Love this nose. The first of the Thivin single vineyards. The “least serious” but always a favorite. Nose is out of sight. Gorgeous aromas of lipstick like tiny red berry fruit intensity. Rises up like volcanic smoke. It’s expansive to say the least. Really smells crunchy. 19 seems like 14 for me. Maybe with a dash of 16 thrown in. Palate delivers the crunch, the silkiness and refinement this cuvee is known for. Very pure red cherry fruits burst in your mouth and are cleansed with great acidity and engaging minerality. Bright. Really pure, classic and balanced. Not a hair out of place. Long, very well defined red fruits and so much joy make this a perfect wine to take the rainy day blues away. — a day ago
Gorgeously red fruited nose. Cherries galore. Lovely hit of earth. Very pretty and smells silky. Palate is just terrific. Juicy, pure and super clean. Loads of sour and red cherries and a baby Pommard vibe here as it finishes very stoney. Lovely texture and a hint of rusticity. Just a great humble very satisfying wine. Long and juicy. — 5 days ago
Sick nose. The class of Felsenberg really shows well. Melon. But sick melon. Lanolin. Really clear and well defined. Spice. Almost a hot pepper spice. Enveloping nose. Wow. So intense. So mineral. So complex. So closed. So piquant. So elegant. So textured. So long. Nose is airy and spacious. Huge concentration and purity. Saline a f. Long long finish. Really salty. Nose keeps opening and is so ocean air. Just sitting on the beach. Wow the intensity on this is no joke. So long. Fruit (pitted stone fruits) starting to show on the finish. Really pretty.
After air this this is so classy. So refined. Pungent aromas. Wow. This is the best so far. — 9 days ago
Nose is like a blend of Condrieu and sea salt. Very intriguing. Apricot pit. Floral and mineral but I get a sense it’s holding back. Now some terroir notes are coming through. Nose is nuanced and complex but right now is showing maybe 10% of itself. Has that earthy funky dirty Burgundian thing. Palate is epic. Juicy, structured, deep and very complex. Super dry on the finish. Really lingers as well. Also showing only 10% of what it could be. Very delineated on the finish and superbly mineral. Not much fruit to speak of as of yet. Acidity is good and there is lovely balance and it definitely floats on your palate. Good concentration and depth. Needs time. Maybe 1.5 hours and I will check in again.
Ok nose is a bit better now. Huge spice. Very floral. Like an elite condrieu but much earthier and reminiscent of white burgundy. Gorgeous citrus. Really needs a bit of air here. Sugar cane. Palate is now gaining finesse and has no hard edges. Gorgeous structure and finesse. Really massive 1er cru/grand cru elite white burg structure. Long finish. Amazing how young this shows. Awesome finish. 9.4 to 9.6. — 4 hours ago
Killer nose, floral, bloody and meaty. Granite and so much stone. Love it. Red and black berry fruit. Palate is big and juicy. Some grip as well. Terrific fruit. Like a baby baby cote rotie. Textured and deep. Really grippy. What a value. — 5 days ago
Just stunning. Blackberry, violets, so so floral, earthy, mineral, saddle leather, meaty, so so good. Concentrated, inner mouth florals, grippy still but also starting to get to secondary. Long. Long. Stunning depth to the fruit on the backend. Amazing. Velvety tannins. Grippening up. So long and complex. Wonderful finesse. So good — 9 days ago
A superb Vespolina. Unreal nose of blackberry pastille, cherry flower, spices, herbs and tons of lavender. What a nose. Gorgeous. Clearly defined. Soil tones and intense fruit on the nose. A sick nose. Really blown away. Palate has that same clearly defined fruit with typical rustic Vespolina tannins and awesome jelly donut fruit with huge mineral and terrific freshness. Nose becomes pretty floral as well with air. Really refined for Vespolina and super long finish and wonderful fruit purity on the finish. So wonderful and La Badina’s secret weapon.
With air this has gone from 9.3 to 9.4. Stunning depth and texture and extraordinarily long finish. Just awesome. — a day ago
Big, ebbullient and deep nose. Black berry, black cherry, granite, some herbs as well. Very pretty and very refined for a Chevaliere. Palate is dense, juicy and explosive with awesome tiny berry red fruited intensity and a lovely granite cleanse on the finish and then a lovely hit of olive. Juicy and really nice tannins. This needs more finesse to be a Cote Rotie but it is close! Terrific power and concentration. Lovely wine. — 5 days ago
Holy hell this is great. I mean wow. Leather galore. Gorgeous, stunning, pure. So granitic and mineral. So expansive. Cocoa. Mint. Olive. So wafting and expansive. Palate is rich, ripe and dense with stunning purity, red berry fruit, a gamey, stoney character and lots of freshness. Awesome acids. Really elegant as well. Terrific inner mouth aromas. Really complex and finishes very stoney. So so long. Will only open more. I won’t get to evolve with it as I’m dropping off at a friend’s place for him to enjoy with dinner with some friends he needs to impress. Wow, this is long! Sickness. — 6 days ago