Wednesday 17 February 2016

Some Miscellanous Whites

These were drunk over the last couple of weeks over dinner and at tastings.

2012 Coucou Blanc, Elian da Ros Laclotte
This and the two following bottles was tasted before the Kongsgaard line up a couple of weeks ago. This Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend from the South of France display a waxy, fat nose with notes of oranges, mango and plastic. Very good. A fine coolness even though it show some fat.
The taste is young, broad and yummy with notes of candied lemons, dried up honey and slate. A very good aciidty. Long and fine. This is really good.
90p   (tasted 2016/01)

1971 Uerziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese, Joh. Jos. Christoffel
This stunner started out a bit shy but developed beautifully in the glass to show notes of mature red apples, dry resin, a rubber carpet, varnish and dry saffron - very complex and refined. In a perfect mature stage. Just lovely.
The taste is mature, round and velvety with notes of autumn apples, dry fudge, chalk and some detergent. A long, long finish with a fine acidity. Still got some racy qualities on the palate. This is a great bottle of mature Riesling.
93p   (tasted 2016/01)

2003 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese, Dönnhoff
A still young, still fresh nose with notes of grey pears, earth, chlorophyll and expensive soap. A hint of warmth, but in a elegant way. Very good.
The taste is tight and semi dry with notes of ripe pears, lemons, bay leaves and sweet minerals. The finish is long and seedy. I would say that this would benefit from some further aging.
88p   (tasted 2016/01

2011 Pouilly-Vinzelles Les Quarts, La Soufrandière
The nose is big and broad with notes of vanilla ice cream, ripe peaches, summer flowers and a hint of coconut. There is lots going here but it lacks some structure.
The taste is big and mouth filling with notes of butter cookies, peaches, slate and cap gun smoke. Some warmth in the end of the finish. Decent enough but the 2010 was way better.
85p   (tasted 2016/01)

2001 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Fritz Haag
A fine, somewhat mature nose with notes of dried apricots, rubber boats, sweet minerals and dry grass. Finely tuned. A hint of petrol. Very, very good.
The taste is racy and refined with notes of candied lemon peel, rubber, chalk and dried pears. A very fine acidity. Long and balanced.
90p   (tasted 2016/02)

2001 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese*, Selbach-Oster
Corked "#¤&/#¤"!!

2014 CE Blanc, Jean-Claude Lapalu
A low keyed, smoky nose with notes of unripe pears, white currants, birch sap and gravel. Light and easy going. Nice.
The taste is young and tight with notes of lemon, gravel and grass. A high acidity. Drank it over three days and it was actually best on day three, it had fatten out and was more charming then.
86p   (tasted 2016/02)

2014 Bisamberg, Wieninger
This Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay blend oozes up from the glass with notes of peaches, almond paste, pecan nuts and smoke. Oilcloth and butter. Round and flowery. Very good but I think it lacks a bit of stringency.
The taste has that though,and shows fine notes of ripening peaches, lime peel, gravel and grass. A long, full finish with a good acidity. Even better on day two. If the nose have had more zip, this woul have been a keeper, for 3-5 years anyway.
87p   (tasted 2016/02)

2012 Jordan Chardonnay
A rich, creamy nose with notes of mango, sweet oranges, cold butter and matchbox. Ripe fruit that behaves very good, even when it becomes warmer in the glass. Very good.
The taste is ripe and round with notes of fudge covered oranges, smoke and summer flowers. Some oak in the finish, which had disappeared on day two. Very, very good. And you have to respect producers that do this when things are slow at the winery! :-)
88p   (tasted 2016/02)

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