Wednesday 5 April 2023

New Years Eve

Due to sickness New Years Eve´s celebration was cancelled, but in the spirit of not wasting a chance to meet good friends and eat and drink well, we celebrated New Years Eve on the 25th of March...

1967 Deidesheimer Diedel Riesling Spätlese, Reichrat von Buhl
A deep, lovingly mature, rich nose with notes of dried apricots, birch leaves, dried strawberries, rubber boots, grass and a petrol station. Very complex. 
The taste is very elegant, racy and perfectly mature with notes of diesel oil, dried apricots, chalk and grass. Ends with a semi dry touch. I would have a guessed a mature Auslese. Great wine.
93p   (tasted 2023/03)

2008 Corton Charlemagne, Bonneau de Martray
A very deep and refined nose with notes of almond paste, nuts, yellow flowers and boatloads of ripe lemons. Very fine.
The taste is racy and concentrated with notes of candied lemons, chive, chalk and dry fudge. Very long. Still young, 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2023/05)

2010 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses, William Fevre
Feels like a 2 year old wine. The nose is backward and structured with notes of chrushed rocks, lemon peel, steel, smoke and oil cloth. Very composed.
The taste is high, pure and intense with a searing acidity, a stern concentration and a long distinct finish. When will this be ready, 15+ years? Impressive.
93p   (tasted 2023/05)

2020 Puligny-Montrachet La Brelance, Domaine Barolet-Pernot
A new acquaintance for me and a very good one at that. The nose is spicy and fine with notes of grey pears, ripe flowers, vanilla fudge and lemon cream. Open and fine.
The taste is tighter than the nose leads you to believe with notes of lemon peel, dried flowers, gravel and warm grass. A very long finish with a cleansing acidity. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2023/05)

2008 Mazis-Chambertin, Faiveley
A very deep, animal scented nose with notes of wild raspberries, smoke, forest floor and Christmas spices. Just lovely.
The taste is racy and refined with notes of dried strawberries, herbs, earth and smoke. A very fine acidity and a very fine mouthfeel. Great wine. 6+ years.
96p   (tasted 2023/05)

2001 Barolo Acclivi, Burlotto
A nice, mature nose with notes of chrushed cherries, violets, licorice and Langhe earth. Very, very good but a tad muted, not the ususal Burlotto lift.
The taste is dry and fine with notes of dried cherries, earth, rosehips and dry licorice. Long and fine. This seems fully mature.
90p   (tasted 2023/05)

2013 Barolo Acclivi, Burlotto
Best on day two. The nose, after a couple of hours in the decanter, shows notes of red cherries, incense, rosehips, violets and a touch of cigarette smoke. Very fine.
The taste is tight and fine with silky tannins and lovely notes of ripe cherries, iron, herbs and rosehips. A gorgeous perfumed note. Long and refined. Needs 7+ years.
94p   (tasted 2023/05)

2006 Barolo Brunate, Marcarini
A cool, somewhat mature nose with notes of tobacco, dried cherries, cinnamon and mushrooms. Very, very good.
The taste shows a fine concentration, some maturity and notes of dried mushrooms, cherries, rosehips and cold coffee. Still some rugged tannins in the finish. 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2023/05)

2007 Giusto di Notri, Tua Rita
A large scaled, deep, dark nose with notes of dark chocolate, ripe blueberries and black currants, cigar smoke and asphalt. Very fine in a big, brawny way.
The taste is still tight and concentrated with rich, black fruit, polished tannins and a minute long finish. A fine intensity. Great wine. 
95p   (tasted 2023/05)

2017 El Chibirique, Suertes del Marques
100% Listan Negro from 80+ years ungrafted vines - a first from me. This Tenerife wine displays a high, willful nose with notes of rubber, assorted red fruits, glue and lots of minerals. Interesting but not really up my alley.
The taste is better with nice red fruit, chrushed rocks and silky tannins. A fine mouthfeel to it. But overall a tad foursquare. 
87p   (tasted 2023/05)

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