Wednesday 6 September 2023

A Bunch Of Good & Great Bottles

M invited to a barbeque dinner with American guests, it turned out to be a nice evening :-)

The Whites
2020 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Boudriettes, Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
A refined, cool nose with notes of lemon fudge, white flowers, grey pears and lots of minerals. Very fine.
The taste is young, tight and crisp with gorgeous fruit, a high acidity and a long, intense finish. Great wine. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2023/07)

2022 Muschelkalk Silvaner, Leopold
A upfront, juicy nose with notes of pear ice cream, tangerines, grape and chalk. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of white peach, chalk and chrushed rocks. Needs time. 
A tasting sample, not released yet.
89p   (tasted 2023/07)

2014 Scheurebe Kabinett, Keller
As usual, a stunner. The distinctive aroma og grapefruit oozes up from the glass alongside notes of apricots, dried flowers and chrushed rocks.
The taste is stony and fresh with notes of grapefruit, apricots, lime and minerals. Pure as a mountain river. No signs of aging. Could go on forever.
95p   (tasted 2023/07)

2005 Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spätlese, Grans-Fassian
A fine, soft, mature nose with notes of dried yellow apples, petrol and sun warm rocks.
The taste is round and silky with notes of candied fruit, some rubbery notes and flint. Fully mature.
87p   (tasted 2023/07)

2010 Meursault Charmes, Antoine Jobard
A deep, smoky nose with notes of ripe red apples, dark fudge, fried nuts and dried flowers. Hints of maturity. Very fine.
The taste is structured and tight with notes of yellow plums, dried flowers, chalk and nuts. A very fine acidity. 4+ years.
95p   (tasted 2023/07)

The Reds
2014 Barbaresco Montestefano, La Ca Nóva
A handsome, elegant nose with notes of licorice, Langhe earth and ripening red cherries. Very fine.
The taste is cool and refined with a lovely balance, fine red fruit and a long, silky finish. 4+ years.
94p   (tasted 2023/07)

2008 Barolo Villero, Brovia
A deep, somewhat nature nose with notes of dried cherries, violets, earth and warm tiles.
The taste is tighter than the nose leads on, with notes of hard cherry candy, tobacco, licorice and earth. Broad tannins in the finish. 4+ years.
93p   (tasted 2023/07)

2003 Château Montrose
Evolving at a snails pace. Drunk last time at my 100 year Montrose tasting - Barolista: 100 Years Of Château Montrose - 1911-2011 - The Notes - maybe a tad more mature notes, but this will go on 20+ years. Great wine.
96p   (tasted 2023/07)

2020 Château Montrose
Apparently a 100 point wine all over the place. At this stage in its life, not for me. The nose jumps put of the glass with notes of cool black currants, espresso, charcoal and cool asphalt. Very, very deep.
The taste is very, very young, rich and concentrated with lots of tannins, lots of black fruit and lots of potential. Oooh, so young. Give this 20+ years, at least.
94p   (tasted 2023/07)

NV No 11 Hoffman Dollwitz, Sami-Odi
This Barossa beauty offers up a deep, handsome nose with ethereal notes of tobacco, beet root, moist earth, black fruit and wet dog fur. Immensly impressive.
The taste is brilliant with finesse, refinement and lots and lots of black fruit. A minute long finish. Truly exceptional. 
A kind of Solera wine - 46% of 2021, 18% of 2020, 16% of 2019, 2% of 2018, 9% of 2017, 5% of 2016 and 4% of 2015.
97p   (tasted 2023/07)

2006 Flaccianello, Fontodi
A deep, tight nose with notes of rosemary spiced black cherries, licorice, tobacco, new leather and a Tuscan gravel road. Very, very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of nougat, black cherries, tobacco, warm tiles and sugared coffee. Very, very long. 6+ years.
96p   (tasted 2023/07)

And to finish the night of:
2003 Vouvray Moelleux 1er Trie le Mont, Huet
A bottomless deep nose with stunning notes of wool, candied apricots, almond paste and ginger. Very complex and fine.
The taste is racy and refined with notes of yellow raisins, wool, ginger ice cream and toasted almonds. A minute long finish. 10+ years.
95p   (tasted 2023/07)

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