Really fine. 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/03)

2008 Château Potensac
A deep, fine nose with notes of earth, ripening black currants, forest floor and smoke. Some mature notes. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied and sandy with notes of dry blueberries, undergrowth, leather and iron. For drinking now and the coming 6+ years.
88p   (tasted 2020/03)


Flight V
2009 Château Potensac
A deep, compact, herbal nose with notes of sugared coffee, ripe black currants, forest floor and violets. Very handsome.
The taste is young, tight and concentrated with notes of sweet tobacco, dried up black currant jam, warm tiles and earth. Very long and promising. 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/03)


2010 Château Potensac
A elegant, racy nose with notes of red beets, damsons, violets and sun warm rocks. A fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is velvety and fine with notes of dried figs, red currants, smoke and asphalt. A very fine dryness in the finish. Long. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/03)

2013 Château Potensac
A ripe, open nose with notes of cooked black currants, scorched earth, smoke and fir wood. Sweet fruit. Big and juicy.
The taste is broadshouldered and concentrated with ripe black currants, dark chocolate, bonfire smoke and fried herbs. A long finish that ends dry. Drink now or wait 10+ years.
89p   (tasted 2020/03)


2015 Château Potensac
A deep, complex nose with notes of violets, black currant leaves, forest floor and expensive tobacco. racy and very fine.
The taste is young and steady with notes of iron, black currants, asphalt and leather. Very, very fine. Long and distinct. This will turn out great with 10+ years in the cellar.
92p   (tasted 2020/03)


Saturday, 28 March 2020

2008 Barolo, Fratelli Martini Secondo Luigi


2008 Barolo, Fratelli Martini Secondo Luigi
A completey umknown producer, and from their website is seems like a large scale operation. So I had my doubts... But - the nose is light and pleasant with notes of red cherries, smoke, undergrowth and mushrooms. Has a nice Nebbiolo character, albeit light.
The taste is cool amd nice with notes of dried flowers, red currants, smoke and gravel. Not a great wine but a decent Nebbiolo that has a few years from full maturity.
86p   (tasted 2020/03)