Weekend drinking 30 July 2021

Last night, Jean-Claude Lapalu's Brouilly 2019. I was a bit non-plussed by this. It seemed a little over-ripe and had a little spritz, which I found off-putting. Perhaps I should have given it a shake. Judgement reserved but I had hoped for more.

Yesterday Buisson Charles Meursault les Charmes 2014 a super wine with scallops girolles courgettes...
although Isabelle noted she prefers Batard Montrachet (2014 Fontaine Gagnard...)


Today with ossobucco Bart les champs salomon 2014 which attracted Isabelle cri du coeur "why buy all this expensive stuff, this is excellent"... really drinking well and much more interesting than most Bourgogne rouges priced in the stratosphere...

I Suppose one will need to redirect Roumier Bonnes Mares budget;) to PYCM Chevalier Montrachet... will not help much though....just joking...

  • 2010 Seresin Pinot Noir Home Vineyard - New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough (30/07/2021)
    Medium to light body, lovely clarity, orange tinting and fading at the rim. Lovely nose of leather and rose, cherry and a little sweet spice. The palate doesn’t quite live up to the nose, it’s bright and crunchy cherry with really zingy acidity, it’s long but I think the fruit is struggling a bit to keep up. I’m going to drink up now
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The wines advertised above all showed well last night. The Taittinger Champagne Brut Folies de la Marquetterie NV (a single vineyard wine) was nicely secondary and substantial without any heaviness. This delivered creamy, pinot noir dominated fruit with a touch of ginger for interest. Fully mature to my palate (with 3-4 years extra age), so my final bottle will be drunk over the next twelve months. In the end we opened two Le Grappin white burgundies. The Santenay 1er cru Les Gravieres had that extra layer of richness that Andrew's 2014s nearly always show - the length was good and the wine was framed by the house precision. A 2013 Savigny-les-Beaune blanc was also good - just a little leaner and a tad more evolved. I'd be drinking up the Savigny on this showing as further evolution may not be beneficial. The 2014 has plenty of time in hand I think. The Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza la Rioja Alta 2005 was its usual excellent self - deeply fruited on the nose with the oak in the background leading to long, creamy, very poised fruit on the palate. Finishes emphatically and here you do sense the elevage, but not in a negative manner. At the beginning of its drinking window really - could it be as good as the 2001? I think it might be.

Edited to add that CT rates the Vina Ardanza 2005 at 91.3, and the Reserva Especial 2001 at 91.0, so perhaps the masses are on to something. Personally I'd have them both somewhere in the low to mid nineties.
A couple of TNs, one so old nigh on irrelevant.
About to tuck away the 2019s collected this week. Mrs C requested a Bourgogne Rouge for this evening's meal. There's Grappin Savigny-les- Beaune '14 hereabouts, which I will pass off as posh BR.
  • 2014 Le Grappin Santenay 1er Cru Gravières Blanc - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Santenay 1er Cru (20/02/2021)
    Star bright; has the classic reductive style, poised, stylish; crisp, focused, a buttery note; tremendous nervosity of a fine, extended finish. No hurry needed. (93 pts.)
2013 Le Grappin Savigny-lès-Beaune Blanc - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Saigny-lès-Beaune (09/07/2016)
Impressive weight, smoky, nutty notes; buttery, with some oakiness, well balanced. This is no shrinking violet; real vigour on stylish, stylised finish. (90 pts.)
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Corton Charlemagne 2011, Phillipe Pacalet. A very surprising, very delicious wine. Pacalet has the reputation of being of the 'natural' school and indeed eschews new oak and sulphur until bottling, I believe, but this is for all the world like a shonky old bottle from Remoissenet with its strong nose of foaming butter and toasted oats and its voluptuous and rich but lifted palate. I wouldn't keep it longer had I more but it's a delightful throwback.
Sauzet Puligny village 08 horribly poxed.
BdMartray CC 2005 lovely. Bright, tangerine nose,a bit tight (of course), but classy, though not top flight. Needs a few more years.
Thanks for the tip-off on the Le Grappin, Richard. Might have to "dispose of" one today....
I'm just finishing what's left of the SLB blanc 2013 from last night - I'd reiterate the drink soon recommendation if my bottle is typical of its evolution. The dregs of the Gravieres blanc 2014 held up much better. The gap between the two wines had grown by tonight as well.
Last night, Tio Pepe En Rama ‘21 (great), and Suertes’ 7 Fuentes 2016, my last, and suggesting the others were drunk too soon. Almost N Rhone-like, if the meatiness was swapped for smokey grilled vegetables, and the white pepper added with a heavy hand (too heavy for wife, who doesn’t fancy pepper in food or in wine).

Tonight, innocuous fizz brought by friends, more Tio Pepe, and a glass of La Bruja de Rosas ‘18, such a lot of wine for the money, and which shows that 14.5% needn’t feel at all hot and bothered.
How did you find the Il Sistri? I haven’t tried it for quite a few years as I found it a little ripe and fat. I wonder if the winemaking changed when the sons took over.
It was decent enough - pretty good. I certainly wouldn't describe it as ripe or fat. I'd not had it for many years, so don't have a good point of reference.
Just thinking about it, I've forgotten how much it costs, so that might be a relevant factor...

Edit: £22ish seems pretty good to me. I preferred it to the PYCM, which I think was fading and a bit too ripe for its own good.
It was decent enough - pretty good. I certainly wouldn't describe it as ripe or fat. I'd not had it for many years, so don't have a good point of reference.
Just thinking about it, I've forgotten how much it costs, so that might be a relevant factor...

Edit: £22ish seems pretty good to me.
Ah ok that sounds encouraging as I’ve heard it had undergone a change in style. Sounds like I need to revisit it and yes £22 is good qpr.
A couple of forum faves tonight, both superb with some Japanese food: one with the sushi and kara-age and the other with the skewers. Heavenly!

  • NV Lanson Champagne Extra Age Brut - France, Champagne (7/31/2021)
    Disgorged May 2018. I immediately loved the nose, full of character from the ageing: dough, honey, toasted nuts. I usually don't like Lanson, I think because I prefer Champagne that undergoes malo, and the green apple character of the house style remained the dominant feature on the palate, though this was nicely mellowed down and the fact the wine was so structured suggests there is plenty of scope for further ageing. Looking forward to trying again. (92 pts.)
  • 2019 Pierrick Bouley Bourgogne Côte d'Or - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Côte d'Or (7/31/2021)
    Enticing nose, which was surprisingly complex: wet earth, sharp red fruit, incense, powdery soap. On the palate, I found the wine just a little bit overextracted for my taste, although there was plenty of compensating acidity from the raspberry-dominant fruit. Just a touch of evident tannin and new oak. Very nice, and will be interesting to see how long to leave my other bottle. (90 pts.)
Wandering the back streets of Beaune (ok, the main square) spotted the Vauprin. I missed this on release in UK. Took out remaining three - it was cheaper. The '19 is a notch better, but time may change matters
  • 2018 Roland Lavantureux Chablis Vauprin - France, Burgundy, Chablis (31/07/2021)
    Primrose colour; saline driven nose, classic; tremendous nervosity, scrunchy acidity, green fruit; zippy finish. Needs a couple of years. (91 pts.)
  • 2018 Domaine Trapet Pere Fils Pinot Noir Bourgogne - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne (31/07/2021)
    Full colour; spicy, tightly focused red fruit; crisp fruit; bright snap to finish. Merits more time. (86 pts.)
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The label is reductio ad absurdum.

Fairly cheap and cheerful after midweek Wimps. A Schloss Lieser Pinot Noir 2001 Niederberg-helden, slightly chilled, slipped down very easily and seems to be developing a bit of secondary interest. Also a Alberto Marsetti Rosso di Valtellina DOC 2018 which was very light, lots of cherry and gentle tangy fruit, very easy and light on the wallet. Bits of Bambi on the BBQ this evening to maybe need to something more grown-up later.
A couple of magnums last night


The Chablis had a nose of goats cheese but the palate was delicious with oyster shell, mushroom, minerals and lemon & lime acidity. A hit with my non-wine geek, ABC family.

The Saintayme was also a hit, but I thought it a touch on the young side, the tannins needing a bit of time to soften and melt a bit. Lovely dark berry and plum fruit though so shows good promise. Good with a cheeseboard.
Château Ksara Merwah 2018
Hats off to Chateau Ksara for proudly marketing a varietal that most people won't have heard of - I, being a committed Musar Blanc fan, grabbed it because I did know exactly what I hoped I'd be getting!
Nose is very much young Musar Blanc, less acetone (I'm completely fine with that!) but really nice lanolin, green hazelnuts, floral. Palate is, well, Lebanese Gravonia? Perhaps without quite the length of the Rioja version. But overall v satisfying, I will have to get some more and forget about them for a few years.
Last time I bought any Musar Blanc it was just under £15 at Majestic. Now it's getting on for double that.
This Chateau Ksara is also just under £15, I'd say the white equivalent to Hochar Pere & Fils - certainly way more interesting than Musar Jeune, or any other non-Musar Lebanese wine I've had. Very happy to have grabbed it!
Beaucastel 2017 - after 4 hours bike ride this morning I popped into the local wine shop as I staggered towards home.....sure that I was worthy of a decent wine...

Chose this... Obviously very young, but after a 2 hour decant this has excellent balance - a nice undercurrent of black fruit with minerals and elegance, Really well done - some notes of delicate coconut coming through but everything really in synch. Will be very good in 5 years.....will keep for much longer of course

Also yesterday opened a bottle of 2017 Rodrígo Méndez Rías Baixas O Raio Da Vella Tinto..... I dont think I have tasted a wine so tarte and acidic as this.
Not for me..... barely half a glass...... even worse the next day.

30 quid gone....