Sunday 22 July 2018

Vacation Wines - No 10 & 11 - 2014 Chassagne-Montrachet, Michel Niellon & 1996 Cuvée El Palomar, Abadia Retuerta

2014 Chassagne-Montrachet, Michel Niellon
Poured to go along a light seared tuna with a sallad of asparagus, cucumber and spring onions. The nose is steely, mineraly and salty with notes of white currants, birch leaves, dry butter cookies and a hint of white chocolate. Very fine. Lots of flint after a while.
The taste is light and refined with notes of smoke, white currants, grass and flint. Long and fine with a fresh acidity. A really fine village wine.
91p   (tasted 2018/07)

1996 Cuvée El Palomar, Abadia Retuerta
This mature blend of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon shows of a round, sweet nose with notes of a mix of raspberry and blueberries and scents of moist animal fur, mushrooms, warm rocks and tobacco. A very fine maturity.
The taste is finely mature and softly intense with notes of raspberry licorice, warm herbs, leather and tobacco. Long, rich and velvety. A very fine warmth. Fully mature. Very, very good. Much better than the 96 El Campanario tasted three years ago.
92p   (tasted 2018/07)

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