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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)

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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)

Chateauneuf 2016: Le Clos du Caillou

Nice barrel tasting in their old cellar!  Clos du Caillou is often underestimated in his youth… But today the Chateauneuf Réserve was a clear 100 point potential!!

2017 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône
Nose of primary red fruit, freshly cutted grass… Very light taste, acidity present, Cerise rouge du nord, a bit short aftertaste… (87 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Bouquet des Garrigues
Nose of red “cerise du Nord”, hint of mineral, almost floral… Tannin very refined, nice acidity, very red “cerise du Nord” (89 points)

2017 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône ‘Nature’
Nose of fresh red cherries, agrumes, very very fruity! Fruit bomb, gourmand, nice fresh acidity, cerise rouge croquante (90 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Les Quartz
Nose of very black fruit, mine de crayon, mineral, incense, hint of smoke… Very nice concentration, loads of ripe tannin, black cherries, salinity, mineral, very black fruit! (94 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Reserve
Nose of licorice, black cherries, very mineral, soy sauce… crisp black fruit gamey, loads of silky tannin, very cold, fresh (94 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Safres
Nose of ripe strawberries, framboise, mineral, ripe and fresh at the same time…. Very silky taste, fraise écrasée, framboise, hint of citrus in the finish, nice balance… I start to love more and more the wines from sandy soils!! (95 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz
Enormous nose of licorice, ripe black and red cherries, nice minerality… Very silky, loads of sappy tannin from the Syrah, loads of sappy red cherries, very delicious, mineral, salty, lenght of 45 seconds, (96 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Réserve
Huge nose of ripe strawberries, hint of licorice, black characoal, black cherries… Loads of ripe strawberries, ripe black cherries, loads of ripe and silky tannin… This wine will need 5-10 years to show it full potential and could become a 100 points wine!! <b>(99-100 points)

 

 

 

Top Languedoc and cassoulet

It was not clear which one was the best… the Cassoulet or the Languedoc wines 🙂  Personally I find that to appreciate the wines of a region, you need to pair them with the food of the region… so we went for Cassoulet!!  No surprises in the wines, the Grange des Pères was amazing as usual, while the 2010 is still quite closed (compared to the magic 2009!).  The Trevallon was very impressive at 20 years of age, quite a performance… And the Domaine de l’Aiguelière was also a revelation for a 20 euro wine in the top 3 of the evening!!

2005 Mas de Daumas Gassac
Quite simple nose of red fruit, a hint of wet wood and sous-bois… Very simple red fruit and acidity, very lean, dissapointing for it’s pedigree. The only positive note is that it is still very young after 13 years… (88 points)

2000 Château Puech-Haut Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drézéry Tête de Cuvée
Huge nose of bacon, roasted meat, herbes de Provence… Taste is red fruit, good concentration, a bit lacking complexity but refreshing. (90 points)

2013 Domaine l’Aiguelière Coteaux du Languedoc Montpeyroux Côte Rousse
Delicious nose of bacon, roasted meat, fresh red fruit, loads of viande rotie, sandalwood, cèpes de Bordeaux… Very fresh, integrated tannin, red cherries, good lenght, quite complex! (93 points)

2000 Domaine l’Aiguelière Coteaux du Languedoc Montpeyroux Côte Dorée
Wow, super animal nose, fur, bacon, leather, orange blood, roasted meat, smoky… Very fresh integrated tannin, red fruit and cherries, good length, some minerality (94 points)

1998 Domaine de Trévallon
Wow, cedar wood, very roasted meat, cèpes de Bordeaux… Very fresh taste, silky tannin, sappy acidity, sappy red cherries (95 points)

2010 Domaine de la Grange des Pères Vin de Pays de l’Hérault
Hige nose of oriental spices, patanegra ham, soy sauce, roasted bacon, ripe red cherries… Good fruit concentration, refreshing acidity, great wine!! (96 points)

At to finish the evening we opened some nice Burgs 🙂

2015 Domaine Philippe Charlopin Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
Delicious nose of sappy red cherries, tobacco, sous-bois, spices… Delicious ripeness, red sappy cherries, super silky tannin, lenght of 30 sec, great great Burgundy… Conservative 95/100!! (95 points)

2015 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Latricières-Chambertin
Very complex but compact nose of earth, sous-bois, cedar wood, groseilles rouges… Very transparent wine, rose petal, high acidity, super feminine and delicious length of 30 sec.. This wine requires considerable time, I would give 94+/100 now, but with high upwards potential! (94+ points)

Coche Dury benchmarking tasting!

Too often we have had wines from Coche Dury coming out as  “#1 wine of the evening”  … So it was time to have as theme the “Who can beat Coche Dury?” 🙂 .  The tasting was very blind and all wines were revealed only at the very end of the tasting.  We were 5 tasters and love white Burgundy, so we put in there our best contenders.  The bad news is that we got it all wrong in guessing what was what… But the good news is that we found two wines that were ranked better than the Coche Meursault 2008 which is one of our benchmarks… Lot of fun and great evening!!

2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes
Smoke, very mineral nose, hint of citrus… taste huge mineral, loads of citrus, lenght of 30 sec, still perfectly young, a bit uni-dimensional and lacking the complexity of the Boillot (93 points)

2016 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières
Absolutely killer wine!! Beautiful nose of smoke, citrus, huge mineral, oyster shell… taste of citrus, mineral, lenght of 40 sec, long long aftertaste, became only better and better with aeration! (97 points)

2008 Coche-Dury Meursault
Nose of hazelnut, grilled smoke, yellow apple, delicious, hint of flint stone… Taste of delicious grilled hazelnut, striking citrus, laser sharp minerality, very delicious, very complex, lenght of 40 sec! (95 points)

2010 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc
Very nice nose of flintstones… Very rich and delicious citrus, nice lenght (96 points)

2014 Lamy-Caillat Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets
Light nose of flintstones, lemon, super mineral… Delicious mineral, loads of citrus, lenght of 30 sec… delicious wine with upwards potential, still painfully young! (94 points)

Bordeaux 2015: Union des Grands Crus

2015 is probably the best vintage in Bordeaux since the great 2010, Pomerol is a fantastic success for the vintage, also St-Julien and Pessac Leognan are very high quality… Somehow the Margaux were a bit dissapointing… See detailed notes below.

2015 Château Clinet
Very nice nose of mineral, lactic, loads of ripe black cherries… fresh ripe tanin, loads of ripe black fruit, super fresh, great wine!! (96 points)

2015 Château Léoville Poyferré
Huge noise of cassis, BBQ smoke, ripe black cherries, cedar wood, lead pencil… WOW super concentrated fruit, loads of silky tannins length of 30 sec!! (96 points)

2015 Château Pape Clément
Lead pencil nose, mineral, ripe black cherries, very complex nose… Nice silky tannin, ripe black cherries, mineral, delicious, great length!! (96 points)

2015 Clos Fourtet
Big nose of black and red ripe cherries, sandalwood.. Loads of super ripe tannin, loads of ripe black cherries, characoal (96 points)

2015 Château Le Bon Pasteur
Mokka, coffee, loads of black ripe cherries, hint of vanilla… Super ripe tannins, loads of black cherries, 45 sec finish… Great Bon Pasteur!! (95 points)

2015 Château Léoville Barton
Huge nose of cedar, vanilla, red and black cherries… Loads of silky tannins, ripe red cherries, sappy finish (95 points)

2015 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Very nice nose of ripe black fruit, cedar wood, characoal, hint of smoke… Deliciously sappy black cherries, super soft tannins… Fabulous!! (95 points)

2015 Château Valandraud
Huge nose of black ripe cherries, moka, cocoa, smoke, BBQ meat… Fresh red cherries, good acidity, sappy tannin (95 points)

2015 Château La Couspaude
Huge nose of black ripe cherries, cedar wood, BBQ beef… Deliciously ripe, black cherries, good length, super silky tanins… A great discovery!! (94 points)

2015 Château La Pointe
Very nice nose of black fruit, mineral, moka… Delicious sappy tanin, good concentration, black fruit, length of 20 sec (94 points)

2015 Domaine de Chevalier
Medium nose of ripe green pepers, red berries, red cherries, hint of vanilla… Super delicious, silky tannin, delicious sappy ripe red cherries, less concentrated than Carmes… (94 points)

2015 Château Gloria
Super delicious lactic nose, mineral, black smoke, black cherries… Loads of ripe tannins, ripe black cherries, delicious!! (93 points)

2015 Château La Tour-Martillac
Nice nose of ripe black cherries, cigar box… Great concentration, of black cherries, hint of tannin (93 points)

2015 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)
Light nose, black fruit, mineral… Super silky tannin, delicious black fruit, great Lagrange!! (93 points)

2015 Château Saint-Pierre
Nose of mokka, wood, vanilla.. Loads of ripe black cherries, hint of tannins, black cherries (93 points)

2015 Château Smith Haut Lafitte
Black cherries, hint of alcohol, cedar wood… Tannin present, black fruit, average length… Was a bit disappointed for it’s pedigree, to be retasted!! (93 points)

2015 Château Talbot
Nose of olives, black cherries, sandalwood… Super silky tannins, loads of black ripe cherries (93 points)

2015 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Huge nose of black ripe fruit, hint of alcohol… Tannins present, lacking a bit of fruit to be in balance (92 points)

2015 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion
Ripe green peper, nose of red cherries, … Taste of ripe red cherries, good acidity (92 points)

2015 Château Phélan Ségur
Very black cherries, characoal… Tannins present, nice balanced fruit (92 points)

2015 Château Haut-Bailly
Nice nose of ripe red cherries, cedar wood… red cherries, tannin slightly present, not very long (91 points)

2015 Château Haut-Bergey
Very fruity forward nose, loads of ripe black cherries, moka… Red berries, red cherries, nice acidity, tannin present (91 points)

2015 Château Kirwan
Very woody nose, wet forest, black fruit… Very ripe, hint of overripe, lacking freshness and tension (90 points)

2015 Château Lascombes
Hint of green , black fruit, wood… Very ripe fruit, a bit too modern and lacking freshness (90 points)

2015 Château Chasse-Spleen
Hint of green, hint of black fruit… quite tanic and light (89 points)

2015 Château de Fargues
Nice nose of confit ananas, very fres.. Taste loads of ananas, sugar… Good nose, but not great taste (90 points)

2015 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Huge nose of apricot jam, highly refreshing acidity… Taste of mainly sugar, good freshness, lacking a bit of fruit… Nose is good but not great taste (89 points)