Round, silky and delicious. Deeply colored with classic pepper and dark fruit elements. Creamy texture and oak spice are elements of this wine that point to elevage. Very popular with the group and I like it as well. Striking to drink this next to the Corton. I love them both and glad to be able to experience two wines made well in different styles. (93)
Annual Christmas Dinner at the Ngu's 2015 (Wimborne): Drank this without any notion or inkling of the background or critics' scores. Pop and pour. Drank over 1+ hour. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Legs. Nose is clean, medium intensity, with aromas of ripe dark red cherries, black cherry, dark earth, woody oak spice, meatiness, and slight floral notes. Developing. On the palate, dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), smooth medium+ tannins, full body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of ripe dark red cherries, black cherries, black pepper, spice, dark earth, meat. Long finish. Very good quality wine, more like a super-charged St. Joseph or a mini-Hermitage. Well, I understand why the purists/terroirists would give this the thumbs down, and on the other hand you have RP handing out a 96 score. Give this a long decant if drinking now, or keep for another 4-5 years. 30 months in new oak barrels. From a monopoly of the best terroirs adjoining what were previously the Jean-Louis Grippat and Vallouit estates. Terroir has a geological formation similar to the famous Bessards slopes in Hermitage.
What the heck is this? It ain't St. Joseph but follows Guigal's over extracted highly ripe methods .. purple dense grape fruit with a dollop of oak. Too bad I have one more bottle. Remains primary. I guess give it another five years, although I'm not sure what for.
I had this four years ago and thought that it will need another five years of cellaring. This has developed nicely. The barrel note has subsided a lot and now only a hint of cedar. Intense sweet black fruits, crushed blueberries, blueberry liquor, licorice, ink and mineral. Excellent concentration, intense blue fruit driven palate impression, nicely integrated tannins and sweet clean finish. Still quite young and will benefit from another five years of cellaring. A bit denser and riper than a typical St. Joseph. Quite enjoyable.
We opened and let it sit for an hour, poured early before the meal. The meal was leisurely, all really enjoyed the wine. It did have a bit Southern Rhone tinge to it, but we all loved it. The fruit was definitely there but not over the top and I feel it will last another 20 years but is enjoyable now with enough time to the air. This isn't a La La, not priced like one either.
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