Sunday 22 February 2015

Some Miscellaneous Bottles

These were drunk over the last couple of weeks.

2005 Chianti Colli Senesi, Castello di Farnetella
A rather narrow, tight nose with notes of sour cherries, road dust, dry chocolate and some tarry scents. A bit rough around the edges.
The taste is better with notes of cherry pips, gravel, rosemary and a hint of espresso. A medium long finish with a nice acidity. Good.
83p   (tasted 2015/02)

1978 Gran Reserva, Bodegas Franco-Españolas
To put it mild - dry and hollow
50p   (tasted 2015/02)

2014 Beaujolais Nouveau, Jean Foillard
An young, open, appetizing nose with notes of strawberry lemonade, red currants, candle grease, forest floor and a hint of tobacco. Not deep but fine.
The taste is light and pure with a fine red currant fruit and additional notes of dried herbs, liqourice and forest floor. The finish is a bit anemic. Good.
84p   (tasted 2015/02)

2009 Astralabe, Chêne Bleu
This Grenache and Syrah blend sports a upfront, juicy and peppery nose with notes of blackberries, meat stock, undergrowth and a hint of bacon fat. Balanced though. Good.
The taste is young and broad with sweet red and black fruits with additional notes of meat, white peppers, bakelite and undergrowth. A medium long finish with a nice warmth. Could surely evolve into something even nicer with 3-5 years in the cellar.
86p   (tasted 2015/02)

1964 Château Lamartre
This Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé opens with a big, mature, warm nose with notes of sweet red and black currants, plums, old leather, cigarette smoke and some stables in a distance. Very ripe and yummy, but lacks somewhat in the complexity compartment.
The taste is warm, mature and broad with notes of ripe red currants, earth, cigarette ashes, coffee grounds and worn leather. A medium long, soft finish with a fine warmth. Drinking great on this night.
88p   (tasted 2015/02)


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