Monday, 15 July 2019

Vacation Wines - 2005 Volnay 1er Cru Les Brouillards, Domaine Bernard & Thierry Glantenay


2005 Volnay 1 er Cru Les Brouillardes, Domaine Bernard & Thierry Glantenay
A deep, light meaty nose with notes of root vegetables, forest floor, fir wood, ripe flowers and hints of iodine. Very, very good. After some time in the glass there aere fine barnyardy aromas that arises.
The taste is finely mature with notes of parsnips, forest floor, warm tiles and herbs. Long and fine. A very silky structure. Great now and the coming 6+ years.
91p   (tasted 2019/07)

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Vacation Wines - 2010 Barolo Coste & Bricco, Ascheri


2010 Barolo Coste & Bricco, Ascheri
I had this wine two years ago, and it still needs a couple of more years in the cellar. The nose is vigorous and intense with notes of sweet/sour cherries, red currants, bakelite, violets and roses. Very deep, multi layered and fine.
The taste is young and forceful with notes of hard cherry candy, sandelwood, violets and chrushed rocks. Very fine polished tannins that leaves a mark in the finish. Long and fine. 4+ years.
Here are notes from a visit to Ascheri in November of 2018.
93p   (tasted 2019/07)

Friday, 12 July 2019

Vacation Wines - 2006 Gentilhomme, AR Lenoble & 2008 Barbaresco Montersino, Orlando Abrigo

Today start our vacation - four weeks of sun (hopefully...), fun and wine (that is a certain!). Lets commence with a bubbly and a Nebbiolo.

2006 Gentilhomme, AR Lenoble
Last time tasted three years ago, and this bottle has matured some. The nose is salty and refined with notes of fennel, cap gun smoke. wet asphalt and grass. Very deep and fine.
The taste is fresh and racy with notes of chalk, cold butter, biscuits and a hint of ginger. Long, cool and elegant. A very good acidity. Some mature notes but this could be cellared for 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/07)


2008 Barbaresco Montersino, Orlando Abrigo
This fine Barbaresco displays a round, somewhat mature nose with notes of dried rasoberries, forest floor, violets, mushrooms and sand. A very fine laid back warmth. Very, very good.
The taste is dry and sandy with notes of dried raspberries, violets, cranberries and sandel wood. Lots of minerals in the finish. Dry and fine. Perfect for drinking now and the coming 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2019/07)

Thursday, 11 July 2019

2017 Dolcetto d´Alba, Bruno Giacosa


2017 Dolcetto d´Alba, Bruno Giacosa
An upfront, spicy nose with notes of ligthly peppered blueberries, chrushed tiles, herbs and a hint of an really old balsamic vinegar. Very, very good.
The taste is young and fresh with notes of ripe black currants, blueberries, gravel and rosemary. Fine, sandy tannins. Long and juicy. Drinking great now but could be cellared for many years. The 2015 was tasted a year ago.
90p   (tasted 2019/07)

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

1971 Château Filhot


1971 Château Filhot
A lovely, mature, open and inviting nose with notes of saffron, nail polish, dried tangerines, autumn leaves, sealing wax and old wrinkled red apples. Deep and lovely.
The taste is elegant and fine with notes of dried peach, linoleum, iodine and wet stones. A long finish with a fine acidity, and it ends semi dry. Drinking great today.
92p   (tasted 2019/06)

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Not So Long Overdue Notes - The Barolo Boys Visits Tenuta Cucco & Vietti


The Barolo Boys had a couple of great day in Langhe (as always) in November of 2018. Here are notes from two more visits.

Tenuta Cucco
2017 Langhe Chardonnay
This is a spicy, upfront Chard with fine notes of yellow apples, smoke and melon. Cool and fine.
The taste is tight with a fine acidity and notes of lemon cream, melon and smoke. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2018/11)



2017 Dolcetto d´Alba
A earthy, spicy nose with notes of bay leaves, blueberries and some tobacco aromas. Very good.
The taste is light and fresh with notes of earth, bakelite and ripening blueberries. Sandy tannins.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)



2017 Langhe Nebbiolo
The smell is that of a forest from my childhood when picking berries in the autumn. Next is scents of licorice, cherries and some smoke. Ver, very good.
The taste is pure and fresh with notes of red cherries, licorice and moist undergrowth. Fresh tannins. An uplifting character. Very nice indeed.
89p   (tasted 2018/11)

2016 Langhe Rosso
A big nose with a fine mix of raspberries and blueberries alongside scents of plums and salted licorice. A blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. These blends gives a little of everything, but in my view it seldom become one+one=three.
The taste is very good with nice fruit and fine acidity and tannins but yet again, a bit all over the place.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)

2014 Barolo del Commune di Serralunga
The 14 Normale displays a young, seedy nose with notes of asphalt, undergrowth, paint and rowan berries. Very fine.
The taste is fine and elegant with notes of dried up raspberry jam, asphalt and dried herbs. A very good balance. Long. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2018/11)


Giovanni took care of us, showed us the cellars and poured these fine wines
2013 Barolo del Commune di Serralunga
Interesting enough, the 13 Normale isn´t as good as the 14. At least today. The nose is restrained with a fine depth and notes of gravel, dry raspberries and asphalt. Needs air.
The taste shows a fine structure and Serralunga power but is a bit locked in for now. Fine notes of cranberries, dry raspberries, tobacco and rosehips. Needs time.
89p   (2018/11)

2014 Barolo Cerrati
A very refined, handsome nose with notes of perfectly ripe cherries and notes of forest floor, tobacco and root vegetables. Very fine.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of black cherries, bay leaves, rose petals and earth. A very fine structure. 6+ years.
93p   (2018/11)



2013 Barolo Cerrati
Again, the 14 Cerrati is better than the 13 version, although this is no slouch. The nose is deep and rustic with notes of dried cherries, asphalt, dried herbs and a hint of tobacco.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of sweet/sour cherries, asphalt, dried flowers and some leathery notes. Long and fine. 5+ years.
91p   (2018/11)

2012 Barolo Riserva Ceratti Vigna Cucco
The two Riserva´s from Ceratti are world class wines. The 12 has spend 36 months in new oak and it doesn´t show! Instead, there are stunning notes of sweet/sour cherries, licorice, rosehips, moist forest floor, dried flowers and incense. Wonderful.
The taste is balanced and energetic with notes of ripe cherries, forest floor, herbs, dried roses and old leather. The finish goes on and on. Very, very fine.
94p   (2018/11)


2011 Barolo Riserva Ceratti Vigna Cucco
The 11 Riserva is almost as great as the 12, with its deep, perfumed nose with notes of paint, asphalt, herbs and licorice. Very deep and fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of dried cherries, tobacco, rosehips and asphalt. A very long finish with structured tannins. Needs more time in the bottle, say 8+ years.
93p   (2018/11)



Vietti
2017 Arneis
Always one of my favourite Arneis, and the 2017 is no exception. It has a pure, fresh nose with notes of spices, white pepper, lemon and a fine oily note. Very, very good.
The taste is crisp and fine with notes of lemon, spices and grass. A very fine acidity.
88p   (2018/11)


2016 Barbera d´Asti La Crena
A very deep, spicy nose with a fantastic raspberry filled nose with additional scents of Finnish licorice, forest floor and ripe flowers. Very fine.
The taste is concentrated and fine with a high acidity and sweet fruit in a fine package. Again, stunning raspberry flavours. Long.
92p   (2018/11)


2016 Langhe Nebbiolo
Another 16 Nebbiolo that shows what joys we can except when the 16 Baroli will be released next year. A refined, cherry layered nose with rosehips, mushrooms and undergrowth. Very fine.
The taste is tight and fine-limbed with silky tannins, a fine structure and fruit for the coming 10+ years.
92p   (2018/11)

2014 Barolo Castiglione
No Brunate was made in 2014 so that fruit has gone in the Castiglione. The nose is laid back and elegant with notes of ripe lingonberries, earth and dried flowers. Lean and fine.
The taste is seedy and tight with notes of sand, lingonberries, dried flowers and a hint of tobacco. For drinking while waiting for 13´s.
89p   (2018/11)


2015 Barolo Castiglione
The 15 Castiglione has more body and structure than the 14, with a sandy, fine nose with notes of ripening raspberries, rosehips, warm tiles and tar. Very, very good.
The taste is concentrated and built for aging, with notes of raspberry licorice, chrushed rocks, rosehips and, as in the 14, a hint of tobacco. 8+ years.
92p   (2018/11)

2015 Barolo Lazzarito
The 15 Lazzarito sports a deep, dark nose with notes of ripe raspberries, forest floor, rose petals and a delicate tobacco aroma. Very fine.
The taste is concentrated and ripe with notes of dark bread, warm rocks, earth and a fantastic raspberry fruit. Very long and distinct. 6+ years.
93p   (2018/11)

2015 Barolo Rocche
Always my favourite, the Rocche delivers the goods. The nose is deep and complex with notes of ripe red cherries, some sweet/sour scents, chrushed rocks, rosehips and gravel. Very, very fine.
The taste is just brilliant with fruit, acidity and tannins in perfect harmony, with a ripe cherry fruit and fine notes of hard cherry candy, roses and asphalt. A low keyed intensity. Needs 10 years and then it will flirt with perfection.
96p   (2018/11)


The charming Emanuela! Will be missed when visiting Vietti
2015 Barolo Ravera
The Ravera is the most restrained of the Cru´s, with a tight, rather closed nose with notes of assorted red fruits, chrushed rocks, rose petals and a hint of leather. Needs lots of time.
The taste is seedy and firm with notes of ripe lingonberries, sun warm rocks, herbs and forest floor. Needs a lot of time, but there is things going on underneath.
92p   (2018/11)

2015 Barolo Brunate
The Brunate is refined, even sensual, with lovely notes of Christmas spices, lingonberries, mushrooms and fir wood. Very fine.
The taste is tight and elegant with notes of undegrowth, rosehips, spices, dry chocolate and fir wood. Very, very long. A lovely texture. 7+ years.
95p   (2018/11)

Friday, 5 July 2019

1998 Syrah/Shiraz - Eleven Bottles Tasted


Six of us tasted these wines on a picture perfect Sunday lunch, sitting outside in glorious weather and with some great food.

My friends tasted double blind and was forced to name their favourite in each flight before the bottles were revealed. They only knew that were 7 Aussie wines and 5 ringers, all Syrah/Shiraz.

I won´t take up time and place with the old and tired debate about Parker fruit bombs from Australia that supposedly wouldn´t last. I will just say that when cellared for 21 years - at least these bottles - no one was overripe or had gone to meet its maker, instead they delivered pleasure around the table.

Flight I
1998 Estate Shiraz, Warrenmang
A large scaled, warm, mature nose with notes of asphalt, fried rosemary, dried beef and undergrowth. Keeps it all together nicely.
The taste is big, steady and compact with notes of bonfire smoke, grilled beef and violets. There is a some fiery notes at the end, but again, keeps it together.
88p   (tasted 2019/06)


1998 Syrah, Stellenzicht
The winner of the flight with the majority of votes. Most guessed leaned towards Rhone. And it displayed the usual characteristics - violets, pepper, smoke and some ripe blueberries, in a laid back, elegant style. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of pepper, cool blackberries, bakelite and a hint of bacon fat. Finely textured tannins. Long. Really fine.
92p   (tasted 2019/06)

1998 Seven Acre Shiraz, Greenock Creek
Yet again, I have problems with a wine from Greenock Creek. In the past I have noted "soya sauce" and "burnt rubber" as some of the not so good attributes. This 98 shows a clumpsy, dried up nose with notes of scorched earth, rubber (not burnt this time), iodine and ink. Where is the fruit?
The taste is dry and hot with notes of diesel oil, ink, rubber and some old, wrinkled, dried up blackberries.
70p   (tasted 2019/06)


1998 Shiraz, Elderton
This is a restrained Shiraz from Elderton, with a fine maturity and notes of cranberries, pepper, dried flowers and violets. Very, very good.
The taste is peppery and tight with notes of dried black fruit, bakelite, iron and chrushed rocks. The finish is a bit dry. The Command is usually much more rich and outspoken, but I must say I prefer this style.
88p   (tasted 2019/06)

Flight II
1998 Hickinbotham Vineyard Shiraz, Clarendon Hills
A big and beautiful nose with notes of ripe blueberries, violets, meat and a hint of toothpaste. Deep and fine.
The taste is concentrated and tight with a fine intensity and a long finish, with notes of asphalt, violets, meat and scorched earth. Very, very good. Shared winner with the Dead Arm in this flight.
92p   (tasted 2019/06)


2000 Harys, Gillardi
From a magnum. This was a misdelivery. I ordered a magnum - presented as a 1998 - rather recently but when it arrived it turned out to be a 2000. Restitution was made but I thought I would put in the tasting all the same. But...corked ¤&%¤#"/&%!!
50p   (tasted 2019/06)

1998 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Raymond Roure, Jaboulet
A cool, earthy nose with notes of red currants, dried herbs, a touch of band aid and overall a very fine, low keyed maturity. I like this a lot.
The taste is dry and fine-limbed with seedy notes of red currants, ripening blueberries, spices and forest floor. Medium long and elegant.
90p   (tasted 2019/06)


1998 Dead Arm Shiraz, d´Arenberg
Everything a Aussie Shiraz was known to be - big, bombastic, rich and sweet, with a deep nose with notes of asphalt, overripe strawberries, mint and rotting flowers. Nearly over the top but interesting enough, in this case, it works.
The taste follows the nose with broadshouldered, sweet fruit and a one minute long finish. Notes of iron, asphalt, overripe red and black cherries and lots of alcohol, but again, it works. Very, very good.
92p   (tasted 2019/06)

Flight III
1998 Syrah Les Coteaux, Andrew Murray
A fine, concentrated, meaty nose with notes of warm tiles, ripe blueberries, dusty earth and some barnyardy aromas, in a complex way. Very fine.
The taste is smoky and peppery with notes of a blueberry pie, iron and violets. Salivating tannins. Very long and fine. Perfectly mature.
93p   (tasted 2019/06)


1998 Mount Edelstone Old Vines Shiraz, Henschke
A deep, round, mature nose with notes of mulberries, sweet violets, moist earth and a touch of mint. A very fine maturity.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of iron, blood, ripe blackberries, thyme and chrushed rocks. A fine intensity. Very long. Really fine.
94p   (tasted 2019/06)


1998 Reserve Shiraz, Fox Creek
A very deep, spicy and warm nose with notes of smoke, ink, ripe blackberries, leather and gingerbread. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of iodine, asphalt, blackberries, violet pastilles and toothpaste. A very fine structure. Could still be kept for many years.
94p   (tasted 2019/06)

1998 Reva Syrah, Alban
The hands down winner of the flight. I have been fortunate to have tasted this wine 6+ times and it has performed brilliantly every time. The nose is pure, tight and rich with notes of Asian spices, black pepper, meat, violets and sage. Very, very deep. Still youngish. Just lovely.
The taste is racy, tight and impressive with layers upon layers of perfectly ripe fruit, sweet violets, fresh herbs, a hint of bacon and veal stock. A long, long, long finish. Great wine.
97p   (tasted 2019/06)

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Three German Rieslings From 1997

These three bottles were opened as starters for a 1998 Syrah/Shiraz dinner the other day.

1997 Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad Riesling Spätlese Trocken, Reichrat von Bühl
Dried apricots, hay and dry honey melon makes up the nose of this mature Pfalz wine. I remember it as more spirited a couple of years ago.
The taste is dry with a hig acidity and notes of dried up orange ice cream, dried apricots and chrushed rocks. Good.
85p   (tasted 2019/06)

1997 Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg, Georg Breuer
A fine, delicate nose with notes of rain wet asphalt, dried herbs, candied lemon peel and a salty aroma. Very fine.
The taste is cool and dry with notes of dried sage, lemon peel, wet rocks and a hint of petrol. A long, fine finish. Fully mature and drinking perfectly now.
90p   (tasted 2019/06)

1997 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Dr. Loosen
This has a more marked sweetness on the nose, even though the maturity has made the sweetness more "dry". Fine notes of dried up lavender honey, apricots, Lambic ale and a hint of a rubber carpet. A fine complexity.
The taste is dry with a hit of sweetness in the niddle taste, with notes of lemon cream, dried pine apple, hay and slate. A medium long, fine finish.
88p   (tasted 2019/06)

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Not So Long Overdue Notes - The Barolo Boys Visits Attilio Ghisolfi & Aurelio Settimo

Some more notes from the Barolo Boys trip to Langhe in November of 2018.

Attilio Ghisolfi
My first visit to this Monforte winery. We met up with Gianmarco who showed us the cellars, the surroundings and opened these fine bottles.

2013 Spumante Extra Brut
The nose is steely and dry with notes of lemon peel, tangerines and birch leaves. Very good.
With 3 gr/lit this bubbly comes of as very dry and fresh with notes of chrushed rocks, lemon juice and gooseberries. A good acidity.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)



2016 Pinay
100% Pinot Noir. A cool, spicy nose with notes of earth, dried raspberries and red cherries.
The taste is herbal and fine with notes of earth, dried strawberries and a hint of tobacco. Long and fine.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)

2016 Langhe Nebbiolo
A deep, earthy nose with notes of Christmas spices, dark cherries and rosehips. Very, very good.
The taste is young and tight with notes of tar, cranberries and pomegranate. Long and stern, with a old school Nebbiolo feeling about it.
90p   (tasted 2018/11)

2016 Barbera d´Alba Maggiora
A rather large scaled, juicy Barbera with notes of licorice, ripe raspberries, root vegetables and moist earth. Very, very good.
The taste is juicy and seedy at the same time with a fine acidity and notes of raspberry licorice, damp earth, ripe flowers and a hint of tobacco. Long and fine.
88p   (tasted 2018/11)


2014 Barolo Bricco Visette
This 14 Barolo displays a fine, earthy nose with notes of Christmas spices, lingonberries, chocolate biscuits and a hit of mint. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and concentrated with ripe tannins and notes of red cherries, mosquito agent, earth and spices. Medium bodied and fine.
89p   (tasted 2018/11)

2012 Barolo Riserva Ciabot Minat
A big, smoky nose with notes of ripe cherries, dried up strawberry jam, bay leaves and rosehips. There is lots of things going on here and they are all good.
The taste is tight and steady with notes of ripe cherries, dry licorice, smoke and mushrooms. Very long and intense. A lovely structure. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/11)


Aurelio Settimo
Situated in the midst of Rocche dell´Annunziata, which we have drove past many. many times, proved to be a interesting visit, with a rustic feeling.


(2016) Sétt Rosato
This rosé sports a cool, light nose with some strawberries and rhubarb aromas.
The taste is pure and simple with a fresh acidity. A bit short.
84p   (tasted 2018/11)



2017 Dolcetto d´Alba
A young, upfront nose with notes of sour/sweet cherries, earth and a hit of tobacco.
The taste is fresh and ripe with notes of blueberries, earth and fresh herbs. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)

2014 Langhe Nebbiolo
14 was a wet and cold years until the late days of autumn, and this Nebbiolo is a bit unripe and unbalanced on the nose. Some cooked fruit and stable scents.
The taste is dry and one dimensional with notes of dried red fruits, dusty earth and rosehips.
80p   (tasted 2018/11)

2011 Barolo
A earthy, old fashioned nose with notes of cooked cherries,, undergrowth, dried flowers and a hit of dog fur. Rather interesting but a tad one dimensional.
The taste is broad and stern with notes of dried raspberries, asphalt and herbs. Long and sturdy. Old school. Not charming but good.
85p   (tasted 2018/11)


2011 Barolo Rocche dell´Annunziata
A big, deep nose with notes of cooked red fruit, earthy raspberries, dry leather and asphalt. Rather big. Very good.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of dried cherries, licorice and violet pastilles. Old school dry tannins. Long.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)

2009 Barolo Riserva Rocche dell´Annunziata
5 years in concrete and 3 years in wood. The nose is big and perfumed with fine notes of figs, violets, moist undergrowth, dog fur and a hint of coffee. Complex. Very old school in a intense, fine way.
The taste is dry and steady with notes of dried up cherry jam, forest floor, rosehips and iodine. Very, very long. Ends dry and energetic. Very fine.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)


2006 Barolo
A big, mature nose with notes of cooked red beets, ripe cherries and sweet licorice. A bit all over the place.
The taste is more dry and seedy with notes of salmiak, dried cherries, cooked root vegetables and mushrooms. Old school in a somewhat dried out way.
85p   (tasted 2018/11)


Sunday, 23 June 2019

2017 Dolcetto - Luigi Pira & Ceretto

2017 Dolcetto d´Alba, Luigi Pira
A fine, earthy nose with notes of blueberries, modelling clay, geranium and warm rocks. Deep and fine.
The taste is young, tight and racy with notes of violets, blueberries and bakelite. Cool, fine tannins. Some chrushed rocks. Serralunga structure. As I have said before, maybe the best ever Dolcetto from Gianpaolo.
91p   (tasted 2019/06)


2017 Dolcetto d´Alba Rossana, Ceretto
A fine, spicy, cool nose with notes of ripening blueberries, violet pastilles and earth. Lighter than the Pira but very, very good.
The taste is seedy and fine with notes of dried herbs, blueberries and violet licorice. Easy going tannins. Direct and very satisfying.
89p   (tasted 2019/06)

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Midsummer Bottles

A sunny midsummer for a change... Great food with friends, and these bottles were opened.

Not as creamy as last time, but a apple, toasted bread nose and a racy, stony taste with a really fine length. Glad I have more (92p)
2008 vintage. A deep, smoky nose with butter biscuits, sandel wood and rubber carpet. Very complex and fine. And the taste is even better with notes of green tea, almond paste and summer flowers. Stunning (94p)
The 2009 NZ Pinot displayed a fine sweet raspberry nose and a long, tight taste with asphalt and licorice (91p). The 2002 Corton from Comte Senard is a beauty, with a deep, meaty nose with rosehips and beet roots to the concentrated palate with cran- and raspberries en masse. Very structured and fine (94p)
This 19 year old Côte-Rôtie is open for business with notes of violets, smoke, warm tiles and animal aromas. Long, dry and intense. Very, very good (92p)
To finish the evening of, this beauty is poured. The nose is light, fresh and somewhat mature with notes of banana peel, vanilla ice cream, saffron and wet asphalt. The taste is long and refined with a lovely sweet/sour element (92p)

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

2007 Barolo Vigneto Brunate, Andrea Oberto

2007 Barolo Vigneto Brunate, Andrea Oberto
The first sniff is of wood. Wood in a Andrea Oberto wine? But I guess they also introduce some new botti akong the line. Maybe so for this vintage. Besides the wood notes there are fine aromas of cranberries, rhubarb licorice, sour cherries and sunwarm warm asphalt. Open and fine. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and warm with notes of dried raspberries, cranberries, dried sage and licorice. Some tobacco notes in the finish. Some maturity. Long. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2019/06)

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Tasting Dinner With Our Tasting Group

Time again for our semi annual tasting dinner in our tasting group, and yeat again lots of great food and wine!

2002 Rare, Piper-Heidsieck
A fresh, mineral laden nose with notes of lemon zest, steel and herbs. High and fine.
The taste is cool and elegant with notes of lemon fudge, minerals and chives. Balanced and fine but lacks a bit of oomph.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)



2002 Brut, Jean-Paul Morel
A pure, refined nose with some signs of maturity and notes of dried apricots, detergent, honey pastills and a hint of coconut. Very complex and fine.
The taste is tight and yet with a velvety feel, with notes of dried up lemon curd, sweet minerals, grass and gravel. A high dosage - 10g - but it doesn´t show. Very fine.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

1995 Blanc de Millénaires, Charles Heidsieck
Tasted three times before in recent years (2018/10, 2017/04, 2016/11), this bottle showed more open and direct, with fine notes of fried bread, red apples, matchbox and malt. Very deep and fine. A fine maturity.
The taste is broad and balanced with a high acidity and notes of blood oranges, red apples, smoke and toasted bread. Very long.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)


2005 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, Raveneau
14 years old and still a baby. The nose is restrained and seedy with notes of linoleum, rose water, lemon zest and lot of chalk. Opens up some in the glass but this is for the lang haul.
The taste is racy and refined with notes of star fruit, gooseberries, lemon juice and a mountain of chrushed rocks. Very long, very taut and very structured. 10+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)



2014 Chardonnay Art Series, Leeuwin Estate
Every time I drink a Art Series wine I am impressed, especially with the Chardonnay. This is a beauty, with a deep, elegant nose with notes of lemon cream, cold butter, sage and wet asphalt. There is lot to like here.
The taste is balanced and seamless with notes of smoke, lemon peel, butter cookies and a touch of ginger. Very pure. A long, long finish with a perfect acidity. Great wine.
96p   (tasted 2019/05)

2005 Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet, Jean-Claude Bachelet
A open, spicy nose with notes of dried pine apple, bakelite, bonfire smoke and warm herbs. An oily character. Big. Some maturity. Very good.
The taste is big and intense witn notes of dark lemon fudge, diesel oil, fried bread and herbs. Very long and warm. Needs a couple of more years to settle.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)




2013 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard, Kistler
A deep, crisp nose with notes of grapefruit, dried mango, smoke and hand cream. Complex and fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with smoke infused lemons and mango alongside notes of ripe summer flowers and wet rocks. Long and very, very fine.
94p   (tasted 2019/05)

2009 Volnay 1er Cru Les Brouillards, Domaine Bernard & Thierry Glantenay
A bit laid back on the nose with, after some heaby swirling, notes of earth, ripening raspberries and beet roots. Very good.
The taste is cool and elegant with notes of red beets, cranberries, herbs and forest floor. A fine acidity. Needs 5+ more years in the cellar.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)




2009 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé
A lovely, deep, flowery nose with notes of damsons, strawberries, earth and a hint of ink. A fine, dense character. Still young.
The taste is tight and racy with notes of red currants, earth, tobacco and fresh herbs. Very long ans structured. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

2009 Latricières-Chambertin, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet
This Grand Cru displays the most mature feautures in the line up, and maybe therefore it is the most pleasing wine tonight. The nose is very deep and displaying a lovely sweetness, with notes of ripe strawberries, forest floor, cooked root vegetables and pipe tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is silky and multi layered with notes of ripe strawberries, red currants, forest floor, tobacco and a hint of leather. Luscious. Very, very fine.
95p   (tasted 2019/05)



2009 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées, La Pousse d´Or
A very balanced, spicy nose with notes of earth, red currants, iron, smoke and damsons. A taut backbone. Still young. Very, very good.
The taste is racy and refined with notes of red currants, raspberries, dry licorice and iron. Very long and finely textured.  8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

2003 Château Suduiraut
A big, concentrated nose with notes of apricots, warm grass, detergent and a touch of red basil. Deep and heavy. Very young.
The taste is thick and sweet with notes of apricot purée, red plums, muscovado sugar and burnt grass. A tad fiery at the end. Needs to settle down for 8+ years.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)

2001 Château Suduiraut
A high, intense nsoe with notes of root selleri, orange jam, lemon pie and a light smoky scent. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of band aid, almond paste, orange jam and hand cream. Very long and fine. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/05)

1999 Château Suduiraut
A deep, elegant nose with notes of saffron, dried pine apple, warm grass and concentrated fish stock. Very complex and fine.
The taste is large scaled yet delicate and fine with notes of mango, warm grass, orange jam and band aid. Very long. A very fine balance. 4+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)