Saturday 22 September 2018

One Day Of Trade Tastings - Vingruppen

One day, two weeks ago - three trade tastings - a total of 137 wines tasted - life is rough...

With this amount of wines tasted, I just highlight those wines that made the utmost impression on my taste buds. Since I only spent a minute of two with each wine I give an approximate score.

Third and last stop  - Vingruppen  (53 wines tasted)

The possibility to taste 400+ wines....where to begin? And end!?

Ah well, I started with some fine Chardonnay - the 2015 Savigny Les Beaunes Les Guettes, Louis Jadot sports a mineral laden nose with ripe lemons and steel. The taste is racy and refined with oyster shells, lemon cream and smoke. Really fine (~92p). Also from 2015 and Louis Jadot the Meursault Les Genevrieres has a deep, creamy, rich nose and a minute long, multi layered finish (~94p).
Two beauties from Lucien le Moine followed suit, the 2015 Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres is pure and fresh with notes of peach and sandelwood, the taste is long, refined and complex (~94p). The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet La Romanee is a beauty with a cool, steely, handsome nose and a long, long, intense finish with everything in place. Stunning (~96p).

More Chardonnay from around the globe - 2014 Chardonnay, Waterford Estate has a deep, concentrated nose with sweet lime and fried nuts. The taste is structured with a fine acidity (~91p). Always a great wine, the Haytesbury Chardonnay from Vasse Felix is no exception in the 2015 vintage - gorgeous and refined on the nose and structured and intense on the palate makes up a treat of a wine (~93p).

From California comes a tasty trio - 2015 Chardonnay, Mayacamas has an open, ripe nose with lemon cream, fudge and minerals and a long lasting taste with sour/sweet lemons and smoke (~92p). Two bottles from Sandhi impressed, the 2015 Rita´s Crown Chardonnay is deep and refined with notes of grilled lemons, dried flowers and a fine acidity (~92p). The 2015 Bentrock Chardonnay is a beauty with a complex nose with notes of white currants, dry fudge and smoke and a steely, crisp taste with a very fine structure (~95p).

A couple of fine red Burgundies followed - the 2014 Côte-de-Nuits Villages, Domaine Philippe Livera has a light, haunting nose of ripe lingonberries and dried forest raspberries and a pure, racy taste (~91p).
The 2013 Morey-Saint-Denis La Riotte, Domaine Perrot-Minot shows a deep, meaty, somewhat mature nose and a silky, focused taste (~93p). The 2011 Clos Saint Denis, Lucien le Moine hit my sweet spots, with a gorgeous, upliftning red berry scented nose and a finish that goes on for over a minute, like drinking silk (~94p).

The 2010 Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde La Chatillonne, Vidal-Fleury is beaming with restrained power and gorgeous peppery blueberry fruit (~95p).
Whenever I taste the La-La´s from Guigal I am always in awe over the quality, charm and how lip smacking good they are. No exceptions this time, the 2013 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne is a handsome brute with lovely perfumed fruit and a two minute long finish, one for the cellar (~97p). The 2011 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline with its 15% Viognier (the only good use of Viognier...) has a charming, flowery nose and a velvety yet structured taste that last and last and last (~96p).

Lastly, some heany hitters from California - the 2012 Estate Cuvée, Kapcsandy wins me over with its balance, focus and intensity, lots of fruit and power here but its wrapped in a stunning package (~95p). I have never tasted anything from Notre Vin and its 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is everything I want in a Cali Cabernet, a restrained ripeness, balance and sheer drinkability (~93p). Lastly, the 2012 Proprietary Red, Blankiet shows of a large scaled, ripe nose (verging on too much for poor little me) with sweet black currants, graphite and expensive oak. The taste is big and structured and deliveries a long lasting, impressive impression (~94p).

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