Tuesday, 21 January 2020

A 17 Bottle Chardonnay Evening


A white evening. All in all 20 bottles.
All wines tasted double blind except for the one I brought which was tasted single blind. I knew that it was in one of the flights but did I figure it out where it was? No...

Some other whites to get things started:
2017 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett, Schloss Lieser
A fresh, stony nose with notes of white peach, white pepper and a hint of rubber. Lots of chrushed rock.
The taste is young and tight with notes of grey pears, grass and white pepper. A long finish with a fine acidity. Very good in a, for the moment, monolithic way. 4-6 years.
87p   (tasted 2020/01)


2018 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Schloss Lieser
Even younger (!) than the previous wine but better. The nose is racy and refined with notes of sour/sweet lemons, blood oranges, smoke and minerals. Very, very good.
The taste is deep and already complex with notes of apricots, lime, smoke and slate. Very long and distinct. 5-8 years.
91p   (tasted 2020/01)

2012 Aubry de Humbert, Aubry
A finely tuned, delicate nose with notes of oyster shells, chalk and some burnt bread. Refined and lovely.
The taste is dry and tight with notes of lemon peel, chalk, clay and white flowers. A very fine acidity. Lovely.
93p   (tasted 2020/01)


Flight 1
2013 Puligny-Montrachet Le Trezin, Domain Larue
A dry, somewhat evolved nose with notes of dry fudge, nuts and apricots. Some minty scents. Very good.
The taste is big and outgoing with notes of dried up lemon curd, mint and dry grass. A tad hollow in the middle.
87p   (tasted 2020/01)


2016 Chardonnay Vitidautunno, R & M Costa
A Piedmont Chardonnay that doesn´t impress. The nose flows up from the glass dominated of apple sauce. There is also some earthy element but it is rather one dimensional.
The taste is better with notes of lemon cream, gravel and smoke. The finish is medium long and ends with a bitter twist.
84p   (tasted 2020/01)

2015 Chardonnay Mate´s Vineyard, Kumeu River
A perennial favourite of mine, the Mate´s vineyard has in 2015 produced a wine with a fresh, uplifting nose with notes of grass, spices, lemon and a touch of banana. Very, very good.
The taste is smoky and biscuity with notes of lemon cream, gravel and smoke. A fine acidity. Still very young.
91p   (tasted 2020/01)


2016 Chardonnay `S` Trocken, Schäfer-Fröhlich
A large scaled nose with notes of yellow plums, ripe flowers and warm gravel. Open and fine.
The taste is big and extracted with notes of yellow plums, resin and warm smoke. A very good structure.
89p   (tasted 2020/01)

Flight 2
2017 Chardonnay Alte Reben, Paul Achs
A deep, sandy nose with notes of ripe lemons, smoke, detergent and lots of fresh summer grass. Very, very good.
The taste is cool and stony with notes of almonds, lemons, chrushed rocks and some smoky elements. Long, dry and fine.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)

2017 Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes, Simon Maye
A very deep, racy nose with notes of tangerines, lemon soap, dry fudge and sweet minerals. Very fine.
The taste is deep and lovely with notes of limezest, lemon fudge, white flowers and lots of chrushed rocks. A very fine, piercing acidity. Great wine.
94p   (tasted 2020/01)


2015 Albillo Viñas Viejas, Domaine del Aguila
The cat among the ermines, or the other way around... Either way, a terrific wine. The nose is big and outgoing with notes of popcorn, resin, dark fudge and some interesting rubbery scents. Very, very good.
The taste is big and concentrated with notes of red apples, dark fudge. burnt almonds and spices. A very long, rich finish.
92p   (tasted 2020/01)

2015 Chardonnay White Bones, Catena Zapata
A restrained, seedy nose with notes of oranges, rosemary, clams and almonds. Very, very good in a low keyed way.
The taste is very tight with a high acidity and notes of lemon peel, iodine, dry mango and minerals. Very long. Needs 5+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)


Flight 3
2017 Chardonnay Las Pizzaras, Errazuriz
A very stony, iron filler nose with notes of ripening lemons, dry apricots and a hint of mint. Needs time to open up. Very, very good.
The taste is elegant and tight with notes of matchbox, lemon peel and iron. A very fine structure with a fresh acidity.
92p   (tasted 2020/01)

2011 Chardonnay Baraca, Miani
My contribution. The nose is deep, lively and with a hint of maturity. Lovely notes of sweet lime, fried nuts, summer grass and a hint of white chocolate. Really fine.
The taste is complex and gorgeous with notes of white peaches, almond paste, grass and gravel. Long and luscious. A stunner.
95p   (tasted 2020/01)


2017 Chardonnay Zitelle, Miani
The younger Miani displays a cool, elegant nose with notes of green apples, shoe polish and a hint of wood. Pure and fine. Very young.
The taste is young and refined with notes of lemon zest, minerals and grass. A cool creaminess. Long and very fine. Needs 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/01)

2016 Bussia d´Or, Aldo Conterno
A deep, spicy nose with notes of almonds, ski wax, bread and earth. Ripe and fine. Very deep.
The taste is taut and racy with notes of iron, nuts, lemon cream and earth. Very long. Really fine.
93p   (tasted 2020/01)


2011 Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts, Carillon
My WOTN. The nose is a dream with great notes of grilled lemons, melted butter, a hint of detergent and white flowers. Very balanced. Some maturity. Lovely.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of lemon cream, sand, fresh spices and sweet minerals. Long and delicate. Great wine.
96p   (tasted 2020/01)

Fligth 4
2014 Chardonnay, Kongsgaard
A deep, intense nose with notes of lemon licorice, some coconut, mint and chrushed rocks. Handsome and fine.
The taste is very pure and distinct with notes of toasted almonds, grilled lemons, red basil and gravel. A very fine acidity. Long and lingering.
93p   (tasted 2020/01)

2012 Chardonnay Far Coast Vineyard, Hartford Court
A tight, structured nose with notes of oranges, smoke and freshly cut summer grass. A fine roundness to the fruit. Deep and fine.
The taste is broad and concentrated with notes of blood oranges, grilled lemons and hints of wood. Very long and intense.
91p   (tasted 2020/01)


2014 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard, Ramey
A cool, herbal nose with notes of ripe lemons, candle grease, yellow flowers and gravel. Very pure and fine.
The taste is tight and refined with notes of lemon cream, spices, butter cookies and gravel. A long finish with a perky acidity. Very fine.
92p   (tasted 2020/01)

2017 Chardonnay Estate Reserve, Lismore
A deep, smoky nose with notes of red apples, dry fudge, birch sap and toasted bread. Very elegant. Racy.
The taste is ripe and structured with notes of grilled lemons, red basil, red apples and a hint of wood. Very long with a lovely intensity. Great wine.
94p   (tasted 2020/01)


2016 Chardonnay Silver Eagle Vineyard, Ferren
A complex, vivid nose with notes of tangerines, orange fudge, dried up vanilla ice cream and minerals. Tight and very fine. Lovely.
The taste is concentrated and gorgeously balanced with notes of grilled lemons, tangerines, yellow flowers and matchbox. Very, very long. Silky. Sooo fine.
95p   (tasted 2020/01)


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