Friday 27 January 2017

Some Oldies Between 1934 - 1998

A tasting at Mikke´s always delivers some oldies, and the more the merrier if you ask me. This get together waas held between Christmas and New Years Eve last year.

All white wines tasted double blind, but for the reds (except for the four last ones) we knew what they were, since we helped to open the bottles, with mixed success...

1950 Graves Superiures Sec, Daniel Sanders
A big, mature nose with notes of dried apricots, eraser, damp earth and resin. Good. Dried up yellow fruit.
The taste is dry and mature with notes of dried flowers, apricots and some rubbery notes. A good length. Still hanging in there, we guessed it to be younger.
85p   (tasted 2016/12)

1958 Graves Sec, Domaine de Courbon
A touch foursquare nose with notes of dried yellow flowers, metal and rottening vegetables, but in a nice kind of way...
The taste is dry and compact with notes of dry almonds, dried flowers and dusty earth. Medium long and dry. A tad too old.
76p   (tasted 2016/12)

1980 Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes, Pierre Matrot
A round, generous, mature nose with notes of toasted bread, melon, grilled lemons and cap gun smoke. Very good. A fine dried up sweetness.
The taste is medium mature and finely dry with notes of dried pine apple, banana peel and smoke. Long, warm and big hearted. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2016/12)

1971 Meursault Genevriéres, ? ...rnaud
The label doesn´t give up the producers name, unless the "rnaud" at the end. Anyone who knows who the producer is? Anyway, the nose is seedy and green with notes of dry lemons, model clay and earth.
The taste is mature, dry and ungenerous with a taste of lemons meets metal. Rather long but very dry. Not good.
73p   (tasted 2016/12)

1997 Chablis Valmur, Verget
A fine, elegant nose with notes of roasted nuts, dry fudge, crushed rocks and smoke. A very high, pure nose. This is good!
The taste is refined and tight with notes of lemons, smoke, summer flowers and wet stones. Long and lingering. A very fine balance. Pure.
93p   (tasted 2016/12)

1997 Meursault Les Poruzots Premier Jus, Verget
A big, somewhat oxidized nose with notes of ripe yellow plums, white raisins and damp earth.
The taste is big and mature with warm, yellow fruit, stale nuts and raisins. The finish is good though and the dryness in the end is fine. But this has probably been stored badly.
78p   (tasted 2016/12)

1995 Clos Blanc de Vougeot 1er Cru (Monopole), L´Héritier-Guyot
The wine that is no more. L´Hérétier-Guyot has lost the contract on this plot. The nose is cool and seedy with notes of spicy lemons, model clay and smoke. Deep and fine.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of lemon cream, sweet minerals and dusty earth. Very good but a tad restrained. I would give this some more time.
90p   (tasted 2016/12)

Time for some, or a lot, of red wines!
1964 Bourgogne, Jouhey
A big, blowsy nose with lots of overripe root vegetables, unfresh stables and some wet dog fur. Interesting...
The taste is better with some dried strawberries, undergrowth and cranberries. A medium long finish with a decent acidity.
72p   (tasted 2016/12)

1966 Volnay Caillerets, M. G. Lafite
A deep, finely mature nose with notes of mushrooms, Christmas spice and dried raspberries. Very good. Lots of forest floor aromas after a while.
The taste is round, dry and mature with notes of dried strawberries, undergrowth and rosehips. Long, warm and very good. Has matured in a fine fashion.
88p   (tasted 2016/12)

1978 Château Troplong-Mondot
A deep, meaty nose with notes of dark plums, chocolate biscuits, graphite and leather. A fine depth and warmth. Very, very good.
The taste is mature and racy with notes of blueberries, tobacco, leather and dry chocolate. Very long and fine. Velvety tannins. Perfectly mature.
91p   (tasted 2016/12)

1959 Château des Hautes Graves
A mature, dry nose with notes of dried blueberries, old tobacco and autumn leaves. Some iodine. Very good. A fine driep up sweetness.
The taste is dry, seedy and tight with notes of dusty blueberries, tobacco and leather. A long finish with a fine warmth. Guess this would have been really fine 15 years ago.
86p   (tasted 2016/12)

1964 Château Chauvin
Another charmer from The Greatest Vintage Ever. The nose is warm and compact with notes of ripe red and black currants, cold coffee, autumn leaves and leather. Velvety and fine.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of dried cherries, plums, tobacco and warm gravel. Long and fine. A very fine maturity. Lovely.
90p   (tasted 2016/12)

1966 Château Arnauton
This for me unknown Fronsac has a deep, mature, sweet nose with notes of dried black currants, tobacco, undergrowth and a touch of VA. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of red and black currants, dry tobacco, cold coffee and old leather. Medium long finish. Drinking good on this night.
87p   (tasted 2016/12)

1964 Château Haut-Bailly
This is a stunner! A beautiful, deep, ethereal nose with notes of fine tobacco, menthol spiked black currants, warm tiles and autumn leaves. Really fine. A lovely sweet fruit. Deep and refined.
The taste is mature yet very energetic and fine with notes of ripe red and black currants, fine tobacco, damp earth and lots of minerals. The finish is long and still shows some polished tannins. This is in a really fine place now. Great wine.
95p   (tasted 2016/12)

These last four reds was poured double blind to us.
1998 Cornas V.V., Tardieu-Laurent
A young, upfront, juciy nose with notes of raw rubber, seared meat and ripe flowers. Very, very good. Some chocolate notes as well.
The taste is racy and fine with white peppered meat, bay leaves, fir and forest floor. A long, distinct finish. This is still rather perky, could be cellared for many years.
91p   (tasted 2016/12)

1998 Côte-Rôtie, Jamet
This beauty has a deep, meaty nose with notes of blackberries, raw rubber, undergrowth and white pepper. Rich, deep and gorgeous.
The taste is inky and deep with silky black fruit and notes of bay leaves, smoke, rubber and dark chocolate. The finish goes of for over a minute. Really fine.
94p   (tasted 2016/12)

1998 Hermitage La Sizeranne, M. Chapoutier
Yet another rather uninspiring effort from Chapoutier, these wines never does it for me. The nose is varm, mildy meaty with notes of old rubber, hyacinth and a mix of raspberries and blueberries. Good.
The taste is medium bodied and warm with notes of ripe blueberries, rubber, undergrowth and iron. A good wine, but again, uninspiring.
87p   (tasted 2016/12)

1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau, Vieux Tèlégraphe
A deep, seedy, warm nose with notes of black olives, resin, dark raspberries and fried herbs. Deep and fine.
The taste is big and steady with notes of ripe raspberries, fir, herbs and meat stock. A very long, warm and rich finish. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2016/12)

1934 Dow´s Vintage Port
To finish the evening of, a nice mature Port. This one has a high, refined nose with notes of walnuts, detergent, dry milk chocolate fudge and fried nuts. Very, very fine. A lovely dried up sweetness.
The taste is concentrated and velvety with notes of fudge, sugared coffee, figs and mulled wine. Very long with a great warmth. Really fine.
92p   (tasted 2016/12)

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