Friday, 15 September 2017

Pierre Peters Champagne Cuvée de Réserve Blanc de Blancs Brut n.v.

A propriétaire-récoltant Maison, since 6 generations, located in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, in the heart of the Côte des Blancs. The Cuvée of Réserve, Chardonnay grapes 100%, combines the clear wines of the year, with a blend of more than 15 years of reserve wines (40%).

A pale gold color, with green reflections, with conspicuous and regular effervescence, very creamy liquid.

The nose is pleasant and very fresh, composed by floral and citrus notes, followed by fresh bread, pear and apple, combined with intense minerality.

The attack on the palate is lively and straight, the aromas of citrus fruits become more clear, while a beautiful chalky minerality develops.

Tonic and good persistence finish, with tangerine and almond notes and an intense mineral recall.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Antonio Perrino Bianco Testalonga 2013

During the years, the friendship and the deepest esteem uniting me to Nino, perhaps, have conditioned me a thread and so, even though I drink continuously his wines - white and red both - happens to write with too much parsimony.
So, I would end up talking well about it, all the time, and this could awaken (unjustified) suspicions.

No problem, even this time I can only praise this Vermentino, caught in a radiant stage.

As usual, an impeccable reading of the terroir, who agrees nose with palate.
A reading of the terroir that, however, goes beyond nose and palate and comes straight to the heart.

Few elements of crystalline purity: a concentrate of iodine, salt and resin, enriched by juniper and herbs of the Nervia Valley undergrowth.
Balance and acidity give you a deep intensity and satisfying persistence.

Only a recommendation: please do not drink it cold, but tast it like a distillate, that’s the way you will appreciate.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Armin Kobler Pinot Grigio Klausner 2015

From the name of the vineyard - Klausner - only steel, ripening on the lees, without malolactic fermentation.

Classic screw cap and scents really clean and sharp, as in Armin's wines style.
However, hot alcoholic feelings are emerging. A lot of white fruit - apple and pear - that makes the pair with a clear expression of aromatic herbs and slight minerals.

In the mouth confirms completely the olfactory pass, alcoholic seal included.
The 15 degrees on the back label, have come to their best, going well beyond the limits of resistance of my palate.

Despite the freshness of acidity, it was impossible to counteract that hot rogue alcoholic invasion.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Slavček Rebula 2012

The Frank and Alenka’s Ribolla grape (Rebula in Slovenian language) macerates about 6-8 days, refined on the fine lees in used barriques, then one year bottle. No clarification or filtration.

Rich and complex nose: with chamomile and honey, tea and hay, ripe yellow fruit - peach, apricot and melon - and deep mineral ribs.

On the palate comes dry and exalts, growing in intensity, on field herbs and fruity expression. Structured, however calibrated and precise in keeping itself in balance.
Coherent and sapid until the end, with excellent persistence, closes gently tannic, with vigorous recalls to the typical minerality of the rocks underneath those soils.

All this, written by myself that I do not particularly like Ribolla grape and  I start being a bit tired of macerated wines, is a valid endorsement.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Taittinger Champagne Brut Réserve n.v.

It is the numerically powerful business card of the Maison, representing three-quarters of the entire production, that is, about 4 milions bottles.

It’s an assemblage of 40 different crus, with the three classic Champagne grapes: usually Chardonnay 40%, Pinot Noir 40% and Pinot Meunier 20%, except sometimes a few percentage variation. Never less than three years on yeasts, while the weight of the reserve wines does not drop below 20 percent.

My bowl, whose disgorging dates one year ago, has a fresh nose, with vanilla, brioche and hazel hints, a subtle floral honeycomb, many citrus fruits, even candied, small red fruit - strawberry and red currant – with a thin mineral texture.

In the mouth there is freshness, but also a background of sweet sensations, with a maturity of fruit, spotted by vanilla ripples. While the level of the bowl drops, steadily increases the size of the sips.
Medium length end, rounded with vanilla and candied fruit.
Try it with sea shells.