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Praelum Wine Bistro

Tasted September 11, 2019 by vinhonotte with 90 views

Flight 1 (1 note)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Aymard Duperrier Clairette de Die Tradition France, Rhône, Clairette de Die
91 points
Light bodied, but very floral aromatic, sweet, with ripe tropical fruits. Has a slight bit of yeast and hops towards the back. Refreshing and good as an apertif

Flight 2 (2 notes)

White
2015 E. Guigal Condrieu France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu
flawed
Some oxidative nutty feels, and bit of green winter melon on the nose. The nuts push way through on the palate, bearing a creamy marzipan feel, and syrupy hazelnutty. Some tropical dried mangoes at the back. Interesting, but seems very oxidised. Guess should be taking this as a flawed bottle...
Red
2006 Château La Croix St. Georges France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
90 points
Punch of tannins, and bright red cherries, some greenish spicy oak. Flowery fruity upfront but quickly settles to the structured oaky and green feel

Flight 3 (2 notes)

White - Off-dry
2012 Dr. Heger Gewürztraminer Spätlese Germany, Baden
90 points
Sweet, quite a good lychee hint on otherwise greenish fruits, and strangely it seems to have that hint of vanillin. Has a good fresh elegant feel though, with the fruit notes being more subtle than we might expect of the Gewurztraminer of Alsace or Gisborne
Red
2009 Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir Scallop Shelf Estate USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
89 points
Some red cherries and cassis, while green. Medium bodied, but pretty intense fruits and kind of spicy and fernish
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Flight 4 (2 notes)

Rosé
2018 Domaines Ott Côtes de Provence Rosé Clos Mireille France, Provence, Côtes de Provence
90 points
Very faint pink in the colour, and I actually mistook for a white while blind. Fresh strawberry and tropical mango on the palate with a backdrop of hay, which I find them pretty classic of Provence
Red
2008 Aristos Duque d'A Grand Cabernet Chile, Rapel Valley, Cachapoal Valley
92 points
Blackberries, and sure punch of greens, pepper, tar, peat, and paprika. The fruits are very bright though, and pretty sweetish, but still rather light bodied and elegant. It’s pretty well made

Flight 5 (2 notes)

Red
2008 Woodstock Shiraz The Stocks Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
99 points
Oh. So. Fricking. Big! This one showed such tremendous power on both the nose and palate, with extremely rich plums and Kirsch, as well as dark chocolates, coffee, and even of clove-spiced meatloaf, and cinnamon. Those intense cherry fruits stayed for a good long time, along with some fresh mouthwatering acids which gave it a very juicy character, along with that richness and lusciousness. To date, even with 10 years of wine drinking, The Stocks still proved itself, hands-down my favourite Aussie Shiraz. Feels like a homecoming to taste this again
Red
2011 Bouchard Père et Fils Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Cailles France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
Rather mild red cherries and cranberries, hardly apparent on the nose actually. With some glass breathing it seems to earn a bit of ripeness. Could get a bit of earth and grassiness, but still generally subtle. Probably in its secondary dormancy

Flight 6 (2 notes)

Red
2016 By Farr Pinot Noir Sangreal Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Geelong
88 points
Light bodied, and a pretty intense hit of red fruits, green herbs. Somewhat like cherry cola, and while with those pretty good fruit notes, there didn’t seem to be real integration and weight. Was surprised this really didn’t show up as well as the previous experience. Wondering if it has entered its dormant stage...
Red
2010 Orma Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
89 points
Somewhat greenish and tar on the nose. Strongly tannic, and mainly of red fruits and tomato leaves. A pity we finished this bottle soon after opening (shared among some 16 pax), so could not see it at it’s full glory. It could probably open up after a long breathing

Flight 7 (2 notes)

Red
2015 By Farr Pinot Noir Sangreal Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Geelong
90 points
Rich red fruits, green fern, and a touch of oak sweetness and spice. Ripeness in the red fruits show after some breathing. In terms of complexity, I think it’s fair though
Red
2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
92 points
Started with a fairly peppery and paprika sense, with bit of black cherry, and really big in the oaky caramel sense. Breathing gives a cooked raisinny and black tar character on the fruits. Enjoyable!

Flight 8 (2 notes)

Red
2000 Daniel Bocquenet Nuits St. Georges Aux St. Julien France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges
90 points
Started with lots of earth funk and blackberries, with a good measure of acidity. It did start with a very Northern Rhone feel as a start, but then the mushroom savouriness shows up later, to indeed suggest the terroir of Burgundy
Red
2012 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
89 points
Pretty red fruited and somewhat having tree bark and twigs. Clearly tannic, peppery, and of sour cherries. Also another Italian which unfortunately had not the chance to breathe, and show its full potential

Flight 9 (2 notes)

Red
2009 Tertre Rôteboeuf France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
Very darkish, some chocolate and tar-like feels, with a plump Kirsch undertone. Well balance between the acid juiciness and tannin structure. Some caramel, and coconut, as if having Gula Meleka at the back. Fair finish. It’s only upon reading up the next day, that I realized that these interesting notes were actually brought about by very purposeful use of warmth during viticulture, vinification, and even aging in new Barriques. I think that’s a win, very well justifying the high prices
White - Sweet/Dessert
2011 Carmes de Rieussec France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
89 points
Clearly very sweet with very ripe pineapples and mangoes, as well as that clear honeyed attack from the Botrytis noble rot, and sweet vanilla oak. However, felt that the different flavour profiles are not that well integrated, and hence somewhat lacking in the finesse

Flight 10 (1 note)

Red
2017 Maude Pinot Noir EMW New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago
91 points
Very distinct flavour of orange blossom, tree root, and somewhat greenish and herbal. Pretty light styled, but could get some ripeness in the cassis and plum fruits. There’s also a certain hoppy and yeasty sense, as if it’s something made with minimal intervention. Still a pretty good balance
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