2010 Brunello di Montalcino, Col d´Orcia
A young, smoky and fresh nose oozes up from the glass with notes of ripe red and black cherries, gravel, rosemary and leather. Very good. A fine sweetness to the fruit. A bit laid back, needs time in the glass. Promising.
The taste is young and tight with lots of cool cherry fruit and additional notes of violets, chocolate biscuits, rosemary and Tuscan gravel. A fine warmth. Should evolve well over the coming 7+ years.
91p (tasted 2016/03)
2014 Beaujolais-Villages V.V., Jean-Claude Lapalu
A young, seedy, cool nose with notes of unripe lingonberries, masonite, old nuts and a chicken farm in a distance (that doesn´t blow of with air). Rather superficial and ligth.
The taste is dry and anemic with notes of lingonberries, dry earth and plaster. The acidity is good though. Simple and not for me.
72p (tasted 2016/03)
1993 La Dame de Montrose
This 23 year old second wine from Château Montrose has kept very well, even though that 1993 isn´t regarded as a great, or even a good year. The nose is finely tuned, sandy and mature with notes of chewing tobacco, graphite, old leather and coffee. Medium deep and very good.
The taste is mature and sleek with notes of cool black currants, old leather, cold coffee and some barnyardy notes. A medium long finish. If I were to be picky, the middle taste is rather thin but other than that this is a fine drinking mature Bordeaux. Nice to drink another gem from this, my favourite estate.
88p (tasted 2016/03)
1989 Clos du Clocher
A soft, mature, fine nose with notes of red plums, smoke, fresh stables and corinthians. Perfectly mature. Round, with a very fine dried up sweetness to the fruit. A lovely nose.
The taste is mature and dry with notes of dried plums, violets, dusty earth and tobacco. A medium long, balanced finish. Very, very good. A contemplating wine.
90p (tasted 2016/03)
2012 Yalumba The Signature
A big, upfront and fruity nose with notes of crushed black currants, violets, plums, sweet tobacco and a touch of mint. Very good. Calms down in the glass and some bakelite and gravel aromas appear.
The taste is big and broad with notes of sweet blueberries, black currants, raspberry liquorice, tar and wood smoke. A long, persistent finish. Very good and should get better in 2-3 years time.
88p (tasted 2016/03)