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Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, May 2018

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 older wines that have aged well, sometimes surprisingly well. For example, a 14-year-old Sancerre, a 16 year old Riesling, a 19 year old Macabeu and a 26-year-old white Bordeaux. Among the reds a superb Chinese, an exciting Mourvèdre from Cyprus, a beautiful old Beaujolais and much more.

White wines

Domaine Henri Bourgois Les Baronnes 2004, Sancerre

It is rare to taste older Sancerre wines. Here the aromatic Sauvignon blanc character had changed completely, into wax,honey and petroleum. Interesting and also very delicious.

Domaine des Chênes Les Sorbiers 2012, Côtes du Roussillon Blanc Vieilles Vignes

Superb white wine from the Roussillon made from old vines. Only 10 euro if purchased directly from the domaine, which is an amazing price. Very powerful with hints of honey.

Domaine des Chenes Les Sorbiers vieilles vignes 2012, Roussillon

Domaine des Chenes Les Sorbiers vieilles vignes 2012, Roussillon, copyright BKWine Photography

Georg Breuer Berg Rottland 2002 Rheingau Riesling

A great Riesling that has softened over the years but still has a good freshness. There is petroleum and a little bit of residual sugar. Very complex aromas. Riesling is an amazing grape for ageing.

Georg Breuer Berg Rottland 2002 Rheingau Riesling

Georg Breuer Berg Rottland 2002 Rheingau Riesling, copyright BKWine Photography

Les 2 Ânes Gris 2015, Domaine des Deux Ânes, Vin de France

Very old Grenache Gris gives richness and little fatness to this very pleasant wine from an excellent biodynamic estate in Corbièrees.

Finca Els Camps 2014, Jané Ventura, Penedés

100% Macabeu gives a rather discreet nose but a rich and powerful taste with some fatness. There are apricots and honey. Organic Jané Ventura is one of our favourites in Catalonia.

Finca les Camps macabeu de vinyes velles 2014, Jane Ventura

Finca les Camps macabeu de vinyes velles 2014, Jane Ventura, copyright BKWine Photography

Macabeu 1999, Domaine Cazenove, Côtes du Roussillon

The grape Macabeu is grown in Roussillon in France and in Spain. And sometimes, like here, is ages gracefully. This 1999 was a very pleasant surprise incredibly flavourful with a good and developed taste and a dry finish. Amazingly good.

Macabeu 1999, Domaine la Casenove, Côtes du Roussillon, label

Macabeu 1999, Domaine la Casenove, Côtes du Roussillon, label, copyright BKWine Photography

Macabeu 1999, Domaine la Casenove, Côtes du Roussillon, cork and deposit

Macabeu 1999, Domaine la Casenove, Côtes du Roussillon, cork and deposit, copyright BKWine Photography

Macabeu 1999, Domaine la Casenove, Côtes du Roussillon, cork

Macabeu 1999, Domaine la Casenove, Côtes du Roussillon, cork, copyright BKWine Photography

Château Carbonnieux 1992 Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

White Bordeaux wines have the ability to age and over the years they gain in complexity and character. Like this wine from 1992. It actually felt very vibrant with the Sauvignon Blanc aromas and the freshness still intact. A lovely wine.

Chateau Carbonnieux 1992, Pessac Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, cork

Chateau Carbonnieux 1992, Pessac Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, cork, copyright BKWine Photography

Chateau Carbonnieux 1992, Pessac Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, label detail 12%

Chateau Carbonnieux 1992, Pessac Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, label detail 12%, copyright BKWine Photography

Chateau Carbonnieux 1992, Pessac Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux

Chateau Carbonnieux 1992, Pessac Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, copyright BKWine Photography

Chateau Carbonnieux 1992, Pessac Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, label detail

Chateau Carbonnieux 1992, Pessac Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, label detail, copyright BKWine Photography

Red wines

Tsangarides Winery, Mataro 2015, Paphos, Cypern

An organic wine from family owned vineyards in Cyprus. The grape is 100 % Mataro, also known as Mourvèdre. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 6 months. Quite well balanced and round with a good concentration of fruit aromas.

Tsangarides Winery Mataro, Cyprus

Tsangarides Winery Mataro, Cyprus, copyright BKWine Photography

Authentique, Domaine l’Arbussele, Faugères

For 7 euros on the property this is a very affordable wine. It is rich, tasty, well structured with good fruit. A young interesting property to follow.

Domaine des Terres Dorées, Cuvée à l’Ancienne Le Buissy 1999, Beaujolais

Jean-Paul Brun was a pioneer for wines in a natural style. Already on this wine from 1999 it says “non-filtré” (no filtering) on the label. With age, this Beaujolais has become quite pinot noir-like. Still vibrant and very good.

Terres Dorees Le Buissy, cuvee a l'ancienne 1999, Jean-Paul Brun, Beaujolais

Terres Dorees Le Buissy, cuvee a l’ancienne 1999, Jean-Paul Brun, Beaujolais, copyright BKWine Photography

Terres Dorees Le Buissy, cuvee a l'ancienne 1999, Jean-Paul Brun, Beaujolais, back label, unfiltered

Terres Dorees Le Buissy, cuvee a l’ancienne 1999, Jean-Paul Brun, Beaujolais, back label, unfiltered, copyright BKWine Photography

Cinto 2015, Domaine du Moulin, Gaillac

A powerful wine, to drink or to keep. The tannins are soft, the acidity is fresh. It is a rich wine, packed with black fruit but there is balance already.

Chorey les Beaune 2001, Domaine Maillard Père & Fils

Lovely, mature Burgundy in the light and elegant style.

Domaine Maillard Chorey-les-Beaune 2001

Domaine Maillard Chorey-les-Beaune 2001, copyright BKWine Photography

Domaine Ferrer Ribière Tradition 2005, Côtes du Roussillon

This relatively “simple” wine has developed into something complex and enjoyable. A bit to our surprise. Sometimes is pays to forget a wine in the cellar.

Domaine Ferrer Ribiere Traditon 2005, Roussillon

Domaine Ferrer Ribiere Traditon 2005, Roussillon, copyright BKWine Photography

Château Haut-Marbuzet 1989, Saint Estèphe

A Bordeaux in the rich and concentrated style. Not your typical Bordeaux but still good.

Chateau Haut Marbuzet 1989, Bordeaux

Chateau Haut Marbuzet 1989, Bordeaux, copyright BKWine Photography

Chateau Haut Marbuzet 1989, Bordeaux, cork

Chateau Haut Marbuzet 1989, Bordeaux, cork, copyright BKWine Photography

Ningxia Winemaker’s Challenge 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Helen Mountain’s East Foothill Wine Region

One of the wines that participated in the Ningxia Winemaker’s Challenge in August 2017. Winemaker of this wine is Elena Alejos from Spaein, but the Cabernet grapes have all grown in Ningxia. The wine has been aged for 12 months on new oak barrels and was very lightly filtered. Typical grape aromas, black currant not least, ripe fruit, good structure, soft but present tannins. Very nice.

Ningxia Winemaker's Challenge 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ningxia Shaquan Winery, China

Ningxia Winemaker’s Challenge 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ningxia Shaquan Winery, China, copyright BKWine Photography

Ningxia Winemaker's Challenge 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ningxia Shaquan Winery, China, back label

Ningxia Winemaker’s Challenge 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ningxia Shaquan Winery, China, back label, copyright BKWine Photography

Bousigue 2015, Domaine Sarabande, Faugères

A fullbodied wine made from 80% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah with a lot of character. (18 euro from the domaine).

Domaine la Sarabande Bousigue 2015 Faugeres, Languedoc

Domaine la Sarabande Bousigue 2015 Faugeres, Languedoc, copyright BKWine Photography

Torres Gran Coronas Black Label Reserva 1981

This wine has a beautiful mature character, but it does not feel old. Very typical Cabernet sauvignon in style. Delicious.

Torres Gran Coronas "black label" 1981, Penedes

Torres Gran Coronas “black label” 1981, Penedes, copyright BKWine Photography

Maratheftiko 2014, Ezousa Winery, Cypern

Cyprus has some really interesting wine producers. Maratheftiko is a local grape variety that gives richness and fine acidity to this wine. It is full of spicy and floral flavours and quite well balanced.

Ezousa Maratheftiko 2014, Cyprus

Ezousa Maratheftiko 2014, Cyprus, copyright BKWine Photography

Montgras Quatro 2017, Colchagua, Chile

Pleasant and powerful wine from Montgras, a top producer in Chile. It is a young wine and the oak is still very much in the foreground.

Montgras Quatro 2017, Chile

Montgras Quatro 2017, Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

 

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