Weekly tasting group RWP: Really Special Wines

@ DJ

Tasted October 17, 2016 by Zweder with 483 views

Introduction

We knew the theme, but all wines were tasted fully blind.

Flight 1 (2 notes)

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Dominique Massin Champagne Cuvée de Réserve Rosé France, Champagne
89 points
Salmon color. In the bouquet roses and red berry fruits as well as some yeasty impressions. On the palate good citrus acidity and some salty minerals. Grapefruit bitterness in the finish.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne Rosé Top Brut France, Champagne
90 points
Pale union skin color. In the bouquet yeast, brioche, almonds and earthy impressions. On the palate good minerals, firm lemon and lime citrus, multi layered. Some grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Very good wine.
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Flight 2 (2 notes)

White
2007 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Pouilly-Fumé
93 points
Expressive bouquet with minerals and nutty flavors. On the palate green herbal/grass impressions, citrus, salty minerals, hazelnuts. Beautiful and complex wine with a long finish.
White
2011 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
94 points
Beautiful, expressive and inviting bouquet with yellow fruits, citrus, but especially some pleasant smoke and minerals. On the palate rich and complex, minerals, salty butter and beautiful citrus acidity. Still youthful, but already a great pleasure to drink! 94+

Flight 3 (1 note)

Red
1988 Chateau Musar Lebanon, Bekaa Valley
92 points
In the mature bouquet rust, tobacco, leather, mushrooms, dark fruits and some alcohol. On the palate more or less the same impressions; also earth, plums, chocolate and caramel. Good acidity, round tannin with still a soft bite and some pleasant bitterness in the finish. Completely ready now.

Flight 4 (2 notes)

Red
1997 Château Pontet-Canet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
89 points
In the bouquet dark forest fruits, chocolate, sweet spices, vanilla and forest floor impressions. On the palate dark and red berry fruits, chocolate, earth, elegant acidity and a touch of sweetness. Off vintage, elegant wine. Starting with 2000 Pontet Canet improved considerably. For this bottle nevertheless 89 and still enjoyable for some years, but don’t wait too long.
Red
1997 Château Latour Grand Vin France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
93 points
The bouquet shows dark berries, earth, barnyard and some green notes. On the palate dark berries, a touch of graphite, rust and chocolate, good acidity and soft tannin with a little more bite and concentration than Pontet Canet of the same vintage. Overall a beautiful wine, but for a Latour Grand Vin a bit disappointing. The 1993 I tasted less than a month ago (TN will follow soon) performed much better.

Flight 5 (1 note)

Red
2009 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Sassicaia
This bottle was brought by a professional. There was about 1/3 left in the bottle and the Coravin was used. He did not know since how long. In the bouquet rust, but also a high concentration. On the palate chocolate, some celery, ok acidity, oxidized impressions and soft tannin. For me personally a big disappointment! This is not how Sassicaia 2009 is supposed to taste. Was the Coravin not properly used or what? Anyway, no score for the wine.
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Flight 6 (3 notes)

Red
1997 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
92 points
Beautiful and deep bouquet with red and dark berries, sweet spices, leather, autumn and barnyard impressions. On the palate earth, chocolate, red berries and cherries, firm acidity and slightly drying tannin. Beautiful mature, complex and elegant wine with still a future of several years.
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Red
2000 Parusso Barolo Piccole Vigne Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
91 points
Very transparent garnet red. In the mature bouquet celery, earth and autumn impressions. On the palate cherries, leather, animals, beautiful acidity and soft, developed tannin. Lovely and mature wine. 90 - 91
Red
2001 Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Sorì Tildìn Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
94 points
The beautiful and luxurious bouquet is still somewhat locked, but also has mature elements like rust, earth, and mature cherries. On the palate cherries and dark forest fruits, luxurious impressions, firm tannin which still has a firm bite and is a bit drying. Beautiful and complex wine in its young maturity stage now, but it will probably soften and become more complex and friendly over the next 5+ years. For tonight 93 – 94+

Flight 7 (2 notes)

Red
2006 Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
95 points
Dark blood red color. In the bouquet luxurious, with beautiful oak, cedar, sweet spices, dark forest fruits, cherries, vanilla and autumn impressions. On the palate Amarena cherries, autumn forest floor, nuts, leather, coffee, chocolate, beautiful acidity , round and still powerful tannin. Luxurious and beautiful wine with still a future of several years. 95+
Red
2007 Tua Rita Syrah Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
94 points
Beautiful bouquet with ripe dark forest fruits like blackberries, herbs and some minerals. On the palate leather, minerals, full bodied, beautiful acidity, tight, full bodied and good tannin. Still a bit/few years too young. 94+

Flight 8 (2 notes)

Red
2003 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
90 points
Dark and red berries in the bouquet. On the palate ripe red berries, ok acidity and soft tannin. A mature and fairly complex wine. I am not that negative. Beautiful wine and completely ready now.
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Red
2003 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
93 points
Mature bouquet with ripe berry fruits, some celery and olives. On the palate, leather, mushrooms, ripe fruits, herbs, sweet spices, beautiful acidity and soft tannin. Beautiful wine and completely ready now.

Flight 9 (2 notes)

White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Domaine de Montgilet (Victor et Vincent Lebreton) Coteaux de l'Aubance Les Trois Schistes France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Coteaux de l'Aubance
90 points
In the bouquet apricots and mandarin. On the palate apricots and beautiful sweetness and acidity. Lacks a bit in excitement to be truly great. 90+
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
94 points
This is truly a great Sauternes with beautiful botrytis, apricots, orange zest etc. The same on the palate with a great concentration. Firm sweetness, but also great acidity. Oppulent, but elegant as well. A great, luxurious and harmonious wine.
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Flight 10 (1 note)

White - Fortified
1900 Barbeito Madeira Malvazia Frasqueira Portugal, Madeira
This is really special of course! For the age, but also in the impressive bouquet and taste. Oxidized and nutty bouquet with raisins, mandarin, apple syrup, nuts, intense sweetness, and also good acidity. I don't score this. Thank you DJ for sharing!
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Closing

This was a very special evening with very special wines and in great company.

Daan, thank you very much for sharing these wines with us!!!

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