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.
Another fine effort from this Cru Bourgeois. If you liked the 2009 you’ll want to buy this too. Still a bargain.
There is some off-putting Brett on the nose, in fact nothing really to attract, but the palate is a revelation. Good core of ripe fruit. Acidity in balance.
Drinking well with perhaps 10 years ahead of it still.
Pauillac, Bordeaux. 13.5%
The flash 2nd wine of GPL. Usually a relaxed stylish cabernet. I expected more oomph in 2009 but the flavours a just a bit riper no extra concentration.
As usual good drinking at an early age. Sophistication ahead of its price.
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.
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.
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.