Coravin fun - Ready to drink

Kennards, Waterloo

Tasted September 14, 2018 by chatters with 100 views


Another careful exploration of the state of play of some of the wines in the cellar…

Flight 1 (9 notes)

2014 Domaine Pavelot (Jean-Marc et Hugues) Savigny-lès-Beaune France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune
From Coravin. Earthy and spicy red berries; wild strawberries over cherries. Wetly juicy, savoury with red berry and a little bitter astringency on the finish. Some fine textured burr on the mid palate. Okay luncheon Burgundy, to damn with faint praise.
1988 Seppelt Cabernet Sauvignon Partalunga Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Eden Valley
From Coravin. Fill level mid shoulder and there has been some serious cork bleed in the past. Additionally the cork is a little loose to the touch. I approach with caution. On the nose, though, there is plenty of ripe blackcurrant and sweet spice initially with a fair like of oak, some chalky earth notes, leather and mushroom shows under this. On the palate the fruit is a little sour, the tannins a little wood and dried out, some dusty leather and old vanilla pod here. Mmm, rather interesting but drink up fairly pronto
1989 Château Cissac France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
From Coravin. Meaty, earthy, mineral, savoury, brambly fruit and a little dirty horse box. On the palate it's savoury, slightly tart fruit travels medium length with leathery, slightly chalky textured tannins. Quite simple on the palate and to be tidied up in the next couple of years.
2015 Château Caronne Ste. Gemme France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
From Coravin. Red over black currant, a little cherry and cassis, tobacco leaf and cedar as well as a touch of biscuit. On the palate it's more creamy than I thought it would be, generous without being overtly rich, fruit tracks medium plus length, tannins are present, drying and integrated and help to lend breadth, especially to the mid-palate. Simple. Nice. I could drink this now with cow or in ten years with sheep. Good QPR.
2015 Château Belgrave France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
From Coravin. Blackcurrant; fresh, wild, ripe though. A little creamy cedar backed by sweet spice but, as a whole, smells crunchy. On the palate it's savoury, crunchy blackcurrant with a touch of liquorice and an interesting earthy quality that I find compelling. Tannins are bold and tight though relatively lightly (talc) textured. All travels long with a little alcohol warmth. Yum. Like the Caronne I find this approachable now but experiences teaches me that 20 years will not be a stretch.
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2015 Domaine de Chevalier France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
"From Coravin. Slightly mute blackcurrant, biscuit and plum…with time (and agitation) a little cassis starts peeking out. On the palate it's juicy, fleshy with medium plus intensity flavours of blackcurrant, cassis and plum compote with a dollop of buttery cream over softly textured and persistent tannins. Wow. This is lovely. Really quite wonderful. And, oddly, it rather puts me in mind of a Grand Cru Burgundy than a sturdy Left Bank Bordeaux. I know I'm meant to wait for Bordeaux to mature for a few more yeas but when it's as balanced as this why wait? This ones coming home with me tonight.

Follow up - took it home, double decanted and consumed this with lamb chops. It was as lovely as it had been earlier."
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2015 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
From Coravin. Fresh , cream, graphite, pencil shavings, freshly tilled earth and cedar. On the palate it's juicy and tending to Cassis with a little cocoa powder that is closed down by tannins that are gritty, drying and tight. Contrary to the Dom de Chev this defo needs years...
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2005 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
From Coravin. A little bit flat and a little bit meaty/funky initially. With agitation it shows baked red berries and cherries over a little savoury spice and baked herbs. On the palate its juicy and savoury, quite baked fruits, herbs and peppery spice before chalky tannic burr across the mid palate closes things down. Hmm. Bit out of whack but historical tasting teaches me that if I leave this for another ten years it will come good.
2001 Wendouree Shiraz Mataro Australia, South Australia, Mount Lofty Ranges, Clare Valley
From Coravin. Ripe blackberry jam, cream, vanilla, a little chocolate, touch of wood glue, pretty much of a muchness in the mouth with floury tannins and some alcohol heat that lends spic on the finish. Not as 'huge' as I'd expected….more stew/roast beef than full on smoky BBQ...but this does have plenty of life left.


Those first three 2015 Bordeaux's were a bit of a revelation…and, completely out of character, I have polished two of them off already!

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