Thursday, September 19, 2013

Chateau de Beaucastel Au Revoir

During my break...I had drank with Herr Hodapp a Chateau de Beaucastel Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2008.
We had been wary of opening because of the time span with this particular wine. They are attractive when young...then nod off for a few years to hibernate. We just about caught it before it slumbered.
We are planning a special wine evening in November at the Rebstock...and I am scouring my celler to decide what we will drink. I had this one in mind...and having 2 bottles...decided to try it now...rather than risk being surprised on the night.
Opened a few hours in advance..

Chateau de Beaucastel Blanc Vieilles Vignes 1995
Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone, France

Amber gold...looks very dicey...and on first whiff the usual slightly oxidated aroma. To be honest...it never really became 'attractive'...more like a diva telling us she was once beautiful. If I had to choose a fruit smell...more like banana...so to the taste. Again...as with the nose...we caught this one a touch too late. Not undrinkable...but the oily texture dominates...and very little 'attractive' fruit. Bottles do seem to vary when I check the internet...but the second bottle in my celler is no longer on the list for November.

Points......................................

 

After The Ball Is Over

While in Waldulm at tbe Rebstock...a couple of days before I was due home...my wife called and I told her about the Wachtel (Quail) and the Spätzle. I asked Karl Hodapp if he could prepare a couple for me...and on leaving...they were packed and placed in the coldest part of the car. Two days later we ate them...and I decided to open a couple of bottles purchased while in Baden.



Franz Keller Chardonnay S 2011
Baden, Germany

Pale green yellow...promised a more lighter style...maricuja nose...surprisingly delicate...some vanilla and a touch of toast...promising...
Points 16


Bimmerle Spätburgunder R 2010
Baden, Germany
Trace of smoke...dark berry aroma...quite full...lovely middle palate...and a trace of vanilla.
This has spent 18 months in new Barrique. Another promising wine to try again in a year.
Points 16.25


and a couple of days later...
Bimmerle Spätburgunder Benedikt 2009
Baden, Germany

Intense dark fruit...Cherries......a serious wine...more cassis than expected...compact tannins...but softly softly...and approachable....had this with smoked salmon!...and it paired well...
Points 16.5

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