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2009 Mark Haisma Gevrey-Chambertin La Croix des Champs

Pinot Noir more

12/26/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Still pretty primary on the nose with lots of bright red fruit and just a touch of cinnamon around the edges. Lots of sweet fruit initially on the palate but then a balancing freshness. Still some fine tannin. Absolutely no hurry but so lovely just now that I'm struggling to keep my hands off my bottles.

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Red

2012 Bodegas Viñátigo Tinto Negramoll

Ycoden Daute Isora more

12/14/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Absolutely reeks of vanilla. Seems like a foregone conclusion what it will taste like. Completely impossible to discern varietal character. When you have such interesting indigenous varieties why obliterate them in such cack-handed fashion?

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Red

2013 Bodegas Tajinaste Valle de la Orotava Tradicional

Listan Negro more

12/14/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Has the same earthy entry as 7 Fuentes but then it's a little more exuberantly fruity. Again, Galicia is the reference point: this could be Mencia blind, or a fairly ripe rendition of Loire Cab Franc. Lots of bright blue/black fruit flavours but the main impression is of freshness. Hint of rusticity from the blocky tannins but that could just be oak influence that will ease off.

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White

2013 Bodegas Tajinaste Valle de la Orotava Blanco Seco

Listan Blanco more

12/14/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Completely different to the Suertes del Marqués' whites. Fresher, more mineral nose. Quite Albariño-like with a touch of sherbet. Interesting texturally with quite a bit of dry extract still. Much more obviously aromatic than the Trenzado; more Galician than Riojan in style. Tastes like there’s some residual sugar. Not nearly as complex as the Suertes’ whites but there's an interesting herbal/floral dimension through the mid-palate.

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White

2012 Suertes del Marqués Valle de la Orotava Trenzado

Listan Blanco more

12/14/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Surprisingly deep gold in colour already. Creamy, beeswax - just a subtle citrus fringe in terms of fruit. Really savoury and gastronomic. Lacks the drinkability of the reds and definitely needs food.

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Red

2011 Suertes del Marqués Valle de la Orotava El Ciruelo

Listan Negro more

12/14/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Smells surprisingly mature already. Blind I’d be guessing it was 10+ years old. Lovely combo of leather and sandalwood though with some smoky background notes. Fresher and more youthful on the palate. Very fine.

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Red

2013 Envinate Taganan

Canary Islands Red Blend more

12/14/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

field blend of 15 different varieties from 130 year old vines grown on a cliff above the atlantic. First vintage. An enticingly spicy, spiky nose from the high proportion of whole bunch; and subtle floral background notes that I suspect will come to the fore with more time in bottle. The fruit profile is darker but in the mouth it sets the pulse racing like the silkiest of Volnays. Then there's a distinctly non-Burgundian salinity. So much vitality. Fabulous wine. And this is only the ‘village’?!

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White

2013 Suertes del Marqués Valle de la Orotava Vidonia

Listan Blanco more

12/14/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Intensely savoury with wax, lanolin, iodine. Dry with lots of extract. Just the merest hint of richness through the mid-palate. Unique. Closest comparison I can think of is Viña Gravonia but it’s much more muscular and brooding.

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Red

2013 Julie Balagny Fleurie en Rémont

Gamay more

12/8/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

First experience of Julie Balagny's wines and I can't wait to try more. Very pure and poised. Cru Beaujolais often reminds me more of the Northern Rhone than Burgundy; but this had some definite Côte de Beaune traits - lovely transparency; that combination of bright, juicy red fruit and limestone succulence - despite being unmistakably Gamay. Excellent.

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Red

2011 Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Cincuenta y Cinco

Río Negro more

8/31/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mostly dark cherry aromas but there's something calcareous lurking in the background. Initially it's joyously sweet and juicy on the palate but then a firm backbone of acidity asserts itself and the finish is dry and lingering with feint herbal notes. Very fine tannins but there's still a bit of grip and I wouldn't be surprised if some whole bunches were used. Overall, rather delightful; I think you could slip this in amongst a line-up of young Chambolle villages from a ripe vintage and not many would spot it as a ringer.

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Red

1999 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet

Pinot Noir more

8/17/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Earthy bouquet offers some soy, beef stock and then more floral top notes. Similar flavour profile to the palate. Still a fair amount of dusty - and drying - tannin that renders the wine a little rustic; might resolve with more time but I suspect it'll never be silky.

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Red

2012 Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Barda

Río Negro more

7/26/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Slightly odd experience with this wine: initially it was pretty hollow with slightly jammy fruit and just the suggestion of something stale/cardboard-y which made me suspect low-level TCA. But the remainder of the bottle improved dramatically in the fridge overnight: now there's sweet black cherry fruit, much more depth, and some subtle toasty oak in the background. I now wonder whether there wasn't some residual CO2? Either way, I think it would benefit from decanting.

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Red

2010 Mark Haisma Cornas Les Combes

Syrah more

7/9/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mark Haisma Tasting (Magdalen Restaurant, London) (Magdalen, Tooley Street, London SE1): Still massively concentrated. Beautiful chalky limestone texture. Fantastic. Every time I taste this wine I push the drinking window back. 2018+

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Red

2012 Mark Haisma Volnay

Pinot Noir more

7/9/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mark Haisma Tasting (Magdalen Restaurant, London) (Magdalen, Tooley Street, London SE1): Quite a heady fragrance already. Greater depth and purity than the '11 (again). Bright, pure red fruits. All the makings of something pretty special. 2016+

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Red

2011 Mark Haisma Volnay

Pinot Noir more

7/9/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mark Haisma Tasting (Magdalen Restaurant, London) (Magdalen, Tooley Street, London SE1): Ripe with a sweet fringe to the fruit. Sappy, dry finish. More assured than the '11 Gevrey but needs another couple of years. 2016+

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Red

2009 Mark Haisma Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

7/9/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mark Haisma Tasting (Magdalen Restaurant, London) (Magdalen, Tooley Street, London SE1): Higher-toned aromas than the CdB. More singular too: cinnamon, predominantly. Palate also more muscular and more focussed than the CdB. This is fantastic. You know what? On today's showing - and completely unexpectedly - I actually prefer this to the CdB. Would love to see them both side-by-side again a few years down the line. 2018+

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Red

2009 Mark Haisma Chambertin-Clos de Bèze

Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

7/9/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mark Haisma Tasting (Magdalen Restaurant, London) (Magdalen, Tooley Street, London SE1): The most beautifully sweet, exotic spice scent you could hope for. And the palate delivers too; just delicious. Phenomenal depth. But it seems almost feral; constantly darting in different directions with new flavours emerging from nowhere then disappearing equally fast. Would love to try again in five years when its settled down (wishful thinking?). 2019+

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Red

2012 Mark Haisma Gevrey-Chambertin La Croix des Champs

Pinot Noir more

7/9/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mark Haisma Tasting (Magdalen Restaurant, London) (Magdalen, Tooley Street, London SE1): Quite tight aromatically with some subtle oak notes. So much more depth and purity than the '11 served alongside. This has really put on weight since EP and could give the '10 a run for its money eventually. 2016+

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Red

2011 Mark Haisma Gevrey-Chambertin La Croix des Champs

Pinot Noir more

7/9/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mark Haisma Tasting (Magdalen Restaurant, London) (Magdalen, Tooley Street, London SE1): Much more herbal than the preceding Gevreys and doesn't hold together quite as well; alcohol seems a little disjointed. Chalky texture. Not so sure about this but it's probably just going through an awkward adolescent phase. 2016+

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Red

2010 Mark Haisma Gevrey-Chambertin La Croix des Champs

Pinot Noir more

7/9/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mark Haisma Tasting (Magdalen Restaurant, London) (Magdalen, Tooley Street, London SE1): This needs a thorough swirl to show what it's made of. Much more refined than the '09 but also more marked acidity. Has an aristocratic nonchalance about it in comparison to the eager-to-please '09. Wait. 2016+

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Red

2009 Mark Haisma Gevrey-Chambertin La Croix des Champs

Pinot Noir more

7/9/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mark Haisma Tasting (Magdalen Restaurant, London) (Magdalen, Tooley Street, London SE1): Just gorgeous aromatically: all cinnamon and red fruit. Riper than the '08 but still dry and savoury. Proper burgundy. There's no doubt it will keep but, when it's this good now, why wait?!

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Red

2008 Mark Haisma Gevrey-Chambertin La Croix des Champs

Pinot Noir more

7/9/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mark Haisma Tasting (Magdalen Restaurant, London) (Magdalen, Tooley Street, London SE1): The acidity is still quite marked (but I suspect that will always be the case with '08s) but this is beautifully pure, fresh burgundy. Very good. 2015+

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Red

2007 Mark Haisma Gevrey-Chambertin La Croix des Champs

Pinot Noir more

7/9/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mark Haisma Tasting (Magdalen Restaurant, London) (Magdalen, Tooley Street, London SE1): Second time tasting this wine this year and second time I've been surprised by its maturity: seems like a 10+ year old wine rather than a seven-year-old. Tomato leaf aromas and then a dry, savoury palate. If I had any, I'd look to drink this year and next.

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Red

2012 Mark Haisma Bourgogne

Pinot Noir more

7/9/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mark Haisma Tasting (Magdalen Restaurant, London) (Magdalen, Tooley Street, London SE1): Fresh and juicy and gorgeous. Much greater purity than the 2011 served alongside. Cracking stuff.

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Red

2011 Mark Haisma Bourgogne

Pinot Noir more

7/9/2014 - davestenton wrote: NR

Mark Haisma Tasting (Magdalen Restaurant, London) (Magdalen, Tooley Street, London SE1): The tannins have smoothed out a little (or perhaps there's less CO2) since I last tasted this; less raspy. The alcohol seems a little marked though.

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