I remember my introduction to Etienne Sauzet. not sure of the vintage, mgiht have been 2001 or 2002. Tight, acidic, hard to approach in their youth. Fast forward to a ripe year like 2009, and this one showed a little differently.
Nice wine. Sweet, estery banana like characters, then creamy nougat, white peach and butterscotch. Richly textured, nicely nuanced. Ripe for Puligny as you might expect from 09. 13.5% ABV. May drink relatively early. 91 BCP.
I’m a little proud of this, as it has been sitting quietly in the cellar since release. Patience, grasshopper.
Opens dark and cool – and first impression is that this has dried out, as the tannins start out prominent over the cedary black and green olive fruit. But 45 mins says not so – it just needed time to open, even with a double decant. When it does, its mentholly, wintergreen blackcurrant pastille, wrapped in cedary cloak, and dusty tannic finish. Acids a re bit out of balance, but that’s a finicky complaint. More troubling is that this finishes fruit short, and only tannin remains. Far more than a chamois worth. Was $40 on release, I believe about $75 now for current vintage.
If you have them, drink up. 86 BCP now, was higher when younger.
2013s and even 2014s are coming, so still working through the huge pile of 11s I have.
This is a big Kabinett, distractingly big. Slatey sulphur, herbal notes, elegant slightly unripe fruit flavours are all in the groove, and there is a honeycomb character which takes i a bit into spatlese territory. Only 7.5% ABV and seems to have a LOT of residual sugar.
Some nice flavours here, but the balance isn’t quite right this time. Disappointing from a maker I admire greatly. 85 BCP
Another wine from the Clare Valley. I bought a case of this; the first bottle was consumed straight from the bottle, and it was far too young. It was better on the second night, and even fine on the fourth. This one was decanted for 4 hours on a windy Sunday.
I don’t normally comment on the colour of a wine, but this was a vivid red. The nose shows juicy red fruits, boysenberries and raspberries, red cherries with a swift jab of cedar and woody spices. Medium bodied, initially juicy but then appears somewhat firm. Nothing leafy or minty; red fruits with a touch of savouriness. Not a big wine, but it is young and needs some time. Drink 2018+. Screwcapped barber pole. Was $16 on special, but retails closer to $20 now. 87+ BCP.
Been cold here in Brisbane this week. Well, cold by Brisbane standards anyway. Time to look at something hearty and warming.
Fortified Shiraz. And tastes like ripe shiraz that has had brandy spirit added (and it weighs in at 18% ABV). Elemental and ridiculously young. But there are other things – red apple skin, light brown spices, plum liquorice and cedar. Which all opens slowly over a couple of hours. Oporto it isnt, Rutherglen it isnt, but pleasant – yes it is. 87 BCP
The grapes for this wine are from 60-year-old vines in the Watervale district of the Clare Valley. It was open-fermented and matured in used barrels. Dark red fruits and malty spices; earthy and savoury, plums and blackberries, roasted nuts and some milk chocolate. The palate is medium bodied, with plums, raspberries, black cherries and even a touch of peel. Fine, almost chamois-like tannins; very delicious. The sticker on the back of the bottle says it cost me $25, but from a quick search on-line, it would seem to retail around $33. 14.5% abv. Sealed with a Lux seal. Fine to drink now, but should cellar a bit too. Drink 2015-2022. 90 BCP.
Sangiovese and Shiraz are Castagna’s stock in trade – this is the straight sangiovese. In past years I’ve thought this a little boozy.
But not this time. Wow. Seriously good juice here. Garnet red. Spiced glossy black blue fruits. And this edition has the ripeness dialled back a bit, and it is right in the groove. Juicy blueberry, some road tar, white pepper, sage, and brown spices. A chamois of tannin to close this out. Harmonious, well balanced, line and length. And just lovely to drink. $65 fro the new release, and 14% ABV.
93 BCP at a canter.
From a few months ago: Sealed under Diam. Ooh this is nice, ruby red and vibrant. Smells of blue fruit, some spice and cedary oak. Dense and slightly chewy flavours, blueberries, blackcurrant, undergrowthy savoriness. Acids still prominent and tannins are edgy – profile is a little italian in that way. Lots of stoic power packed into a balanced, elegant package here. Still has time to run even in 375 format. 93 BCP
Last weekend: this bottle more limpid in colour and more resolved – advanced a bit? has the same fruity savoury tannin bones, but more cedary leather, and not the life and vibrancy of the earlir bottle. Not sure why, but there you go – bottle variation under Diam. Still a lovely drink worthy of 90BCP.
Aaah, Baby Jesus.
Alwasy enjoyed this wine – seemed to have a serene sense of balance. maybe its power of suggestion from the label, maybe its just a good wine.
The 2007 shows a little differently to other vintages I’ve tried. This is out of 375ml which might be playing a part. Perhaps more delicate, certainly lighter and more airy. A flyspray, aspirin like element to it, and pine needle sensation on the front palate. Cool dark fruits follow, set to a tannin tempo that’s resolved a little and is just right. Structurally lovely, a nice drink that will go a while longer yet, although those front palate notes are a small distraction. 89 or 90 BCP. I cannot decide.
Described as “Claret”:).
12.5% alcohol. Glass staining electric purple colour. Lovely primary fruit smells here, this cant have seen much oak. Blackcurrant, blueberry, and lightly tomato leafed cabernet typicity. Bursting with energy and deliciously varietal in a just out of tank way. Drunk way too early. Or perhaps not. A joy, and hard to rate at this prepubescent stage. 88 BCP.