Wednesday 23 September 2020

Tasting Great Wines With Wine Affair

A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to attend a tasting arranged by Wine Affair and I tasted these gems.

The Whites

2018 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc, Guigal
A fine, delicate nose with notes of peach, white currants and hay. A fine flowery scent.
The taste is medium bodied and dry with notes of oranges, peach and gravel. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2020/09)

2017 Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu, La Chablisienne
A spicy, smoky nose with notes of mineral, lemon licorice and yellow apples. Fine.
The taste is high and dry with notes of white peppers, white currants and smoke. Very long and fine.
90p   (tasted 2020/09)

2018 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot, Louis Jadot¨
A deep, concentrated nose with notes of grilled lemons, red basil and matchbox. Intense and fine.
The taste is handsome and balanced with notes of sage, lemon cream and smoke. Very fine.
92p   (tasted 2020/09)

2018 Condrieu La Doriane, Guigal
I am normally not a fan of Condrieu (I am a acid junkie) but this bottle from Guigal is the real thing. The nose is deep and down right gorgeous with a sea of ripe flowers, apricots, peach and sweet minerals. Very deep.
The taste is multi layered and fine with a silky character, paired with notes of grilled lemons, yellow flowers, apricots and hot earth. Very, very long. 
93p   (tasted 2020/09)

2016 Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc, Guigal
This 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne Ermitage jumps out of the glass with notes of ripe lemons, bay leaves, incense, peach and linoleum, Very intense. Just gorgeous.
The taste is pure and powerful with notes of apricots, spices, lemon peel, dried flowers and a hint of band aid. Rich and balanced. Loooong. Great wine.
96p   (tasted 2020/09)

The Reds

2016 Santenay 1er Cru Maladière, Domaine Prieur. Brunet
A cool, red berry nose with notes of earth, herbs and ripening raspberries. Light and fine.
The taste is dry and seedy with a fine acidity and notes of dried raspberries, earth and some balsamic notes. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2020/09)

2018 Corton-Pougets, Loius Jadot
A deep, tight nose with notes of red beets, rhubarb licorice, Christmas spices and forest floor. Lots of depth. Very fine.
The taste is refined and racy with notes of sandal wood, ripe raspberries, smoke and fresh herbs. Very long. Distinct. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/09)

2018 Chapelle-Chambertin, Louis Jadot
A lovely, focused nose with notes of ripe raspberries, rich earth, fresh herbs and warm sand. Very deep and fine.
The taste is refined and racy with great fruit, a fine backbone, silky tannins and a long, long finish. Very handsome. Great wine! 8+ years.
95p   (tasted 2020/09)

2017 Barbaresco Vigna Loreto, Albino Rocca
I tasted three Barbaresco´s from Albino Rocca earlier the same day, I will be back with a separate post on those.

2016 Barolo Gattera. Mauro Veglio
Same as above, I tasted through the whole Baroli range from Mauro Veglio, a separate post will follow.

2017 Tabuerniga, Bodega Lanzaga
A rich, spicy nose with notes of Christmas spices, cooked red fruit, asphalt and heather. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and concentrerad with notes of cranberries, asphalt and some meaty notes. Long, sturdy and warm. Very young. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/09)

2017 Château Lavabre La Closerie du Pic, Château Peuch-Haut
A plummy, warm nose with notes of undergrowth, tobacco and herbs. Compact and fine.
The taste is juicy and concentrated with notes of cooked fruit, scorched earth and tobacco. Very long. 6+ years
90p   (tasted 2020/09)

2017 Blue Label, Bodegas Juan Gil
A very deep, focused nose with notes of rosemary, assorted black fruits, earth and a lovely perfumed note. Very fine.
The taste is stern and steady with notes of blackberries, violets, fried nuts and moist eerth. Very balanced. Long. Really fine.
94p   (tasted 2020/09)

2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Le Riche
A young, upfront nose with notes of black currants, gravel and some clean stables. Very good.
The taste is medium bodied with notes of black currants, ink and dusty earth. Fine grained tannins.
89p   (tasted 2020/09)

2016 Galius, Union de Producteurs de Saint-Emilion
This 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc blend offers up a handsome, balanced nose with notes of plums, herbs, earth and cold coffee. Very, very good.
The taste is focused and fine with notes of plums, green raisins, forest floor and chrushed rocks. Silky tannins. A very fine mouthfeel. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/09)

2016 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne, Guigal
Oooh boy, this is good! The nose explodes from the glass with notes of plums, blackberries, black earth, matchbox, meat and a hint of toothpaste. Very complex. Just gorgeous. Very young.
The taste has everything except the added complexity that comes from maturity. Inky, irony, peppery with masses of ripe bluberries, violets and licorice. Taut tannins. Perfection in the making, just give it 10+ years.
98p   (tasted 2020/09)

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