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Puligny-Montrachet: Tour de la montagne

It is always very learnful to taste side by side the Puligny Montrachet wines blind against their St-Aubin peers, as they are located on the same mountain, touching each other… The St-Aubins performed great… But the Puligny’s from Pierre Yves Colin Morey (Le Trezin) and the Puligny 1er Cru from Henri Boillot were absolutely killer wines!!

2014 Gerard Thomas Saint-Aubin Champ Tirant
Light nose of honey, citrus, yellow grass dried in the sun… Taste of green apple, light chalk, nice citrus finish (90 points)

2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin La Pucelle
Nice nose of flintstones, matchstick, noisettes grillées, citrus, honey… Super delicious, smoky, citrus, flintstones, super finish, great great village wine at 1er Cru level easy!! (93 points)

2011 Louis Jadot Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien
Very nice nose of mineral, green apple, quite spicy… Light taste of green apple, lacking a bit of mineral, good acidity, loads of spices… (91 points)

2014 Gerard Thomas Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien
Smoky nose, hint of vanilla, nice mineral… Very high tension, nice mineral, super citrus, very nice!! (92 points)

2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien
Huge nose of mineral, light citrus… Loads of citrus, super concentration, good length 20-30 sec! (93 points)

2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Combes
Simple nose of yellow straw, green apples… teaste of yellow and fgreen apples, good but not great… (90 points)

2010 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly
Premox? (NR/flawed)

2016 Gerard Thomas Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne
Nose of green apple, hint of vanilla, hint of smoke, good tension and more complex than the St-Aubin… Nice taste of citrus, good tension, yellow apple, hazelnut, good complex finish! (94 points)

2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Puligny-Montrachet Le Trézin
Super nice nose of grilled hazelnuts, citrus, smoke… Very very long aftertaste, super tension, citrus, nice yellow apple fatness… Lenght of 45 sec, at level of 1er Cru easy!! (95 points)

2013 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère
Huge nose of hazelnut, matchstick, huge citrus… Smoky, nice tension, superb lenght… Not the best vintage of mouchère, but still the #1 best wine of the night!! (96 points)

2013 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Bâtard-Montrachet
Huge nose of honey, ripe tropical fruit, yellow apple, lacking a bit of mineral and citrus… taste of honey, green apple, freshly cut grass, huge lenght of 60 sec but lacking a bit of mineral and citrus… (94 points)

 

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Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello 2018

Brunello di Montalcino is one of my favorite region in Italy… It was very interesting to check how the 10-20 years old Brunello are evolving, and also evaluate the potential of their younger sibblings 🙂

2015 Pertimali Maremma Toscana Istriciaia
Huge nose of cold ripe black fruit, cedar wood, hint of licorice… hint of harsh tannin, cold black fruit (89 points)

2012 Pertimali Maremma Toscana Istriciaia
Very nice nose of ripe strawberries, cedar wood… Taste of super delicious ripe strawberries, sappy tannin, great acidity that matches well with food! (90 points)

2015 Livio Sassetti Rosso di Montalcino
Nice nose of red fruit, cedar wood, forest floor… Nice taste of black cherries, super silky tannin, very refined and feminine, a mini Brunello! (91 points)

2009 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino
Superb nose of BBQ, bacon fat, roasted cherries, red cranberries… Loads of sappy tannin, red berries, hint of drying tannin, quite evolved and mature Brunello! (93 points)

2010 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino
Huge nose of ripe strawberries, iodine, loads of cedar wood, cèpes de Bordeaux… Loads of cold tannins, red berries, lenght of 30 seconds… Wait 5 years before opening a next bottle! (92 points)

2004 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino
It’s amazing how this wine has improved after 14 years… Very ripe nose of black cherries, bacon… Loads of very ripe tannins, ripe red cherries, lacking a bit of acidity at opening, but has improved dramatically with 3 hours of bottle opening!! (96 points)

2001 Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso
Loads of methol, eucalyptus, hint of nail paint at opening dissapeared after 3 hours aeration… Ripe tannins, red cherries, showing hint of alcohol at opening but is the wine that improved the most after 3 hours opening!! (92 points)

2013 Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino
Nice nose of herbes de Provence, red cherries, bacon, cèpes de Bordeaux… Super delicate and refined tannin, red ripe berries, super sappy tannin, very sexy, feminine and refreshing wine, lenght of 30 sec! (95 points)

2012 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Huge and delicious nose of cedar wood, herbes de Provence, hint of bacon, cèpes de Bordeaux… Loads of sappy tannin, superb balance, ripe red berries, super silky tannins, lenght of 30 sec!! (96 points)

1997 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino
Very dark colour and seems still pretty young for it’s age!! Huge nose of cèpes de Bordeaux, leather, Havana cigar, BBQ sauce, roasted meat, great great nose… Super concentrated, but sappy tannin, loads of ripe and cold black cherries, good acidity, lenght of 60 sec, fantastic Brunello (98 points)

A tale of two Yquem

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We expected the 1997 Yquem to perform above the 1998… But as we say, there are no great old wines, only great bottles… So this time it was the Yquem 1998 that was singing!!  Big thanks to Jaco for popping this Yquem graciously from his cellar 🙂

1998 Château d’Yquem
It was very pale yellow colour… but nose was piecing of Ananas, lychee, white flowers, really penetrating nose… the tqste was similar flavours, but also very fresh and lively… a great Yquem that has still a long life ahead!! (95 points)

1997 Château d’Yquem
Colour is quite golden… nose of apricot, caramel, smoke, it is great but lacking a little bit finesse and acidity… The taste is a little bit too sweet and sugary for me… but still good Yquem! (91 points)

Villers-La-Vigne – Made in Belgium!!

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My Friend Zoltan is making this wine in Belgium with a few passionate friends, and I must admit, it is for me the best red wine I’ve tasted from Belgian Vineyards… Well done guys!! But unfortunately only a few hundreds bottles produced each year, so virtually impossible ton find if you are not a good friend 🙂

2017 Villers la Vigne – REGENT – Vin de Belgique
Very nice nose of cold black fruit, carbonic maceration… Very delicious, loads of fresh and ripe red cherries, red berries, fully integrated tannin. (90 points)

Chateauneuf 2016 – Primeur tasting!

2018 Chateauneuf 2016 tasting part 2

2016 will be a legend vintage according to Thierry Usseglio!!  It was very interesting to taste these 2016 barrel samples at very early stage compared to the same wines from great vintages 5 or 10 years older!!
2015 Gerard Thomas Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien
Nice nose of honey, citrus, mineral, silex… Yellow apple, good fatness, hint of citrus, lacking a bit acidity and tension (91 points)

2014 Domaine Thomas Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien
Very sharp nose, citrus, hint of petrol, grilled hazelnut… Delicious, yellow apple, ananas, nice refreshing acidity, good lenght, great St-Aubin!! (93 points)

2015 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Côtes du Rhône
Huge nose of bacon, smoked meat, ripe black cherries… Delicious sappy red cherries, average lenght, nice striking refreshing acidity! (92 points)

2010 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Côtes du Rhône
Very black cherries nose, characoal, black licorice, ripe black cherries… Huge concentration, super silky tannin, black ripe cherries, sweet finish, amazing concentration for a Côtes du Rhone!! (93 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Les Quartz
Beautiful, very black nose with strawberries, mineral, almost lactic… Super delicious silky tannin, lovely ripe red cherries, mineral, nice acidity, great balance, great wine!! (94 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Huge nose of animal, dried meat, herbes de Provence, bacon fat… Delicious red cherries, delicate taste, great balancing acidity, delicious!! (93 points)

2010 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Nice nose of soy sauce, roasted meat, ripe red cherries… super silky tannins, ripe black cherries, very concentrated and god lenght! (93 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul
Huge nose of herbes de Provence, oriental spices, roasted meat, nice freshness, sandalwood… Whaouwwwww, super silky tannin, sappy ripe red cherries, cèpes de Bordeaux, lenght of 45 sec!! (99 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz
Huge very black, almost metallic mineral nose, ripe black cherries… Wow, super silky tannin, sappy red cherries, super nice length of 45 sec, great Quartz!! (98 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Réserve
Huge nose of ripe red cherries, mineral nose, rose petal, smoked meat, animal…. Very concentrated, tannin present, sappy red cherries, length of 60 seconds, great great wine!! (100 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Deux Frères
Fabulous and very modern nose of sous-bois, hint of vanilla, mushrooms, black cherries… Delicious ripe red cherries, huge concentration, length of 60 seconds, great great wine… Bravo Thierry!!! (100 points)

2005 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Safres
Very nice nose of cerises du Nord, very feminine and delicate, framboise, oriental spices… Sappy tannin, high acidity, tannin present, but adding a refreshing feeling, great finesse… Rayas style!! (95 points)

2005 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz
Delicious ripe red cherries nose, good freshness, sandalwood, bacon and BBQ meat… Great concentration, loads of silky tannin, great feminine wine (96 points)

2003 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Deux Frères
Orange rim, very evolved nose, bacon, cèpes de Bordeaux… Very juicy roasted meat, ripe red cherries, very sweet and sappy wine, lenght of 45 seconds, looked much older than the Quartz 2005, but still great mature Chateauneuf! (96 points)

Barrel samples: Clos Saint Jean 2016

Clos Saint Jean has produced some of the most profound and concentrated Chateauneufs in the past… and his now evolving to more finesse and elegance, which makes them even more attractive, as they own some of the best terroir in Châteauneuf!

2016 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
25% grenache blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc… Nose of ananas, green apple, freshly cutted grass… Nice fatness combined with freshness, quite aromatic (90 points)

2016 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Wow, powerful nose of licorice, Herbes de Provence, black fruit…. A huge quantity of tannin but super ripe and silky, very fresh, mineral, black, hint of spices and licorice… The style of this wine has evolved to more elegant! (94 points)

2016 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous
Beautiful nose of chocolate, cacao, ripe black cherries, fresh, mineral… Ripe black fruit, concentrated ripe tannin, mineral, fresh, delicious!! (99 points)

2016 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina
Huge nose of licorice, ripe black fruit, pain d’épices, oriental spices, sanglier mouillé… Taste of sappy red cherries, loads of ripe tannin, absolutely delicious, 60 seconds finish… even better on day two!! (100 points)

2016 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Sanctus Sanctorum
Floral nose, elegant, balsamic, cerise griotte, oriental spices… Very delicious and delicate, sweet cherries with delicate sappy freshness… 60 sec finish, Fabulous!!! (100 points)

2016 Chimère Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Very delicious black cherries nose, bacon, gamey, roasted BBQ meat… Loads of super ripe tannin, black cherries, very delicious sappy tannin… BRAVO!! (99 points)

 

 

Legendary Chateauneuf Usseglio 2016!!

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According to Thierry Usseglio, 2016 is the vintage of his lifetime… I’ve tasted his wines now 3 times, and I can confirm his top wines are just plain magic gorgeous fabulous!! I went totally nuts when tasting the Cuvée “Not For You” 2016 and gave it a conservative 100+ points!!

2017 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
60% clairette – 35% grenache – 5% Bourboulenc<br />Nice nose of Lychee, ananas, citus, laser sharp, fresh, mineral… Taste of delicious honey, citrus, green apple, very nice freshness, delicious!! (92 points)

2016 Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 50/50 Grenache – Clairette
Mineral nose, hint of honey, yellow apple, hint of citrus… Very nice fatness, honey, fresh and hint of citrus in the finish. (93 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pure Grenache Blanc
Mineral nose, hint of honey, oyster shells, coquilles St-Jacques, hint of citrus… Nice citrus, fatness, laser sharp and mineral, finish of 30 sec!! (94 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Panorama
Marselan, merlot, syrah, grenache… Delicious nose, ripe red fruit, sappy… light and silky tannins, very sappy taste. (88 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Côtes du Rhône
Huge nose of licorice, roasted meat… Delicious, meaty tannin, black fruit BBQ. (90 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Lirac
Huge nose of black cherries, black characoal… loads of fresh tannin, black fresh fruit, good lenght. (92 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Huge nose of black characoal, roasted BBQ meat, black mineral… Loads of super refined tannin, laser sharp tension, black cherries, mineral, lenght of 30 sec… Amazing for a village Chateauneuf!! (93 points)

2001 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul
Delicious and huge nose of roasted meat, bacon fat, gamey, cèpes de Bordeaux, soy sauce, very tertiary nose… taste of sweet soy sauce, very gamey and wild animal, deliciously feminine wine, very polished for it’s age!! (96 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Syrah
Huge nose of chocolate, huge salinity, mineral, loads of black cherries… super delicious mineral, fresh salinity, lenght of 45 sec… WOW WOW WOW loads of black mineral cherries!! (96 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul
WOW WOW huge nose of roasted meat, BBQ sauce, incense, loads of black cherries… Tastes like velours, super silky tannin, strawberries, black cherries, BBQ spices, lenght of 60 sec!! Fabulous!! (99 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Deux Frères
Mega huge nose of black characoal, mokka, hint of vanilla, loads of black ripe cherries, roasted bacon… Velours like wine, super super silky tannin, black incense, smoke coffee, loads of black cherries, lenghth of 90 seconds… a clearly perfect wine!! (100 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Not For You
HUGE BACON BACON BACON nose, herbes de Provence, balsamic, roasted meat… Taste of bacon, roasted meat, loads of super silky tannin, sweet and fresh at the same time, lenght of forever (100+ points)