(2016) Wonderful tobacco and honey colour. Beautiful nose, delicate salt and tiny meat-stock notes. Extraordinary salty intensity, like a great Fino sherry but without the oxidation, meaty notes, such superb natural concentration with a great lemony thrust of acidity, huge precision to the finish. No doubt this will age for a decade or more.
(2016) A touch of ruby almost at the core of the golden, tobacco colour. A little more toffee and richness than the Ribolla 2007, but still that amazing intensity and stunning clarity. There's that salt and meat again, perhaps a slightly broader overall feel, but then the precision and luminosity of the Ribolla is so stunning.
(2016) Still very much tobacco/amber colour. An ethereal nose, gentle apple skin and waxy lemon, the subtle chalk and light earth of Botrytis in this vintage. There's a cashmere softness to this but still such a wonderful natural concentration.
(2016) There's almost a chocolaty character to this, a little mint and again more breadth than the Ribolla 2006, less of that salt-streaked Fino or Manzanilla dryness. But it has the spark and vitality, with a little zest and flashing juiciness, that is more 'orthodox', but it is beautifully dashing and fine.
(2016) From magnum. Delightful amber glow, a deeper colour. There is a light leafiness to this and them that lovely saline freshness . A hint of burnt orange and that intensely dry, concentrated phalanx of acids and earthy, elemental flavours. Hugely introspective, contemplative stuff and still very young. Price quoted is for a magnum.
(2016) Sauvignon Blanc makes 40% of the blend along with Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling. Again chocolate, smoke and a certain richness, with gentle toast before that shocking saline rush of salted lemon, rim of a Margherita thrust of acidity, lemon and salt.
(2016) Coffee, cappuccino and caramel flood the nose, a real characteristic of the Breg for me, with immense intensity and characteristic salinity and depths of waxy brown paper, ground coffee and still vital lemon acidity. This was fabulous with the food.
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