Monday 17 August 2015

An Evening With Some Fantastic Wines - Keller, Mascarello, Masseto, Lafleur & More

S, M and me got together to drink some gooood wines. We each brought a couple of bottles, and some nice food was prepared.
All wines tasted double blind, except for the ones I brought.

NV Brut Rosé Grand Cru, Egly-Ouriet
A fine, light, flowery nose with notes of red grapefruit, red apples, mineral and some strawberries. Very good and airy.
The taste is fresh and refined with a fine acidity and an assortment of red fruits paired with sweet minerals and roses. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2015/08)

2014 Scheurebe Trocken, Keller
A young, perky nose with notes of ripe pears, freshly cut grass, minerals and spices. This is good. Some flowers scents after a while. A hint of sweetness.
The taste is cool, tight and spicy with notes of nettles, dried flowers, granite and chalk. The finish is medium long and nicely balanced. A very fine, young wine.
92p   (tasted 2015/08)

2014 Nierstein Riesling Kabinett -H-, Keller
Kellers Nierstein´s - both Hipping and Pettenthal - always impresses. Last time I tasted the 2012 Hipping it delivered the goods, but the 2014 is even better. The nose is deep and penetrating with lovely notes of peaches, flint, white currants, the fat from Serrano ham and even a hint of vanilla ice cream. Lots and lots of minerals. Stunning juice!
The taste is pure and refreshing as water from a mountain river, and adds notes of white currants, pears, gravel and a touch of matchbox. Lip smacking acidity and a long, long finish. Still young of course, but oooh so good.
95p   (tasted 2015/08)

2009 Ma Douce Chardonnay, Morlet
This is something else... But equally good! The nose is big and concentrated with notes of butter cookies, wax, lavender honey, summer flowers and some juniper wood. Deep and creamy, yet with a tight core of ripe yellow fruit. Very, very good.
The taste is big and steady with notes of tangerines, vanilla pudding, dried flowers and ripe peaches. A big structure and a whole lot of ripe fruit, yet it ends with a firm, dry note. This is good!
93p   (tasted 2015/08)

1995 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese, Zilliken
A very good wine, but in this company, a bit of a let down. The nose is cool, mature and spicy with notes of dried peaches, wet asphalt, rubber boats and a hint of saffron. Very good.
The taste is mature and initially semi dry with notes of grey pears, moist earth, dried flowers and the saffron goes through the taste also. A medium long finish that ends almost completely dry.
88p   (tasted 2015/08)

1990 I Sodi di S. Niccolo, xxxx
A fine, deep, a bit laid back nose with notes of ripe black cherries, forest floor, a touch of charcoal and some liquorice. A very refined nose. Very, very good. Deep.
The taste is almost fully mature with fine notes of red and black cherries, earth, dried rosemary and violets. The finish is long and dry, with some fine aristocratic tannins caressing the palate. A lovely wine on its apogee.
92p   (tasted 2015/08)

1985 Barolo, Bartolo Mascarello
My offering. It has a very light, mature colour and look a little feeble, but this is still packing quite a punch. The nose is intense and very fragrant with lovely notes of dried raspberries, rosehips, dried mushrooms, rose petals and sweet tobacco. A lovely maturity and balance. A hint of nougat. Great!
The taste is mature but still tight and focused with notes of dried strawberries, lots of undergrowth, roseships, ceps and tobacco. A very long, intense finish. Mouth filling in the most positive sense. In a perfect stage of maturity.
94p   (tasted 2015/08)

2006 Masseto
A big, broad shouldered nose with notes of black olives, black cherries, dark chocolate, warm herbs and graphite. Still very young, needs time to open up. A tight core of sweet, black fruit. Impressive, but needs to open up.
The taste is big and firm with notes of ripe black cherries, tapenade, moist undergrowth, asphalt and dark chocolate. Very dense. A long, long finish with some strapping tannins. Very young. Not as gorgeous as Masseto usually is, even at this stage of development. But there is no denying that it is a great wine, and will surely become even better with time.
94p   (tasted 2015/08)

1999 Château Lafleur
My offering, and the wine of the evening! :-) This beauty has a deep, refined, structured nose with notes of ripe plums, rose petals, autumn leaves, veal stock and a light tobacco touch. Deep and truly fine. A very fine lightness, yet intense. Just stunning.
The taste is velvety yet with a perfect firm touch, with fine notes of red currants, plums, earth, tobacco and rosehips. A impressive showing of this 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc Pomerol. The last vintage I bought primeur, from 2000 the prizes got silly.
97p   (tasted 2015/08)

2003 Château Pontet-Canet
This has an outgoing, deep and sturdy nose with notes of ripe black currants, scorched earth, tobacco, black olives and new leather. A very creamy nose. Deep and warm. Rich. Very, very good.
The taste is tighter and more backboned than the nose leads you to believe, with notes of red and black currants, graphite, earth, clean stables and a touch of green olives. Lots of firm tannins. Long and fine. Still on the young side of things. This is good.
92p   (tasted 2015/08)

2001 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Auslese, Robert Weil
My offering. Kind of weird. Very developed, both in colour and on the nose, with notes of yellow raisins, dried pine apple, detergent and a hint of saffron. Yet it is very focused and intense with a lovely sweetness. Very deep.
The taste is big and sweet with notes of ripe melon, pine apple, sugared water and butter fudge. A very long finish with a fine acidity. Very, very good, although it seems a little advanced for a 2001 Auslese from one of my favourite producers. Have to try another one. From a half bottle.
91p   (tasted 2015/08)


  1. Guran i vinkällaren17 August 2015 at 23:13

    Good post, great wines (most of your post´s anyway). Drank a bottle of Masseto 1997 last week (to spoil myself). It was great... and perfectly mature. Keep up the good work...

    1. Thanks! It is always nice to drink Masseto...:-)