torsdag 4. februar 2016

US Cab smaking på Stock 2.2.16 del 2 Montelena Estate

Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1995; "floral, litt bretty, blåbær og en ikke helt optimal flaske, har mistet lillaskjæret ,svett , bordeaux-aktig, krydret og aromatisk. Overraskende sliten hvis man sammenligner med f.esk. en rød Bordeaux 1995. 85 poeng"

Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1998; " mere trøkk i munnen enn 95, mørkere frukt, litt "off" duft, snev av svidd gummi & mørke aromaer, bløt i strukturen. Frisk og kan fremdeles lagres. 88 poeng"

 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008, Montelena ; " varm stil, mye eik, endel støv i glasset, solbær, en rik og fullmoden årgang, litt vanskelige utenpåliggende grønne tanniner, dyp lilla. Snev av fløtekarameller. 87 poeng" 

Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley/Calistoga 2010, Montelena ; " et mere elegant uttrykk, snill med et noe grønt og undermodent preg. Enklere, men det kan være positivt mht. US Cab. 86 poeng"

Fra the wine cellar insider:

Chateau Montelena Napa Valley California Cabernet SauvignonChardonnay wine producer profile, wine tasting notes, with a history of the property, plus information on their wine making techniques and their soil, along with wine reviews and links.
If you like, you can immediately jump to the Tasting Notes for this Winery
Chateau Montelena has a long history dating back to 1882. That was the year when Alfred L. Tubbs purchased 254 acres of land in the Calistoga appellation of the Napa valley. Tubbs set to work planting the vines for the purpose of creating his American version of a French chateau that would be right at home in the Bordeaux. Alfred Tubbs was so enamored with French wine, he hired a French wine maker and brought him to America to help produce Chateau Montelena wines.
Montelena became tremendously popular. With its new found fame and wealth, the estate continued expanding until it became the 7th largest winery in Napa by the start of the 20th century. Things continued improving until Prohibition caused all wine making and consumption in America to grind to a halt. Once the Volstead act was repealed, it took decades for the California wine industry to get back on track.  In 1958, the heirs of the Tubbs family sold the winery to Yort and Jeanie Frank. Alfred Tubbs will always be remembered in Calistoga. The street where Chateau Montelena is located on is now called Tubbs street. After buying Montelena, the Frank family created the stunning picturesque grounds and gardens that occupy Montelena today.
Chateau Montelena was purchased by Jim Barret and Lee Paschich in 1969. The initial vintages were made from purchased fruit, bought from other growers in the area. 1978 was the debut vintage for Chateau Montelena using estate grown grapes to make the wine. The reason for the decade long delay before making wine from their own vineyards was due to that the vines needed to ripped out and the vineyards replanted. In 1969, much of the estate was planted to Carignane, Alicante and other varietals that the new owners were not interested in producing. Their goal was to produce great California Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The next move for Montelena was to hire Mike Grgich as their winemaker. Mike Grgich later went on to found his own, self named winery.

Montelena2 300x168 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley California Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Chateau Montelena
Chateau Montelena had become immensely popular by the middle of the 1970’s. But what really made the wines and the reputation of Montelena famous all over the world was the results of a blind wine tasting held in Paris in June, 1976. The event was billed as The Judgment of Paris. At the tasting, Chateau Montelena and other wines, including some of the top Bordeaux wines of the day were pitted against each other in a blind tasting. The nine tasters picked to judge the tasting were well-known and established in the wine industry. During the competition, the judges were asked to blind taste 4 white Burgundies against various California Chardonnay’s, California Pinot Noir wines were paired against red Grand Cru Burgundy and Bordeaux wine was arranged to be tasted next to California Cabernet Sauvignon.
Prior to the tasting, which received an extraordinary amount of publicity in the pre-Internet days, many people were willing to bet money that the French wines would easily triumph. Comments heard around the table during the event quoted the judges as saying: “Ah, back to France!” exclaimed one judge sipping a 1972 Napa Chardonnay.  “That is definitely California. It has no nose,” said another judge after tasting a Batard Montrachet.  After the ballots were cast and later revealed, the red wines with the highest scores were Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ ’72 from the Napa Valley, followed by Mouton-Rothschild ’70, Haut-Brion ’70 and Montrose ’70. The four winning whites were, in order, 1973 Chateau Montelena, 1973 Meursault-Charmes and two other Californians, 1974 Chalone from Monterey County and Napa’s 1973 Spring Mountain.  At the time, Jim Barrett, the general manager of Montelena stated, “Not bad for kids from the sticks.” The success of Montelena is owed to Jim Barret. His efforts, along with Bo Barret, his sons work help keep Montelena on solid ground. By 1982, Bo Barret, the son of Jim Barret took over as wine maker for Montelena.
By the start of the new millennium, Montelena experienced problems with several vintages due to their cellars, which had become infested with TCA. This caused wide rifts between critics, Montelena and consumers as each voiced their opinion. By 2004, Montelena began to acknowledge the TCA problems, which were eventually solved.
In July, 2008, a deal was struck to sell Chateau Montelena to Chateau Cos d’Estournel from Bordeaux. At some point, the relationship between the Barret family, the owners of Montelena and Michel Reybier became contentious and the deal fell apart. A law suit was filed and Montelena eventually won a judgment. Jim Barrett passed away, March 15, 2013 at the age of 86. Aside from his work in creating the modern era for Chateau Montelena, Jim Barrett remains known for his term as President of the Napa Valley Vintners, his service on the board of governors of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula and his efforts with Family Wine Makers. Jim Barrett remained dedicated to his Irish roots as a loyal member of the “Irish Order of the Wine Geese,” a wine group focused on the Irish connection to the wine industry at large.
Traditional in style, the wine of Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented in stainless steel at warm temperatures. Malolactic fermentation takes place in large 1,200 gallon casks. The wine is aged in 20% to 25% new oak for up to 22 months. The barrels are stored in a series of tunnels and caves beneath the chateau and winery. In August 2013, at the ripe old age of 130 years old, Chateau Montelena was officially recognized by the American National Register of Historic Places.
Montelena produces Montelena Estate Cabernet, Napa Valley Chardonnay,  Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Riesling. While Montelena produces wine from a myriad of varietals, the estate is primarily known for their Cabernet Sauvignon. With close to 121 acres under vine, the average annual production for Montelena is close to 50,000 cases of wine per vintage.

Fra Decanter:
In March 2013 James L Barrett, the founder of Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena, died at the age of 86. His son Bo, who has been the winemaker since 1982 and is now CEO, talked to Courtney Humiston for over the course of two lengthy interviews, once in December 2012 and one shortly after his father’s death, about founding the historic property, the evolving style of California Chardonnay – and the professional and family tensions that nearly led to Montelena being sold to Cos d’Estournel.
What were those first years like at Chateau Montelena?
We got here in 1972 and the vineyard had been reunited with the Chateau but the Chateau had been abandoned since 1939. We had to buy everything. There were no tanks, no barrels; it was a dirt floor. We had to build the first modern winery in 1972 and we had to replant everything.
The vines had been neglected and were rundown. In the 1930s they grew stuff they could ship to the East Coast and then they grew stuff the co-ops wanted to sell to Gallo. It was the age of industrial winemaking, and the estate was planted to heavy-bodied blending grapes like Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Carignan. Here they were not really high-quality grapes, they were just for bulk wine. So we bought in Chardonnay and Riesling, and then we started planting Cabernet Sauvignon.
What do you think is your father’s most important legacy?
That he was best at was helping people grow. He was a tough guy but a nurturing boss. He was a fearless leader of the team of Chateau Montelena. He was a good organizer and a good leader—he taught me to do things bigger than myself.

For example writing the petition for Calistoga to be an official sub-AVA of Napa Valley? 

He let me run with that. We didn’t really need it but it was important for our neighbours—they needed a commune. It was an extension of what he was doing with the Napa Valley Vintners, the Family Winemakers [Jim Barrett was president of both], affordable housing, you name it. I’ve always been brainwashed by my dad into this leadership role. Because of the Paris Tasting, We’ve always had a little bit of a leadership role in our Calistoga AVA and by extension Napa.
And yet your family wasn’t really a farming or winemaking family?
Our exposure to wine is not multi-generational. My father learned about wine because his clients started taking him to dinner in LA once he became successful, and he learned about wine at an extension class at UCLA – and in 1970, of course, the only wines they taught at UCLA were European. So they looked at Riesling from the Rheingau , then they looked at White Burgundy and Red Burgundy then they looked at Cabernet, which was Bordeaux. When he came up with the idea of starting a wine company he wanted to make a white Burgundy because that was the best white wine out of Europe he had been exposed to and of course the best red wine was Cabernet. And because Calistoga was a warmer area [than Burgundy or Germany] he set out to make a Bordeaux first growth here in Calistoga.
My dad wasn’t really a farmer or an agronomist; he was a team builder. He hired the right people and let them do their job.
One of those people was Mike Grgich, the winemaker who made the 1973 Montelena Chardonnay. A lot is made of the Paris Tasting—is it really as important as we think?
That was played up louder than it ever was. We just wanted to get in the same league…to be allowed on the field. And now we are. And by extension, if the Californians can do it, then the Aussies can do it and the Kiwis or whoever.
Would the California wine industry be where it is if it weren’t for the Paris Tasting? 
Probably. It was how Napa Valley came to lead the fine wine revolution of the United States. Would it have happened by itself? Probably, because the weather is just too good here.
Would it have happened instantly like it did in 1976? No. It probably would have taken another 20 years.
In the history of the Chateau Montelena, it was a pivotal moment because it allowed us to get the Cabernet planted. My dad’s dream was to make a Bordeaux first growth and the success of the Chardonnay allowed us to do that.
In 2008, you very nearly sold Chateau Montelena to a French company. What was happening at that time? 
In 2008 I became the master winemaker and I had to do a lot more of my dad’s job. I was running the outfit, but my dad was still very much in charge.
I only owned a tiny fraction—I still do— and my siblings weren’t involved. What happened in 2008 was for safe planning purposes. They [the Reybier family of St Estephe 2nd Growth Cos d’Estournel] offered me a pile of money [reported on as in the region of US$110m].
We are happy the deal fell through. It allowed my father to let go and for me to build a new team. We needed a new cellar. We were asking him to plant a new vineyard. That’s a lot to ask of an 80-year-old man.
What has changed since that almost-sale? 
It was the best thing that could have happened. The last years have been so much fun. We’ve been replanting, and building [a major renovation of the cellar was finished in 2011]. My dad’s been looking forward, not back. We ran as a monarchy and since then we have been running as a solid republic.
The other thing that Chateau Montelena is closely associated with — and which happened in the same year — is the movie Bottle Shock. How influential has that movie been? 
We are at the [north] end of Napa Valley—we are the last winery you get to. Which means that through 2008 people who came here were already familiar with the wines. The only visitors we had were experienced and wine-sophisticated. Bottle Shock introduced us to people who had never visited a winery before. ‘Hey, I’m from Iowa and I want to check this out.’ We had to change our parking lot.
Being a celebrity, being recognised, takes some getting used to. I’m a pretty private guy. The cult of the winemaker was started by Robert Mondavi as early as the 1960s and 70s—being recognised as a star winemaker. I think what helps me is my wife Heidi [Barrett, the renowned California consultant] is even more recognisable for her own accomplishments. I think most of my recognition is still from my work.
How has the style of Chardonnay changed since 1973? 
This is a classic house. We haven’t gone from my father’s original vision which is traditional styling with California flavours. By ‘traditional’ I mean the European style – which has basically higher acid. All of our wines have a European model that they emulate. People are getting into this whole terroir business but we were doing that a long time ago: we just didn’t have a name for it.
Was it difficult not to be making the big, fruit-forward style of California Chardonnay that was so wildly popular for so long? 
For a long time we were paddling uphill. Our wine was hard to sell because everyone was drinking the soft style. But we knew it was the right thing to do in the long run because it was such a good wine. The reason it won the Paris Tasting is because it worked. It’s supposed to taste like a white Burgundy and it still does.
We are really pretty stubborn. When the soft Chardonnay style was invented around 1982, it really took off with the Kendall-Jackson style. They did the malolactic, got a lot of wood in there and a lot of sugar too. We stuck to our guns and made this style of Chardonnay, the tart, lean, crisp – and ageable – style.
Is the average American coming around to the Chateau Montelena style?
The tide has definitely turned. We did some of the more modern Burgundian stuff like whole cluster presses and so on. We thought, we’re going to stick to our guns philosophically, but improve our fruit handling to make our wine even better. And that worked spectacularly. By the time the Chardonnay drinkers matured enough to start looking for this kind of style we had the right wine. The wines we make now are actually superior to the wines we made in 1973.
So the stylistic pendulum is swinging back?
Yes. And the main reason is that Chardonnay is pretty tasty. Chardonnay for a long time had a dreary sameness. Everyone was using the same oak, the same malolactic culture, the same yeast. All you really have are the grapes to differentiate the great wines from the standard wines.


US Cab smaking på Stock 2.2.16 del 1 - Champis, port & hvit

Vi startet med en Roualet-Crochet champagne fra 1967;  "rik, endel dosage i munnen, lagret på eikefat (?), høy modning med bittert appelsinskall i finish. Lite mousse, mere hvitvin enn champagne. mangler spenst og presisjon. Men en grei champagne fra et dårlig champagneår. 89 poeng"  

Vinklubben Kåte Rhoner kom over denne champagnen på restauranten Hostellerie La Briquterie             

Produsenten holder til i landsbyen Champillon, landsby 5 min nord for Epernay mot Reims.

2 blinde viner medtatt fra Tom H:

Chablis 1cru Beauroy 2014 fra Philippe Pacalet "moden, rocka og opulent lite typisk chablis, endel tropisk og mangler eleganse. Moderne og drikker godt allerede. Vitaplex og Sanasol, lav syre, åpen og ekspressiv. Overraskende fremoverlent allerede. 85 poeng"

Chablis Sechet 2014 fra V. Dauvissat "stum, utvikler seg seint i glasset og også denne var vanskelig å ta som en Chablis. Endel steinmineraler på nesa, kalkaktig og en god konsentrasjon med whiff av kaffe. Bør lagres. Og bør kjøpes. 91 poeng"

Medtatt fra Børge:

Port 1966, Taylor "korket, strippet for frukt med markert alkohol. Ikke alle var enig. NR" 

Husvin på Stock:

Chardonnay 2014, Au Bon Climat "tropisk nese, roer seg litt i glasset og tenderer mot en mineralsk finish. Mangler endel frukt. 84 poeng"

mandag 18. januar 2016

US Pinot vs. red burgundy

GF 29.5.2015

Clos de la Chapelle 2009, Domaine Clos de la Chapelle
Lys, behagelig i munnen, litt urolig nerve, grønn. Enkel, kjølig munnfølelse. 91-92 poeng
Pinot Noir Kiser En Haut 2009, Copain 
Sødmefull, rik & krydret. Frisk vellykket US Pinot. Aromatisk, litt "foxy" overmoden. 93-94 poeng

Nuits St. Georges Les Cailles 2010 , Robert Chevillon
Ren harmonisk og pen vin. Den gode årgangen er tydelig. 93 poeng
Pinot Noir Savoy 2010, Radio-Coteau 
Mye alkohol, typisk ekstrahert oversjøisk Pinot. Lite vellykket. Kan bli bedre med lagring. 85 poeng

Chambertin 1cru Cherbaudes 2011, Domaine Louis Boillot
Stum på nesen, med noe urter og undermodent grønt. Introvert og vanskelig vin. 85 poeng
Pinot Noir Block 5 2011, Felton Road, NZ
Stikkende og ikke helt fermentert ferdig. Dårlig flaske. 80 poeng.

Vosne Romaneè 2012, Domaine Sylvain Cathiard
Mye tanniner fortsatt, vanilje, mye fatpreg. Vanskelig å vurdere nå. Må lagres. 89 poeng
Pinot Noir East Ridge 2012, Hirsch Vineyard
Lukket, vandig og vanskelig. 84 poeng

søndag 17. januar 2016

Er fransk hvitvin best ?

GF 29.5.2015:

Vi sammenliknet fransk hvitvin mot hvitvin fra andre land i forskjellige prisklasser.

Lapola Ribeira Sacra 2012, Galica
Aromatisk, litt sødmefull, eik & honning. Hvit burgund sier Are. Litt mye alkohol. En spennende hvitvin. Fikk 2 stemmer. Godella, Albarino & Dona Blanca. 83 poeng.

Sancerre Grande Reserve 2013, Henri Bourgeois
Litt anonym nese, tydelig Sauvignon Blanc, litt mer tilbakeholden. Men renere og mer slank og presis i uttrykket. Fikk 3 stemmer. 84 poeng

Piere Sauvignon Vie di Romans 2010, Friuli
Rett i margen Sauvignon Blanc med fruktig kattepiss og ekspressiv solbærbusk. Introvert, litt lukket. Cloudy Bay vin var liksom bedre før. Fikk 1 stemme. 84 poeng

Chablis 1cru Fourchaume 2010, Gerard Duplessis 
God mineralitet, nøytral, litt lukket og bør lagres. Lineær, stram og presis. Fikk 4 stemmer. Viser årgangens styrke i Chablis. Et fantastisk bra kjøp til kr. 260,- (nå i 2012 som også er bra) 86 poeng

Bourgogne Blanc 2012, Domaine Leflaive 
God mineralitet, blek trang og transparent. Delikat, balansert og en veldig god årgang. Fikk 5 stemmer. 88 poeng

La Rocca 2012, Pieropan 
Tung i sessen, god konsentrasjon, mye alkohol, ikke så mye fat, men en vanskelig vin i munnen. "Typisk" italiensk uelegant hvitvin ! Fikk ingen stemmer. 85 poeng

Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2010, Billaud Simon  
Blank, grønn og mineralsk. Lang og god konsentrasjon. Intens og en veldig god vin med drahjelp fra en super årgang. Fikk 5 stemmer. 90 poeng

Sterpi Timorasso 2009, Vigneti Massa 
Gul, modent fruktutrykk, endel alkohol, uelegant. Igjen en vanskelig munnfølelse. Fikk ingen stemmer. 85 poeng

Frankrike vant en overlegen seier 17-3 !

fredag 15. januar 2016

Reunion Jan T 7.1.16

Jeg kom litt sent, men de andre startet med en champagne Lanson Brut NV og en tysk Riesling Classic 2013  vi aldri har smakt fra det ukjente Weingut Domdechant Werner fra Rheingau. Til asparges og skinke; Poully Fuissè  Vielles Vignes 2013 fra den ukjente produsenten Christian Collovray & Jean Luc Terrier. Eik og rik stil for en Fuissè, men vi var i området. 83 poeng. Vi giret opp tempo litt med hjemmelaget fiskesuppe og tok en Chassagne Montrachet fra nok en ukjent produsent for klubben; Fernand & Laurent Pillot. Denne også fra årgangen 2013. Et fellestema tenkte vi Kåte Rhoner. Denne var strammere i stilen, kjølig og grønn med en bitter kledelig avslutning. 84 poeng. Kim tok opp en Chardonnay fra New Zealand Kumeu Hunting Hill 2012; parfymert, krydret og overraskende blank og lite gul i uttrykket. En vellykket oversjøisk hvitvin. 89 poeng. Tilbake til Europa med en moden hvitvin St. Aubin 1cru de la Chatenière 2008 fra Hubert Lamy; grønn, presis og god mineralitet. Flere var i Puligny på denne, som alltid er et godt tegn. 88 poeng. Roar dro til med Puligny Montrachet Clavoillon 1999 fra Domaine Leflaive: popcorn, elegant, men med et skjemmende brent preg. Røykaktig, bitre druesteiner og endel alkohol på finish. Nesten mere Meursault enn Puligny. Vanskelig avslutning i munnen og jeg strekker meg til 91 poeng.

Til skinke og ost test av 3 olivenoljer:

Casa Mia fra Marchmanns (Marianne - kusina til Jan T !) ; snill, mild og gul, virker moden og mangler kanskje endel friskhet og råskap. Men balansert og god.

Affiorato (fra Oliviers) ; mer grønn og tar litt mere tak i munnen, mer virgine i stilen, men mangler endel balanse og friskhet. Tåler mere lagring.

Fattoria Selvapiana Raccolto 2015 (Moestue); veldig grønn og intens olje. Rå og tanninrik. Bitter og vanskelig i munnen. Må lagres. Men et stort potensiale.

Så rødvinene; en korket australsk Pinot Noir 2013 Marc Forbes som Jan mente var korket på duft, men kunne drikkes. Jan prøvde å finte ut de kåte rhoner med en vin fra Madiran; Chateau Bouscasse 2006 fra Brumont; blodig og mørk tannat, tett og tørrende munnfølelse med trå tanniner. 87 poeng. Roar dro opp en Barolo Gran Bussia 2001 Aldo Conterno; overraskende myk og tilgjengelig, litt snill og varm, ekstrem fruktmoden, lett å drikke. Men setter seg litt i glasset og har en langt intens ettersmak. Men overraskende tilgjengelig og god å drikke nå. 92 poeng. Røiri var stolt over sin Cos Pithos 2013 med 60% Nero di Avola & 40% Frappatto: naturvinfølelse i munnen av spontan-fermentasjon og gjær. God friskhet og en spennende vin. 86 poeng. Enda mere stolt var Røiri at en ansatt på Vinmonopolet kunne velge ut en Taurasi Radici Riserva 2006 fra Mastroberardino; fremdeles ung og bør lagres ytterligere, tøff struktur, mye substans, men tørrer fælt. Endel kledelig eik og dette vil passe bra til lam. 90 poeng. Kim tok opp en Barbaresco fra Gaja. Costa Russi 1996. Gaja var uenig med myndighetene den gang og nedklassifiserte vinen til en Langhe. Røkt kjøtt, tjærebåt og barsk i munnen. Solid vin med lakris, modent preg med en varm munnfølelse med touch av ripasso. Bør lagres ytterligere. 91 poeng. Deretter en vin fra vår dama vi besøkte San Polino Brunello di Montalcino 2008 med kjøttkraft og snev av buljong. Grønn og undermoden som kan være litt årgangstypisk. Bør lagres ytterligere. 86 poeng. Jeg tror vi hadde flere viner, men vi avsluttet med favorittvinen til Roar en LBV Nierpoort til hjemmelaget fruktsalat.

Takk til Jan T for et strålende initiativ og hyggelig lag !

lørdag 9. januar 2016


Vinmøte Øistein 26.11.15

Chateau Palmer 1986, Margaux
Dyp nese med blomster og brettomyces. Deilig myk og fragrant sommereng på nese. Således typisk Margaux. God intens nese med lang ettersmak. Denne vinen har alltid drukket godt. Årgangens solide struktur i kombinasjon med slottets eleganse. 91-93 poeng

Vi hadde denne også på vinmøte hos Øistein i 2012

Chateau Palmer 1986, Margaux

Holder seg veldig godt. Vital og harmonisk. Flere fasetter og pen dybde i vinen. Veldig fresh og god munnfølelse. Jon syntes denne var bedre enn Soldera`en. 92-93 poeng.

Fra mywinesandmore:

Bright ruby, garnet rim. Touch of volatile overtones, leather, blackcurrants, cedar, nuts, wet leaf, chocolate and anis. Somewhat more developed than other 86's lately. Almost crisp acidity, medium ripe tannins, very pronounced fruit, still elegant body, great balance, very elegant, long length. 93

Vi hadde denne på GF Bordeaux 1986 21.5.11; 
Pen rød farge. Klar, frisk og floral. Typisk Palmer-lett i munnen, men korrekt nok til å betegnes som vellykket for årgangen. Kjølig, moden og elegant frukt. Stall, lær og sopp. Konsentrert med lang ettersmak. Bare 12% alkohol. Broadbent sier atypical 1986 ***. Av en eller annen grunn er Broadbent ikke så begeistret for årgangen 1986 i Bordeaux ! 
93 poeng

Clos des Papes 1998, Chateauneuf du Papes
Frisk og god konsentrasjon, viser årgangens kvalitet. Eple og blåbær og endel urene toner som det ofte blir med ChNdP.  Sursøt med krekling, noe grønt og tørt, endel alkohol og overmoden frukt. Endel uenighet mht. kvalitet på flasken. 90-92 poeng.

Good medium red. Wild aromas of raspberry, strawberry, licorice and leather (I thought "Bandol with a band-aid"); began a bit rude but grew cleaner in the glass. Supple and dense but at the same time vinous and juicy, with a very firm spine of acidity giving the middle palate excellent verve. The leather and meaty notes give a savory dryness to this firmly built and sharply delineated wine. Still needs time to unfold.
Score: 93+Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1993, Casse Basse Soldera
Genuin munnfølelse, rik og saftig. Bør fortsatt lagres og vil bli bedre. Jon var uenig ! Sursøt, frisk og vi gjettet Brunello. God konsentrasjon, nesten "grange" intensitet. 94 poeng

Clos de l`Obac 1998, Priorat
Eple og calvados på nese. Varmere stil ala Beaucastel. Sydrhonsk med elementer av grenache. Australia og eukalyptus. 86-90 poeng.

  • 35% GRENACHE
  • 10% SYRAH
  • 10% MERLOT
  • 10% CARIÑENA

torsdag 3. desember 2015

Er rød burgund 2001 sliten ?

Vinmøte Øistein 26.11.15

Detter er hva Per Mæleng skriver om årgangen 2001 i
Årgangen er sjarmerende frisk og syrlig med moderat dybde i frukten. Som helt unge var de gode, detaljerte og energiske viner. Vinene har i varierende grad hold stand mot tidens tann, men i dag har det meste vært modent i mange år. Fra de senere årene har jeg hatt pene viner fra topp appellasjoner fra produsenter som A. Gros, Rousseau, Mugnier og DRC. Alt er imidlertid modent, så det er bare å drikke unna mens det stadig er håp om noen gode fruktige kvaliteter i vinene.

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2001, Dominique Laurent
Litt pepper og intens aromatisk vin med sigarkasse i en frisk og lett vellykket stil. Selv med en yppig litt varm nese, har den en god solid "Grand Cru"  munnfølelse med litt grill og amerikansk Pinot. God syrlighet, bra løft, masse eik og lett tilgjengelig. Med utvikling i glasset gikk vi fra Pinot til Sangiovese/ Brunello ! Ikke allverdens lagringspotensial her, men dette er innkjøpt vin/druer fra en vinmaker som liker vinene sine i en "fleshy" stil. 94 poeng

Corton-Pougets Grand Cru 2001, Louis Jadot
Stum nese, intakt briljant rød farge. Sursøt med gjenværende litt kantete Corton-tanniner. Masse syre, mangler frukt ? Usikker på lagringspotensial her. Vanskelig i munnen, den viser varme toner som fører deg over til Spâtburgunder alâ Becker. Samtidig også undermoden og tror den kan lagres, men er usikker på om den blir noe bedre.89-90 poeng

Fra wine-searcher:

Les Pougets is a climat of the Corton Grand Cru appellation in the Cote de Beaunedistrict of Burgundy. The walled site is located on the southern slopes of the Montagne de Corton hill, reaching from the lower mid-slopes right up to the tree line at 1100ft (335m). Pougets is one of the five Corton climats which produce both white and red wines, under the Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru and Corton Grand Cru appellations respectively. The reason for this is that the soils vary noticeably across the site, specifically in their proportions of limestone and iron-rich marlstone – the former suiting Chardonnay, the latter Pinot Noir.
Corton Les Pougets
Les Pougets, on the hill of Corton
According to the appellation laws, the names of officially recognized climats may be mentioned as part of the appellation title, provided the wine in question is produced exclusively from grapes grown within the site. Thus, Corton Les Pougets wines are those made under the Corton Grand Cruappellation, from grapes grown within the Les Pougets climat.
Although it is generally thought of as an appellation for red wines made from Pinot Noir, about 5% of Corton wines are pureChardonnay, sold as Corton Blanc. The classic Corton red wine is rich and relatively tannic, meaning that it is quite austere in its youth but develops well with age. Corton tasting notes often refer to flavors of violets, forest berries, leather and earthy notes. Corton Blanc is considered to be amongst the finest of Burgundy's whites, and is famous for its combination of fruit flavors (figs and baked pears) and mineral character (flint) – the latter being particularly prevalent in wines from the cooler western slopes.
The hill of Corton itself is a large outcrop of limestone, set slightly apart from the main Cote d'Or escarpment. Vines occupy almost every slope of the lozenge-shaped hill, with the Grand Cru-classified section sweeping majestically around from due east to due west. On the slightly cooler western side, the limestone soils are closer to the surface and this is reflected in the (mostly white) wines from these vineyards. The eastern side is a touch warmer – being more exposed to the morning sunshine – and richer in the marlstone which is so well suited to Pinot Noir.

Nuits St Georges Les Pruliers 2001, Domaine Henri Gouges
Dyp og lilla, eik, kloakk, urin,anis, kumøkk og lakris. Mye her...Tørrer ut med tanniner og mistenker brettomyces. Men vinen holder seg godt syremessig selvom saftigheten er borte og tørrheten overtar. 87-88 poeng

Clos des Ruchottes Chambertin Grand Cru 2001, A. Rousseau
Tydelig Pinot Noir, klar og funklende med islett av sitrusspray. Moden og litt US Pinot i stilen. Etterhvert tydelig eik med en edel Grand Cru/Nuits kvalitet. Elegant, men ikke overveldende kompleks. Jeg synes kanskje dette er hans dårligste vin, men fremdeles 92-93 poeng !