Bought while staying in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the 2016 Cuvée Vieilles Vignes from Domaine de la Charbonniere, a wine based largely on very old Grenache, is a powerhouse wine from this region that demands serious patience. Almost undrinkable on the first night, it performed better on the second having had plenty of air - but still, it’s a colossus of a wine that will doubtless have many fans. I have to admit, not really my cup of tea! — a year ago
Pale orange/rust, cloudy as you’d expect; tangerine on the nose, with chewy mouthfeel and prominent orange zest on the palate. Moderate finish with lingering orange notes. Good cool-weather food wine, more light-footed than any red. We had it with a great local artisanal sourdough veggie pizza. — 3 years ago
Yum! Dry and like a Gavertztraminer in style. — 3 years ago
Purchased this little gem while traveling and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
Bright with fresh berries on the pallet. The finish is slightly bitter.
I must admit that I'm in a hotel room during an early snow in Kansas, listening to Edith Piaf on my bluetooth speaker. Thus, the only glassware available is your typical thin plastic hotel cup.
But, I cannot complain. I truly cannot complain.
Cheers. — 4 years ago
Light & fruity with some dark plum, anise & violet, a touch of roast. Fresh.
On the palate this is surprisingly light, juicy & lively. The cinsault really comes into play. Fruity, funky, with light tannins & juicy acidity. Fresh, crunchy fruit, a touch of bubblegum character, a herby note towards the finish.
So drinkable, and a lovely wine. Though might not be everyone’s cup of tea. — 2 years ago
If you could guess this white wine was 20yo i would be highly impressed
Colour is still pale to gold
On the light spectrum of the SMARAGD(😉) category, being only 13% in alcohol
It has a ripe pear, nectarine
Then moves to hints of marzipan and hay
But what it stands out is the mineral
Chalk and wet stones are extremely pronounced on the nose and on the palate
It drinks still extremely young and i am sure it will flesh out in the future i reckon
Long and too easy to go down
I had another bottle of this wine perhaps 5 or 6 years ago and i think this looked younger and with more potential than that, but i will go and cross check what i am saying now.
Few things i figure out from tonight bottle:
Firstly Hirtzberger IS my favourite producer in Wachau, then that Spitzer is surely a fresher subclimate than, for example, Dursteiner and lastly that light Smaragd and Federspiel are more my cup of tea rather than huge 14-15% smaragd(and in saying that i dont deny the bigger potential of the latter, i just enjoy more the former). Ok, i got it down for future reference so that i can't forget. — 2 years ago
First rum I’ve ever liked, I’m 40 years old and whenever i drank rum I always gagged and felt the burning from the sins of a thousand years of hell burning inside my face, throat, and chess. This rum, however, felt like a hot cup of tea during a fall thunder storm. Perfection! — 3 years ago