Friday, 30 December 2016

Marco De Bartoli Grappoli Del Grillo 2012

I like, regardless, that grape variety, and I think De Bartoli’s version, is one of the best. In summary, severity of moods and aromas of an island, put into the bottle.

A fresh bursting nose, wind drenched, sun and sea. Waves of solid salty minerality, plenty of fresh and dried fruit - orange and grapefruit, apricot and peach, almond and date - with beeswax and Mediterranean bush.

Dry palate, inviting and concrete, with a proper balance between the mineral and fruity structure. Upbeat acidity and strong tasty progression, complete these sips, by effective persistence, with pleasant iodinated return.

Light territoriality sips, from Contrada Samperi.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Domaine François Gerbet Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2007

One of the most celebrated Grands Crus, from Burgundy - somebody also supports the most overvalued - over 50 hectares, very parceled – about eighty owners. A wonder to behold, with its chateau surrounded by the walls.

A very difficult vintage, in Burgundy, where often it is the winegrower's ability to make the difference.

Gentle attack on the nose, with aromatic moods that are not allowed at the first glance, but needing half an hour to be defined. Then the class makes its way, declaring itself, precisely, through blueberry and strawberry, raspberry and cherry, violet and lavender, a subtle minerality and a slight spicy touch.

The palate confirms the delicate feelings and reiterates the refined elegance expression fruity, which also enlists confit tones. Balanced acidity, with fine tannic frame and fine mineral character.

A good persistence, but has been lacking, the jab, in depth. However, it is remarkable the interpretive sensitivity about this vintage, by Chantal and Maire-Andrée Gerbet.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Pol Roger Champagne Rosé Vintage 2004

It is no longer a secret - I said again several times – how much I like the style of this maison. Even in rosé variant, declinated in the Epernay cellars with 40 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir 60, added, before the draw, with a 15% of red wine - Pinot Noir always - manual remuage and seven years on the lees.

Salmon view and very fine-grained perlage, fresh smell and energetic fruitiness impact. Just enough time for a short oxygenation, the nostrils capture an intense and pleasing black pepper attack - the thread of this texture - followed by a clear evolution of fruit and red berries, from pomegranate to red orange of Sicily, from fresh strawberry to roasting nuances, light mineral touches and an amazing gentian root.

In the mouth there is all the sensual elegance, coupled with the aromatic expression of fine rosé. Structure, freshness and balance are the three fundamental pillars of this bowl, exemplary similarity of taste and smell. Straight and bittering sips, sharp mineral stretch, with peals of licorice and coffee, spice and even copious gentian.

Personality and character, in a pink dress.