Chateau du Tertre 2000

92 points

Margaux. 13%

First impressions are of a slightly weedy wine, but given a little time to breathe and come to room temperature and it blossoms. Gorgeous complexity of age and oak. Wonderful savoury light-on-its-feet table wine.

Not exactly typical Margaux, there is a du Tertre style of oak that dominates.

Bon vin.

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Chateau du Moulin Rouge 2009

91+ points

Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux. 13.5%

Gosh this is like just fermented juice. No that gives the wrong impression, what I mean to say is that this is very much clear primary flavours, juicy. Yet not so sweet as a young Margaret River Cabernet, less blackcurrent. More texture too.

Another great cru Bourgeois from 2009. A standout vintage where minor wines give fantastic early pleasure.

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Arnaldo-Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco 2001

85 points

Montefalco, Italy. 14.5%

I discovered Sangrantino di Montefalco, made from the grape Sangrantino, quite a few years ago when staying in a little Umbrian village Todi, where it was the local wine – and practically the only one available. Back then it was unknown to the outside world, but got discovered shortly afterwards and I saw bottles in the US and Singapore.

It’s always a rich wine, of robust alcohol 13.5-14.5 but clearly there has been international, particularly US influence. This is pretty extracted, high octane, heavily oaked. Not a charming wine. Beats up my tongue.

It’s intense. I think there is quite a lot in this wine, maybe time will work wonders though at 12 years old it’s hardly blossoming. Breathe for a good hour.

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Meerea Park Hell Hole Shiraz 2003

86 points

Hunter Valley, NSW. 14%. Screwcap

I’m disappointed, this wine hasn’t developed as well as I hoped. Or perhaps simply isn’t as good as I once thought.

There are some interesting leather tones but the main impression is overly ripe grapes rather than regional character. Lacks the finesse, acid of great Hunter shiraz.

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