Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Michel Whites

I bought a mixed case from Weingut Michel...mostly Spätburgunder(as one does...)...a highly rated Chardonnay(3 bottles)...and to make up the 12..a bottle of Grauer Burgunder. My niece and godchild (pictured here with her Faschings Costume...Mardi Gras) along with her sister & parents were coming over..so a cold buffet was planned.














Vitello Tonato, slices of Roast Beef, Marinated Paprikas & Fennel..and some warm Ciabatta Bread. Only the parents drink....the kids have another 15 years to go....
Weingut Michel Achkarrer Schlossberg
Grauer Burgunder Spätlese trocken *** 2008

Baden, Germany

I opened the Grauer Burgunder 5 hours in advance...and three hours before...decanted it...then back into the bottle to serve at the table(easier to then keep cool). Why all this preparation? Well...at this young age..the better ones need help to show what they are. A lovely aroma of honey and almonds...the flavour explodes on the palate...lots of minerals...and very much GRAPEFRUIT...but not the searing stuff...more mellow...lots of real character here....and the best GB I have had..only bettered by the Salwey tasted last year. The airing benefited tremendously..and I regretted not ordering more.....
Points 17...and cost only € 14,--...this property offers
very good wines at a fair price...see Spätburgunder .
The wine had gone down well....everyone impressed....so I decided to open the Chardonnay.
Weingut Michel Achlarrer Schlossberg
Chardonnay Auslese feinherb *** 2008
Baden, Germany

Extreme bouquet of ripe pears....sweet..this is an Auslese...and it surprised us following the GB....weighty..14.5%..and was almost too sweet...rest sugar dominant...the oak still very much up front.
The Chardonnay is only 5% of what the whole property produces. It will no doubt develope well..as there is power, fruit and minerals...but the other two bottles should be locked away for a year...or maybe two.
Points 16.25...at the moment....and for the potential I guess € 17,-- does not hu
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2 comments:

Joe said...

I would never have thought to decant GB, do you always decant GB? A lovely decanter, by the way.

Barry said...

Hi Joe....
I decanted the Salwey....and this one...the quality of both was very good....and they both showed improvement....

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