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2016 Château de Pommard Clos Marey-Monge Monopôle, Prime Burgundy Pinot Noir


Rating: 92/100 factors

The 2016 classic of Château de Pommard’s Clos Marey-Monge Monopôle Pinot Noir wine is the lastest launch of the well-known clos. For extra perspective on this wine, learn our wine evaluations of the 2015 classic in addition to the 2014’s.

For the context of manufacturing, right here is how Château de Pommard describes their latest 2016 child:

2016 was a battle with the weather. First, the Clos was affected by a bitter frost, dividing the harvest in half, adopted by rain and damp permitting the return of powdery mildew. Our expert group of winemakers and winery managers saved the day by saving the most effective grapes. Champion parcel, Simone, didn’t endure any loss, nor did the outdated vines inside Les Paules. All through the summer time, the grapes got the most effective care to make sure they loved the beautiful sunshine. As soon as mature, the grapes turned out extra plump and concentrated than we might have ever hoped. As soon as harvested, they had been vinified, one terroir at a time. When the precise second got here to carry collectively our six best terroirs, with the proportion of Simone being greater than it had ever been, we launched a barrel to Clos Marey-Monge Monopole 2016 to present it an additional contact of soul.

In regards to the Clos Marey-Monge

Clos Marey-Monge acquired its identify again in 1795 when Nicolas-Joseph Marey and Émilie Monge, the son and daughter of eminent French the Aristocracy, fell head over heels in love.

Situated over the heights of the Pommard village, the Clos Marey-Monge, a walled winery which is the unique property of Château de Pommard (a Monopole) is made of seven distinct terroirs used to assemble this Pinot Noir.

The 7 sub-section of the winery, referred to as Simone, Chantrerie, Les Paules, Grand Champs, 75 Rangs, Micault, and Émilie, function distinct soils and microclimates.

Grapes from every terroir are hand-picked, fermented and barrel-aged individually, stored aside for 18 months. In the summertime, almost two years after harvest, the ultimate mix is made, assembling every of the 7 components in exact proportions.

Total Overview Notes & Tasting Impressions

A pretty darkish pink shade for this Pommard Pinot Noir, with a darkish pink tint that includes each slight orange and purple hues which intensifies and deepens its look.

The fragrant profile is highly effective, warming and hearty.

Cooked apples include strawberry coulis, cherry liqueur, lifted nutmeg spiciness, and deep darkish cocoa, profound vanilla and roasted espresso.

It’s charming to odor at, from so many layers of deep depth. Advanced!

The palate reveals we’re right here with Burgundy Pinot than has seen and been crammed with loads of sunshine. The fruity flavors are ripe and highly effective, ripe plum, blackberry and cherry liqueur compete for management, whereas layers of candy spices and minty black pepper (like Sichuan pepper) add an aerial but severe depth.

Tannins are current and fairly dense for the type, delivered in a world of granulous velvety smoothness. Touches of earthy flavors add to some edgy phenolics and a slight bitter sensation offering complexity, savoriness and depth to the tasting expertise. Lengthy and imposing burst of licorice flavors to the end.

A uncommon Pinot Noir sensation of a tasting Château de Pommard’s 2016 Clos Marey-Monge delivers.

The complexity, the dryness, and the mineral acidity are mixed with barely earthy and rustic tannins that we love from a Pommard type of Pinot Noir expression.

In an intricate and charming mixture of flavors, these with an excellent ripe, comforting and charming fruity persona. Raisin and zesty citrus, jammy pink berries and a myriad of spices.

Each sip comes with a shock and a brand new discovery, for a protracted and satisfying tasting sensation…

A wine to expertise.

Take pleasure in 🙂

Julien Miquel

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2016 Ciry Cattaneo Les Petites Choses Tempranillo, Pays d’Oc IGP, Languedoc


Rating: 90+/100 factors

‘Les Petites Choses’ by Languedoc producer Domaine Ciry Cattaneo is a micro-cuvée made in very restricted amount from a single block winery, from 100% Tempranillo grapes. Very uncommon for a French wine!

Tempranillo is clearly extra generally grown and related to Spanish wines, or Rioja or Ribera del Duero specifically.

That is an natural wine, made out of grapes grown on limestone soil at a comparatively excessive 350 to 400 meters above sea degree (about 1000 ft) due to this fact in a comparatively cool-climate a part of the Minervois appellation within the Languedoc wine area of Southern France.

Solely 1839 bottles of Les Petits Choses (perceive ‘the small issues’) had been produced for this 2016 classic.

Total Evaluate & Tasting Impressions

A younger however clearly promising purple Tempranillo wine, so sudden from Languedoc, but so clearly profitable!

Deep, concentrated and layered, it’s contemporary, acidic and mineral.

All of the structural parts are built-in this younger purple for it to turn out to be a complete success and delight to get pleasure from in Three to five years. Ought to age for a strong 10 years or extra for the affected person wine collector.

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Full Tasting Notes

This French Tempranillo is available in a fairly dense and intense ruby purple shade, stuffed with purple hues betraying it is a concentrated and younger wine. Just a little hazy making it look even deeper.

The nostril continues to be fairly restrained and shy at first. Give it a strong half hour of decanting earlier than serving, if not an hour. Then it opens up and turns into extra talkative.

Darkish cocoa is the dominant aroma to the nostril, intently adopted by plum liqueur, virtually prune though, there are contemporary and vibrant notes of purple berries as nicely.

Spicy white and black pepper, candy spices like clove. There’s a lot happening must you permit the wine to breathe and take a while to let it specific itself. A fancy and deep nostril but feeling beneficiant to odor at general.

Put this Tempranillo in your mouth, and its palate seems clean however densely populated by concentrated velvety tannins coating your style buds like drying silk. Oily physique with a transparent vibrant acidity make for a dry purple wine with mineral, barely salty, and a clean stability.

Flavors, once more, are a little bit shy. It feels younger and like a wine needing time to settle in and construct up confidence. However the deep ripe purple berries, layers of spices, and the apparent but well-integrated vanilla and caramel smoky notes are there, delighting the senses.

Take pleasure in 🙂

Julien Miquel

Ciry Cattaneo Les Petites Choses Label Pictures

2016 Chateau Lamothe Castera Cuvée Margaux Pink, Bordeaux


Rating: 90/100

Made in well-known Bordeaux area of France, this cuvée ‘Margaux’ was made in collaboration with and distributed within the USA by JP Bourgeois.

Chateau Lamothe-Castera is positioned within the village of Roquebrune within the Entre Deux Mers space, area of Bastides, 50 miles from Bordeaux. It’s reportedly been producing wine because the 15th century.

These days, Claire and Renaud Jean run this 190 acres vineyard within the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur AOP zones. The vineyards consists of 30-year-old vines on common. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot are farmed ‘sustainably’ right here.

The Margaux Cuvée is a mix of mix of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot aged for 12 months in chrome steel tanks.

Tasting Notes

This Bordeaux Rouge is available in a fairly intense and darkish pink colour stuffed with youthful purple hues giving depth to its look.

The nostril feels fruity and suave, dominated by aromas of vanilla and ripe cherry with vibrant contemporary blackcurrant and blackberry notes. Tempting!

The wine feels clean on the palate, dry with good acidity however extra importantly that includes comfortable velvety tannins and a spherical physique. The entire feels nearly silky and beneficiant, actually simple to take pleasure in.

The dominant flavors of cherry liqueur, black pepper, and ripe pink bell pepper are coated in considerable though nicely built-in oaky vanilla, clove and caramel notes.

General

A really nice and likeable Bordeaux wine, remarkably comfortable and dry for a Cabernet Sauvignon wine. It options vigorous fruity characters and a really comfortable clean texture, whereas delivering a way of savoriness from being spicy, dry, with a strong acidity and a definite licorice-like character.

A strong reasonably priced Bordeaux, enjoyably and proudly offering an entry level to the wine universe the nice French wine area presents. Fruity and considerably restrained generosity, a clean and considerably savory expression of Cabernet Sauvignon in a convincing French fashion.

Get pleasure from 🙂

Julien Miquel

Chateau Lamothe Castera Cuvée Margaux Label Photographs

2016 Mas des Capitelles Faugères Vieilles Vignes, Languedoc


Rating: 94/100

This previous vines purple wine from the Languedoc wine area in Southern France, and extra particularly the Faugères AOP appellation, is a mix of 80+-year-old Carignan (25%), with 25% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre.

Grapes are fastidiously chosen through the hand harvest of the low-yielding previous vineyards.

The Lauge household working Mas des Capitelles Property

After a protracted fermentation and maceration of skins (prolonged to over 30 days), 20% of the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 14 months, utilizing as little sulfites (SO2) as potential.

This Faugères is just not solely an natural wine, however the vineyards grapes are sourced from are run utilizing the precept of biodynamics.

Tasting Notes

This Languedoc purple wine is available in an immensely darkish purple coloration, with an enormous coloration depth, of a clear darkish purple with hints of purple hues.

The nostril is not any much less intense, boasting with darkish purple berries, a particular blackcurrant and ripe blackberry scent, augmented by darkish chocolate, black pepper, a contact of vanilla and lots of layers of candy spices.

The palate could be very dense and clean, dry and that includes a stable acidity that underlines the freshness of the purple berry flavors properly.

But, a giant burst of potent ripe berry flavors actually explodes in your mouth, liberating like fireworks a great deal of secondary notes of clove, nutmeg, and extra importantly, a wealth of black pepper.

Total

A dense and super-concentrated purple wine, infused with previous vines’ immense goodness and utter focus on pour terroir may give to purple wine. Dense, but that includes very clean tannins, exact and contemporary ripe berry flavors, complexity and lots of layers of spices, toasted nuts and clear hints of floral violet characters. All of the elements of a soon-to-become excellent purple are packed into this younger Languedoc surprise.

Character, authenticity and terroir, precision of fruit with complexity from the built-in vinosity, all condensed into a really characterful wine.

Get pleasure from 🙂

Julien Miquel

Study Extra about this Wine’s Area of Origin: Faugères

Mas des Capitelles Previous Vines Faugères Label Photographs

2016 Neverland & André Macionga ‘Unartig’ Weisswein Cuvée, Rheinhessen, Germany


Rating: 91+/100

Nothing higher than the phrases of this cuvée’s creator to explain the place it comes from and the intentions behind this wine. That is what André Macionga, sommelier, says about his ‘Unartig’ 2016 cuvée:

Within the autumn of 2015 the vineyard of Neverland in Vendersheim, Rheinhessen caught my eye. The brothers Sebastian and Marcel Class invited me to a non-public wine tasting. After some visits to the vineyard and joint tasting we determined to start out a mission collectively.

After we had created the cuvée and the entire course of was full, we tasted the primary bottle collectively. The phrase “Unartig” (naughty) was mentioned and it was instantly apparent and undoubtedly the title this wine ought to have.

“Unartig” is exclusive. Frivolous, perky and self-confident. That is proven on quite a few ranges.

So, How Good is André Macionga ‘Unartig’ Weisswein Cuvée?

Tasting Notes

This Rheinhessen German white is available in a shiny and vivid lemon-yellow colour.

At first odor and proper after opening the bottle, what first strikes is the pungent citrusy lemon and grapefruit odor, reminding considerably of a Sauvignon Blanc. This tames down with aeration although, leaving place to extra buttery and tropical fruit characters, protecting the vibrancy of lime and melon aromas although.

Touches of candy spices and bitter dough add depth to the fragrant profile. A really nice and fascinating wine to odor at!

This can be a dry white wine, with a crisp and refreshing acidity on a mid-to-full physique for a dry wine. It’s fairly oily and opulent to the palate but feeling contemporary and zesty because of a crisp mineral acidity and bursting citrus flavors, coated in a world of beneficiant leesy buttery goodness.

The end is lengthy and layered, throwing countless layers of tropical fruits, wealthy mango, contemporary zesty pineapple, lime and orange, apricot and peach. The entire is deepened by hints of nutmeg and caramel, saved energetic and aerial by floral notes of honey and elderflower with lifted spicy white pepper.

General

A quite stunningly-complex white wine, contemporary and crisp, but textural and layered do you have to permit it time to open up and permit your self to style it correctly over an hour or so of tasting.

From a barely tight and introvert wine, it slowly develops in your wine glass right into a refined and completely balanced expression of what tastes like a mineral and calcareous terroir, but imprinted with clay goodness.

Definitely, a wine to expertise… and share tasting impressions with the guy fortunate connoisseurs that can share your bottle of André Macionga Assortment’s Unartig  wine!

Take pleasure in 🙂

Julien Miquel

André Macionga Unartig White Label Photographs

2016 Brancott Estate Limited Edition ‘Reflection’ Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Gris, Marlborough

Score: 94/100

To celebrate the installation of a monumental piece of art by New York-based designer, Dror Benshetrit, in its historic Brancott Vineyard, famous New Zealand producer Brancott Estate crafted this Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc called ‘Reflection’.

Dror’s volumetric sculpture fusing art and science and tittle ‘Under/standing’, now stands proudly in the vineyard where the winery first planted Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc back in 1973, facing its modern Heritage Centre facility.

The packaging of this Limited Edition bottle reflects the cutting-edge and intricate geometry of Dror’s Art.

The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested,  then very gently pressed. The must was fermented using indigenous yeast (wild) before a “careful use of oak” as the winery puts it.

Brancott also describes its Reflection Limited Edition craft as “inspired by the great white wines of Bordeaux, where Sauvignon Blanc is often blended with Semillon or Sauvignon Gris and barrel-aging used to deliver a rich, age-worthy wine style. Here we have blended Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris; both varieties pioneered in the region by Brancott Estate, and both perfectly suited to Marlborough’s growing conditions“.

Tasting Notes

This Kiwi Sauv Blanc comes in a solid lemon-yellow color, of medium intensity but with delicate shiny orange hues giving its appearance depth and appeal.

The nose is captivating, right from the first smell!

Take a small first sniff, and you’re transported straight away in a universe of tropical fruits and notes of baking. Delicate ripe passion fruit coulis, is combined with dried pineapple and floral aromas of lily, the whole coated with very subtle buttery sour dough brioche scents. I think there is a hint of vanilla too, as well as elegant mixed spices such as nutmeg, and certainly a touch of ginger.

So, like a delicate ginger bread cover in pineapple and fresh passion fruit coulis this Sauvignon Blanc-Sauvignon Gris blend smells like, if that makes any sense, and if you can picture the aromas that would come out of such a bake!

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The palate follows suit. It continues to make you travel in this universe of delicacies and tempting flavors. This is a dry wine, but bringing such a smooth and round texture, combined with sweet-tasting flavors, that the mineral and crisp acidity is perfectly balanced.

Flavors of sweet-spices scented honey, doughy brioche, walnut, apricot and pineapple are the dominant tones.

Pungent and powerful it certainly is, but all flavors are delivered harmoniously with a complex and layered impression. The notes of ageing on lees, those of brioche, honey, and toasted nuts, are amazingly and intricately combined with the primary floral and fruity elements. The whole forms an undefinably enjoyable experience.

The wine, full of acidic tension and fruity opulence, delivers a vibrant and crisp finish, with a touch of salivating saltiness, the mark of great terroir-driven wines that not only enchant while you’re tasting them, but imprint your senses with the temptation and the necessity to go for another sip and experience the tasting pleasure again.

Overall

A rather stunning and fascinating expression of the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Brancott Estate has found and provided here, most probably helped in that by the more tempered Sauvignon Gris, which adds —I would guess— a fair share of tropical notes and contributes to the wine’s overall smoothness.

Dry and mineral, very pungent as well, as we expect from the Marlborough style, this Limited Edition blend brings in ripeness of fruit character, and a layered complexity from a perfectly controlled ageing on lees, for a harmonious and immense rich whole.

‘Reflection’ Sauv Blanc-Sauv Gris somewhat has the tropical exuberance of a Botrytis wine —like a Sauternes—, plus the depth and layers of nutty/doughy notes of a vintage Champagne, yet not having compromised with its roots and the mineral expression of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

A real master-piece from Marlborough, worth discovering…

Enjoy 😊

Julien Miquel

Learn more about Brancott Estate Winery with our Brancott Estate producer profile:

Brancott Estate Heritage Centre Marlborough New Zealand Sunset

Brancott Reflection Ltd Edition Pinot Noir Label Images