88 points. 13.5%
Very dry. Some oxidation from oaking, but searing acid too. Flavoursome but I really don’t think Chenin Blanc benefits from this much oak.
This is serious deep claret, with the classic freshness of 2004. Should provide a good deal of pleasurable drinking over the next decade or so. Best kept for another 5 years in a cool cellar if you can resist temptation.
2nd bottle – much more open knit, reminds me of a Graves style. Rather fine drinking now, complexity of age showing.
Serve & Maine, Loire. 12.5%
Muscadet is usually thought of as cheap supermarket wine, useful dry white to wash down Oysters. But here is another profound Loire Muscadet. And 8 years old too!
In perfect condition, I guess it’s been in a cold Loire cellar. Impossible to guess the age by the nose.
Perhaps the creaminess on the palate gives it away but this is still fresh. Quite intense, juicy. Exciting wine.
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.
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.
Rhone, France. 13%
This is fine wine, effortlessly balanced. Very impressive winemaking and viticulture. This is natural, low intervention wine.
Distinctly cool climate floral notes though this is ripe, medium bodied fruit.
Very young. It will always be an elegant wine. Needs another 5 years and may last decades after that, power and extract aren’t needed for longevity.
Crozes-Hermitage, France. 13%
From Maxime Graillot, son of Alan, famous Crozes-Hermitage producer. This vintage is quite a confronting wine. It’s not green but it reeks of stalky floral flavour. And black pepper.
It’s been near impossible to drink until now when it’s starting to calm down and put on some flesh. I find it hard to believe this wine will ever be more than characterful, but I’m optimistic.
Interesting to give to someone used to warm climate shiraz. I don’t think they would ever guess it is the same grape.
Pauillac, Bordeaux. 13%
The most disappointing vintage of Lynch-Moussas I’ve ever tasted. Let’s just hope this is an ackward closed stage in its development.
Currently hard, no fruit core sweetness, quite robust, acidic too. Completely not the charming red fruits style Pauillac that it is usually.
Whoa, this is intense powerful champagne. Not pretty. Will benefit from more bottle age, two nights later the second half of the bottle was more charming than the first.
I’m not sure I approve of this style, but nevertheless it’s impressive, particularly coming from such a large commercial house.
Great label – unmistakenly vintage champagne!