Wednesday, 16 March 2016

One Puligny-Montrachet & Two Brunello´s From 1987 On A Monday Evening

Why not?

1987 Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts, Etienne Sauzet
This bottle came from the same shipment as the 86 Champ-Canet, and while those 86´s cost an arm and a leg, I got this bottle for 22 Euro! Good call from my part!
The nose offers up intriguing notes of dried up orange marmelade, yellow plums, some mushrooms, hazelnut purée, hay and a touch of iodine. A fine complexity that only maturity can give. Really good.
A full frontal and still rather perky taste with lots of dried apricots and additional notes of salted nuts, blood orange peel, dry caramel and a ever so slight touch of saffron. Very long and dry with a fine acidity. This has hold up well over the years and gives lots of pleasure, the wine just vaporize!
Other Sauzet Les Referts tasted - 19962005 and 2008.
91p   (tasted 2016/03)

1987 Brunello di Montalcino, Il Paradiso di Manfredi
A very fine, mature, delicate nose with notes of dried cherries, rosehips, warm tiles, liquorice and a warm Tuscan gravel road. Very, very good. Evolves all night long. In a very fine shape. Soft but with lots of character. Lovely.
The taste is soft, mature and multi layered with notes of dried cherries, dried rosemary, warm gravel and old chocolate. The finish is long and persistent. Very fine. Drinking perfect in this night.
91p   (tasted 2016/03)

1987 Brunello di Montalcino, Il Poggione
The 29 year old Il Poggione has a deep, mature, meaty nose with notes of ripe black cherries, fire smoke, sweet tobacco and moist earth. A bit farmyardy. Very good.
The taste is big, warm and a bit sturdy with notes of dried black cherries, sugared coffee, dusty earth and dried herbs. Long, warm and a bit loose around the edges. Fully mature, and maybe a tad so.
Other Il Poggione tasted - 19901994 & 200620012004 & 2007.
86p   (tasted 2016/03)

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