Monday 14 July 2014

Vacation Wine Diary - Day 5 - 17 Bottle Tasting

Dear Diary

Yesterday I ate and drank well, as usual, at Mikke´s place. There were seven of us that tasted and drank the 17 bottles below. All were presented blind and we nailed everyone of them - we drink enough of 1926 Chambertin to know those bad boys by heart...:-)
Thanks Mikke!

1985 Deiedesheimer Kalkofen Riesling Spätlese, Dr, Bürklin-Wolf
This mature Spätlese has a fine, laid back nose with notes of dried apricots, wet suit, glue remover and grass. It doesn´t sound that nice but when mixed together, it is!
The taste is medium bodied, elegant and good with nice apricot fruit, grapefruit juice and wet rocks. A fine acidity. Fully mature. Good but lacks a little bit of oomph.
85p   (tasted 2014/07)

1966 Hospices de Beaune Meursault Cuvée Foppin, M. G. Lafite
50p   (tasted 2014/07)

2007 Meursault Les Charmes, Olivier Bernstein
This was brought by one of the guests. And this is a stunner! A deep, cool, beautiful nose flows up from the glass with aromas of lemon cream, cold butter, white currants, hazel nuts and a wonderful smoky scent. Just lovely.
The taste is young, refined and steely with a great acidity and notes of butter fried nuts, white and red currants, summer flowers and cap gun smoke. The finish is over one minute and ends on a high note. Very, very fine. Aristocratic.
95p   (tasted 2014/07)

1926 Chambertin, J. Salmon Barre
What can you say - a 88 year old Burgundy steals the show (except for the Meursault above). It starts out a bit musky on the nose, but soon turns into an old charmer, with notes of roasted beetroots, shoe polish, muscovadosugar, moist undergrowth and varnish. Very interesting and complex. Deep. Very much alive.
The taste is big, tight and dry with notes of dried raisins, wet undergrowth, autumn leaves, cooked root vegetables and some cooked meat. A very fine warmth. A lot of structure. Very, very good. Holds up well in the glass.
92p   (tasted 2014/07)

1976 Vosne-Romanée Les Chaumes, Rion
This V-R has a ripe, round, sweet nose with notes of freeze dried raspberries, assorted spices, forest floor and some furry scents. Good in a kind a narrow way.
The taste is mature, tight and warm with notes of lingonberries, red currants, earth, licorice and old wood. A bit sturdy. Fully mature. Becomes sweeter on the palate with some air time. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2014/07)

1964 Savigny Dominole, Chanson
This bottle from the best vintage ever has a big, mature, meaty nose with notes of crushed raspberries, old tobacco, root vegetables and moist earth. A fine maturity. Maybe a tad one dimensional.
The taste is big and ripe with lots of sweet red fruit and a medium long, dry finish. There is things to like here, but as on the nose, a bit one dimensional.
83p   (tasted 2014/07)

2007 Monte Bello Chardonnay
This was really two different types of Chardonnay, the Ridge very taut and crisp while the Brewer-Clifton showed more of a decadent, voluptuous style. And both was yummy!
The Ridge showed of notes of green apples, grass, minerals and lemon cream on the nose. Pure and fine. Still young.
The taste is young, fresh and racy with notes of green apples, lime peel, dried flowers and a touch of milk chocolate fudge. A medium long, fin finish with a nice acidity. Very good.
90p   (tasted 2014/07)

2007 St Rita Hills Chardonnay, Brewer-Clifton
The Brewer-Clifton´s nose on the other hand, shows notes of sweet melon, melted butter, bonfire and butter cookies. Expressive, big and really good.
The taste is big and steady with notes of ripe yellow apples, melon, butter cookies and cap gun smoke. Has a good acidity that prevents it to be to overpowering. Very much a different style from the Ridge, but I like them both very much.
90p   (tasted 2014/07)

1955 Château Cambon La Pelouse
The next flight of mature Bordeaux bottles proved for the xx time that Burgundy age much better than Bordeaux and that there is a very much higher ratio for good bottles when you buy old Burgundy than old Bordeaux.
This one has gone to meet its maker. DOA.
50p   (tasted 2014/07)

1964 Château Beychevelle
This one wasn´t dead, but corked...:-(
Not rated   (tasted 2014/07)

1975 Château La Tour Martillac
This had a deep, mature, lovely aroma, buried down under the corked nose...:-(
Not rated   (tasted 2014/07)

1970 Château Potensac
What! A sound bottle! A medium deep, mature, fine nose with notes of fresh stables, red and black currants, old wood and tobacco leaves. Very good.
The taste is cool, mature and dry with notes of black currants, pencil shavings, forest floor and dry tobacco. There is still some tannins in the background. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2014/07)

1997 Hermtage, Tardieu-Laurent
Now it was a change of pace with these two Syrah wines. The Tardieu-Laurent showed off a still young, seedy, warm nose with notes of sweet blueberries, ski wax, violet pastilles, rubber tires and black pepper. This has character. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and intense with notes of black peppered meat, rubber, dark chocolate and a fine perfumed note. The tannins are well integrated. A high, fine acidity. This is for drinking now and the coming 8+ years.
91p   (tasted 2014/07)

1997 Hermitage Les Bessard, Delas
The Delas nose is on par with the previous wine, with notes of lightly peppered meat, soya sauce, rubber, a touch of vanilla pods and warm rocks. A bit of VA. A big nose. Very, very good.
But the taste is not as fine - it is almost brutal in its intensity and the acidity is off the charts, which cover the good fruit that is buried beneath the acidity. You get glimpses of bloody meat and pepper now and then. Maybe it will come around but it is not a harmonious wine today.
86p   (tasted 2014/07)

1969 Fleurie Grille Midi, J. Mommensin
A request for a Beaujolais was made at the table. It will take Mikke to then present a 45 year old one...
The nose is round and mature with notes of assorted red berries, dried up balsam vinegar, touch of banana peel and earth. Still alive and kicking. Good.
The taste is tight and mature with notes of lingonberries, dry liquorice, dried herbs and forest floor. A medium long, rather fresh finish. This is fully mature but in no real danger to collapse. Impressive without being great.
86p   (tasted 2014/07)

1983 Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Kronenberg Auslese, Karthäuserhof
A deep, fine, sweet nose with a wonderful nose full of ripe tangerines and additional notes of ginger, pears, dry rubber and hay. Intense and interesting. This is good.
The taste is mature, round and semi dry with notes of dried apricots, tangerines, almond paste, ginger and dry grass. A fine balance between dried up sweetness, acidity and structure. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2014/07)

1983 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese, Ziliken
A cool, withdrawn, fine nose with notes of dried apricots, acetone, a hint of saffron and old rubber. Good but lacks a bit of body.
The taste is mature, laid back and good with notes of dried apricots, almond paste, ginger and some saffron. A good acidity. Medium long. It ends drier than the Karthäuserhof. Good.
85p   (tasted 2014/07)

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