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Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, June 2015

Wine tasting, wine glasses

Wine tasting, wine glasses, 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. No points!

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

This month:

Several wines proving how well certain wines age. Sometimes when you least expect it. If you have a wine cellar you are in for many great surprises. Also a couple of very good and interesting white wines from Hungary, a superstar from Beaujolais and the magnificent but unknown grape of Sagrantino in Umbria.

White wines

Château La Louvière Blanc 1987, Pessac-Léognan

Beautifully mature character. Still quite fresh with a hint of a pleasant oxidized tone. (The very first year the Pessac-Leognan appellation existed.)

Chateau la Louviere 1987, Pessac Leognan

Chateau la Louviere 1987, Pessac Leognan, copyright BKWine Photography

Ronan by Clinet 2013, Bordeaux Blanc

More and more Bordeaux chateaus in traditional red wine appellations are making a small quantity of white wine. Recently we tasted the white from Château Clinet in Pomerol. A pleasant wine with some body, a hint of wax possibly coming from the Sémillon grape. Refreshing and tasty.

Ronan by Clinet, de Chateau Clinet, Bordeaux

Ronan by Clinet, de Chateau Clinet, Bordeaux, copyright BKWine Photography

Huba Szeremley Badasconyi Kéknyelű 2006, Balaton, Hungary

Very good white wine from the district of Badacsony on Lake Balaton in Hungary. The grape is Kéknyelű. Good acidity, quite rich, aromas of citrus and some beeswax and dry honey. Not unlike a Chenin Blanc or a really dry Riesling.

Huba Szeremley Badacsonyi Keknyeli, Hungary

Huba Szeremley Badacsonyi Keknyeli, Hungary, copyright BKWine Photography

Laposa, Nagy-Somloi Juhfark, Balaton, Hungary

Delicious white wine with refreshing citrus flavours and high acidity. Full bodied. The grape is Juhfark. Laposa is a very ambitious producers at Lake Balaton.

Laposa Nagy-Somloi, Juhfark, Hungary

Laposa Nagy-Somloi, Juhfark, Hungary, copyright BKWine Photography

Rosé

La Rose No 7, Domaine J. Laurens, Crémant de Limoux,

Even those who are not overly fond of pink bubbles (like me) have to admit that this is very good wine. Wonderfully creamy taste with a touch of red berries. But very dry, the way I like it. Approx. 10 euro.

La Rose No 7 Creman de Limoux

La Rose No 7 Creman de Limoux, copyright BKWine Photography

Red wines

Morgon 2012, Jean Foillard, Villié Morgon, Beaujolais

A very good and typical Beaujolais of the more full bodied kind. It has a fine structure and good acidity and of course the generous fruit that a Beaujolais should have. Jean Foillard is among the top producers in Beaujolais today. (About 14 euros)

Morgon 2012, Jean Foillard, Beaujolais

Morgon 2012, Jean Foillard, Beaujolais, copyright BKWine Photography

Château Lynch Moussas 1991, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Good and still quite young and lively. Typical Bordeaux style (Cabernet Sauvignon), with dark fruit and structure. Purchased in 1993 for 39.95 FFR. Incredible bargain for this chateau that was classified fifth cru in 1855.

Chateau Lynch Moussas 1991, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Chateau Lynch Moussas 1991, Pauillac, Bordeaux, copyright BKWine Photography

Cornas 1990, Domaine Robert Michel

Very good, with tight fruit and a clear Syrah style. Feels like a youthful wine still. Purchased for 70 FFR 1993. (With only 12.5% alcohol. Not much seen today in the Rhone Valley.)

Cornas Robert Michel 1990

Cornas 1990, Robert Michel, copyright BKWine Photography

Faustino I Rioja Gran Reserva 1968

You can trust a Rioja Gran Reserva to feel young after almost 50 years! Vibrant and fruity and incredibly well preserved. The wine cost 75 Danish crowns when it was bought many years ago.

Faustino I 1968, Rioja gran reserva

Faustino I 1968, Rioja gran reserva, copyright BKWine Photography

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac 1976

Another youthful senior. Magnificent wine with complexity and vitality. Lovely acidity and fine fruit aromas.

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 1976, Pauillac

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 1976, Pauillac, copyright BKWine Photography

Château Lamartine 2011, Cahors

A typical Cahors with good fruit, dark berries, crisp tannins. Full bodied and rich.

Chateau Lamartine 2011, Cahors

Chateau Lamartine 2011, Cahors, copyright BKWine Photography

Château Tahbilk, Cabernet Sauvignon 1988, Victoria, Australia

I tasted this 1988 blind and my guess was 2010. Good structure, fresh fruit, cedar wood, very much Cabernet Sauvignon in character. Delicious.

Chateau Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 1988, Australia

Chateau Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 1988, Australia, copyright BKWine Photography

Château de la Cour Le Joyau 2010, Saint Emilion Grand Cru

100 % Merlot. A powerful, dark wine with good tannins. Young in style with good structure and a lot of fruit.

Le Joyau 2010, Chateau de la Cour, Saint Emilion

Le Joyau 2010, Chateau de la Cour, Saint Emilion, copyright BKWine Photography

Carapace Montefalco Sagrantino 2008, Tenuta Castelbuono (Tenute Lunelli), Umbrien

The powerful and tannic Sagrantino grape is here tamed to some extent and shows a rather soft, drink friendly style with a good fruit.

Carapace Montefalco Sagrantino 2008, Tenute Lunelli, Umbria

Carapace Montefalco Sagrantino 2008, Tenute Lunelli, Umbria, copyright BKWine Photography

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