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2015 L’Esprit de Château Pennautier Cabardès, Languedoc


Rating: 90/100

This Languedoc pink by Lorgeril, produced on their Chateau de Pennautier property within the small Cabardès appellation close to Carcassonne, is a mix of 60 % Syrah and 40 % Merlot.

Every grape selection was vinified individually, earlier than an ageing of 12 to 18 months in French oak barrel.

Tasting Notes

This Languedoc pink is available in a fairly darkish pink colour, with a really darkish pink to the core and a vibrant clear darkish pink and purple hues to the rim.

The nostril is aromatic and vibrant as effectively, dominated by ripe pink berry notes, but contemporary ones. Raspberry and blackberry clearly come to thoughts because the dominant fragrant options, whereas lifted mintiness and white pepper spiciness add some thrilling piquancy to the odor.

Some candy spices, clove, nutmeg, in addition to hints of vanilla and caramel, an total sense of well-integrated oakiness present a tempting sweetening depth.

Put the wine in your mouth, and it satisfies with a lot smoothness, velvety and comparatively mushy tannins coat your style buds, whereas an oily physique present additional richness to the feel. That is backed up opulent plum, jammy peach, and combined berry jam flavors. Punchy and spicy on the flavors, but not overly highly effective, retaining a way of magnificence.

From the mid-palate on, a crisp acidity kicks in, delivering a way of fruity freshness, and making the pink berry taste style brisker and fewer cooked. It comes additionally, surprisingly, with a burst of warming alcohol, for an explosion of many layers of flavors to the end: mint, pepper, berry jam, smoky oak and darkish cocoa, all making for a moderately lengthy and sophisticated end.

General

A strong Languedoc wine, mushy and clean at first, but surprisingly vibrant from a crisp acidity.

The general focus in tannins, acidity, alcohol and aromas is the standout characteristic, along with a really attention-grabbing spectrum of flavors and aromas.

When to Drink?

Give the wine 2-Three years to succeed in additional steadiness and magnificence, and mood what already seems like a well-made, intriguing and characterful wine.

Take pleasure in 🙂

Julien Miquel

L’Esprit de Château Pennautier Label Photographs

Horst Sauer & André Macionga Es Ist Wie Es Ist 2015 Cuvée, Franken, Germany


Rating: 90/100

André Macionga, a German sommelier, named 2013 «sommelier of the yr» F.A.Z. and 2017 «host of the yr» within the Gault & Millau information has all the time had a ardour for diving into the world of flavors.

With chosen winegrowers, André makes and sells wine he likes to drink and advocate.

The vineyard Weingut Horst Sauer, within the Franconian city of Escherndorf and one of the crucial awarded in Germany (2017 Gault Millau ‘winegrower of the yr’) created this fifth version of the ‘Est Ist Wie Es Ist’ wine with this 2015 classic, as part of the André Macionga Cuvée Assortment.

Tasting Notes

This German white is available in a moderately intense amber-yellow shade, shiny and clear, however with a shocking darkish yellow with orange and golden hues shade for a younger wine.

The nostril confirms we’re right here with a wine made with ripe white grapes and a frivolously oxidative profile, moderately than a youthful grassy and reductive one.

There’s a wealth of layered tropical fruit aromas, dried pineapple and ripe mango, some blond raisin with floral honey and beeswax tones. Add refined candy spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, with a touch of white pepper. The profile of a late harvest wine however delivered with class and restraint. The wine appears to open up over time and develop its taste. Open half hour previous to serving.

The palate reveals a really tender and spherical wine, with a recent and crisp acidity balanced by a spherical physique and solely hints of residual sugars.

Flavors bursts in your mouth with intense pineapple and ginger, some litchi and elderflower. Clearly considerably like a late harvest or a botrytis wine like a Sauternes however delivered in a dry-style and fresh-tasting profile.

Silky phenolics amplify the general nice impression of smoothness. They evolve in direction of the end right into a slight oaky bitterness, just like the imperceptible and gratifying bitterness of caramel, and a salivating salty really feel. I assume there’s a sense of salty buttery caramel style to this wine, though once more, delivered on a dry background.

The end may be very lengthy and layered, opulently full of oak, candy spices, honey and wax, and beneficiant tropical notes.

Total

A shocking but very gratifying white wine, clearly coming with its personal rather-unique type. Wealthy and ripe within the fruity flavors it presents, it has clearly been rounded up and complexified by an plentiful barely oxidative oak therapy. The result’s utter-smooth and layered but retaining freshness and finesse in its expression.

A wine to expertise then that is…

Get pleasure from 🙂

Julien Miquel

André Macionga Es Ist Wie Es Ist Label Pictures

2015 Caractères André Lurton ‘Initiales’ Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux


Rating: 89/100

Tasting Notes

This Bordeaux crimson from the Haut-Medoc space is available in a reasonably darkish crimson colour for the model, trying comparatively dense and intense.

The nostril is pungently fruity and options highly effective vanilla aromas. Darkish cherry, blackberry and recent raspberry notes present a vigorous fruity really feel to the fragrant profile, whereas hints of toast, caramel and the vanilla add generosity and enchantment. Spicy white pepper and chili are clearly to be smelt too.

The palate is comfortable and reasonably oily at first, fairly clean, though grippy and edgy tannins kick in from the mid-palate on and grip your style buds o the end, considerably in a typical Bordeaux wine trend. Strong salivating acidity nicely balanced by a round-enough physique.

Once more, flavors are beneficiant, fruity and wealthy from ripe berry characters mixed with spherical oaky notes.

Total

A well-made, ripe, generously fruity and spicy Bordeaux wine, approachable in model, but delivering layers of sentimental roundness and a lovely spiciness.

Take pleasure in 🙂

Julien Miquel

André Lurton Initiales Haut-Médoc Label Pictures

2015 Lorgeril Chateau de Pennautier Terroirs d’Altitude Cabardès, Languedoc

Score: 91/100

This Languedoc red by Lorgeril, produced on their Chateau de Pennautier estate in the small Cabardès appellation near Carcassonne, is a blend of Cabernet Franc 10%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Merlot 20%, Cot 5%, Syrah 30%, and Grenache 10%.

Each grape variety was vinified separately, before an ageing of 14 months in French oak barrel, half of which were new and half used (1 to 3 years).

Tasting Notes

This Languedoc red comes in a pretty dark red color, that makes itself noticed for its intensity as soon as you pour the wine into your glass. Very dark to the core, and vibrant red to the rim, perhaps with hints of purple.

The nose feels, at first, both deep and lively. Lively fruity ripe red berry notes of blackberry and blackcurrant, augmented and freshened up by raspberry notes. These fresh fruit aromas are almost dominant to the nose, although they are nearly matched by tone of earthiness, like clay, some forest flour character, as well as earthy black pepper spices.

The palate throws pungent and surprising flavors of mint at first, followed by a big burst of punchy ripe and jammy red barriers, strawberry jam mixed with raspberry and blackberry coulis. Significant depth and complexity are brought in seriously as well, through a myriad of spicy peppery notes, both green and black pepper, but also nutmeg and clove, some cardamom too. A sense of sweetness backing up the fruit is also provided by subtle oaky notes of vanilla and sweet caramel.

Dry the wine is, with a sense of savoriness overall, to the finish especially, together with ashy tones. But tannins are quite dense and smooth, and accompanied by a solid body, although controlled and balanced for powerful yet pleasant whole that feels quite elegant.

Overall

A very well made red wine, balanced, powerful and characterful, delivering very precise and clean/clear flavors of fruit, with a wealth of food-friendly savoriness from clovy and peppery spices. Generous, dry, opulent yet controlled all at the same time, this young wine pleases and surprises by the precise expression of its own terroir it holds.

A young wine it feels likes. Although pleasing already, the slightly edgy tannins will benefit from a year in bottle, and it built-in complexity that resides in this Cabardès red should amplify and benefit from a 1 to 5 years cellaring.

Enjoy 🙂

Julien Miquel

Chateau de Pennautier Cabardès Label Images