Chateau Margaux 2004
This Margaux du Château Margaux is an honest reflection of the quality of the 2004 vintage: complex and deep on the nose, very pure, particularly subtle; the presence in the mouth is dense, rich, tight, very long and fine. The finale is both soft, fresh and very aromatic. This wine is already very pleasant to drink but far from having reached its peak.
Chateau Latour 2006
Very richly coloured and classy, showing great power and a beautiful liveliness, with a pronounced expression of Cabernet. The fruit is less exuberant, but the "Latour" character is very present.
Chateau Latour 2004
"The 2004 vintage saw the return of a very classic wine with a powerful, fresh, lively style, and a solid, precise structure. Very concentrated fruit is supported by an imposing structure, and already showing great purity and a rare level of energy. The finish is long and very silky, supported by very well-integrated tannins. "Latour
Chateau Haut-Brion 2006
"AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR. Elegance would be the word that best describes this wine. There exist obvious wines which spontaneously approach you and those whose reticence oblige you to draw them out to get to know them. Château Haut-Brion, without a doubt, falls into the second category. Its color is a very deep red. The nose, at first reserved, opens up softly and slowly. Notes of minerals are followed by red berries, then an earthy whiff dominated by an aroma of fresh ground coffee beans. Before you know it the wine charms you with all of its incredible complexity. The mouth is silky. The treatment of this vintage's special tannins renders them astonishingly suave." Haut Brion tasting notes
Clemens Marienburg Rothenpfad GG 2015
‘Clemens Busch as usual bottled the majority of his dry or nearly dry wines only in late August…“We had to start picking soon after the September rain due to botrytis pressure,” explained Rita Busch…but harvest wasn’t over until the end of the first week in November. The acids being predominantly ripe, Busch made an effort this vintage to discourage his wines from undergoing malolactic transformation, and most of them cooperated. (Though it bears emphasizing that over the years, many wonderful Busch Rieslings have undergone full malo.) Besides, he felt comfortable in giving the musts up to 36 hours of pre-fermentative skin contact, which automatically lowered the acids via buffering. I have not yet tasted the three 2015s that Busch nowadays targets for 13-16 months’ élevage. ‘
Sourced from the site’s original location, directly below the Marienbugy monastery on grey slate parcels of 22-30 year old vines, with a south-south east orientation. This comes from the younger vines grown on the blue slate GG sites, predominantly Fahrlay in the Marienburg.
18/20 – “Delightful aromas of green fruit and lime open the sensory batting, the contribution of spontaneous yeasts is contained to a subtle note of fresh vegetal aromas. Freshness is of the essence on the palate as well, with crunchy grapefruit and a tang of kiwi, sprinkled with just one turn of the salt mill.”
Michael Schmidt, JancisRobinson.com
Balnaves The Tally Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
This is arguably Australia's finest Cabernet. Released only in the very best years, and may be aged up to 20 years.
This is a rich and powerful wine. Aromas of blackcurrants, violets, anise, and spices. The palate is equally dense with full bodied fruits and velvety tannin structure. It has a lot of length, with hints of chocolate, cedar, and mint. It's one of Halliday's all-time favourite wines, and Balnaves' Peter Bissel won winemaker of the year for this vintage.
Drinking perfectly now, will continue to age well for some time. Decanting recommended.
Cape Mentelle Zinfandel 2004
A fantastic Zinfandel (Italian: Primitivo) from one of Australia's most iconic wineries.
The nose is spiced with cardomom, vanilla beans and berry fruits. The palate is full and robust reminiscent of Christmas cake. Plush dark cherries, licorice, and ginger spices are balanced with fine tannin structure.
Clos du Marquis St-Julien 2001
Marc Rougeot Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2011
Champagne Krug 1995
Krug 1995 is characterized by a lustrous pale gold colour and playful streams of bubbles. On the nose, delights by its rare combination of ripeness and delicacy, its fragrant hints of white flowers, freshly baked gingerbread and candied fruits alongside ripe melon. In the mouth, Krug 1995 is generous and full, velvety with a hint of almonds and honey, perfectly balanced with fresh citrus fruits, even pink grapefruit enhanced by a remarkable finish.
By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir 2015
From the vineyard: Each year the same descriptive notes come to mind for this wine; seductive, perfumed, seamless balance and moreish. It is a site that wavers very little in more difficult vintages and excels in great ones. This is the back bone of Wine By Farr. Once again the alluring characters of this site combined with red fruits, whole bunch, acidity, and oak have produced a beautifully interwoven expression of site and vintage. That’s what it’s all about for a near perfect vintage!
Roda I Reserva 2003
Blue florals lead, then comes the mineral-steel (gun barrel) aromatics, black bean and black jellybean and some tobacco, blackberry, black cherry, sars. Well-defined with a particularly good finish, featuring soft, sweet, very dark spices. Lush, floral and well structured – typical Roda 1. Seamless, warmer and rounder than usual with nice dab of slate tidying the end.