Friday, 28 August 2015

Leone de Castris Five Roses 2014

The first rosé bottled in Italy (1943).
90 percent Negroamaro, completed by Malvasia Nera of Lecce, for a focused and bright cherry red.

Very rich nose, especially fruit. Aromas of red berries - currant and raspberry, strawberry and blueberry - mixed with citrus, pomegranate and cherry, while emerges the measured elegance of the rose hips.

The taste is dry, warm and muscular. There are, not quite, not all, the fruity tones - strawberry and cherry dominating - and check a pleasant minerality, with tannins that turn out quite slender. The draft, however, does not reflect the "femininity" offered by the nose. Level going down slowly, because of the influential structure, that undermines and distorts a little bit the balance.
It closes hot and tangy, on pink grapefruit and cherry returns.

Questionable how much you want, but personally, from these wines, I expect lightweight, drink flowing, even brazen, and eye-catching sinuous.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Gaston Chiquet Champagne Special Club 1999

The "Special Club" cuvée is produced only in the best vintages and identified by exclusive bottle and label.

It is a blend of 70 Chardonnay and 30 Pinot Noir, coming from the vineyards of Hautvillers, Dizy and Mareuil sur Aÿ, plot winemaking, malolactic, turning 8 years sur lattes and disgorgement in 19/12/2008.

Golden eye, shiny, with fine and persistent effervescence.

The bouquet, just very cool, develops notes of custard and exotic fruit, even confit. But not only. The nostrils are captured by beautiful notes of hazelnut and almond, well embedded in a chalky watermark, winking with notes of honey and chamomile.

On the palate balance, elegant and creamy texture are enhanced by the freshness of the drink, however paying duty, compared to the happy hatch olfactory.
Longer than wide, the mouth is more focused on aspects evolved, however a very good bottle.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Les Vignerons du Castellas Rosé 2014

It comes from a cooperative of growers, active since 90 years, close to the Bouches du Rhone. This rosé d'assemblage is mainly composed by Cinsault, Grenache and Carignan, with minimum percentages of Syrah and Mourvèdre.

A pale salmon, for a scent, very delicate, made by remarks flowers - rose and peach blossom - and net aromas of red fruit, among which cherry and strawberry, raspberry and blackcurrant, with a slight minerality sensation.

The taste is fresh, but more uncertain and blurred, with floral expressions more perceptible than fruity, which come in no particular order, less clear and sometimes indistinct.

An honest rosé by high fluency of drink, sometimes vehement, in these hot and sunny days.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Chateau Le Bastidon Côtes de Provence Rosé Séduction 2014

The vineyards of this beautiful company are right in front of the island of Porquerolles, so the grapes breathe sea in the round. The Seduction is an assembly, in undeclared percentages, of 5 varietals: Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Rolle.

It has a precise and extensive aromatic character, with so much fruit in evidence - currant and raspberry, blackberry and strawberry - a floral caress - orange blossom, rose and violet - and a distinct aroma of the sea.

The same aromatic amplitude is felt even on the palate, enriched by dense brackish connotation, recalling oysters, loudly. Sip very rearing, ever pimp, balanced acidity and good length, with final of fruit, spices and salt.

Yes, he seduced me. Even with the price, 7 euros.