Thursday 13 June 2019

Dinner At Friends With Krug, Trimbach, Keller, Miani, Faiveley & More!

Spring dinner! Sounds tempting, don´t you think? And that was exactly how it was. Tempting beforehand and spectacular during.
All wines tastes double blind.

MV Grande Cuvée 166eme Edition
A deep, fresh nose with notes of dried lemons, ripe flowers, dry fudge and lots of chrushed rocks. Refined.
The taste is steely and stony with notes of minerals, dried flowers, lemon cream and spricots. Very long. A very fine acidity.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

2013 Hegoxuri, Arretxea
A blend of Gros and Petit Manseng from the south of France that displays a dry, seedy nose with notes of chalk, rubber and blood oranges. Good.
The taste is waxy and warm with a fine acidity and notes of oranges, dried honey and gravel. Long. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2019/05)

2010 Cuvée Fredérick Emilé, Trimbach
A cool, lightly smoky nose with notes of birch leaves, spices and chrushed rocks. A hint of petrol. Very, very good.
The taste is somewhat mature with notes of red currants, chalk and dried flowers. Very long and fine.
91p   (tasted 2019/05)

2009 Morstein, Keller
A very deep, finely tuned nose with notes of oyster shells, eraser, grass and summer flowers. Very fine.
The taste is tight and distinct with notes of lemon peel, basil, flint and some petrol notes. A very fine acidity. Very long.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

2008 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle GG, Dönnhoff
A warm, stony nose with notes of dried up lemoncello, sage, asparagus and chrushed rocks. A tad heavy.
The taste is dry and tight with notes of dry lemon, a hint of licorice, minerals and green tea. Very good but lacks a bit of nerve for great.
89p   (tasted 2019/05)

2014 Bussia D´Or, Aldo Conterno
A very fine, smoky nose with notes of dried apricots, bonfire smoke, peach and a touch of banana peel. A fine depth.
The taste is tight and complex with notes of apple jam, bonfire, lemon cream and minerals. A fine touch of bitterness at the end. Lovely now and the coming 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/05)

2014 Chardonnay, Miani
A big, forward nose with notes of yellow apples, grass, white currants and some matchbox aromas. Very good but a tad foursquare.
The taste is cool and fresh with notes of chalk, white currants, lemon peel and dry butter cookies. Better on the palate. Long and fine.
89p   (tasted 2019/05)

2015 Chardonnay, Planeta
A deep, racy nose with notes of dried up lemoncello, yellow flowers, almond paste and sun warm rocks. Very fine.
The taste is velvety and elegant with notes of grilled lemons, dried flowers, minerals and matchbox. Very long and fine. Great wine.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

2010 Latriciéres-Chambertin, Domaine Faiveley
A deep, floral nose with notes of ripe wild raspberries, heather, licorice and smoke. A very fine perfumed aroma. Lovely.
The taste is high and fine with notes of dried strawberries, wet earth, spices and smoke. Long and lingering with a fine acidity. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

2009 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers, Domaine Faiveley
A deep, compact, multi layered nose with notes of forest floor, strawberries, Asian spices and root vegetables. Very complex.
The taste is spicy and refined with notes of fried parsnips, strawberries, spices and smoke. The finish goes on for over a minute, leaving a mark of sandy tannins. 8+ years.
95p   (tasted 2019/05)

2010 Pinot Noir, Vivier
A rather large scaled nose with notes of ripe raspberries, scorched earth, swede and some rubbery aromas. Very good in a open, direct style.
The taste is open and warm with notes of cooked root vegetables, moist earth and Finnish licorice. A hint of bitterness in the finish. Very good.
89p   (tasted 2019/05)

2004 Merlot, Kirnbauer
Two Austrian wines followed but that was not the guesses... The 15 year old Merlot sports a deep, somewhat mature nose with notes of plums, bakelite, green peppers and a hint of dog fur (in a positive way).
The taste is soft and fine with some mature features and notes of plums, black currants, leather and tobacco. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)

2006 Das Phantom, Kirnbauer
The Phantom is a blend of Blaufränkish, Merlot, Cab Sauvignon and Syrah. The nose is big and brawny with notes of violets, ink, ripe black currants and dark soap. Big, juicy fruit but a bit all over the place.
The taste is concentrated and muscular with dense black fruit and more structure than finesse. Dark fruit and some alcohol at the end. A good wine but not really my cup of tea.
86p   (tasted 2019/05)

Three more wine were poured and I had a quick tasting of them before I had to leave - 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Broman (~92p), 2008 Estate Cuvée, Kapcsandy (~92p) & 2010 Red Slope, Keplinger (~94p).

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