Friday, 25 September 2015

Henriot Champagne Rose Noire Brut n.v.

It’s a cuvee "not for sale", reserved for the customers of the Maison Henriot.

Despite the name, which suggests, perhaps, the black grapes, this is a pure Chardonnay, whose grapes come, in large part, from the Grand Cru villages of the Côte des Blancs.

A bright gold effervescence, very fine, for a nose, sweet and quite mature. Lots of fruit, white and yellow - peach and pear, apple, melon and citrus - with a strong minerality, which also limits, the other olfactory actors, really weak or hidden.

The taste is smooth and shows itself less "mature", with high freshness and good acidic verve. A lot of fruit is mixed with chalk, for a fat sip, but a soft wire, due to a more than perceptible dosage.

Bottle “combed” and obedient to the goût maison - could not be otherwise - loving expressive sweetness.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Bannwarth Crémant d’Alsace Brut Nature 2011

The company, organic certified, produces this assemblage classic method - 18 months on the lees - composed primarily by Pinot Blanc and, in smaller and not declared percentages, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Auxerrois. It is a vintage, processed without added sulfites during fermentation, without liqueur, with over a year of disgorgement.

In two words, it's nice and good.
Straw, with some green tinge, of copious effervescence, with a very fresh nose and delicate fruity and floral fragrance: white flowers, pear, apple and lime, with some biscuit touch.

The same freshness, a bit sour, by tasting, in line with the olfactory conditions. More fruit than floral, with yellow citrus imposing on the white fruit. Medium persistence, closes fresh and soft, with gentle tones of lime, tropical fruit and a prominent mineral figure.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Giuseppe Rinaldi Nebbiolo 2010

The nose is much fruity, sweet, but not too much, sometimes; then black cherry, raspberry, blueberry, very mineral.

The sip is very dry, delicious, savory, with ground, vertical tannins, almost furious.

Long, and persistent, it closes balsamic and mineral.

What a great Nebbiolo!

P.S.: these are the notes, "live" reported, naked and raw, no frills.
Once in the life, without eloquence, cup in the right hand, pen in the left.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico “Cultus Boni” 2009

80 percent Sangioveto grapes, with small doses of Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Mammolo and black Malvasia.

Ruby enough load, starts with a warm nose and little else. Waiting for an half-hour and the alcohol perception slows, so there emerges, discreetly, the fruit - cherry, plum and orange - with some purple embroidery and a delicate balsamic note.

The palate sees the return, important and influential, of the alcohol weight, which shortens, concretely, the expressiveness of the sip.

Not convinced, I grant him a second pass in the evening, with the mouth that has improved significantly. Now there is more freshness, that oversees and regulates, the peaks of the alcohol content. Consequently, the sip found its fruity, floral and even spicy size, although the structure remains massive.