Weekend drinking Thread 19-21 Feb

We had a Vincent/Maison Girardin Monthelie 1er cru Les Riottes 2009 last night. And it’s a delightful wine with a crisp cherry bouquet and a well balanced palate showing the same - good intensity to the crunchy fruit with a bit of earthiness appearing on the finish. This is bright, shapely and very moreish. I love this sort of burgundy. ***
 
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A couple of birth year wines for one of my kids who is working from my home on their birthday before his move a new house in London with a d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 1997 and Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1997. Both bottles had a 10-minute splash decant for sediment then left for an hour, both were fully mature, were polar opposites to each other, and both drunk on the cool side at around cellar temperature from Riedel Vinum Syrah/Shiraz glasses.

Decanting/air rewarded the drinker, especially the La Chapelle which was a VA hellhole on first tasting. It certainly showed some age to the eye before transforming into a good bottle that improved yet further in the glass. Lots of primary/secondary/even some tertiary notes. Very smooth & complex with its delicious compote of fruits & roasted meat. Unlikely to improve, however, this has another 8+ years of decent drinking ahead of it and made for a delicious celebratory toast. A real charmer. 13.4%vol 92pts

The Dead Arm was a soupy oaky mess but that hours worth of air really paid dividends integrating the contents of this bottle nicely. Sure, it always had its oak veneer to the fore, never-the-less the powerful red/purple fruit behind was more than a match. A wine that you need to appreciate for what it is not for what it isn’t and has aged marvellously like all the 90’s d’Arenberg wines. A very tasty example of a McLaren Vale Shiraz made in a style that has virtually disappeared. Drink now & over the next 10 years. A rare treat! 14.5%vol 92pts

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Looking for a white Burgundy on Saturday and decided to open something a bit grander as it was my birthday - all the Grands Crus are still in bond but found a Puligny Montrachet Champs Gain 2011 from Olivier Bernstein - totally poxed...
Ok, so back to one I have been finding totally reliable; 2011 Pernand Vergelesses Sous Fretille from Remi Rollin; yet again this really delivers; I'm really glad I have several more bottles (plus a few half-cases of later vintages).
 
Forgot to post about this, a very good line-up last weekend! Highlights included a wonderful 25 year old Chinon and saying that if the La Landonne was a northern rhone, I’d kill myself.

2016 Eric Morgat Savennières Fides
Haven't tried this producer because I've read about bottle variation but wow this was on. High acid, lemon curd and cream that suggested oak use, very good weight (from lees contact?) and power but the fruit was delivered in a chiselled manner. Beautifully balanced wine.

1996 Couly-Dutheil Chinon Cuvée Crescendo Clos de l'Echo
Perfect cork. Now this was definitely a Bordeaux ringer. Forest floor, tobacco, and just a lovely nose of strawberry. On the palate it is elegant and light, still young with plenty of fruit and just a hint of greenness. Got this at auction for substantially more than release price (but still way cheaper than a good Bordeaux), and all I can say is wow Cab Franc can age.

2000 Château Léoville Barton
Softer and lusher than expected, sweet red fruits that made me think it was heavy on Merlot. For a vaunted vintage I thought it would have more structure but this was more similar to the 2001 than 2005 or 2010. Still too young for my liking.

2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée 3.14
Was looking forward to this given the good reviews for 2016. Expressive nose, but on the palate it surprisingly had less structure than the 2013 which I liked a lot. Plenty of mineral red fruits as usual with Foillard but the weight that I expected didn't emerge fully for this bottle. Agree that it might be an earlier drinking 3.14.

2017 David & Nadia Chenin Blanc Skaliekop
Brought this as a ringer to compare against a Loire Chenin. Slightly heavy handed on the oak that has yet to integrate. On the riper side, not as taut as I would like. Made in a bigger, more overt style similar to the basic Chenin that I tried a couple of weeks ago.

2006 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne
I said that if this was northern Rhone I'd kill myself - shows what I know. But to be fair I don't drink at this price point often, this was thanks to a very generous friend. The heavy oak use that made everyone think it was a Bordeaux blend of some sort, possibly from the south. On the nose and palate, the fruit was rather muted compared to a glorious 1999 that I tried a couple of years ago. Still painfully young, but I am not sure how long it'd take for the oak to integrate as the fruit doesn't seem to be sufficient to support the massive structure.

2017 Famille Perrin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards Blanc

Blend of Clairette, Grenache blanc, Roussanne. Rich profile, lots of oak that felt like the winemaker was trying to mimic Burgundy. Didn't have the waxy texture that I associate with Rhone whites, but definitely aromatic and low acid.

2004 Domaine de Peyre Rose Coteaux du Languedoc Clos Syrah Leone
Another one where almost everyone thought it was a Bordeaux blend. Made in a clean and modern style but didn't have anything that stood out. Over time it became rather disjointed and alcoholic, almost like an unbalanced Aussie Shiraz.

2016 M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Les Granits
Rather nondescript wine, these are always a little too polished to tell the terroir of their origins.

 
2006 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne
I said that if this was northern Rhone I'd kill myself - shows what I know. But to be fair I don't drink at this price point often, this was thanks to a very generous friend. The heavy oak use that made everyone think it was a Bordeaux blend of some sort, possibly from the south. On the nose and palate, the fruit was rather muted compared to a glorious 1999 that I tried a couple of years ago. Still painfully young, but I am not sure how long it'd take for the oak to integrate as the fruit doesn't seem to be sufficient to support the massive structure.
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Dear Mr Yeo,

I’d like to welcome you to your honorary membership of the La La Unbelievers Club. For your troubles you will be laughed at and considered a heretic on every occasion you raise this subject, but the other three members of this club value your solidarity highly.

Good luck and chin up
Chief Heretic

Definitely many better northern Rhones at a much lower price but the nose of the 1999 is a personal benchmark for me! But even that on the palate was rather muted if I recall.
 
Would this wine survive over 2 nights or not advisable?
Sorry Christopher I just spotted your question. I was going to check the back label for any info on the disgorgement date but before I could the bottle was recycled!
It was bought quite a while ago when they first changed to the dark grey label. That’s one reason why I was so pleased at how it showed.
Would it have held up over two nights ? Hard to say as we guzzled it rather quickly it was so delicious. But that bottle I think would have, though it’s worth my confessing to generally liking champagne thats that’s had a good breathe!
 
1996 Couly-Dutheil Chinon Cuvée Crescendo Clos de l'Echo
Perfect cork. Now this was definitely a Bordeaux ringer. Forest floor, tobacco, and just a lovely nose of strawberry. On the palate it is elegant and light, still young with plenty of fruit and just a hint of greenness. Got this at auction for substantially more than release price (but still way cheaper than a good Bordeaux), and all I can say is wow Cab Franc can age.
That does sound fabulous. Wish I had more aged Cab Franc in my cellar!
 
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