Friday, July 06, 2007

European Whites..Across The Board

A tasting at my local wine shop 'Hang Lage'..
owned by friend and fellow wine imbiber
Robert Krupka..he holds tastings 5-6
times a year....on Friday evenings
(so that those participating
can recover next day)...
for beginners and 'experts' alike..
this time round..
European Whites.

After the opening wine..the wines were tasted in flights of 2...

Chateau Haut-Louilleau 2005
Premieres Cotes de Blaye,
Bordeaux, France
Pale colour, green tinges;
grassy,gooseberry smell
(70% Sauvignon Blanc 30% Semillon);
fresh, slightly tart flavour..
a good mouth cleanser.
Points 12

G.A.Schneider Weißburgunder Trocken 2006
Nierstein, Germany

Pale, watery edge;cheesy nose which faded..
fruit at first, then the acidity bites in....
Points 12.5

Dr. Crusius Weißburgunder Trocken 2006
Nahe, Germany

More character here on the nose; fine fruit, juicy, acidity nicely balance..pleasant drink
Points 13.5

Dr. Crusius
Riesling Trocken 2006
Nahe, Germany
Nose difficult..closed;
crisp flavour,
integrated acidity, rounded.
Points 13.5

Dr. Crusius
Traiser Rotenfels
Riesling Spätlese Trocken 2006
Nahe, Germany

Grapefruit smell, floral note; good fruit flavour at the back..acidity dominating..elegant and
all there to harmonise in 1-2 years.
Points 14

Paul Achs Chardonnay 2006
Burgenland, Austria
Fresh style of Chardonnay..
made in steel tanks.
All very nicely packed together...
but maybe too layed-back...
and would not have guessed
Chardonnay at a blind tasting
Points 14
Domaine Demangeot
Cuvee Delphine
Saint-Eve 2005
Hautes Cotes de Beaune,
Burgundy, France

Lychees leapt from the glass;
fullish, creamy
fruit on the
palate..finishes a bit short
Points 14.5 this is what I came favourite producer of Sauvignon Blanc!
Robert explained the producer had changed things slightly for this vintage...
The Piere, normally only ever seeing steel vats..had spent it's youth in 500 litres
used oak barrels...which slightly worried me..however..
Vie de Romans Piere Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Friuli Isonzo, Italy

Medium yellow-gold;compley aromas, minerals; delicious mouthfull,
smoky,almonds, still needs a year..
but class showing..and my worries
were unfounded
Points 17.5 +

Vie de Romans Vieris Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Friuli Isonzo, Italy

Now this wine has always been in new oak; fuller flavour, more oak is balanced...but his baby brother beats him
every time.
Points 16.5

Domaine Sauzet Puligny Montrachet 2005
Burgundy, France

Classy , vanilla aroma..touch of
citrus blossoms,
juicy acidity..still closed..
but Monsíeur Sauzet has
increased his prices..
and for Euros thanks..
Points 16

Domaine Sauzet Puligny Montrachet 2003
Burgundy, France
Nice comparion here..both vintages similar..this wine 2 years older; full, oaky nose; fleshy peach fruit on the palate, exotic fruits..longer in the mouth and ready now.
Points 17

I went back to the last four..
retasted and 'drank' them....
no great pain in doing that!

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