13th Cellier Wine Fair

Hilton Athenaum Hotel

Tasted October 14, 2018 by k.lonis with 41 views

Introduction

Annual wine fair from Cellier

Flight 1 - Main hall (38 notes)

Trying wines in the main hall

White
2016 Kir-Yianni Tarsanas Greece, Macedonia, Amyndaio
A single vineyard Assyrtico from Amyntaion.
Very light at first, oaky frame (8 months), fresh citrus, med acidity, mineral, the palate is soft and roung, light with short finish.
Other than experimenting, I really can't see the point
White
2017 Alpha Estate Sauvignon Blanc Greece, Macedonia, Florina
88 points
Relatively green in the nose with herbs and asparagus, the palate follows the same pattern with some kiwi bits, med acidity, body and finish.
White
2016 Alpha Estate Assyrtiko Single Vineyard Amyndeon Agia Kyriaki Greece, Macedonia, Florina
88 points
Lemon/lime in both nose and palate, a bit of acidity, some tropical fruit, easygoing, short finish
White
2017 Alpha Estate Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Greece, Macedonia, Florina
88 points
Ripe white fruit inside a thin oaky frame, the palate shows more lemon, clean, ncie acidity, med finish. For food or to have on its own
Red
2014 Douloufakis Syrah Alargo Greece, Crete
The nose shows density, full ripe red and black fruit, a few herbal notes. The palate shows the same profile again, full on ripe red and black fruit, sweet notes from the oak, med body and tannins, alcohol burn and med finish.
White
2016 Santo Wines Nykteri Reserve Greece, Aegean, Cyclades, Santorini
90 points
The nose shows ripe citrus aromas with flint and a salty nuance.
The palate is almost salty, very ripe citrus fruit, the oak is a bit upfront, buttery, honey, high acidity and med finish.
White
2010 Santo Wines Nykteri Reserve Greece, Aegean, Cyclades, Santorini
Qutie oxidative aromas, ripe to overripe citrus, white fruit, nail polish, oak and roasted nuts.
The palate is more aggressive, high acidity, dried white fruit, oak, full oxidative notes and long finish.
Love it or hate it
White
2013 Santo Wines Assyrtiko Grande Réserve Santorini Greece, Aegean, Cyclades, Santorini
91 points
Served from magnum
The wine is rich in the nose, full ripe citrus and rather salty.
The palate is again rich, ripe citrus fruit, salty, med to high acidity, roasted nuts, developed, still going though, med to long nutty flavored finish
Red
2002 Tsantali Metoxi Greece, Macedonia, Mt. Athos
Fully developed and gone downhill, once again
Red
2004 Tsantali Metoxi Greece, Macedonia, Mt. Athos
89 points
Very thick dense core of ripe red and black fruit, the palate copies the density of the nose, ripe black fruit, figs, still very tight, med to full body, balancing acidity but you can seet this still needs time in a decanter. When in a good day, this still is one of the finest Greek reds
89+
White
2017 Boutari Moschofilero Experimental wine no sulphites Greece, Peloponnisos, Mantinia
The nose shows white fruit and some gamey notes, the palate is the same, pergamont, white fruit, Brett notes, med to high acidity, med finish.
White
2017 Boutari Moschofilero Oropedio (Plateau) Greece, Peloponnisos, Mantinia
The nose is fully floral, with green fruit, lemon (fruit and leaves), the palate is rounder, showing a bit more tropical fruit, nice texture, nice acidity and med finish.
White
2017 Boutari Santorini Greece, Aegean, Cyclades, Santorini
88 points
TIght and mineral in the nose, showing equal amounts of citrus and flint notes. The palate is richer, ripe white fruit, med body and acidity, med finish. Easy drinking
Rosé
2016 Boutari Xinomavro Experimental wine no sulphites Greece, Macedonia, Naoussa
88 points
The nose shows floral notes, ripe strawberry, red cherry, smells sweet but I was told its entirely dry. The palate s dry, high intensity of flavors, red cherry and berry, quite balanced due to the acidity, med body and finish.
Interesting
White
N.V. J. Moreau & Fils Moreau Blanc France
87 points
Round, easy to drink, clean white fruit, citrus and lemon, the palate feels almost off-dry, very easy to drink, mild, straightforward, a party wine to have on its own.
White
2016 J. Moreau & Fils Chablis France, Burgundy, Chablis
Ripe citrus, clean, white fruit, med acidity, tasty, easy, straightforward, nice acidity, ripe lime, med finish. Crowdpleaser
White
2016 J. Moreau & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
90 points
Round, filled with brioche, sweet oak, ripe fruit, the palate is dominated by the oak, ripe fruit, lemon, med body, med to high acidity and med finish. Still tight
White
2016 Jean-Claude Boisset Saint-Aubin 1er Cru sur Gamay France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru
89 points
The oak feels more upfront, buttery and brioche with ripe fruit.
The palate shows fresh buttery notes, ripe citrus, peach, round, roasted nuts, med body, med to long finish.
White
2015 Jean-Claude Boisset Meursault Le Limozin France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
90 points
The oak is even more upfront here, full on buttery wines with the fruit staying way in the back. The palate shows more oaky notes again, brioche and ripe whtie fruit, full body, acidity that tries to keep the balance, lemon infused med finish.
Give it time
Red
2013 Jean-Claude Boisset Chambolle-Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny
89 points
The nose shows red fruits, tobacco and gamey notes.
The palate shows more gamey notes, med acidity, ripe red fruit, soft tannins even though it feels a bit tight still (so give it some time in the glass to open up), med finish.
Red
2016 Jean-Claude Boisset Gevrey-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
89 points
The nose is quite elegant, showing clear red fruit with some oak and tobacco notes.
In the palate, the wine is showing nicely, tasty ripe red fruit, thin oak frame, balanced, ncie acidity, almost light in body, med finish
White
2016 Bouchard Père et Fils Chardonnay Bourgogne Blanc La Vignée France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc
88 points
Earthy, ripe fruit, oaky, delicate, nice acidity, nutty, med body, some bitterness in the med finish
White
2017 Bouchard Père et Fils Pouilly-Fuissé France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé
89 points
This is one has lemon-y core, thin oak frame, hazelnut and walnut, in the palate the oak is less though, the fruit is more clean, again delicate, nutty, with more pronounced acidity and med finish
White
2016 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Beaune du Château Blanc France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
91 points
The oak is quite upfront, very buttery and nutty with the fruit staying in the back, the palate follows the same style, buttery, high acidity, brioche, mirenal with long finish. Utterly French
White
2015 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault Les Clous France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
92 points
Fully yeasty still, oak, buttery, ripe white fruit, the palate is very rich, showing again ripe white fruit and nutty flavors, med body and finish with bright lively acidity. Outstanding
Red
2016 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Beaune du Château France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
88 points
The nose shows clear red fruit, a bit earthy, touch of oak, elegant with an underlying complexity.
The palate is soft, with smooth tannins, straightforward, easy drinking, med body and finish.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Ayala Champagne Brut Nature France, Champagne
90 points
Citrus, yeast, med to high intensity of aromas in the nose.
The palate is rich and creamy, citrus, med body and finish, definately a champagne for food. Very nice
White
2017 Domaine Langlois-Château Pouilly-Fumé France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Pouilly-Fumé
89 points
The nose shows green fruit, herbal but also flinty and refreshing.
The palata follows the same path, med to high acidity, citrus fruit infused long finish.
Rosé
2017 Jérôme Quiot Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire France, Provence, Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire
Crunchy red fruit, refreshing, bright lively acidity, smooth, tasty, short finish, not bad
Rosé
2016 Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé France, Provence, Bandol
The nose is clear and shows spicy, red fruit and floral notes. The palate shows more strength, riper fruit, med body, big, med acidity and med finish.
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White
2017 Miguel Torres Penedès Fransola Spain, Catalunya, Penedès
Straightforward, a tad green, easy in the palate
White
2015 Miguel Torres Chardonnay Cordillera Curico Valley Chile, Curico Valley
Balanced overall, oaky, ripe citrus and lemon notes, tasty and easy
White
2014 Marimar Estate (Marimar Torres) Chardonnay La Masia Don Miguel Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
The nose shows high notes of lemon, floral, citrus and oak. The palate turns a bit more earthy with the oak being more upfront, nutty with rounder (if not riper) citrus and tropical fruit. Elegant, showing med body, nice acidity and med to long finish. Great effort
Red
2013 Miguel Torres Pinot Noir Penedès Mas Borràs Spain, Catalunya, Penedès
89 points
The nose shows clear red fruit, biscuit, oak, nutty and spicy notes.
The palate is beautiful, with sweet ripe red fruit in a nicely placed oak frame, med body, nice acidity and med finish.
Red
2013 Miguel Torres Cabernet Sauvignon (Black Label) Mas La Plana Spain, Catalunya, Penedès
90 points
The nose shows buckets of ripe black fruit, tobacco, oak, nutty and sweet spicy notes. The palate shows density, full body, big but not aggressive tannins, a thick red fruit core and a med to long finish.
Despite the above though, it feels leaner or less concentrated than previous vintages.
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Red
2014 Miguel Torres Carignan Vigno Cordillera Chile, Maule Valley
88 points
The nose shows overripe red and black fruit, resins and sweet oak. The palate is rich, again overripe fruit, earthy, resin, prunes, med body and finish. This would be easy to have on its own though
Red
2012 Miguel Torres Cabernet Sauvignon Manso de Velasco Viejas Vinas Curico Valley Chile, Curico Valley
A beast of a wine, needs hours to open up, very dense in the nose, full ripe red and black fruit, thick oak frame, full body, big tannins and long finish. Its a safe choice if you like big bold wines
Red
2012 Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi Italy, Campania, Taurasi DOCG
Fierce, lacking elegance, astringent, ripe black fruit, oaky, sweet spices, alcohol heat, disjoint, med finish.

Flight 2 - Graham's port masterclass (8 notes)

Trying various wines of Graham's port

Red - Fortified
N.V. Graham Porto Six Grapes Reserve Portugal, Douro, Porto
88 points
Beautiful rich perfume showing ripe red fruit, the alcohol stands a bit taller with some herbal notes.
There is an alcohol heat in the palate too, the red fruit is clean and fresh, the herbal notes again, the oak presence is minimum, pure, well balanced sweetness, med body and finish.
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Red - Fortified
N.V. Graham Porto 10 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
88 points
The nose is developed, much more on the nutty side, alcohol and nail polish stand much taller with a bit of oak in the back.
In the palate, the wine is easier, candied white fruit, dried peach, spicy with bits of chocolate, smooth, med body and finish.
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Red - Fortified
N.V. Graham Porto 20 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
The alcohol dominates the nose alongside nail polish, more chocolate and coffee notes than fruit.
The palate is quite fierce, dried red fruit, coffee, liquorice, cinnamon, biscuit, med body and med to long finish.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Graham Porto 30 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
90 points
The wine gets leaner and the alcohol is more obvious, the flavors are even more on the chocolate, coffee, liquorice and prune.
The palate is rounder than the 20yo, with handfuls of coffee, chocolate and cinnamon, sugar balancing the alcohol, med body and toast flavored med finish
Red - Fortified
N.V. Graham Porto 40 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
The wine seems to have the perfect balance between the alcohol and sugar, buckets of dried red fruit, coffee beans and cinnamon flavored biscuits.
In the palate, the wine is smooth, a bit of alcohol heat but nothing too aggressive, smooth sweetness, med bodf, candied fruit, fruit liquer, red fruit, leather, cinnamon and coffee, chocolate infused long finish.
Outstanding
Red - Fortified
1983 Graham Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Impressive bright red color and the nose (oddly enough) is dominated by fresh red fruit, very lively and fresh.
In the palate, the wine is again very fresh and beautifully balanced, pure red fruit, round, a bit of alcohol heat, almost like chewing fruit pulp,med to full body, med to long finish.
Outstanding quality, insanely youthful
Red - Fortified
1994 Graham Porto single harvest tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
The alcohol kicks in, the fruit is more on the dried side of the spectrum, beans and bits of coffee and chocolate, some spicy and oak notes too.
Very rich mouthfeel, impressive, alcohol heat, nice acidity that keeps the balance. Considering its age, this is very fresh and youthful, quite fruity, dried fruit flavored med to long finish.
Red - Fortified
1963 Graham Porto single harvest tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
95 points
Fully developed aroma filled with white and red dried fruits, coffee and chocolate, vanilla biscuit and a certain oak note that reminds me of fine Speyside whisky.
In the palate, the wine is utterly balanced, ripe fruit, coffee and chocolate, med body, very elegant and delicate, the alcohol is fully integrated, very smooth with med to long finish.
Bloody outstanding quality
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