Monday, 26 May 2014

Wines I Drink To Seldom - Six Bottles Of White Bordeaux

Last week I was lucky when G arranged our latest tasting group get together and opened 6 bottles of white Bordeaux - its been too long!.
Expect for the first, corked bottle, all wines came from the 2008 vintage. And all felt younger than the 6 years they are. They could, and should, be cellared for at least 6 more years before they start to show some maturity.
Tasted double blind.

2011 Château Carbonnieux
It didn´t start out that good though - corked "#%¤#"¤%#!!

2008 Domaine de Chevalier
A young, spicy, fresh nose with notes of white currants, blood orange peel, salmiak, green leaves and lots of crushed rocks. Very good. A slightly oily character. Some subdued oak notes.
The taste is young, grassy and dry with notes of almond paste, hard lemon candy, grass and wet stones. Still young. Very good but I have to admit I was a tad disappointed when the bottle was revealed - my taste buds are usually very found of the white Domaine de Chevalier. Good but not great. 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon.
86p   (tasted 2014/05)

2008 Château Couhins-Lurton
A young and pure nose with notes of gooseberries, grass, cat pee and minerals. The only one that showed the obviously Sauvignon characters, not surprsingly so since Couhins-Lurton is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Very good, fresh and upfront.
The taste is young, sprightly and gulpable with notes of goose berries, star fruit, grass and lime peel. A fine acdity. A medium long finish with a nice pure ending. Very good.
88p   (tasted 2014/05)

2008 Château de Fieuzal
A young, deep, lightly smoky nose with notes of lemon juice, dry fudge, melon and vanilla ice cream. Very, very good. A lot of minerals beneath the fruit. Refined. Evolves nicely in the glass. This is good.
The taste is young and taut with notes of hard lemon candy, dry caramell, almonds and warm grass. The finish is long and persistent. A very fine intensity. Really fine. de Fieuzal consists of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon. Best in the line up.
92p   (tasted 2014/05)

2008 Château le G de Château Guiraud
The dry white wine from Guiraud is made out of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. The nose is young and fresh with notes of pear ice cream, lemon peel, grass and flint. Medium deep. Upfront and juicy.
The taste is young and highly drinkable with notes of lime peel, grass, white curants and crushed rocks. A fine acidity. Medium bodied and with a good structure. A fine warmth. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2014/05)

2008 Château La Louviére
I have always liked La Louviére and when the bottle was revealed it was like meeting and old friend that I have not met in a long time. The nose is young, pure and intense with notes of gooseberries, white currants, pickled ginger and cap gun smoke. Deep and fine.
The taste is fresh and pure with notes of not yet ripe pears, lime, white currants, grass and flint. A long finish with a fine acidity. A very good mouthfeel. This I like! 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon.
91p   (tasted 2014/05)

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