Saturday 10 August 2019

Three Stunning Reds

Tasted and drunk at friends a couple of weeks ago. Tasted double blind.

2002 Château Pichon Baron
The nose shows classic ceder and black currant aromas. Together with notes of dark coffee and leather it was easy to start guessing right bank Bordeaux. A high, fine nose. Classy. A glimpse of maturity but this has far to go.
The taste is deep and polished with shiny black fruit and the sandy tannins in the finish goes on for over a minute. Expensive leather, sugared coffe and a hint of dog fur. Very refined. Right bank Bordeaux proved to be correct, but I guessed it to be a 2005. Hands down the best 02 I have ever tasted.
94p   (tasted 2019/07)

2001 Saffredi, Fattoria Le Pupille
Another winner in the guessing game. At least when it came to origin - Italy/Tuscany - and vintage. But I got the cepage wrong, thought it to be a Sangiovese in a Super Tuscan kind of way. The 01 Saffredi offers up a deep, mellow, somewhat mature nose with notes of plums, dark cherries, sand and dried herbs. Very, very good.
The taste is round and generous with notes of chocolate covered cherries, dark minerals, herbs and leather. Long and fine. For drinking now and the coming 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/07)

2001 Montevetrano
Our host was ever so generous in that he let me and S rummage around in his wine cabinet and choose a wine that we would pour blind for him. What to choose - a white label Giacosa, another stunning Bordeaux, an interesting Cabernet Franc or a great American cab?
No, finally we settled for this bottle. Brought it up, decanted it and poured it. We could have choosen anything among 80-100 bottles, but within minutes he nailed it - 2001 Montevetrano! A class act.
The nose is finely tuned with some maturity and refined notes of dried flowers, iron, dried up cherry jam and red beets. Very, very fine.
The taste is dry and cool with a lovely dried red cherry taste and additional notes of iron, dry tobacco, rosemary and old leather. Refreshing tannins in the long finish. Really fine. 4+ years.
94p   (tasted 2019/07)

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