Really nice. Lots of bright, sappy cherry and red berried fruit here tinged with earth and floral notes, all conveyed with a sense of finesse and polish on a medium weight frame. It's a much bigger wine than the standard Lapierre Morgon, but while there's more density and depth here, it has the same freshness and liveliness to the flavours that I always expect from Lapierre.
This is just awesome on so many levels. It's the sort of wine where I could spend a lot of time just enjoying the aromatics and following it over a few hours, with an array of flavours ranging from fresh citrus fruits and green beans to herbs, flowers, stone, and more developed creamy elements, but there's also a sheer refreshment and sense of freshness here that makes it all too easy to just drink a glass without even thinking, for pure, visceral pleasure. Thankfully I was able to do both at various points of the dinner. The balance here is incredible with powerful acidity beneath the bright fruit, and there's incredible persistence to the flavours on the finish. Stunning wine.
Another great bottle of this. Just what I'd expect from a young Hirtzberger - the intensity here is dialed up to 11, just like Nigel's amplifier. Incredibly dense and powerful on the palate, with an array of ripe tropical fruits, peaches, and tarter citrus flavours, and more exotic floral and herbal notes on the nose. It's a huge wine, but there's no shortage of acidity beneath, and it's a lot of fun to drink now - though I'm glad my remaining bottles are stashed in storage.
11/21/2013 10:24:00 AM - Salil, You have been my favorite poster on CT for quite some time as your notes are excellent and we enjoy similar wines. I just noticed you are in the New Haven area as well. If you have any interest in drinking some wine shoot me an email at email@example.com.....I have a bunch of great german and northern rhone stuff I'd be happy to share.
1/22/2013 7:33:00 PM - Salil: Glad to see your note on the Peyre Rose. I just happen to have opened a btl of the 91 Clos des Cistes tonight about 30 minutes before seeing your note. It is a little reserved, so far, on PNP from the cellar, but seems to be opening up with some of the same leather and sauvage characteristics. I have several btls of both the 91 Syrah Leone and Clos des Cistes, and was thinking what fun it would be to put both in next to one another in a blind tasting. Also, I haven't had the 2001 Dragonstone, but I've loved the 2002 over the past few years - what a great bargain of a riesling. Happy drinking.
12/12/2012 2:20:00 PM - I was thinking about drinking a '95 Salon for New Year's Eve and saw your note on CT. After reading your note and that you consumed this bottle at Ibiza, I felt compelled to join CT. I live in New Haven and Ibiza is my favorite restaurant. I am more of drinker and enjoyer of wines than a note poster. However, I would like to learn more about wines so if know of wine tasting events in and around New Haven, I would appreciate it if you would keep me in mind. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Peace.
12/2/2012 8:16:00 AM - Cool. 98 was the first year I bought big in Muller Catoir wines (bought them from Premier Cru out in CA). I don't have my full cellar online yet, but will look to see what my 98's look like. Anything in particular about that year? I'm fond of 96 myself (for MC and germans in general). Email me at email@example.com. Oh - are you going to the Acker BYO on monday?
11/27/2012 3:58:00 PM - Big fan of your notes - also a big Riesling drinker. I think we have similar tastes (old Muller Catoir wines for example). I'm friends with Justin Christoph here in NYC. We should drink together sometime.