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White - Sparkling

2005 Antech Crémant de Limoux Cuvée St. Laurent

Mauzac Blend, Mauzac more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
This is 50% Chardonnay, 40% Chenin and 10% Mauzac. A pale hue, and plenty of moderate-sized bubbles. On the nose there are fresh aromas, herbs and stone, with a crystalline tinge to the fruit. Vibrant, fresh, vigorous on the palate, with a good stony edge to the bright, lemony fruit, with just the faintest tinge of sherbet. Clean, incisive and bright, this makes a very decent aperitif. Good. 15.5 points
Red

1996 Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
Opened and left to stand for an hour or so, and then briefly decanted before serving. Remarkably, it is more than three years since I last tasted this wine, and yet it still seems as delicious today as it did back in late 2005. The colour is maturing, but there is still plenty of rich, deep pigment here. The nose has a lovely, bloody, meat and iron aroma, tinged with elements of leather, all of which together sings of elegant maturity. On the palate it is firm, savoury, refreshing and yet full, and the endpalate shows a lovely, spicy, crisply defined character. There is balance, substance, texture and a violetty, perfumed edge to the fruit. This is delicious stuff; well stored by me over the last nine years, and well worth every penny of that initial £13. Very good indeed. 17 points
Red

2006 Domaine de la Charmoise Gamay de Bouze Val de Loire Les Cépages Oubliés

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
This is 100% Gamay de Bouze, a teinturier variety rarely seen vinified these days, hence the cépages oubliés (forgotten grapes) moniker. Unlike the 2004 tasted last year this vintage has a much more characterful, deep and roast-meaty, beef stock aromatic profile. Dark and sinewy rather than sweetly inky, the wine has a great presence on the palate, with more sweetness coming through later. There is a fine substance to it, stony but well balanced out, with a dry, sappy but ultimately short finish. This has a delicious style, a captivating nose and a fine, easy-drinking palate. Lovely wine. 17 points
White

2005 Domaine de la Charmoise Touraine Vinifera

Sauvignon Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
This is another of Henri Marionnet's wines made from ungrafted vines, something of a specialty for him (although there are other Loire viticulteurs doing the same thing); in this case the vines were planted, on their own roots, in 2000. The nose here is surprisingly muted, deep and slightly green, with foresty, orchard-type fruit character. Good full texture on the palate, full and substantial, firm and bold. There is good acidity, and a rich, grippy, macerated white fruit flavour in keeping with the style seen on the nose. This is a good wine with lots of character, but it strays from the typical, green, primary fruit character that many would expect from Sauvignon; could this be an effect of the ungrafted vines, I wonder? 16 points
White

2006 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay

Marlborough more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
Fresh, smoky oak, fat and tropical fruit on the nose; the fruit is defined and appealing, though, despite that suggestion of fat richness. Indeed it is fresh and nicely textured on the palate, with lots of smoky substance; the barrels are still in evidence here. Good firm acidity though, giving a fine frame for the oaky fruit. A good wine which opened out nicely in the glass, and which is certainly still on the way up. Tasted at an LVMH dinner. 16.5+ points
Red

2005 Domaine de la Croix de Chaintres Saumur-Champigny

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
This wine originates from vines owned by Jean-Michel Bercetche, Frederick Filliatreau's brother-in-law (the label is very much in the style of Filliatreau), so I have included it here. The nose starts off with hard fruit, with thick plum skins and cherry skins, with softer notes of rose petals, although the character of the wine remains very hard, sooty and a touch withdrawn. The palate is firm, hard and polished, with a forceful bite of tannins through the midpalate and a firm structure underneath. This is the character at the finish also. Good but rather withdrawn fruit, and fair acidity. Rather foursquare and slightly chewy finish. 15.5 points
White - Sparkling

NV Domaine de l'Ecu (Guy Bossard) Crémant de Loire Ludwig Hahn Vin Mousseux de Qualite

White Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
The colour here is an attractive straw-gold, with a plentiful bead resulting in a bone-white froth of bubbles on the wine's surface. The nose has a very dry, bony, steely character, with very subtle nuances of citrus and straw. The palate is firm, full of fresh and crisp acidity, with a firm and gripping finish; it is certainly best after the bottle has been open an hour or so. The fruit character is reserved, fresh, and very much framed by the acidity; it is all nettles and straw, backed up by a minerally seam. A very good wine, perfect for warm weather and seafood. Full, very sharply mouth-watering, and on the whole a refreshing pleasure, rather like a face-full of sea spray. It's remarkable to think this is a wine born of Folle Blanche, otherwise known as Gros-Plant, Chardonnay, Melon de Bourgogne and, believe it or not, Cabernet Sauvignon. 17 points
Rosť

2008 Ferme de la Sansonnière (Mark Angeli) Rosé d'un Jour

Vin de France Grolleau more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
It has a delicious colour, a deep salmon pink, concentrated in hue but very much in the dark salmon-sunset part of the spectrum than vibrant pink. In the bottle there is also a huge presence of sediment, sheets of dark purple crystals as big as my thumbnail floating about, and the wine is also a little pétillant, the bubbles fizzing up as the bottle is opened, and also in the glass and on the palate. On the nose there is liquorice, nettle, creamed strawberry and redcurrant, all wrapped up in a light, lifted freshness. There's a bit of sediment coming through in the glass (perhaps I should have decanted this, not usually necessary for a young rosé!), but otherwise in the mouth this is a delight. At just 11% and slightly pétillant - a carbon dioxide hangover from the fermentation which I suspect will disappear from future bottles - this is very refreshing, and delicious acidity helps in this respect also. There is a little sugar, but only as suggested by the fleshiness of the palate alongside the sparkling structure of the wine - there is no overt sweetness. There's no firmness to this wine, no great definition, but it all hangs together beautifully just the same; lingering on the palate as it does, with its minerally, nettly, redcurrant leaf character. An absolute delight to drink, this is a testament to Angeli, and to why Grolleau must be saved! 17.5 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2007 Domaine des Forges Coteaux du Layon Chaume

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
A moderately deep colour here, with an impressive golden hue. The nose is clean and minerally, defined, with notes of lemon and orange juice with honey, quince and herbal tea with minerals. On the palate the first impression is of fatness, followed immediately by a firmer character, balancing out in the midpalate, with a lovely texture, fresh and lively, and minerally. Good acids. On the finish there is a deeper woody element, and a hint of tree bark and a little, youthful spirity note too. A good wine, young, but with potential. 16.5+ points
White

2008 Fowles Wine / Plunkett Fowles Chardonnay Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Wild Ferment

Strathbogie Ranges more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
I know I perhaps shouldn't comment on branding or label - it's the wine inside that counts - but this does have an admirably funky presentation. As for the wine, there is a pale hue to this Chardonnay, suggesting a cooler climate. It has an attractive nose, not too brassy as some can be, but with little nuances of tropical fruits with a mealy layer beneath. Fairly cool and fresh on the palate, although with a rather weighty substance, somewhat ponderous style, and swirls of meal and gentle fruit over a grippy seam. A little pepper too. Nicely flavoursome, with nice substance, soft and easygoing despite this, with really very low acidity - a bit too low for me, really. Nevertheless, it's a decent wine for sipping alone rather than with food. 15.5 points
Red

2007 Fowles Wine / Plunkett Fowles Shiraz Blackwood Ridge

Central Victoria more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
A moderately rich hue here, and on the nose a thin seam of chocolate-toffee oak behind some ripe, dark berry fruit. The palate has a surprisingly lean character despite this, with a subtle texture creating the backdrop for a play-off between a slightly bitter application of oak and a rather shy presence of fruit. It has some weight, but the other components don't seem to match this very well. An extracted finish rounds it all off. 14 points
Red

2007 Greedy Sheep Cabernet-Merlot

Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
This has a dark, glossy hue fading out to a matt, oxblood rim. It has a serious look to it, although the nose has a very exuberant character; it presents a wealth of very ripe fruit, especially blackberry and plum cream, with a heavy overtone of minty, cedary vanilla. The palate is fleshy and a touch creamy at first, but then through the midpalate it shows some sparky green apple acidity. Surprisingly towards the finish it seems to turn all fleshy and creamy again, with plump berry fruit. A nice wine. 15 points
Red

2006 Hospices de Saumur Saumur-Champigny Clos Cristal

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
A wine with a very dark hue in the glass, deeply coloured at the core, vibrant red at the edges. The nose has a very dark fruit character, full of dark cherry tinged with coffee, and yet alongside this there are also vegetal notes, herbs and Provençal vegetables. The palate is a middleweight, although it shows more substance in the midpalate, and there is always plenty of very firm structure underneath giving the wine definition. The palate has a firm, cherry skin fruit, with dry tannins and a puckering, attractively sour finish. There's just a little bit of length to it as well. Overall, a good wine. 16+ points
White - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
Current release. Tasted twice, once in a Krug line-up with winemaker Julie Cavil, and later over dinner with scallops. Never a deeply coloured wine despite its richness and reputation, this has an appealing hue and fine bead. The nose is very typical of Krug, showing little notes of lanolin, smokily waxed fruit and gingerbread, characteristics derived from the heavy contribution of older vintages in the blend. On entry it is very composed, broadening out on the midpalate, complex, with its waxed and minerally fruit dominating the palate, backed up by a very delicate, prickling mousse that screams finesse, a Krug hallmark. Sappy but fresh despite the rich aromas, and very long too. A wonderful wine which deserves fine contemplation. 18+ points
Rosť - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Rosé

Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
Current release. Previously tasted only at the 2009 Champagne tasting, this wine shows the same beautiful onion-skin hue tonight. On the nose we have peachy, stony fruit, mature and true to the Krug style, but with floral elements too. Very fresh at the beginning on the palate, fine and elegantly poised although full in character. A fine tingling and very precise mousse as you might expect, long and minerally in the finish. I don't find such a baked-caramelised fruit character this time, but that is a minor point. Still a very delicious wine. 17.5+ points
White - Sparkling

1996 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
This wine has a remarkable nose, tense and tight, with a very compact character and hugely expressive aromas of dried orchard fruits, with a golden edge. The maturity of the wine shows in a sincere and captivating style, although this is clearly a wine still in a youthful phase of its evolution. But on the palate - wow! Rather than gentle maturity, this is broad and lively, a real mouth-filler, creamy but fresh, fanning out to dominate in the midpalate, and yet it also remains incredibly fine. There is just so much depth and texture here, juxtaposed against the pure structure of the wine, it seems to defy description. I find myself catching my breath as I drink it, and a shiver runs down my spine. This is exceedingly fine, and if the palate per se wasn't convincing enough the long and pervasive finish, which goes on and on, should do the trick. A stunning Champagne, brimming with potential. I have to confess I am in awe; I would like to score this 20/20, but is this perfection? I'm not sure, although it seems damn close. 19.5+ points
White - Sparkling

1998 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
This vintage is notable for being only the second ever, after the 1981, where the blend is dominated by Chardonnay. A fine clarity here on inspection, more vibrant and shimmering than the slightly richer, more matt 1996. A touch sulphurous on the nose today though, although underneath this there is a roasted element, intertwined closely with coffee beans, with a floral-citrus character laid on top. The palate is fresh, breathtakingly clean and pure, with finely delineated flavours of pithy citrus fruits and coffee. Deep and minerally, with a firm and structured finish, crisp yet broad, it has a long, incisive, fresh and pure finish. The 1996 is without a doubt the greater wine, but this is perhaps more approachable now, and surely it will drink sooner? Overall, excellent wine. 18.5+ points
White - Sparkling

1985 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Collection

Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
The Collection wines are those held back by the Krug family for sale when mature, the eventual release date being determined by the family on tasting. The wines are numbered and released in reverse order; this is number 1406 of 4000, so there are just over 1400 bottles left in the Krug cellars at the time of tasting. The nose is waxy, mature and vinous, with notes of fine biscuit, a reserved coffee element, honey and, as many people pointed out, a distinct note of white truffle. This is fabulously expressive, showing a perfectly mature secondary character, with a little orange sweetness at the edge. The palate is just unbelievably good, broad and pure, defined and exciting, vinous with a restrained, gentle mousse. Beautiful flavours complete the picture. This is a joyous wine, so elegantly mature and yet so fresh; there aren't many wines which make me want to laugh out loud through sheer elation, but this is one. Wonderful. 19 points
White

2007 Domaine de la Louvetrie (Landron & Fils) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Amphibolite Nature

Melon de Bourgogne more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
A fabulously fresh nose, surprisingly rich in fruit, with plenty of freshly cut pears and a little white pepper. Firm, well framed by acidity, fresh and zippy, but with good weight and texture too. But at the finish it shows a powerful, sherbetty acid backbone, with almost sweet and tropical fruit here, although it always has that defined, minerally character. Delicious wine. (17-17.5+) points
Red

2001 Moncaro Rosso Conero Riserva Vigneti del Parco

Montepulciano more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
Dark berry fruit on the nose of this richly coloured wine, with freshly ground roasted coffee from the oak, in a sweet, dark and characterful style. A little black olive too. On the palate it is soft, rich, extracted, showing more backbone in the middle, along with a good grip and rich, dark, summer-berry fruit. Plenty of charcoaly oak influence too. Rather dry tannic finish, despite the wealth of sweet and rather burnt fruit beneath. This is an interesting wine which may show more intrinsic character with time. 16+ points
White

2007 Domaine Philippe Gilbert Menetou-Salon

Sauvignon Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
There is an attractive matt hue here, with a moderate depth of colour. The nose has some good interest, starting off with bright but rather richly macerated fruit, with a burnt edge. This continues once the wine has opened up as a vein of charcoal, along with dark chestnut mushrooms. The palate has a moderate weight, a nice charcoaly edge to the fruit, and a bright acidity backed up by an attractive texture. There's some really nice fruit and a good weight through the midpalate and towards the finish. This is very nice. 16.5 points
White - Sparkling

NV François Pinon Vouvray Pétillant Brut

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
This wine, purchased at the domaine (six bottles if I recall correctly) in July 2008 has continued to flesh out and develop richness and creaminess since my first tasting, although it retains all the crisp character which I found at that first taste. The palate has great stony minerality, crisp apples and a dry, mouth-watering finish. Very good wine here. 17 points
White - Sparkling

NV Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve

Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
Purchased July 2007. Another half bottle from my two cases purchased in Calais. A fairly rich hue, and a fine bead rising from the very centre of the glass. The nose is showing delightful maturity, with little nuances of praline, honey and toffee-coffee aromas. The palate has a fresh mousse, dry and finely poised, with a honey-praline character. A very nice wine, with a good characterful finish and even a little length. 17+ points
White - Sparkling

2006 Ridgeview Merret-Bloomsbury

West Sussex Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
A pale straw hue, a rich effervescence, creating a bone-white and deep layer of very fine bubbles on the surface of the wine. An attractive nose, quite vinous, lemony, certainly really rather mineral, with a little rosemary nuance to it. Very well defined on the palate, crisply defined, but also quite broad and full, with a creaminess to the texture even though the wine doesn't have a creamy weight. The midpalate has a firm, stony, pebbly character with bitter citrus fruits and nettle flavour, pears and a hint of peach. The finish is firm, with good bite, although rather short. An impressive and very fresh style which would surely develop well in the cellar, short-term at least. (16.5-17+) points
Red

2007 Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
May 2009
I must confess I have fairly low expectations of reds from this vintage, but there are good wines out there. This one certainly has some promise, showing a good depth of colour in the glass, quite a dense black cherry hue too. On the nose there are some dark fruits with a rather savoury edge. The palate starts off in quite a supple style, then showing more structure, but this never dominates, even though the fruit has a very reserved style and the wine itself a sinewy rather than fleshy texture. That savoury edge comes through on the palate again, backed up by a vein of ripe tannins, and a sappy, juicy-sour acidity. A very attractive wine in a difficult vintage, showing once again the skill of Thierry Germain. 16+ points
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