After my trip to Baden..I decided to try some bottles that were awaiting a cork-pull....all from the vintage. Points for wine, as usual, out of 20...followed by sexiness..out of 10.
Jayer-Gilles Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits 2005
Top domaine...and a mid range wine..cost Euros 28..so not cheap for the label...but that is no longer what you look for nowadays. Villages wines etc..can be excellent. It's the man who pops the cork in...that matters....
Good medium colour....aromas of toast and dried black fruits....this has good acidity...plenty of style and character..noticeable oak in there but nicely placed....cherries, chocolate, and some spice...a masculine style of Pinot.
Points 16.5 Sexy 6/10
Bergdolt Duttweiler Kalkberg Spätburgunder trocken
Grosses Gewächs 2005
Baden and Ahr have definite styles of Spätburgunder. The Pfalz is no exception...and it's no surprise that the wines remind me of some of the Cabernet Sauvignons...a grape grown with success there..not too predominant in the other areas. It's down to the 'terroir'...Kalkberg..light sand and loam soil..
This is a slimmer wine than most..the juicy nose after opening was intriguing...this strangely lessened in the glass..but returned later to show red berries...palate has packed tannins..the dry style of Spätburgunder with CS character.....slighty astringend....became fuller..dried fruits came to mind as well...and was constantly changing. Not sure if the fruit is enough to keep this afloat though...Cost..Euros 23
Points 16 Sexy 4/10
Thibault Liger-Belair Nuits St Georges La Charmotte 2005
Getting into the big-boy country now..and the price was higher..Euros 33.......lovely ripe raspberry flavours..elegant..cool..ripe Pinot..sleek and silky..some tannins...but they only hover...filled out with airing..maybe a decant if you approach this today..but still very delicious.
Points 17.25......I have 2 more bottles..leave a year or two... Sexy 7.5/10
So..the French won this 'battle'..but mainly because there were no wines from Baden or Ahr....the Pfalz wine was a poor third.
The Schneider 2005 tasted at the 'Rebstock' a few days before would have gotten 9/10 sexy points.