Sunday 18 December 2011

Weekend Wines

2008 Puligny-Montrachet " Noyers Brets", Fernand & Laurent Pillot
A young, fresh, fine nose with notes of lemon peel, dried mango, white flowers and sweet minerals. Very good. Limestone and gun powder smoke after a while. Very fresh.
The taste is young, tight and refreshing with lots of grey pears, lemons, minerals and a touch of vanilla oak. Good structur. Need some years to unfold. But a fine drink today.
This comes from a parcel of vines called "Noyers Brets", situated close to the village of Puligny-Montrachet. I usually like the wines from Domaine Pillot, not the most intense and complex, but much wine for the money.
90p   (tasted 2011/12)

2006 Yalumba The Signature
Sometimes I can get a craving for a particuliar kind of wine, and on this evening it was a young, big wine with some sweetness and opulence, but with some structure as well. Well, when browsing through what I had for drinking now, I found this one.
The nose opens with a big, fruity intensity with notes of blueberries, meat, tar, chocolate and a touch of eukalyptus. With air the meat is coated with crushed black peppar and violets. Sweet plums. Very good. It is was I was craving, but not anywhere near to be too much or over the top.
The taste is tighter than the nose with lots of blu- and blackberries, tar, peppar and new wood. The tannins caresses the fruit and in the finish they really creep forward, and it becomes obviously that needs another 3-5 year in the cellar. There is a fresh minty note in the finish. Long and fresh. Very, very good.
It seems that the last time, at least according to my notes, that I tasted a Signature, it was the 1994, in 2000. I thought it was big, fruity and intense, and scored it 93p. This vintage gets:
92p   (tasted 2011/12)

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