A couple of TNs, one so old nigh on irrelevant.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.
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.Thanks for the tip-off on the Le Grappin, Richard. Might have to "dispose of" one today....
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.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.
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.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.