Had on Christmas Day so going from memory. Loved it. A lot more sophisticated than I expected. Young yes but the tannins were not aggressive and still very approachable if decanted well. Leave next bottle for a couple of years if able. Yum !
This opaque ruby wine is intense and "packed" on the nose. Smoke, dark bramble fruit, sous bois, black olive and mineral aromas are followed by a rich, heavily-extracted palate. With fresh acidity, well-integrated alcohol (14%) and flavors mirroring the nose, there is no question that this is a special wine. However, at this point the tannins are very firm and show substantial grip throughout the middle palate and lengthy finish. Patience is in order here...there is no doubt that it will be rewarded. Drink 2018-2030.
Dense, dark, deeply pitched and quite glossy and polished for a Clape wine. There are some subtle floral and wild herb things that counter the fleshy fruit and it has a black olive tapenade saltiness to the finish. It is very smart and needs plenty of cellar time.
North Rhone 2010 Horisontal Tasting: Nose: Rocks, blackberry, a little hard and closed, violets, lavender, dust. Palate: Tough and tight tannin structure is dominating. Some blackberry fruit but also a touch of cranberry/strawberry.
Post CNY wine tasting dinner (Singapore): Second flight. While not really my kind of wine, I thought the St. Henri was showing better than the Renaissance. Obviously very rich with the expected sweet, dark fruit it had a long and intense finish. Could have done with a bit more accuracy and delineation but very nice nevertheless. The Renaissance had a wonderful nose with pepper and grilled meat but found it less impressive on the palate, tightly wound, fairly tannic and did not find the finish particularly long. St. Henri 92. Renaissance 91+
Beautiful nose - just jumps out of the gates with dark fruits, some oak, pepper, meatiness, flowers, spices, just crazy complex, especially for a second wine. What a great vintage 2010 was for the Rhone. This need serious time to unwind though. Palate is fresh, dense, super long with a tinge of iron and pencil shavings. Tannins are pretty massive, and this needs 10 years of sleep 93 now 93-95+(?)
Dark ruby. Overpowering oak on the nose and palate at this point, but it's clear that the fruit and other underlying components are terrific. This will require a significant amount of rest before it's at its best.
Beautiful colour - a vibrant blue/purple. And what a wine. Perfumed. Violets, meat and blood, pepper and spice, black and blueberries on the nose.
The flavours are Cornas writ large, with black and blueberries, meats, pepper and spice, licorice, and closing with black olive. A ferrous minerality too. Fine mouth coating tannin. Depth, complexity and length. Just amazing. I didn't want this bottle to end - it left me mesmerised.
Meaty nose with blood, blueberries, pepper and licorice notes. This is a big powerful wine with loads of sweet ripe fruit and notes of crushed stone, dark berries and nicely integrated oak. It´s quite tannic and the maybe a little bit more robust than its sibling. Still open, but will probably shut down sooner or later.
On day two. And this is stunning. Earth, vegetal, violets. So the name "renaissance" signifies the rebirth of the northern rhone in new clones with new world stuff going on in the northern rhone. I think I understand that. Grippy still on day two. Power.
France 2013 – Northern Rhone; 4/17/2013-4/19/2013 (Ampuis): Tasted at the Domaine. Very pure and classic Cornas nose with violets and dark berry fruits. Powdery tannins yet firm tannins with more ripeness than the 2011s with darker fruit (blackberries). Fleshy yet very well structured with great acidity. A touch of warmth on the finish but overall this is very well balanced. Will need a decade at least. (92-94 potential). Excellent. 91+
Rhone - Highlights from north & south (Portimao): Served during a Rhone lecture I held during an offsite in Portugal. When I first opened it it was closed, brash and tannic. I thought I made a mistake choosing this. So the sommelier and I decanted it immediately and to our surprise after ca 1 hour we had a soft and open wine with a kaleidoscope of beautiful fruity, toasty, earthy aromas. A very good wine with an even better future. Great value for money. 94+
The amount of aromatic complexity can set you motionless. There's anise, blackberry, broiled chicken, nutmeg and smoke, then showing thyme and dark berry on the palate, which shows round and polished tannins. A striking and level vanguard, then every floor of your palate is exposed to a legendary, balanced Syrah. Renaissance is really epic this vintage, with the '09 (95 points) being a different animal. Concentrated and a violet, black colour. Magnetic, iridescent and scrumptious. Ripe and the terroir is shining. The vibes are showing more age and sagacity. Drink 2017 - 2037