🍷❗️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.
The 2015 Marguet Ambonnay "Freedom" is a rare sans soufre and biodynamic vinified Champagne based on 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay. Mayer lemons and yellow apples are intermixed with fresh pastry, almonds and herbs. Medium-bodied, charming and balanced, it's fleshy but precise, with a lively acidity and a saline finish. This delicious Grand Cru champagne is great to drink now and needs no further cellaring.
93 NP, drink now-2032
Takatu Pinot Gris 2014, Matakana NZ
Bright medium straw to gold in colour - lighter bodied than the 2013 still nice legs / viscosity. Interesting nose with savoury oak notes & shy fruit aromas. The palate is about apples & nashi pear with some sweet fruit elements, textures are good, fine grippy tannins / oak, gentle acidity and a tart dry finish. A very pleasant drop! RRP: $35.00 https://www.takatulodge.co.nz/