Thursday, 27 October 2016

Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2011

Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2011
St. Julien
Ca 20-25€

2011 is perhaps not the best of Bordeaux vintages, but this second wine from the third growth Ch.Lagrange in St.Julien is very good value for money even in a mediocre year.

Les Fiefs 2011 is drinking beautifully now with a lovely balance and firm soft tannins.
It's dark and dense with delicious dark fruit on the nose.
Perfect with BBQ stuff or cheese.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Coudolet de Beaucastel 2013

This is a delightful Cote du Rhone by Ch. Beaucastel in Ch.neuf du Pape.

It's dark, dense and full of dark fruit with some spicy elements. It will easily improve with time but if decanted first it drinks beautifully now as well.

The grapes used for this blend are Grenache 30%, Syrah 20%, Mourvèdre 30%, Cinsault 20%.

A bit pricy Cote du Rhone maybe but it's on the border to be classified as a Ch.neuf du Pape and the "mother" wine, Beaucastel, sells for twice to three times the price. this is to be regarded as their second wine really.

Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2013

Friday, 7 October 2016

Ch.Lanessan 1995 - Blind tasting October 2016

We were served this (without knowing what it was) as wine number one and three in a Blindtasting.

On the first one the colour was medium dark red with a clear red brown rim indicating it to be an old wine or a Nebbiolo. On the nose it had discrete dried fruit, plum and cherries. Again it could be a Nebbiolo.The taste was however quite light with very little acidity and tannins (close to none) drifting the panel away from the Nebbiolo track. Overall score 15.60

When it was served as wine number three the story was slightly different:

The colour was described as deep dark red with brown rim (it appeared to be darker than the first one). The nose was more apparent with dark fruit, dried fruit and plum, Very similar to wine one. The taste was however the biggest variation as it was fresher, seemed younger with more acidity and tannins. As a consequence it was scored to be 17.50.

The panel then agreed both were old Bordeaux probably around 20 years old but that the age difference between the two must have been approx ten years....(the latter being the youngest)....

To our surprise we were told that we had been drinking the same bottle as it was just a magnum that had been split in two and put in two different carafes.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Pleiades XXIV

This is a delightful mixed red by Sean Thackrey. This red is made every year with different combinations of grapes designed to let people enjoy a wine as prepared by the chef himself.

The 24th edition is a mix of Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Viognier (white), Zinfandel and Mourvedre.

The wine is a full-bodied and a very fruity red with a velvety long well balanced finish. Delightful easy drinking wine that can be easily enjoyed on its own.

Pleiades XXIV
Sean Thackrey
Ca 30usd or 340 NOK

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Copain Pinot Noir Kiser "En bas" 2009

This 2009 Pinot from California and Anderson valley is just pure magic right now.

It's not often I drink 7 years old Pinot from that region, normally I would consume them younger, but this example is the proof thet there is absolute no reason why California Pinot should not be kept.

Delicious red fruit, chocolate and minerality on the nose.  A wonderful balanced taste which is just amazing. Everything are so velvety. The cool climate and a stony soil have created a truly  wonderful, complex and sumptuous wine.

Pure meditation....

Copain Pinot Noir 2009
Kiser "En Bas"
Anderson valley
High price

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Mot Ziflon 2013

This is a very unusual red from Colline Novaresi (DOC) in Piemonte. The main grape is Nebbiolo (like in Barolo and Barbaresco) but there are a small content of two rare grapes called Uva Rara and Vespolina as well.

The colour is dark purple red with a purple rim. A colour that can remind you more of a Dolcetto or Barbera instead of Nebbiolo.

It has a wonderful intriguing smell of red fruit like raspberries and redcurrant, lots of floral elements as well as liquorice. From the smell it very tricky to decide grape and region.

The taste is however more nebbiolo like: lots of acidity and plenty of tannins. The wine require as such food to go along with it. Delicate and what I would call "chilled" (as in opposite to warm) fruit and a long aftertaste.

A rare but delicious wine. Only 3000 bottles.

Mot Ziflon 2013
Colline Novaresi
Francesco Brigatti
14€ or 228 NOK

Beaune 1er cru Teurons by Albert Morot

This red premier cru Burgundy from Beaune by Albert Morot is delightful to drink now and is also reasonable priced for those lucky enough to live in France.

Medium red coloured wine which is typical for these light reds.

Silky red and dark fruit on the nose with some crushed black pepper, smoky flavours and wet earth.

Very elegant and smooth body with a refreshing aftertaste and  lovely balance.

Easy drinking and very good value for less than 30€.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Wittmann Morstein Riesling 2005

Riesling when they get a bit of age in the bottle can develop a nice petroleum smell. This 2005 by Wittmann had exactly that when we drunk it the other day.

Morstein is single vineyard in Rheinhessen, Germany.

Lovely citrus fruit, flowers and petroleum on the nose.

Smooth, silky and fruity taste with perfect acidity. A very decent dry white wine.

Wittmann Riesling 2005

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sassicaia 2001

This is the only single estate in Italy that has it's own DOC! The first time I had it was last week when I found out that one of the local restaurants (Sørensen oppe) had one bottle left.

So I asked the wine waiter to set aside the bottle for me. A few days later on a sunny warm late summer day I turned up with a friend and reclaimed the bottle.

We sat outside, on a tiny balcony, overlooking the Stavanger harbour, watching the sun go down drinking this stunning wine.

Gorgeous aromas of dark chocolate, supple red fruit and lots of cassis. Old cellar, vanilla, ripe fruit. Simply wonderful!

But the palate was out of this world thanks to a complexity, balance, body and length that really shocked the both of us. At the same time it was soft and elegant as well as big strong and firm. It had lots of fire power, but at the same time silky. A truly stunning wine.

Worth drinking at least once! But of course there are no more 2001 left in Stavanger ....

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Lunch at Fish & Cow

The other day I had a fantastic lunch at the local restaurant called Fish & Cow. Two of the reasons for going there were the wine list and the very knowledgable wine waiter who is one of the few in Norway with a Master of wine title.

Pierre Yves Colin Morey, as you can see from other articles on this blog,  has emerged as one of my favourite wine producers in Burgundy. His white wines are so pure, magical,  remarkable and wonderful that they are made for meditation, they do not really require food as the wine itself is such an experience.

The four of us started off with a premier cru Chassagne Montrachet from 2011 and a 11 acre plot called Les Chenevottes. It's a cool, flat plot which is not too humid and the wines from here are fine supple wines. Beautiful aroma of discrete lime, butter and lots minerals. Amazing purity all along. The balance was just wonderful and each sip became like a religious ritual. A stunning wine which every restaurant should be proud of to have but not many can get hold of.

The Puligny Montrachet, premier cru from Les Champs Gain was in the same ball park. Just a bit more lime and butter and less pronounced minerality. The same purity, the same awesome balance, length and complexity. Les Champs Gain (reclaimed land) is high on the slope close to

Saint Aubin. The soil is thin and scrubby, but delivers beautiful wines.

The last white wine was a Meursault from 2008 and a producer called Antoine Jobard. Meursault for me has more oaky and vanilla flavours than the two others. Jobard has made white wines from Meursault in more than 50 years now so it should come as no surprise that these are quality wines. En la Barre is close to the town and is classified as commune wine.

This 2008 is drinking beautifully now and was indeed a delightful wine. Slightly "fatter" than the two others but perhaps the one that fitted best with the delightful fish dish that we were served.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Ch. Verdignan 2009

Bordeaux wines are becoming increasingly more expensive and the best value reds from that region are the smaller properties like the Verdignan.

2009 and 2010 are two excellent vintages and the wines from these vintages are drinking perfectly right now.

The colour is deep dark red. The nose is discrete with nice dark fruit, some herbs and vanilla.

Well balanced taste with firm soft tannins.

A nice Bordeaux at around 270 NOK or 20€.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Chambolle Musigny Les Cras 2012

Patrice Rion is one of the masters of Chambolle and he has three different premier crus as far as I know. This one called Les Cras, Les Fuees and the famous Les Charmes. All of them are equally good and elegant although my personal favourite is Les Charmes.

Optimum timing for drinking them are at least 5-7 years old to smoothen the tannins that are present in the younger years.

This one from 2012 has lots of red fruit dominated by wild raspberries and cherries. Delicate taste with a lovely balance and soft tannins. A lovely wine that will improve even further with a couple of more years in the bottle.

Chambolle Musigny 2012 "Les Cras"
Patrice Rion 
Ca 50€

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Amarone 2010 by Coffele

Coffele is well known for the lovely Soave they make but the Amarone they produce is just pure class. The grapes are; 75% Corvina, 15% Rondinella and 10% Molinara.

A real block buster of a wine with 16% alcohol without being too powerful.

Really deep dark red colour.

Beautiful nose with plenty of dark fruit, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Truly wonderful bouquet on the "dark" side.

The taste is big, solid and powerful but also wonderful elegant with a very long aftertaste. A wonderful and impressive wine indeed. I wish all Amarone could be as classy as this one.

Amarone della Valpolicella 2010
Ca 30€

Monday, 18 July 2016

Hermitage 2007

It's not often one comes across an older Hermitage for less than 30€, but here it is.

Dark red coloured wine a delicious dark fruit smell with some pepper on the nose as well.

Lots of structure and fruit in the mouth with a compact well balanced aftertaste. Not a top Hermitage but it is very good value for money and is drinking really nicely right now and for the next 5 years.

Hermitage 2007
Domaine des Martinelles
Ca 27€