Weekend of 14-16th January drinking thread..

  • 1999 Albert Morot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru La Bataillère Aux Vergelesses - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru (13/01/2022)
    Mid ruby to garnet at the rim. Fairly deep red fruit. Similar to the last bottle almost exactly a decade ago, but now the velvety texture has dried a little and the tannin is more obvious. The gloss of relative youth has faded and it’s not yet back in balance. Quite a heavy fine sediment coating the underside of the bottle. Perfectly ok, but lacking something. Leave a while. *** (86 pts.)
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Following on from last night‘s Morot…

  • 1999 Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Teurons - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru (14/01/2022)
    This is a step up from the same vintage of Sav La Bat last night. Similar structured style from the vintage, but a little more flesh on the bones currently, though still a little stolid. Good density, but lacking really in complexity, length and verve. Suspect the Morot 99s are in that slightly stuck phase where the exuberant fruit of youth has lost its gloss but the aromas and complexity of maturity are yet to develop. Will revisit in five years. *** (88 pts.)
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I assume you actually mean 14-16 Jan!
2008 Mas Martinet Priorat Cami Pesseroles - still very deep colour, bit of vanilla, black fruits, leather; on the palate still cassis and leather, fairly firm structure still, good length. I have three more of these and I'm not sure whether to leave the or drink up, as it's really enjoyable now...
 
Tsiakkas Xynisteri 2020
A Cypriot white from high altitudes from the Xynisteri variety. It's really enjoyable - some citrus and some sweeter fruit notes almost into the tropical type but still refreshing. Wonderful acidity for such a hot island (altitude must help here) but also pure fruit. Sounds kind of generic I guess but that's my lack of prose skills. It's a fun wine and quite moreish and with some genuine personality. Buy again? At nearly 20€ maybe. I mean it has its own personality and isn't overpriced (for Finland that is) so maybe I'll try it again if there's nothing new interesting hitting the shelves.
 
Still going through some bottles pulled for an early check on their progress, a 2016 Jean Guiton Volnay Les Petits Poisots started off a bit burly, but loosened up a bit with time in the decanter, it has dark cherry fruit and won’t win a prize for finesse, it feels like it’s in a inbetween stage, so will hopefully develop a bit more complexity with more time
 
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Slightly unsatisfactory week, but these wines were extremely pleasurable tonight.
  • 2001 Conterno Fantino Barolo Sorì Ginestra - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (1/14/2022)
    Pretty damn good. Decanted for sediment (having been stood up for a few weeks) and then started upon immediately. Open from the off, and consistent over the few hours we drank it. Full, aromatic and slightly acrid nose, with the phenolic odours 'catching' in the nose as if from a first aid product (but in a good way, like Islay whisky!). Some menthol and flowers too. Cherry fruit on the palate, plus leather, balsamic and a touch of sweetness, then grippy and peppery on the finish. So addictive. Mature, but loads of time in hand. (94 pts.)
  • 2012 Jean Noel Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru (1/14/2022)
    Despite the wine being 10 years old and me giving it some air, the nose was primarily struck match/reductive for a long time, and that note remained dominant throughout (we took five hours over the bottle, drinking some red with dinner and then returning to it). Stony, lots of mineral cut, with some pineapple showing itself after a couple of hours and a walnutty bitterness on the midpalate. Very good - indeed my wife really liked it - but this bottle felt less mature than one we drank 18 months ago, and would have benefited from a couple more years. (92 pts.)
 
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We enjoyed Mexican at Breddos Tacos last night with margaritas and then walked over to Noble Rot. Off the by the glass list we had a lovely Pierre Peters Chentillon 2005. Very, very taught, stony and mineral driven wine. Super energy and long, long finish. This didn't remotely feel ready but was lovely to drink with some cheese. Then we moved onto a Denis Mortet Gevrey Au Velle 2002 which had that ethereal nose which is heady, so moorish, where you disappear into the glass and all else fades. This is the reason so many of us try to chase this Burgundy monkey. The palate was super fresh, so much red fruit and great acidity and balance. Lovely wine. We ended the evening sharing a glass of Krug 169 which was very closed on the nose, but fresh and vibrant with some trademark Krug notes on the palate. A cab home and then a wee cognac while Basil raced round the room chasing his dinosaur ended a very pleasant evening.
 
Coravinned earlier in the week - it was disappointing. Pulled the corked yesterday evening & left alone for three hours. By then it was shining.

  • 2015 Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Le Haut de la Butte - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Bourgueil (11/01/2022)
    Colour has advanced quickly, ruby with garnet rim; initially reductive, piquant, core of black fruit; medium bodied, vastly improves with plenty of air, sleek dark fruits, marked acidity. Old school Loire Cab Franc. (90 pts.)
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  • 2009 Catherine et Claude Maréchal Savigny-lès-Beaune Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune (14/01/2022)
    3/3, excellent cork. Medium/deep garnet core, pale garnet rim. Nose is open, dark fruited, lightly smoky, some nice liquorice and meaty complexity. Medium bodied on the palate, dark cherry fruit to the fore, smoke, spice, refined tannins, this is quite sexy yet elegant with it with fresh/vibrant acidity carrying a good length, harmonious finish. Still going strong and no particular hurry to drink up - at least another 5 years. (90 pts.)
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  • 2015 Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Le Haut de la Butte - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Bourgueil (11/01/2022)
    Colour has advanced quickly, ruby with garnet rim; initially reductive, piquant, core of black fruit; medium bodied, vastly improves with plenty of air, sleek dark fruits, marked acidity. Old school Loire Cab Franc. (90 pts.)
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I have some of the 2018. Both bottles opened thus far have been quite bretty.
 
Opened a decidedly advanced PM 1er Clos des Folatieres from Paul Pernot. Just too honeyed and fell very short on the palate. Parked it and opened a gorgeous Patrick Piuze Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 2014. So pure and full of chiseled minerally goodness. Right up there for top drawer 1er Cru Chablis. We then shared a 2015 MSD Clos Sorbe from David Duband. Lovely brightness to the fruit and just enough earthy grunt. Young but drinking very well already.
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‘11 Nicolas Rossignol Caillerets - PnP. Beautiful nose, similar to previous notes, this is just drinking so well now. Sweet sweet tannins, this has also put on some weight vs previous bottles. Smooth and silky on the palate. More Vosne than Volnay with those enticing spices. Absolutely love this, I really ought to look for more wines from this producer. Where have I been all these years? ‘11 is a weak vintage??

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‘11 is a weak vintage??
As with all 'weak' vintages there are wines of exceptional loveliness in 2011, and weak vintage loveliness is a rather different thing to the smartness of more vaunted ones. If over the last 20 years one has been drinking 92,94,98,00,01 and 04 one wouldn't necessarily have had a better time drinking 90,93,95,99, 02 and 05.
 
Opened a decidedly advanced PM 1er Clos des Folatieres from Paul Pernot. Just too honeyed and fell very short on the palate. Parked it...
Just testing these 2 before taking them out to dinner. Despite the obvious perils of 07 white burgundy, these both seem extremely happy. Further conclusions will wait until proper drinking...

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How unusual - Paul Pernot is hardly ever mentioned on here (except in the context of his prices having risen and the EP prices now being ridiculously high for the quality of the wine) and then he gets mentioned in two consecutive posts today. Yet I have rather enjoyed his PM Folatieres from various vintages. It might be relatively unsubtle but it can be undeniably attractive and delicious. I opened a 2012 for some civilians last year and they adored it, and I enjoyed it greatly myself while recognising that it didn't fit the PM stereotype (being closer in style to Californian chardonnay...). What vintage was yours, Robbie?
 
Found a lone bottle of Gonon St Joseph 2012 in my cellar today in France after a terrific afternoon of cross country skiing and thought I’d give it a whirl; especially as I might like to buy some more I thought.
For a young wine this is already showing really well and is quite delicious. The nose is a little muted initially but on the palate there is such freshness and purity. The texture is fabulous too. Lovely predominately red fruit, it is mouth filling, intense and lithe. Admirably persistent too. It’s a very fine wine for sure.

So my conclusion unsurprisingly : must try to find more. A quick look at winesearcher however and I practically fell off my chair! It’s just staggering how certain wines have lept in price recently and sad too.
 

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How unusual - Paul Pernot is hardly ever mentioned on here (except in the context of his prices having risen and the EP prices now being ridiculously high for the quality of the wine) and then he gets mentioned in two consecutive posts today. Yet I have rather enjoyed his PM Folatieres from various vintages. It might be relatively unsubtle but it can be undeniably attractive and delicious. I opened a 2012 for some civilians last year and they adored it, and I enjoyed it greatly myself while recognising that it didn't fit the PM stereotype (being closer in style to Californian chardonnay...). What vintage was yours, Robbie?
Pernot is the source of Drouhin's really delicious but short-lived Folatieres. I have had superb whites from there but I don't think they have ever been for keeping.
Has anyone tasted the wines of his granddaughter Alvina? they are supposed to be jolly good.
 
How unusual - Paul Pernot is hardly ever mentioned on here (except in the context of his prices having risen and the EP prices now being ridiculously high for the quality of the wine) and then he gets mentioned in two consecutive posts today. Yet I have rather enjoyed his PM Folatieres from various vintages. It might be relatively unsubtle but it can be undeniably attractive and delicious. I opened a 2012 for some civilians last year and they adored it, and I enjoyed it greatly myself while recognising that it didn't fit the PM stereotype (being closer in style to Californian chardonnay...). What vintage was yours, Robbie?
2015. There’s a hollow bitterness to the finish that just isn’t right. A bottle last year was much better so I’ll persevere
 
2019 Envinate Albahra - Ribena purple colour. Heady spiced perfume, quite ripe but intensely mineral and fresh as only 12.5%. I really enjoyed this, not had much experience with Envinate reds but will definitely be keeping an eye out for more
 
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