Friday, June 12, 2009

To Admire Is Not To Love

Some wines are to be admired....even if you can't fall in love with them......maybe like love in real life..love can develope over a period.
Sacred Hill Riflemans Chardonnay 2006
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Sweet, citrus fruit..which seems a contradiction..but is the best way to describe the nose...really quite intense..with some soft toasty nuances...this continues onto the palate with again the intensity to the fore...rich fruit but I was begging for a few more minerals....still very tight..and the next day showed it a little more harmonious..which could mean it toning down over the next few years. Maybe someone has tried mature bottles of this wine. but methinks this will always be a heavyweight to admire..but not to fall in love with. Mind you..if we all loved the same woman.......
Points 16.5

Back in the 80's I knew Burgundy like the back of my hand...now I need glasses to read that..but Burgundy..more than any other area..is down to knowing the grower. Back then Domaine 'X' produced a style of wine..cos Monsieur 'Senior' was in charge....but sons take over and either improve, ruin or change the style completely. Not every Vosne Romanée is the same..there are good and bad Volnays....and the perfect example of the minefield de Bourgogne is Clos Vougeot with at least 80 different owners. What I am trying to say is...those that pleased back then maybe wouldn't today....but a few properties have always been reliable..and checking my wine notes over the last 30 years...Rousseau rarely disappointed.
Domaine Armand Rouseau Gevrey-Chambertin
1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques 2004
Burgundy, France
Enticing aroma on pouring... gentle dancing fruit on the tongue...some marzipan..soft smoky touch...dusty tannins..dry..but a real classy style. A lesser vintage from a top property....and next day there was a definite whiff of ripe bananas
Points 17.5

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