Sunday Night Wines

Tasted February 17, 2013 by LWI with 388 views

Flight 1 (13 notes)

White - Sparkling
1979 de Venoge Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne
88 points
Very mature apples – on the verge of decaying, some honey and wax, nuts; long, intense and fresh, a bitter/metallic finish which is almost tannic. Over the top, but still enjoyable.
White
1998 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
89 points
Served blind. A hint of spice, some honey, obviously a Riesling, some fresh apples; a hint of residual sugar, on the verge of being a Feinherb it seems, moderate acidity, some slight bitterness in the finish. However, a wine that is light on its toes. Guessed Kabinett, Mosel, 98 – pat my back.
White
2010 Louis Jadot Fixin Clos Moreau France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Fixin
91 points
Served blind. Obviously a chardonnay. Lime honey, very tight and structured, tight finish, long and intense, some minerality/smoke. Young. I liked this lot. Guessed central Burgundy.
White
2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
89 points
Needed time to open up, left in the glass for an hour. Some acacia honey, a certain fatness mixed with fine acidity, some spice, good finish. Few who had this blind guessed Rhône.
Red
2010 Domaine Peyra Côtes d'Auvergne Vieilles Vignes France, Midi, Côtes d'Auvergne
54 points
Unclear, dark rosé; smells of a blend between piss, manure, fermentation, and red currants; in the mouth: more unfinished fermentation of currant juice. Extremely off-putting nose, a little better in the mouth. The winemaker has allegedly recently gone bankrupt, obviously the sulfur expences did not add to that.
Red
2003 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Clos de la Roche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
92 points
Served blind. Fairly long brim, some browning, not the darkest. Burgundy? Raw meat on the nose, with some animal fur; Fresh, with fine balance, spicy, some tendencies towards complexity – but still a bit rugged. I am not sure this will get any better.
Red
1969 Fernand Grivelet Romanée St. Vivant France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
90 points
Not the best of fills, 4.5 cm, soaked and loose-fitting cork. Clear long brim, definite browning, lightish color; oxidized on nose with some prunes after a while. Much better in the mouth, there is a wonderful complexity and balance there, albeit overthrown by the oxidized/dried berries taste (no bullion). Bottles in better condition may be really wonderful.
Red
1995 Enzo Boglietti Barolo Case Nere Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
90 points
Served blind. My first impression was aromatic wise ‘a pinot from overseas’: slightly furry, some spice. Fine start to the taste curve, then fades a bit, then again a fierce and structured finish with almost violent tannins. This, of course, should have kept me away from pinot.
Red
1996 G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kyè Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
81 points
Served blind. Dark, a bit unclear. Sappy, unremarkable, some tannins, meat juice and smoke. No idea what this could possibly be.
Red
2008 La Grancia Chianti Classico Le Terme Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
82 points
Indescript, lots of acid, including tannins. OK, nothing more, actually.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1976 Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Engelmannsberg Riesling Beerenauslese Germany, Rheingau
91 points
Subdued nose, some acacia honey and Asian spices, moderate sweetness, fine acidity, a bit short for a BA, but lingering and enjoyable.
Red
2004 Domaine Rion Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
89 points
Served blind. Powerful pinot, linear, and lacks a bit complexity, some furry elements. No one thought of 2004 (no greens here – in fact I haven’t detected much in my 2004s), no one of Charmes (quite rustic, but I often find that it does not live up to its feminine name).
Red
1989 Château Lynch-Bages France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
95 points
Dark as a night, almost that is. At first (it was quite cold and popped and poured), almost shy, linear and elegant. After almost 1 hour it changed and became a much more powerful and complex wine. Again after 2-3 hours it changed once more; gained even more weight. Very clean fruit, long and balanced (not at all over extracted or over the top), structured, wonderful finish. WOTN
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