Friday 25 September 2015

Some Miscellaneous Bottles

All Chardonnay as it happens! All drunk over the last couple of weeks.

1995 Pouilly-Fuissé, Château Fuissé
A fine, somewhat restrained, still youngish nose with notes of lemon cream, almond paste, cold cream and a touch of matchbox. Some sweet minerals. Very good. Deep and fine.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of lemon peel, rhubarb, flint and hard lemon candy. A fine laid back creamy feeling. A fine acidity. This still needs a couple of years until it is fully mature.
The 2013 Les Brulés tasted here.
90p   (tasted 2015/09)

1996 Jacob´s Creek Chardonnay
Could a relatively simple Chardonnay from down under have survived for 19 years?
It seems so. The nose is big, mature and creamy with notes of dry honey, decaying flowers, wrinkled yellow apples and moist earth. Some dry toothpaste in the background. Definitely hanging in there.
The taste is big, warm and dry with notes of dried yellow fruit, gravel, dried flowers and earth. A little low on acidity and the mid palate is a tad hollow, but it is still very drinkable.
78p   (tasted 2015/09)

1996 Bourgogne Cuvée Des Coutures, Sylvain Dussort
The surprise is lesser that this 96 Bourgogne has survived. Not only survived, it delivers some pleasure until the bottle is finished. The nose is medium deep, steely and sleek with notes of assorted nuts, spices, dried flowers, matchbox and lemon peel. A salty touch. Very good.
The taste is cool, somewhat mature and dry with notes of lemon cream, minerals, grapefruit and matchbox. A salty note on the palate as well. A medium long finish with a fresh acidity. Very good.
86p   (tasted 2015/09)

2012 Old Stones Chardonnay, Bergström
This has a fine, spicy, flowery nose with notes of crushed rocks, lemon peel and candle grease. A bit withdrawn but in a good way. Very good.
The taste is young, tight and dry with notes of ripening yellow apples, some white pepper, dry fudge and a hint of butter. A medium long finish with a earthy character. Very good. Still young.
88p   (tasted 2015/09)

2013 Piodilei, Pio Cesare
This Langhe Chardonnay didn´t convince. The nose is big, outgoing and a bit clumpsy with notes of ripe oranges, cream, rhubarb and matchbox. Lack a bit of energy. Not bad but not anything to write home about.
The taste is big and steady with notes of sweet lemons, earth and stale nuts. A high acidity but not the body to absorb it, which gives it a unbalanced character. Maybe time will help?
76p   (tasted 2015/09)

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