One day last week - three trade tastings - a total of 137 wines tasted - life is rough...
With this amount of wines tasted, I just highlight those wines that made the utmost impression on my taste buds. Since I only spent a minute of two with each wine I give an approximate score.
Next up - Cask & Moestue (46 wines tasted)
The whites - 2015 Saint Romain, Domaine Matrot demonstrate that fine white Burgundy can be had without paying and arm and a leg - peach, lemon and spices on the nose and a tight, tuned taste with a fine acidity (~91p).
Two more bottles of Chablis caught my attention, this time from N&G Fèvre, the 2016 Chablis sports a chalky nose with birch leaves and lemon. The taste is elastic, spicy and chalky. For 19 Euro, this is a steal (~90p). The big sister in the shape of 2016 Chablis Fourchaume is steely and smoky on the nose while the taste is deep, racy and pure (~92p).
On to the reds - the 2015 Bourgogne Rouge, Benjamin Leroux shows a ligthly meaty, seedy nose with a fine warmth and a cool, light on its feet but with character and fine Pinot fruit (~89p).
The 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis, Arlaud has a deep, smoky nose with dried raspberries and forst floor. The taste is solid and fine with fine fruit and a long, smoky finish (~91p). Another 2015, the Gevrey-Chambertin from Benjamin Leroux offers up a luscious nose with ripe raspberries, root vegetables and mushrooms, while the taste is long, tight and promising (~91p).
Changing vintages, the 2013 Nuits-St-Georges Aux Murgers, Sylvie Cathiard carry a hefty pricetag but the quality is there, a deep, expressive, multi layered nose and a refined, noble, lingering finish (~93p). Lastly of the Burgundies, the 2014 Volnay Champans, Marquis d´Angerville offers up a elegant, low keyed yet intense nose and a focused, linear, red currants and forest floot taste (~92p).
Of to Italy! From G.D. Vajra, the 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo has a fine earthy, spicy nose with purity and a structured taste with silky tannins (~89p). The 2013 Langhe Freisa Kyé is possibly the best Freisa I have tasted, Christmas spices, paint and mushrooms on the nose and stern but juicy tannins in the fine finish (~89p).
The 2010 Barbaresco Vanotu, Pelissero shows some sign of maturity with fine dried fruit, autumn leaves and some leathary aromas. The taste is medium bodied with polished tannins and fine red fruit (~90p).
Two bottles from San Felice got me going. The 2008 Pugnitello (a grape that one doesn´t come over that often) has a really fine sweetness to the red fruit that dominates with additional notes of dusty earth, leather and a hint of oak. A tight, concentrated taste that seems light and focused. Very fine (~92p).
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Il Quercione has a large scaled nose with notes of expensive tobacco, ripe cherries and old, worn leather. The taste is mouth coating with notes of sweet/sour cherries, cigarr smoke, asphalt and hot gravel. Long and impressive (~92p).