The Greatest Dry Whites, A fine wine tutored tasting with Mark Pardoe MW

Berry Bros & Rudd, London

Tasted October 30, 2014 by Papies with 399 views

Introduction

As always the Oxbridge of wine tasting delivered a great mix of wines as journey into the great whites of Europe. Mark Pardoe w]as always was on true form and went through a lot of details about the individual wines and what makes them so great. Nice to see some not so easy to find varieties too. Main absentee was a Clos St Hune...

Flight 1 - Aperitif (1 note)

White - Sparkling
1998 Ruinart Champagne Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
91 points
Quite round, rich and toasty. Creamy with that edge of zingy acidity on the finish. Subtle wine. Unfortunately it lacks a vibrant side and could use more structure, acidity. Its good but not amazing in any way. 91
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Flight 2 - Germany (2 notes)

We have very little exposure/experience to German dry whites. And this was a bit of an eye opening experience especially the Beautiful Schlossberg from Ms Fricke

White
2012 Van Volxem Scharzhofberger Riesling Pergentsknopp Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
90 points
Quite aromatic, fresh. 12% natural alc here too. 100yr old vines do the trick of producing a concentrated wine. Harmonious wine, glycerine feel, ripe with a cut of fresh lime acidity. The start is of a sweeter wine but finishes very dry. Lots of life ahead of this. Paradoxically although it has a lot of good parts as a unit it didn't work for us, needed more structure. 90+
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White
2012 Eva Fricke Lorcher Schlossberg Riesling Germany, Rheingau
92 points
Pretty solid and among the better dry Rieslings we have come across from this part of the world. Less of an aromatic wine on the nose. Natural and Organic. 12% natural alc. Light greenish yellow in colour, youthful and glossy. Polished, round acidity here, earthier wine, less of a fruity side, light touch of that "petrolly" side of Riesling. Balanced and elegant and a wine to look out for. 92
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Flight 3 - Austria (2 notes)

We don't get the wines of Austria and once again they proved difficult to appreciate for us.

White
2012 Prager Riesling Smaragd Achleiten Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
87 points
Quite a bit of alc here, 14%, and it doesn't carry it well nor does it blend with the wine. Very evident on the nose too. Quite a bit of acidity but not of the polished kind. A touch of exotic fruit, light aromatic. We found it difficult. 87
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White
2012 Prager Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
89 points
Earthy wine, rich and creamy with a good helping of acidity. Builds and grows with time but one needs to like the style to appreciate it. Touch spicy at times too. Interesting. 89
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Flight 4 - Italy (2 notes)

White
2012 Miani Ribolla Gialla Pettarin Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Colli Orientali del Friuli
91 points
Light yellow, transparent in a way. This is a very interesting wine for sure. Not really aromatic and this is purely about the structure and character of the wine. A touch of nutty feel (almonds?) . Not flamboyant in any way, strong, long lasting and complex. 13.5% Alc. Very structured, builds up and has a lot of flavour although very difficult to pinpoint individual aromas. Its both very complex/intriguing but also not an easy wine and would be better with food. Does not try to please anyone. 91-92 and very interesting.
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White
2008 Fattoria La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva "Mirum" Italy, Marche, Verdicchio di Matelica
93 points
From magnum.
Golden hue in colour. Touch of exotic fruit on the nose. Waxy. No oak. Salty, saline tang, quince. Low yields here and old vines we believe. Concentrated, light honey notes. 14% alc here but blends very well with the wine. Good fresh character and full of charm. A superb wine. 93
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Flight 5 - Spain (2 notes)

White
2013 Cillar de Silos Verdejo Rueda El Quintanal Spain, Castilla y León, Rueda
87 points
Well not fitting in the "greatest" wines category but still an interesting wine to come across albeit on the simple side.
Very light, transparent in colour. Citrus notes, grapefruit. Intense and vibrant on the start, aromatic, but it quickly dies out and lacks depth. 87
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White
1991 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
94 points
We love this wine. Every time we have come across it, it has been a joy (rated 93-95) and today it did not fail us either. Granted we understand this is not a wine everyone would rank so high in their lists.
Quite a dark yellow hue here. Oxidative, light vanilla from the oak in its elevage. A product of slow oxidation and smells like an old wine but on the palate it is a vibrant complex beast. Lemony, nutty feel and simply a mesmerising and super unique wine. 94
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Flight 6 - France (3 notes)

White
2008 Domaine François Cotat Sancerre La Grande Côte France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre
92 points
Yellow/greenish in colour. Mineral, earthy wine. Ripe apple type of acidity. Not a fruity wine, intense, sharp yet the acidity is very polished. Multi layered and complex, such a powerhouse of a wine and great to see this side of sauvignon blanc (vs the flabby aromatic kinds). Slightly sour too. 92 and beautiful
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White
2010 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
This is currently in a transition phase we believe. The nose is a muted mix of slight oxidation and hints of ripe fruits. Feels closed and not in a happy place. The palate is good though, citrus, very mineral and big. Hopefully time will bring it to life but on the day it wasn't there. We will not rate at this encounter.
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White
2009 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
Young, a baby and a shame to open now in a way. Nice to see that the oak is at the background and the fruit is left to shine, or will shine once it ages a bit more. Nutty, sharp, firm full of structure. Firm core of fruit, subtle oak, mineral, light orange blossom at times light honey feel. Restrained though and tight. But it has a massive presence and great length and almost goes for ever. A wine of great quality but we only git but a glimpse of it today.
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