Popped and poured. Nose of green apples, citrus, spice, with hints of mineral, yeast. On the palate, good balance, but the flavours are somewhat simplistic, showing green apple and lemon. A little thin in the mouth, with the finish leaving a bit to be desired.
Popped and poured, light golden yellow in colour. Nose of creme brûlée, lemon zest, mineral, ginger, dough, yeast, hazelnut, with a hints of truffle and mushroom. Very lively tropical flavours on the palate with strong acidity, tartness and moderate finish. Exceptional balance, with significant bubbles remaining.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
Popped and poured. Lovely nose of lemon peel, graphite, gun powder, crushed stones, oak with hints of delicate flowers, peach. Incredibly balanced on the palate, with medium acidity. Very round texture in the mouth with a lengthy finish.
Popped and poured. Nose of tart red cherries, spice, dusty stones, sea water, dried herbs. On the palate, tons of structure still; very tart, a bit of tannic grip, with sour cherries. Moderate length to the finish.
Popped and poured from magnum. Nose of dark red fruits, red berries, menthol, spice, vanilla, tea leaves, florals, stones and a stemmy characteristic. Mirrored on the palate, tart cherries, raspberries and tea. Strong tannic structure, significant acidity. Somewhat of a clipped finish.
Decanted for sediment only. Extremely intense nose of cigar box, green pepper, mint, celery, earth, with just hints of blackcurrant, cassis in the background. On the palate, more of that earth, spent pipe tobacco. Nice mouthfeel; fully integrated tannin, acidic backbone remains. Far too much tertiary flavours going on here that overpower the fruit for me. There were not any flaws that I could pick out of this bottle. Certainly not corked or heat damaged.
Decanted for sediment and served immediately. Ruby in colour, with hints of orange along the rim of the glass. Upon opening, the nose was a little weedy and I was expecting the worst. Luckily, that bit of funk blew off to reveal a nose of cassis, cherries, truffle, raw meat, earth, dried herbs, with hints of coffee grinds, mint and eucalyptus. Quite savoury. On the palate, plums, cherries, earth; a touch simplistic, with a bit of the infamous tannic grip of 1986 remaining. Medium length to the finish. Overall, lacked the complexity and overall pleasure to merit a higher score. A pleasant surprise.
Popped and poured. On the nose, dark blue fruits, blueberry, blackberries, licorice, white pepper, campfire, smoked meats, minerals and olive tapenade. On the palate, more dark fruits, huge white pepper, fully integrated tannins, with lifting acidity. I can't remember who said it but "this is everything I love about Northern Rhone". I certainly agree with that. Beautiful wine.
From magnum, decanted for 30-45 minutes. Dark purple in colour. Nose of dark blue and black fruits, citrus, mineral; a touch simplistic. On the palate, more of the same. Reasonable balance, tannic structure and racing acidity. The Chapoutier Cote Rotie was a tough act to follow, but this was a respectable wine. Some childish bickering ensued over the scoring of this wine, which proved to be quite entertaining. 89-90.
Popped and poured from 375mL. This was the absolute end of the night, and I was falling asleep at the table. Nose of poached pears, honeysuckle, beeswax. On the palate, strong acidity, sweet, but not cloying, with a touch of bitterness from the botrytis. Could do with a more powerful nose, and from what I recall was showing a bit of alcohol on the finish.