🍷❗️Have you recently tasted a 2003 bordeaux❓
This Grand-Puy-Lacoste is beautiful to drink now.
Captivating nose of dark fruits, baking spices, cigar box and forest floor, intense mouthfeel with smooth texture, ample volume and excellent concentration, multilayered flavours of black currant, blackberry, cherry, liquorice and hints of chocolate supported by a firm mineral backbone, ripe acidity and integrated tannins leading onto a long, appealing finish. There has always been lingering scepticism about the staying power of 2003 bordeaux given the extreme weather conditions during that vintage. Drinking beautifully well now, this has evolved into a delightful wine with fine balance and fascinating poise. It’s rich and intense without ever straying into jammy or heady, and there is still enough fruit freshness that makes it quite enjoyable. I have a soft spot for this estate which consistently punches above its weight by delivering, even in hot years like 2003, brilliant wines at great value 😊🍷
Blend of 72% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot and 2% cabernet franc from 38 year-old vines, on gravel, silt, sand and clay soil over limestone subsoil.
In the same lineage of connected families during 200 years since its creation in the 1730s, Grand-Puy-Lacoste was sold in 1932 to Raymond Dupin who had a monumental reputation for his hospitality but sadly neglected his estate in the 1960s and 1970s. When Jean-Eugène Borie of Ducru-Beaucaillou acquired the estate in 1978, the vineyard was just half of its original size and the château itself was in a poor state of disrepair. Under the aegis of François-Xavier Borie, Jean-Eugène’s son, massive renovation and modernisation works were quickly rolled out, just in time to produce an outstanding wine in 1982. Since then, this estate has gone from strength to strength to outperform its 5th growth classification.
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Adelaide Hills Gamay from Brackenwood tonight, tasty stuff this. Honest, fresh, crunchy, good drinking, has a bit about it.
Nose – Fresh red berries, red cherry, red currant, raspberry, hay, almost barn yard, countryside air in autumn.
Palate – Crisp, light, good acid, fresh red berries again, rhubarb adding savoury contrast, a pinch of dried woody herbs, and super fine tannin. Finishes well, good length.
There’s a charm and personality here to accompany the brilliant drinkability. ‘Tis rather enjoyable 👌🏽🍷👏🏼
QUINTESSA AT HEDONISM, 13.09.21
“You are drinking wines from a very special place,” Rebekah Wineburg tells us, as we survey the five wines in front of us, wondering when it would be socially acceptable for us to dive in.
I had very kindly been invited to a Quintessa tasting at @hedonism_wines , where all the stars seemed to align: Napa Valley wine; the sexiest wine shop I’d ever laid my eyes on and excellent company in the form of Rozza from @randrdrinkers , her husband Rob and Libby @a_little_sip_of_me_time .
I’m writing a full blog about the tasting so you’ll get the details there, but let me just say it was everything I hoped for and more. Rebekah commented that some say Napa Valley has no vintage variation, but she strongly contested - and did a stellar job in proving her point by showing us the 2018, 2017, 2011 and 2010 (the latter two from Magnum).
Special wines from a special place for a special night. I’ll let you know when my blog and tasting notes are up! 🍷 Thank you @postandvine , @quintessawinery and Rozza ❤️