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Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, July 2014

Tasting glasses at Vinisud

Tasting glasses at Vinisud, copyright BKWine Photography

Uncorked: Under this heading we collect various wines that we have tasted, and liked, recently. It can be wines that we have had during dinner at home, at wine tastings, press lunches, visits to vineyards, or other occasions.

We describe the wines just with a few short sentences, tasting notes that we hope will give you a short but accurate impression of what we thought of the wine, without delving into finer points tasting notes.

Some inspiration for more wine discoveries! As well as a perspective on what to expect from older wines.

This month:

Some very, very good, and even exclusive wines, whites as well as reds. But also some very affordable ones. Young as well as old.

White wines

  • Château de Nages Vieilles Vignes blanc, Costières de Nîmes 2012

Michel Gassier at Château de Nages is one of the stars in Costières de Nîmes, the district located on the border between Languedoc and Southern Rhone Valley. Here we have 50 % Clairette, blended with Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc. The nose has the aromas of an exotic fruit salad and the taste is long and intense. Balanced freshness and acidity. The property is organic.

  • Les Bergères, Anjou-Chenin 2009, Domaine FL

This is a very typical dry chenin blanc, the way we like them. Full-bodied, aromas of beeswax and almond, a little hint of honey. Delicious. Organic farming. Domaine FL (FL stands for Fournier-Longchamp) is an interesting Loire firm run by Philip Fournier and his son Julien.

Domaine FL Les Bergeres Anjou Chenin 2009

Domaine FL Les Bergeres Anjou Chenin 2009, copyright BKWine Photography

  • Mâcon-Chardonnay Les Beluses 2012, Cave de Lugny

Very good, unoaked Chardonnay. Full-bodied wine with a nice mineral tone, aromas of citrus, mango and melon, good length. From Cave de Lugny, an ambitious cooperative in Mâcon that is worth watching.

Macon Chardonnay Les Beluses 2012 Cave de Lugny

Macon Chardonnay Les Beluses 2012 Cave de Lugny, copyright BKWine Photography

  • Domaine de Palayson 2012 blanc, Vin de pays d’Argens

This white Provence wine is a blend of Chardonnay and Viognier. Domaine de Palayson in Roquebrune sur Argens was purchased around 15 years ago by Christine and Alan Rudd. After years of hard work by this American/Swedish couple, it is now a gem that produces high-quality wines, red, and white and rosé. A big part of the production is red wine, which is unusual in Provence. This white wine is delicious, fruity and elegant with a good balance and length.

Domaine de Palayson Coeur de Palayson blanc 2012

Domaine de Palayson Coeur de Palayson blanc 2012, copyright BKWine Photography

  • Château La Louvière 1993 blanc, Pessac-Léognan

Fine maturity, aromas of honey and apricot. Full-bodied, tasty and perfect to drink now.

  • Lugana Cá Maiol Riserva 2011

The district of Lugana is located on Lake Garda in Northern Italy and produces only white wines. They call their grape Turbiana. The wines are still rather unknown and this wine was my first experience of Lugana. But I wouldn’t mind some more. This is a very good, completely dry and slightly oxidized wine with dark colour, very flavourful with aromas of ripe apricots. An exciting discovery.

Ca Maiol Reserva 2011 Lugana

Ca Maiol Reserva 2011 Lugana, copyright BKWine Photography

  • Chardonnay Beaujolais Blanc 1999, Domaine des Terres Dorées

We paid 65 FFr for this wine in 2001. Wine producer Jean-Paul Brun is one of our favourites in Beaujolais and although his wines don’t cost much, they have the ability to age gracefully for many years in the cellar. This wine was still young and bright. Very balanced, very pleasant.

Beaujolais blanc Jean Paul Brun 1999

Beaujolais blanc Jean Paul Brun 1999, copyright BKWine Photography

  • Alsace Trapet Ox Pinot Auxerrois 2008

Nice citrus aromas and a good acidity. Full-bodied and well balanced. Auxerrois is a grape in Alsace which is often blended with Pinot Blanc. Winemaker Jean-Louis Trapet is better known from Burgundy (Gevrey-Chambertin) but he also makes wine from six hectares in the heart of Alsace.

Trape Alsace Ox 2008

Trape Alsace Ox 2008, copyright BKWine Photography

  • Menetou-Salon 2012, Les Bornés, Domaine Henry Pellé

A pleasant and typical Menetou-Salon, fresh and aromatic. You cannot mistake it for anything else than a Sauvignon Blanc. Les Bornés means clay soil in the local dialect.

Henry Pelle les bornes Menetou-Salon

Henry Pelle les bornes Menetou-Salon, copyright BKWine Photography

  • Roussanne 2012, Domaine Yves Cuilleron, Les Vignes d’à Côté, Vin de France

A “Vin de France” wine from one of the best producers in the northern Rhone Valley. Quite full-bodied. Discreet on the nose but quite intense on the palate with a balanced oak character. Fermented and aged in oak barrels.

  • Roussette de Savoie 2010, Château de la Mar, Cru Marestal Le Verney

A full-bodied, powerful wine with rich flavours, like melon, mango and citrus. Delicious.

  • Champagne Leclerc Briant Rosé Brut

Very light pink colour. A rather unusual rosé in a personal style. Rich on the palate with toasty aromas. It actually feels more white than rosé. Champagne Leclerc Briant is situated in Epernay and the vineyards are biodynamic.

Champagne Leclerc Brian rose brut

Champagne Leclerc Brian rose brut, copyright BKWine Photography

Red wines

  • Bourgueil 2011, Le Haut de la Butte, Domaine de la Butte

The village of Bourgueil in the central Loire makes red wines from Cabernet Franc. This wine, from renowned winemaker Jacky Blot, is light in style with cherry fruit. Quite elegant.

Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Le Haut de la Butte 2011

Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Le Haut de la Butte 2011, copyright BKWine Photography

  • Domaine des Roches Neuves Terres Chaudes 2012, Saumur-Champigny

Another delicious red Loire wine from Cabernet Franc. Very drinkable, elegant with lively acidity and minerality. Feels refreshing.

Domaine Roches Neuves Terres Chaudes Saumur Champigny 2012

Domaine Roches Neuves Terres Chaudes Saumur Champigny 2012, copyright BKWine Photography

  • Collioure 2012, Cuvée des Peintres 2012, Cave Abbé Rous

Warm Grenache fruit, some dried fruit, good balance, pleasant. A southern style wine from the beautiful village of Collioure in French Catalonia, close to the Spanish border.

Collioure Cuvee des Peintres Abbe Rous

Collioure Cuvee des Peintres Abbe Rous, copyright BKWine Photography

  • Château Vignelaure 2005, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence

Well-structured wine with plenty of fruit. Cabernet sauvignon is leaving its mark on this wine from Provence. It feels quite young still.

  • Mas de l’Oncle Sélection 2012, Languedoc Pic Saint Loup

Medium bodied, pleasant wine with plenty of fruit and good balance. Pic Saint Loup, just north of Montpellier, is one of the Languedoc’s most successful regions.

Mas de l'Oncle Selection 1012 Pic St Loup

Mas de l’Oncle Selection 1012 Pic St Loup, copyright BKWine Photography

  • Chassagne-Montrachet 1999, Domaine Vincent Prunier

Very good and still vibrant and young in style. Feels almost Bordeaux-like with aromas of tobacco and cedar. Delicious.

  • Fixin 2009, Domaine du Clos Saint Louis

A Burgundy in a pleasant easy-to-drink style with lots of red fruit.

Clos St Louis Fixin Bourgogne

Clos St Louis Fixin Bourgogne, copyright BKWine Photography

  • Chiroubles 2012, Domaine Cheysson, Beaujolais

Pleasant, easy to drink with cherry fruit and some spiciness. Juicy. A certain elegance.

  • Domaine Mastrio 2011, Dynamique, Côtes du Roussillon Villages Caramany

An organic wine made with mostly Syrah. And there is a lot of Syrah character here. Aromas of dark berries, violets, freshly ground pepper. And tannins. If you like Syrah you will like this wine. With an alcohol content of only 12.5 %, it is easy to believe that it comes from the northern Rhone Valley instead of from southern Roussillon.

  • Syrah Les Monestiers 2011, Domaine Les Bruyeres, Les vins de pays des collines Rhodanienne

Here also we have a lot of Syrah character. Typical aromas like charcuteries, spices, black pepper, lots of dark fruit. Appetizing. The winemaker is David Reynaud and his vineyards are close to Tain l’Hermitage.

  • Coteaux de Languedoc La Clape L’Epervier 1999, Chateau Pech Redon

Aged with grace and still vibrant with an elegant fruit. Southern style aromas of wild herbs, good length and balance, full-bodied. Lovely.

Chateau Pech Redon l'Epervier 1999 la Clape Languedoc

Chateau Pech Redon l’Epervier 1999 la Clape Languedoc, copyright BKWine Photography

  • Château Pichon Lalande 1975 Pauillac

An interesting year, known for its powerful tannins. And for its ageing potential. We expected a lot from this prestigious second grand cru classé 1855 of Pauillac and we were not disappointed. Balanced, smooth in flavour, perfectly ripe. When you drink a wine like this you understand why people lay down Bordeaux in their cellars.

Chateau Pichon Lalande 1975, Pauillac

Chateau Pichon Lalande 1975, Pauillac, copyright BKWine Photography

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