Tasting of 100PP wines
Restaurant Bottles, Sas van Gent
Tasted March 14, 2014 by jkoenen with 801 views
Peter challenged us to bring a 100PP-wine. And one other bottle that could be memorable.
All wines tasted blind, not in flights, but one after another.
Was too busy enjoying, so I confined myself to scoring the wines on a 100-point-scale and scribbling some keywords.
Flight 1 - Opening flight (3 notes)
Flight 2 - White wines (10 notes)
2009 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex
Intoxicating nose, very demanding and in your face, full of nerve, concentration and class. High alcohol is perceptible, but not troublesome at the moment. Beautiful.
Was surprised this turned out to be an SB.
1992 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne
Full bodied and fat, laced with wonderful minerality and feminine elegance. Top class acidity, balance and harmony. Although this wine still feels a bit young and nervous (!), it's drinking perfectly right now. Stupendous wine.
2010 Fogdog Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
High alcohol, too. But it's more integrated in the wine. Great stuffing, complexity. Extremely tasty and palatable. Gorgeous chardonnay. Seems like an excellent QPR to me.
2009 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc De L'Orée
Shy and maybe closed at the moment. I could feel the tension and quality, though. Gorgeous bitterness in the finish. Fine acidity, really elegant, too. But it's all covered by its immense concentration and bulky stature.
Flight 3 - Red wines (18 notes)
2007 Vérité La Joie
Wide open and flattering. Awesome wine that impresses by its refinement and charme. Which is quite an achievement considering its concentration and multilayered stature. Bravo.
1982 Casa Ferreirinha Douro Barca Velha
Captivating. Old-fashioned style, which I adore. Especially when served in this company. Touch of brett, outdoorsy, beautiful spicy seasoning, fresh black and red fruit play a humble but important role. Great wine.
1990 Château Montrose
Mindblowingly precise and complex. This stuff left me speachless. Peak drinking now, cruising through its midlife. Insane wine.
2005 Colgin Cariad
This was wild, big and classy, but not giving all it's got... unfortunately. I think it would have done better when given more time in the decanter. Now it showed its darker, gloomy side. Brooding, tannic and backward. And a bright future.
2003 E. Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto
Murky, dirty laundry, dry ditch, disjointed. Discussion in the group whether this is an off-bottle or that this presentation is a result of the scorching vintage and its roasted fruit.
2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Wow.. Those QC wines always take me by surprise... Didn't saw this one coming and it knocked me out of my boots. Blackberrypuree, kirsch, sandalwood, black tea, dark chocolate, dry-aged beef and fantastic tannines that give way to an everlasting succulence throughout the finish. Number one wine.
2004 Artadi Rioja Viña el Pisón
Interesting mixed presentation: combining old- and new world characrteristics. Generous use of oak, clear acidic presence, bright cherry and also some prune-pie nuances. Very good wine, but clearly outshined by its predecessor.
2009 Château Pontet-Canet
Very intense wine, a little rough 'round the edges, probably very young. Opulent mouthfeel, sweet tannines which need to inegrate. Clearly cabernet dominated. Bordeaux or Napa...? Dunno.
Flight 4 - Sweet wines (2 notes)
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château d'Yquem
More elegant, more finesse. Fruit has a wonderful candied lemon-and-lime touch. Palate is very creamy and mouthfilling. More crystalline and feminine, probably more complex, but my palate is almost shot by now...
Again, we had a fantastic evening in Restaurant Bottles, courtesy to Peter for putting it all together and to Jens and his crew for hosting and serving us a lovely diner.
Personal WOTN: Montrose 1990 and Quilceda Creek 2005 (ex aequo), followed closely by Bonneau du Martray's 1992 Corton-Charlemagne.
Other wines to look out for: Gauby Coume Gineste, Phelps Fogdog, Alto Moncayo.
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