Archive for November 2007

Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon 2006

November 22, 2007

img_3778.jpgFather and son Moreau are producing stunning wines since taking back control over their vineyards in 2002 and with reason the quality of their wines is compared with the ones from the Fèvre, Raveneau and Dauvissat triumvirate. An impressive range of wines from the Grand Crus Blancots, Les Clos, Clos des Hospices, Valmur and Vaudésir is complemented by an exceptional Chablis from the 1er Cru Vaillons along with a fantastic value generic Chablis. The Vaillon 1er Cru 2005 has been lauded in the international press so I was exited to try the latest edition last night. Sourced from old vines from the climats Châtains, Epinottes and Vaillon the grapes produced a crisp, lively and appetising wine with white flowers, pear, apple, nutty and spicy aromas leading to an intensily concentrated palate where fruit, natural acidity, discreet oak and lees influenced texture play together harmonieusly toward a vibrant and persistant finish. A wonderful wine that’s drinking delicious now or could be cellared for the medium term. 91 points.

Source: Vintage & Vine/Liquid Library  Price: $65  Drink: Now-2012

Web: www.domainechristianmoreau.com

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Domaine Collotte Chambolle Musigny 2005

November 17, 2007

img_3767.jpgTo define quality most writers use descriptors that indicate the texture, balance, complexity, power and length of a wine. A very good wine must have another dimension though, one that indicates terroirmaking it true to its origin. The 2005 Chambolle Musigny from Phillipe Collotte shows this dimension extremely well. The excellent situated Aux Échanges, fruit from mature vines and yields at only 35 hl/ha form the viticultural ingredients for a wine that stands well above its communal level. Intensely ruby-red in the glass it displays a beautiful scented nose of raspberries, cherries, spices and some earth while the silky delicacy of the palate underpins the elegance and femininity of a wine from this appellation. And of course, balance, complexity, length, good acid and subtle tannins, it’s all there but for me it is the typicité that makes the difference. 91 points. 

Source: Vintage & Vine/Liquid Library  Price: $85  Drink: Now-2013+

This is what happens…

November 15, 2007

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Not only the guys at Winorama like to see a bit more graphical interest on my weblog. This is what could happen in every household when you wait too long with uploading bottleshots. I promise I’ll mend my ways.

Marcarini Moscato d’Asti 2005

November 14, 2007

img_3713.jpgOne of my favourite styles of dessert wine is Moscato d’Asti. Made from Moscato Bianco grapes grown in the provinces of Asti, Cuneo and Alessandria it is lightly sweet and effervescent. The sweetness retained in the wine is a result of the fermentation process being artificially halted by chilling the fermenting juice. This greatly reduces or stops the yeast activity leaving unfermented sugar in the wine. Generally this happens when the wine has reached between 5% to 6% alcohol by volume. Because fermentation and bottling take place under sealed and pressurized conditions the wine is slighly fizzy hence why it’s called semi-sparkling or frizzante. Although Moscato d’Asti somehow is still underrated by many consumers, I’ve got the impression that this relatively unknown but unique wine style is getting increasingly popular. And why not, apart from acting as the perfect companion for fruit based desserts this versatile low-alcoholic wine can also play the starring role as a thirst-quencher on hot summer days for die-hard winos like myself. Most small quality-minded producers aim to make wines with character and personality and Poderi Marcarini is one of them. The grapes for this Moscato are sourced from the Cascina Sargentin vineyards located in the Neviglie zone of the appellation. Light straw in colour this wine shows a fragrant and characteristic nose of peaches, grapes, nectarines and white flowers that leads to a well structured and lively palate where the residual sugar is delicately balanced by crisp mineral acidity. Buy it now and drink it with your Christmas pudding. 88 points.

Source: Trembath & Taylor/Dave Mullen  Price: $34  Drink: Now

Web: www.marcarini.it

Domaine Henry Pelle Menetou-Salon 2006

November 11, 2007

After trying this domain’s good value Sancerre ‘La Croix au Garde’ I got curious about the even cheaper Sauvignon Blanc from the tiny appellation of Menetou-Salon. I’m not talking about the premium bottling from the village of Morogues but of the generic Menetou-Salon that is made from grapes from the domain’s own vineyards as well as purchased grapes. Pale straw in the glass the wine shows a restrained nose reminescent of white flowers, fresh cut grass and minerals. Crisp and clean on the palate the wine has balanced acidity, good mouthfeel but a fairly neutral fruit expression making it an easy drinking quaffer rather than a real interesting wine. 85 points.

Source: James Busby Fine wines  Price: $24  Drink: Now

Web: www.henry-pelle.com

Curly Flat Chardonnay 2005

November 10, 2007

img_3639.jpgCurly Flat has become one of my favourite Australian wineries in a pretty short time. I simply like the entirely on quality focused philosophy reflected in the sheer beauty of their wines. The 2005 edition of the Chardonnay is pretty much in the same mould as the outstanding 2004. This light golden wine shows the same complex nose where primary fruit and barrel-ferment characters continuously interact. The buttery roundness on the front of the palate clearly indicates substantial secondary fermentation and bâtonnage with lively stone- and citrusfruit giving the wine a lovely vinous spine through to the finish. All in all the 2005 seems better balanced than the 2004 although it still needs a bit of time to show its best. 94 points.

Source: Swanbourne Cellars  Price: $45  Drink: 2008-2015

Web: www.curlyflat.com

Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verze 2005

November 8, 2007

img_3645.jpgThe AOC system of the Mâconnais is as pyramid-like as in the Côte d’Or. The majority of wines consists of Mâcon and Mâcon-Supérieure but true quality starts with Mâcon-Villages, the Pouilly appellations and St-Véran. In Verzé, one of the forty-three villages that can append their name to that of the appellation, the in Puligny-Montrachet based Domaine Lefaive runs a 9.4 hectare property consisting of 5 different vineyards. The same biodynamic principles and techniques as used in the Côte d’Or are applied in Verzé resulting in a wine that shows the Domaine’s reputation is well deserved. Light straw in the glass a clean and fresh nose displays lovely stonefruit aromas that lead to a crisp, lively, concentrated and well balanced palate with a lot of  lemony freshness at the finish. This whistle-clean Chardonnay offers stunning quality for a Mâcon-Villages and with prices just under $70 at Langton’s I would buy whatever I could now. 90 points.

Source: Negociants Australia  Price: $48  Drink: Now-2010+

Web: www.leflaive.fr