Ok, the 2012 Les Calichets didn´t rock my world. How about the two year older big brother then?
2010 Bourgueil Les Perriéres, Catherine & Pierre Breton
No, this doesn´t do it for me either. Don´t get me wrong, it is a good wine, better than the Les Calichets. But...
I opened this for lunch yesterday (working from home some days has its perks...) and followed it all day long. It starts out a bit restrained on the nose but with air it opens up and displays aromas of roasted green peppers, red apples, warm tiles, gingerbread cookies and lots of gravel. Very clean. Almost ascetic. Every knot and bolt in perfect order. And that makes it a bit boring.
The taste is young and seedy with notes of red apples, red currants, fresh herbs, lots of gravel and rocks and a hint of white peppar. The finish is long, sleak and full of very finely sanded tannins. Very restrained, and that is not only because its young, it is the structure and nature of this wine. Verging on anemic. It is like a highly intellectual, well mannered nun, it lacks something, some carnal knowledge, something rowdy. But as we all know, as Mercyful Fate puts it, Nuns have no fun. And with this wine, me neither.
87p (tasted 2014/10)