What are we drinking weekend 26th - 28th Feb

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.
Shame about the whites, not the they were poor wines, quite the opposite they were excellent but they did suffer from an incredibly high incidence of the POX. How have they fared as a domaine since Patrick's death in 2013?
 
My mid-week special (so I could be disqualified from this thread): this is quintessentially stylised Cote Rotie, more leaning commercial than cerebral, but a lot of Cote-Rotie bundle-of-fun, nonetheless. The last bottle of this was flawed but this is a smorgasbord of all the Cote-Rotie pepper, spice, earth and bacon fat leitmotifs you look for but the slightly drying finish suggests this needs drinking. But plenty of satisfaction with this tonight, with a ribeye.

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Some wines spanning a couple of weekends.........

Champagne Grand Cru Special Club 2005, Henri Goutorbe
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay.
Greenish gold colour. Strong persistent bubbles. Pinot richness on the nose with apple and fresh-baked bread. Hints of butter. Rich and round in the mouth with creamy, apple and lemon flavours. Rich and citric on the finish.

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Viré-Clessé "La Barre" 2015, Domaine Michel
Made from 90 year old mid-slope vines in the Quintaine vineyard. Golden colour. Nose of white peach, apricot and green apple. Big and rich in the mouth with more peach fruit flavours, a bit of honey and grapefruit. Finish is balanced and fresh.

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Riesling Grand Cru Saering Vendanges Tardives 2011, Dirler Cadé
The folie of not reading a label properly before opening the wine - I opened this to drink with mussels in a coconut milk and chilli soup. First smelled slightly oxidised then tasted sweeter than expected. I read the label again and realised it was a VT. I'd forgotten I had even bought it. Decided it would be better suited with the cheese that was planned for over the weekend so put the cork back in the bottle.
Going back to it the next day, with VT expectations, this was much better. The oxidised aromas had blown away and it was smelling of petrol and sweet tropical fruit - ripe peaches and apricots. A hint of pineapple. It was still very fresh in the mouth with a good level of sweetness and tropical fruit flavours. The finish was rich with a slight dryness, slightly acidic with lemon and lime flavours.

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Bandol Cuvée Classique 2000, Domaine Tempier
About 75% Mourvèdre with some Grenache/Cinsault plus a smaller drop of Carignan and Syrah.
Deep dark red colour. Vibrant nose of blackberries and dark plums, wood and tobacco. Smokey blackcherry and blackcurrant fruit flavours with leather, plum and chocolate. Great balance with resolved, dry tannins, spice and fresh acidity on the finish. Probably just below its peak and will stay there for a good few years.

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Brunello di Montalcino 2015, Agostina Pieri
Deep purple colour with a nose of blackberry jam and cherries. Some hints of cocao and freshly gorund coffee beans. More cherry and blackberry fruit flavours with spice and coffee and a hint of licorice. Tannins dry and still quite prominent on the mineral, stoney finish.

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Nuits-Sants-Georges Les Fleurières 2005, Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron
Cherry red colour with some browning on the edge. Pinot aromas leap out of the glass with compact strawberries, forest floor, and farmyard. Some red cherry flavours followed by strawberry and a touch of dark chocolate and spice. Nice resolved tannins flowing into a light acidic finish.

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Some wines spanning a couple of weekends.........

Champagne Grand Cru Special Club 2005, Henri Goutorbe
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay.
Greenish gold colour. Strong persistent bubbles. Pinot richness on the nose with apple and fresh-baked bread. Hints of butter. Rich and round in the mouth with creamy, apple and lemon flavours. Rich and citric on the finish.

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Viré-Clessé "La Barre" 2015, Domaine Michel
Made from 90 year old mid-slope vines in the Quintaine vineyard. Golden colour. Nose of white peach, apricot and green apple. Big and rich in the mouth with more peach fruit flavours, a bit of honey and grapefruit. Finish is balanced and fresh.

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Riesling Grand Cru Saering Vendanges Tardives 2011, Dirler Cadé
The folie of not reading a label properly before opening the wine - I opened this to drink with mussels in a coconut milk and chilli soup. First smelled slightly oxidised then tasted sweeter than expected. I read the label again and realised it was a VT. I'd forgotten I had even bought it. Decided it would be better suited with the cheese that was planned for over the weekend so put the cork back in the bottle.
Going back to it the next day, with VT expectations, this was much better. The oxidised aromas had blown away and it was smelling of petrol and sweet tropical fruit - ripe peaches and apricots. A hint of pineapple. It was still very fresh in the mouth with a good level of sweetness and tropical fruit flavours. The finish was rich with a slight dryness, slightly acidic with lemon and lime flavours.

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Bandol Cuvée Classique 2000, Domaine Tempier
About 75% Mourvèdre with some Grenache/Cinsault plus a smaller drop of Carignan and Syrah.
Deep dark red colour. Vibrant nose of blackberries and dark plums, wood and tobacco. Smokey blackcherry and blackcurrant fruit flavours with leather, plum and chocolate. Great balance with resolved, dry tannins, spice and fresh acidity on the finish. Probably just below its peak and will stay there for a good few years.

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Brunello di Montalcino 2015, Agostina Pieri
Deep purple colour with a nose of blackberry jam and cherries. Some hints of cocao and freshly gorund coffee beans. More cherry and blackberry fruit flavours with spice and coffee and a hint of licorice. Tannins dry and still quite prominent on the mineral, stoney finish.

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Nuits-Sants-Georges Les Fleurières 2005, Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron
Cherry red colour with some browning on the edge. Pinot aromas leap out of the glass with compact strawberries, forest floor, and farmyard. Some red cherry flavours followed by strawberry and a touch of dark chocolate and spice. Nice resolved tannins flowing into a light acidic finish.

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Timely...I have some 2005 Tempier classique and was wondering, as it was the basic cuvée n'all, whether it might be ready-ish. But considering your comments re the 2000 I will probably keep it where it is (amongst the Bordelais stash in the least accessible part of the callar).
 
Hard to find a reliable vintage chart for Bandol, but Tempier has a reputation for long-lived wines, especially the single vineyard ones. I have 4 of the 2000 left and will perhaps drink them up over the next 2 or 3 years. If you have a few of the 2005 then there's probably no harm in trying one soon just to get a feel for how much longer you should hold on to the rest.
 
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