Champoux Tasting (83 1/2 Restaurant, 345 E. 83rd Street, NY, NY 10028): The third bottle of this vintage that I have tried. The first (before I was on CT) didn't show well. The 2nd and now this one showed very well. More finesse than power, I'm not sure how much longer this has left. I have two bottles left, and plan on finishing them both within 12 months.
Decanted, drank over about 3 hrs. This wasn't much like others described, so maybe the bottle was off. On the nose this was fairy muted with red fruits tending toward the bright end of the spectrum...almost like it had already thrown off its fruit. On the palate this seemed a bit disjointed and not as smooth as other Fidelitas wines I've had recently (even from the 2008 vintage)...it tended toward the acidic with the heat very present. Definitely some tannin on the finish.
Drank side by side against the 08 Ciel. All in the group thought the Champoux was slightly better - I tasted a lot of complexity, with several layers of flavors. Creamy with Integrated Tannins. Long smooth finish.
This wine is dark and densely colored mix of garnet and ruby hues. The smells are currant, licorice, vanilla oak, dark chocolate, and coffee. The tastes are licorice, dark cherry, dark chocolate, spicy notes, currant, and blackberry. The tannins are satin textured and the acidity is nice.
Truly amazing! This wine showcases the nobility and exceptional purity of Cabernet Sauvignon. Drank it against several Old and New World Bordeaux blends and only a 2001 Château Latour Grand Vin bested it. I kid you not! It is layered beyond description and features a finish that lingers for minutes. Charlie Hoppes has created a magical pairing of Champoux terroir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Astounding!
Sampled this at the tasting room on Red Mountain along with several other of the wineries top flight wines. Thank you Marilyn, you were a most gracious hostess. This wine was the best! Upon initial opening, the bouquet has an immediately identifiable jalapeno capsaicin component. Never smelt it before but it is lovely. After that blows off, all that is pure, elegant and regal in Cabernet Sauvignon flows in torrents from this amazing offering! The moutful is absolutely complete in all phases. The finish is very long, well over a minute...and beyond. The finish has all the prized Cabernet Sauvignon components as well, minerality and yes...lead pencil shavings. The wine drinks amazing right now but I would hold it for several years. I intend, if my discipline holds, to drink this with a 2008 Pontet-Canet in 7-10 years. I suspect it will be beautiful in a decade. Of all the wines I tasted on the Walla Walla / Tri-Cities trip, this and the J. Bookwalter Protagonist were the standouts. I would give the edge to this wine without question though.
Tasting room visit- 9/10. Notes of cedar, tobacco, anise, cassis, spice and mineral on the nose. Palate of blue and red fruit with a backdrop of mineral, cedar and spice. Silky round tannins and a long finish of fruit and spice. Excellent.