Sunday 16 June 2019

Tasting Dinner With Our Tasting Group

Time again for our semi annual tasting dinner in our tasting group, and yeat again lots of great food and wine!

2002 Rare, Piper-Heidsieck
A fresh, mineral laden nose with notes of lemon zest, steel and herbs. High and fine.
The taste is cool and elegant with notes of lemon fudge, minerals and chives. Balanced and fine but lacks a bit of oomph.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)

2002 Brut, Jean-Paul Morel
A pure, refined nose with some signs of maturity and notes of dried apricots, detergent, honey pastills and a hint of coconut. Very complex and fine.
The taste is tight and yet with a velvety feel, with notes of dried up lemon curd, sweet minerals, grass and gravel. A high dosage - 10g - but it doesn´t show. Very fine.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

1995 Blanc de Millénaires, Charles Heidsieck
Tasted three times before in recent years (2018/10, 2017/04, 2016/11), this bottle showed more open and direct, with fine notes of fried bread, red apples, matchbox and malt. Very deep and fine. A fine maturity.
The taste is broad and balanced with a high acidity and notes of blood oranges, red apples, smoke and toasted bread. Very long.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

2005 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, Raveneau
14 years old and still a baby. The nose is restrained and seedy with notes of linoleum, rose water, lemon zest and lot of chalk. Opens up some in the glass but this is for the lang haul.
The taste is racy and refined with notes of star fruit, gooseberries, lemon juice and a mountain of chrushed rocks. Very long, very taut and very structured. 10+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

2014 Chardonnay Art Series, Leeuwin Estate
Every time I drink a Art Series wine I am impressed, especially with the Chardonnay. This is a beauty, with a deep, elegant nose with notes of lemon cream, cold butter, sage and wet asphalt. There is lot to like here.
The taste is balanced and seamless with notes of smoke, lemon peel, butter cookies and a touch of ginger. Very pure. A long, long finish with a perfect acidity. Great wine.
96p   (tasted 2019/05)

2005 Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet, Jean-Claude Bachelet
A open, spicy nose with notes of dried pine apple, bakelite, bonfire smoke and warm herbs. An oily character. Big. Some maturity. Very good.
The taste is big and intense witn notes of dark lemon fudge, diesel oil, fried bread and herbs. Very long and warm. Needs a couple of more years to settle.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)

2013 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard, Kistler
A deep, crisp nose with notes of grapefruit, dried mango, smoke and hand cream. Complex and fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with smoke infused lemons and mango alongside notes of ripe summer flowers and wet rocks. Long and very, very fine.
94p   (tasted 2019/05)

2009 Volnay 1er Cru Les Brouillards, Domaine Bernard & Thierry Glantenay
A bit laid back on the nose with, after some heaby swirling, notes of earth, ripening raspberries and beet roots. Very good.
The taste is cool and elegant with notes of red beets, cranberries, herbs and forest floor. A fine acidity. Needs 5+ more years in the cellar.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)

2009 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé
A lovely, deep, flowery nose with notes of damsons, strawberries, earth and a hint of ink. A fine, dense character. Still young.
The taste is tight and racy with notes of red currants, earth, tobacco and fresh herbs. Very long ans structured. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

2009 Latricières-Chambertin, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet
This Grand Cru displays the most mature feautures in the line up, and maybe therefore it is the most pleasing wine tonight. The nose is very deep and displaying a lovely sweetness, with notes of ripe strawberries, forest floor, cooked root vegetables and pipe tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is silky and multi layered with notes of ripe strawberries, red currants, forest floor, tobacco and a hint of leather. Luscious. Very, very fine.
95p   (tasted 2019/05)

2009 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées, La Pousse d´Or
A very balanced, spicy nose with notes of earth, red currants, iron, smoke and damsons. A taut backbone. Still young. Very, very good.
The taste is racy and refined with notes of red currants, raspberries, dry licorice and iron. Very long and finely textured.  8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

2003 Château Suduiraut
A big, concentrated nose with notes of apricots, warm grass, detergent and a touch of red basil. Deep and heavy. Very young.
The taste is thick and sweet with notes of apricot purée, red plums, muscovado sugar and burnt grass. A tad fiery at the end. Needs to settle down for 8+ years.
90p   (tasted 2019/05)

2001 Château Suduiraut
A high, intense nsoe with notes of root selleri, orange jam, lemon pie and a light smoky scent. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of band aid, almond paste, orange jam and hand cream. Very long and fine. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/05)

1999 Château Suduiraut
A deep, elegant nose with notes of saffron, dried pine apple, warm grass and concentrated fish stock. Very complex and fine.
The taste is large scaled yet delicate and fine with notes of mango, warm grass, orange jam and band aid. Very long. A very fine balance. 4+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/05)

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