Dena's birthday celebration #1 at Bolt. From 375ml. I think Paul S's note from about a year ago really nailed this wine. It's wonderful now but will be better a decade from now. Amber colored, this wine was full of aromas of predominantly pears. On the palate figs, dates and some honey add to the mix ending in a finish that seems a little short for the wine with a big burst of flavor but then closing down giving the impression that more ageing will make this even better. Terrific today and even better in the future and the price these were purchased for considering the quality level was a steal. 50+13+13+8+8.5= 92.5(+)
Anjou tasting at home 9/13/14 - Deep gold color. Wonderfully balanced wine. Tremendously complex aromas, both fresh and candied, with overlying succulent honey aromas. Acidity is high, and surprising in mouth. This is what I call a dessert wine!
Pnp from a 375ml. Deep gold/amber in colour; honey, guavas, and apricot skins on the nose. The palate is very heavy and filling composed of honeyed white raisins, deep citrus fruits, with jammy apricots and almonds. This is a full bodied dessert wine with a very nice finish to go along with it.
(375ml) PnP, served non-blind. Remarkably fresh, with seemingly weightless layers of honey-covered orchard fruit, guava, pound cake, golden raisins and lemony, crunchy river rocks. In a great place now (though I would have preferred to let this sit and aerate in decanter for an hour), with both feet firmly in the door of its preferred window. Medium+ acids, lengthy finish that pulsates as it glides. In this format, and if tonight's bottle (good fill, cork) is representative, it looks like this (375ml) will offer up quite a bit of pleasure for another decade, perhaps beyond. 13,0% abv, highly recommended
(this really cried out for some stinky bleu cheese, above all else)
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(Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume) Medium golden color; very appealing, botrytis, baked peach, peach jam nose; rich, silky textured, ripe peach, peach jam, ripe apricot, lime, lime marmalade palate; long finish
(Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume) This has a wonderful colour in the glass, showing a lightly burnished yellow-gold hue, but it still seems very bright and fresh. The nose is certainly stunning; it kicks off with aromas of quince, rich and heady and faintly apricotty, so - regardless of what level of cryo-extraction or cryo-selection has been utilised here - this does seem to be showing some traits which I would usually associate with botrytis. This rich and enticing character persists as the wine warms a little in the glass, but is soon joined by the scents of beautifully fresh mango, with suggestions of tangerine zest keeping it fresh, but also deeper notes of praline and almond paste providing depth, richness and opulence. The palate is similarly divine; it is immediately expansive, rich and coating, but this rapid impact is nicely balanced with vibrant citrus and tropical fruit acidity, and then there comes the sudden influx of cream, praline and caramel to match the aromas found on the nose. Despite this the wine remains fresh and bright throughout, grippy and long in the finish. It's an excellent wine.
(Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume) A very pure hue here, yellow gold, nothing like the very deep colour of the Bellerive tasted alongside. The nose is haunting in its tropical purity, the first notes redolent of mango and passion fruit. Thereafter the complexity comes, in the shape of almonds especially, with such a sweet, liquid intensity it makes me think of marzipan more than the nut itself. The palate is pure, honeyed, with little notes of praline but more of the sweet marzipan elements, cut through by a minerally edge. It has an incredibly mellifluous style, so balanced and pure, rich and complex and yet lifted and bright, dancing across the palate, with a lovely composition that just keeps it so fresh. And it is very long too, of course. A remarkable wine, controversial perhaps, but the end result is something very admirable.
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