1989 Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling Trocken, Georg Breuer
A cool, mature, slate dominated nose with some additional notes of dried apricots, wet suit and dry grass. Good.
The taste is mature, dry and nicely salty with notes of dried yellow apples, rubber and crushed rocks. A fine acidity. Fine with the food but a tad too dry on its own.
86p (tasted 2015/09)
1999 Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling Tocken, Robert Weil
1997 Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Riesling, F.X. Pichler
This was a replacement for the corked Weil bottle. And what a replacement! The nose is deep, hauntingly beautiful with a hint of maturity and notes of dry mango, spices, yellow plums, candied lemon peel, matchbox and lavender. Very complex and fine. Great wine.
The taste is big and steady yet with a ballerinas balance and refinement. Lovely notes of sweet/sour lemons, spices, banana peel, summer flowers and chalk. Very long and intense. A great cleansing acidity. The guesses were on a 10 year younger wine. I need to find more of Pichlers wines.
93p (tasted 2015/09)
1989 Meursault Le Clos de Tavaux, Francois Gaunoux
A mature, rich, fine nose with notes of old wrinkled yellow apples, melted butter, plastic, hay and some smoke. A ripe, interesting nose with a fine maturity.
The taste is big, round and warm with notes of dried yellow plums, lemon candy earth and smoke. A medium long finish with a nice balance and warmth. In a perfect state of maturity.
90p (tasted 2015/09)
1985 Pommard Les Epenots, Francois Gaunoux
"=%¤(&!%¤#" Corked! A second bottle! Well, another replacement hits the table...
1993 Gevrey-Chambertin La Perrière, Domaine Heresztyn
And yet again, what a replacement! This Gevrey dispalys a cool, refined nose with some maturity and fine notes of raspberries, sweet lingonberries, forest floor and perfume. Very fine. A restrained beauty.
The taste is tight and finely tuned with notes of lingonberries, forest floor, dried flowers, herbs and a touch of liquorice. A very fine acidity. Long and eleagnt. Really, really good and on top of its game. A handsome wine.
92p (tasted 2015/09)
1989 Pommard Les Rugiens, Francois Gaunoux
The other Pommard from Gaunoux is luckily not corked. A deep, sweet, somewhat murky nose arises from the glass with notes of dried raspberries, cooked root vegetables, stale Coca-Cola, rosehip and meat stock. A nice complexity but it feels older than a 89. Very good though.
The taste is big and earthy with lots of dried up raspberry sweetness and notes of old chocolate, forest floor and beet root. A old fashioned structure. I like it, although I imagine that other bottles could be more in line with a 26 year old Pommard. I have more, so I will find out in due course.
89p (tasted 2015/09)
Well, well, the second Lafleur in a months time - life is good! Especially since this bottle rocked the world. The last bottle of 89 Lafleur I opened was corked...:-(
This fantastic creature has a deep, profound, still tight nose with notes of dark plums, corinthians, graphite, black currants, moist earth and sunwarm rocks. Ethereal in the purest sense of the word. Just beautiful and stunningly great. And still on the young side of things.
The taste is tight, concentrated and pure with notes of red and black currants, plums, charcoal, earth and a hint of veal stock. The finish is counted in minutes and every molecule is in the right place. There are some velvety tannins that pokes through in the end of the finish. In a perfect world, wait another 6-8 years, but hey, it is almost perfect now.
98p (tasted 2015/09)
1989 Château de Sales
1964 de Sales was in fine shape earlier this year. Lets see what the 89 delivers. The nose is big, warm and mature with notes of ripe black plums, smoke, Christmas spices and earth. Very good. A bit rustic but in a good way.
The taste is big and creamy with ripe black fruit, soft tannins and a long, warm finish. Some black plums, some asphalt and some dusty chocolate. A very good mouth ful of mature Pomerol.
90p (tasted 2015/09)
1989 Vieux Château Certan
Aaaaah, what a hedonistic, gorgeous nose, full to the brim with notes of mucovado sugar dusted plums, moist undergrowth, leather and pipe tobacco. In style, just between the two wines above, but with the concentration turned up to eleven. Stunning wine and in a perfectly mature stage.
The taste is very deep, warm and concentrated with notes of ripe black plums, candle grease, some barnyardy notes, tobacco and liquorice. Very, very long and focused. Great wine!
96p (tasted 2015/09)
1989 Quarts de Chaume, Domaine des Baumard
A wonderful, deep, concentrated nose with notes of lavender honey, sweet/sour yellow plums, smoke, olicloth and a touch of hay. Layers upon layers. Very complex. Utterly gorgeous.
The taste delivers what the nose promises, with stunning notes of candied orange peels, oilcloth, honey and a sliver of iron. The acidity is perfect. Long, long finish with a lovely intensity. Verging on mature, this has a long way to go. Impressive!
95p (tasted 2015/09)