Wednesday 7 May 2014

Some Miscellaneous Reds

These bottles have been drunk with dinner in the last couple of weeks - a glass (or three...) of wine a day keeps the doctor away!

2012 Paul, Domaine Saladin
Not all wine makers can trace their lineage back to 1422! But sisters Elisabeth and Marie-Laurence can do just that. They are the 21 generation of the family and they took over in 2003. They have worked with Randall Grahm and Marcel Guigal.
This wine is made out of 90% Grenache and 10% Clairette and sports a upfront, juicy nose with notes of violet pastilles, blueberries, sage, some meat and lots of fresh herbs. A fresh, open nose. Very good.
The taste is medium bodied, young and slightly peppery with notes of lingonberries, raspberries, rosemary, earth and a touch of resin. Very gulpable. Maybe a tad slender in the middle taste. But very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2014/04)

2005 Santenay 1er Cru Passe-Temps, Château de la Charriére
A mature, nice, a bit fleeting nose with notes of dried raspberries, red beet juice, dried herbs and some chocolate mousse aromas. A fine warmth.
The taste is mature, round and nice with notes of raspberries, rosehips, forest floor and dried herbs. A pretty taut structure at the end. Very good with the food but a little to monolithic on its own.
84p   (tasted 2014/04)

2008 Pinot Noir***, Weingut Holger Koch
The 2009 version of this three star Pinot was really good, but the one year older version is even better! This wine is deeper, broader and meatier than the 2009 with lovely notes of crushed strawberries, licorice, forest floor and butter fried herbs. Deep and refined. Some beet root aromas after a while.
The taste is big, spicy and warm with notes of raspberry truffles, rosehips, pomegranate and moist earth with some mushrooms. A very good, uplifting acidity. Long and fine. This is good!
92p   (tasted 2014/04)

2011 Cuvée Nadal, Domaine de Fondreche
For this beauty I just refer to my note from October 2013 - this is a stunning wine for the price asked. And I guess that the 2012 will be even better. I´m on my second case now...:-)
92p   (tasted 2014/04)

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