What are we drinking weekend 26th - 28th Feb

St. Joseph Cuvee du Papy 2012 from Domaine du Monteillet is being opened tonight @Nigel Lierop . This has a beautifully inviting, glossy, deep ruby colour. A lovely nose of pure, still quite primary, judiciously plummy fruit and a flicker of something herbal, with an undercurrent of granite and just the faintest whiff of top quality wood. A bit more towards green olive after time. Long, poised, fresh without outstanding purity. Just some very fine tannins still on the finish, but they're of a melting nature. No elevage noticeable on the palate or finish @Mark Palmer . It's so easy to overlook (and sometimes underrate) St. Joseph, but there are some cracking wines being made there these days. 3.5 stars, perhaps 4 in another 4-5 years.
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I hear that the winemaking has become more reasonable over the last ten years or so. Looking forward to tasting some.
 
Location
London
Another rhapsody on the theme of Pinot Noir, with thanks to @Trevor Armstrong for listing this on Vinxchange

2009 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Bourgogne - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne (2/26/2021)
CT's drinking window ended in 2019, but this feels barely ready: its colour is dark, nose and palate are full and fairly primary, there's some evident tannin towards the finish. For all that, it's an absolutely super wine, particularly on the nose and the finish, with spice and cassis, good raspberryish acidity, and a sense of generosity without compromising on balance. I'm drinking this as a digestif, but wish I had some duck as it would make a wonderful pairing. Quintessential Burgundy, and better than some 1ers. (92 pts.)

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Missing our offlines tonight and enduring another understandable night of my other half working a 14 hour day vaccinating the nation and simply needing a smile, some good food and a made-up bed. I must admit I was not made for a hermits life! Anyhow not much to complain about considering...

Cannot wait to be freed from this cage and smile and see everyone again...

Anyhow, tonight I enjoyed a lovely Querciabella 2010 Chianti Classico with some on the pass sirloin on the bone. The tannins are beautifully resolved and it has a velvet feel in its fruit and intensity. Great wine and great value. I have a soft spot for this estate.

I followed this up with a Friday night treat. A wee Meo-Camuzet Brulees 2002. So fabulous. Like an early Kate Moss confidently strutting out in an outrageous yet perfectly balanced though ever so slightly haut couture exotic outfit. Refined and exuberant. Exotic and from a simple place. It really is a wine that will not be pigeon holed. It is a paradox. Yum. With some hard cheeses and Friday night tunes it is making me glad, giddy and grateful.
 
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My BdM last week surprised me by its freshness.
Prum WS Auslese 1990 too must have been special!
Yes this was the latest and last disgorgement of 2017 I believe. I had a few bottles in 2019 and this one felt fresher even though bought at the same time. The Auslese I’m incredibly fortunate to have picked up a few years ago at a decent price and they have been an utter joy and privilege. Few more bottles left.
 
St. Joseph Cuvee du Papy 2012 from Domaine du Monteillet is being opened tonight @Nigel Lierop . This has a beautifully inviting, glossy, deep ruby colour. A lovely nose of pure, still quite primary, judiciously plummy fruit and a flicker of something herbal, with an undercurrent of granite and just the faintest whiff of top quality wood. A bit more towards green olive after time. Long, poised, fresh without outstanding purity. Just some very fine tannins still on the finish, but they're of a melting nature. No elevage noticeable on the palate or finish @Mark Palmer . It's so easy to overlook (and sometimes underrate) St. Joseph, but there are some cracking wines being made there these days. 3.5 stars, perhaps 4 in another 4-5 years.
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Thank you Richard!
 
1st wine for a week....

Stark Conde Cabernet Sauvignon '17 - Berries and blackcurrants, a plush mid-weight with some classical cedar and spice notes and a crisp refreshing finish. A well balanced and well made wine.

So far, so good. A very enjoyable Cabernet and excellent value and consistent both times I have tried it this month.

But, this wine is rated a whopping 95 points by Decanter, the same as Leoville Barton, Calon Segur and Figeac 2017 to name but three.

It simply does not have the depth or layers to reach such lofty heights and neither do I see maturity bringing it. Easily a 90-91 point wine and with much to enjoy and admire but I have no idea what they are on over at Decanter HQ.
 
But, this wine is rated a whopping 95 points by Decanter, the same as Leoville Barton, Calon Segur and Figeac 2017 to name but three.

It simply does not have the depth or layers to reach such lofty heights and neither do I see maturity bringing it. Easily a 90-91 point wine and with much to enjoy and admire but I have no idea what they are on over at Decanter HQ.
95 - it's the new 89-90.
 
A very nice start to the weekend. My first 2016. Drinking very well open nose, stone fruits not too reduced style.
as can be the case here. The wine has good balance and a strong mineral finish.I suspect it would keep and possibly develop further ......but it is in a very good place today.ACDB5AA6-2A74-4E83-A506-A2C0F785E426.jpeg
 

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A really busy week merited something delicious but not too cerebral and a 2011 Cathiard Vosne Romanee delivered exactly that. Such a fantastic nose, just enough Vosne spice, plenty of lovely fruit and some earthy development, drinking perfectly for my taste and easily out performing the vintage.
we drank this with a lovely meal from Lorne, nothing too fancy, just well prepared and tasty dishes, definitely recommended and they happily cater for dietary requirements, which doesn’t happen in many places
 
Got my first jab yesterday, sadly not in the Cathedral, so I thought I'd have something different to celebrate. I cracked open a Querciabella Chianti Riserva 2011. Seems this estate is rather popular this weekend with forumites! I've always enjoyed this estate at tastings but own very little of it which I feel I must address. My wife commented deep blue plums which I think is fair. Super smooth and very enjoyable without any of that slight stony bitterness I often associate with Chianti. If served blind would I have guessed Chianti? Probably not but that isn't a criticism more a reflection of my inexperience with mature wines from the region. This is very good indeed. According to my spreadsheet I have 2 bottles left and have given them a drinking window of up to 2025 (no idea where I got that from) which feels about right based on my experience last night. Deserved to have been drunk with something more luxurious than the Cottage Pie we had. Must remember that for the next one.
 
The first of our VP 2015s.
  • 2015 Domaine Vincent Paris St. Joseph Les Cotes - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph (26/02/2021)
    Rubied; complex, ever changing, a melange of red fruits; plenty of bright, chiselled fruits, violets, unresolved tannins, pepper & black olive; punchy finish. Needs food. (91 pts.)
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Difficult to score but rated to reflect the best moments of the bottle.

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Kusuda Pinot Noir 2011 (Martinborough) was glorious at ten years old. Around 6,000 bottles made, aged in French oak (22% new). Initially it was pure cherry fruit, then became smoky. You can tell it has seen oak even now, but well integrated oak. I'd call it very fine.

Tonight we are Zooming with friends and it is a VJ night, with a Jura selection box from Mons (Mont D'Or, Morbier and 24m Comté). The main event is Badoz 2005 (nothing super-special but we tend to save our best for guests). But we also have samples to open from the Vignes-aux-Dames Vineyard at Château-Chalon from Perron (1981) and Rousset-Martin (2012), so old time star and up-and-coming star, two samples of each wine. Very much looking forward to this as it will be my first cheeseboard for longer than two months.
 
Location
Oxford
2 x 2010 Mâcon Chardonnay Clos de la Crochette, Héritiers du Comte Lafon, but on opening, both are sadly oxidised, dark and undrinkable.
Hopefully Comte Lafon's reputation will be saved by a 2015 Mâcon Prissé currently in the fridge.

Edit: Mâcon Prissé saves the day
 
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A really delightful surprise, a bottle of Bize Savigny Les Vergelesses 98 from a case that I'd thought finished a decade ago. It is magnificent, almost burnished gold at the edges, opulently fragrant and rich, redolent of red berries and forest floor, ripe and powerful but with a proper line of sustaining acidity. A truly great Savigny; when this was purchased Bize Savignys could almost have been considered everyday wines, such was their accessibility and ubiquity in the bin-end sales that were so frequent. I bought a lot but should have bought everything on which I could lay my hands.
 
Had a bloody lovely Ledogar Corbieres Boutenac 2015 - lots of black fruits and gravelly tang. Purchased from a wine merchant who is really bang on with superb recommendations..... now siippng a Cahors La Fage 2015 from Cosse et Maisoneuve ..... brisk acidity but lurking underneath is all manner of lovely things.
 
  • 2019 Podere Le Ripi Canna Torta Bianco Toscana IGT - Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT (2/27/2021)
    Picked this up from the fridge at Jeroboams as it was a surprisingly hot day and wanted something refreshing.

    This was chosen because we’d visited Podere Le Ripi a few years ago but never had this wine which is relatively new.

    This is a skin contact IGT Toscana blend. I think primarily Trebbiano.

    Colour is a rich bright gold. Nose has some red apple and orange blossom. Palate has a richness you’d expect given the skin contact, apple, Meyer lemon, almost sweet peachy notes and some hazelnut. Crisp acidity balances out the more viscous waxy (in a nice way) mouthfeel. Long finish.

    Overall very nice. Could see this going really nicely with some robust fish. (91 pts.)
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We are dipping again in our stash of 1981 Bordeaux: today a Ducru Beaucaillou which displayed beautiful red berry and tobacco aromae after opening, healthy red ruby colour in the glas, medium body, good acidity giving freshness, quite Young for 40 year, Holding well for 60 Minutes then slightly showing its age. Another Example how well these 81s are Holding. After Las Cases, Pichon Lalande & Palmer another very pleasing/ very good 1981
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2 x 2010 Mâcon Chardonnay Clos de la Crochette, Héritiers du Comte Lafon, but on opening, both are sadly oxidised, dark and undrinkable.
Hopefully Comte Lafon's reputation will be saved by a 2015 Mâcon Prissé currently in the fridge.

Edit: Mâcon Prissé saves the day
I've had no trouble from around 40 bottles of his Macons of varying types. 11 yrs for his basic one is a stretch though.
 
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