Cotes Du Roussillon, France. 13.5%
Well this was a surprise. A lovely rich, soft aged wine, almost Australian (but in Australia it would be much more expensive). A substantial amount of oak has now integrated into the wine. It seems to have prematurely aged, but I’m not complaining, it has the complexity of a great old shiraz.
I think this must be the highest score I’ve given to a Côtes du Roussilon wine, or anyhere in the South maybe. Extraordinary value.
I later found out (when buying more) that the cépage = 50% Shiraz, 30% Grenache, 20% Carignan.
Burgundy, France. 13%
Lovely gunsmoke aromas add complexity to this forward approachable wine. Not very concentrated, but it has the benefit of drinking well now.
Burgundy, France. 13%
Closed, but gradually aromas emerge. Some attractive sappy Summer flower stalk aromas. Quite a tight young wine still, the oak is still noticeable though not heavy at all. Not very rich nor deep, but I suspect that it will open more within a year or two. Quite fine.
Bugundy, France. 12.5%
The back label says “voici une agréable invitation à la Bourgogne”. Which it is. Simple but correct, good value.
Côtes De Nuits, Burgundy, France. 12.5%
Dark fresh, nice acidity. More depth than I expected for a wine of this level and price. Good.
These photos were taken on the 23rd of August, towards the end of the 5+ days of rainy days.
It must be very close to harvest time on the Right Bank. Notice that the grapes are very dark and ripe looking. Also, to my untrained eye, rather healthy.
Update (28th of August) – Decanter magazine is reporting that the vintage has started (for white grapes). The report is much more upbeat than previous coverage where they said mildrew and rot was rampant.
Update (1st of September) – the weather is looking good now.
Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France. 13.5%
Dark colour, the flush of youth is gone but otherwise no sign of development. Interesting aromas, appetising, some vegetal, more left bank than right (less towards the fig, plum spectrum).
The aromas carry through to the palate where there is also plenty of firm fleshy fruit. Quite weighty, but not extracted. Creamy consistency.
But the odd thing is how sweet it is for Bordeaux. It because too much with the main meal. Having tasted, and been impressed by the 2004 Château La Tour Figeac recently this was unexpected. After dinner the 2000 went very well with strawberries, their sweetness made the wine a little more savoury.
I hope that with age this wine becomes more savoury, rather than jammy. I find it hard to recommend it.
From the Château website.
Château La Tour Figeac 2000 (89-91)
“Deep purple-colored, with notes of ripe plums, cherries, vanilla and underbush, this sweet, full bodied, layered wine displays exceptional potential.
The moderate tannin is accompanied by more than sufficient fruit, glycerin, and extract. This 2000 will be drinkable yound but keep for two decades.
It is a sleeper of the vintage. Anticipated maturity:
Robert Parker, The Wine Buyer’s Guide Sixth Edition, 2002