Interesting to compare this with the 1er Cru Les Perrieres from Henri Boillot from 2015 a few months ago. A touch of oak initially on the nose - caramel notes. Lemony and citric on the light weight palate, with stoney mineral notes and a noticeable saline finish. You can taste the well balanced oak on the palate. More minerality than most top notch Australian Chardonnays. — 21 days ago
Rich and complex. Tons of fruits, nutty, slightly honeyed, stoney, full bodied and balanced by striking acidity. Delicious stuff out of SA! — a month ago
Wasn't expecting to enjoy this so much. Immediately after opening, it's bursting with sweet cherries and ripe plums, sweet but not in a cloying way. After resting and chilling a bit, the sweetness is toned down and balanced by tannic sour cherry skin and some savory grill char. Some stoney sharpness as well.
The color is deep dark red and the body is medium-light.
Doesn't have tons of depth or complexity but still highly enjoyable both alone and with food. Excellent value! — 2 months ago
Nostel is from Kröver Kirchlay. Martin thinks “Nostel” is the best vinyard in the Kirchlay. I do not disagree. This is a startling wine. Nose smells like a fruity Auslese. But this wine is bone dry. Nose has creaminess, citrus, kumquat, tangelo, green tea and unreal minerals, I mean just sweeping, epic, minerals. So clean. Clarity is 9.9 here. Just amazing. Wow! What insane inner mouth perfume here. Just incredible purity and balance then the finish gets super pithy with all types of ripe citrus accented by swarming minerality. This is super elegant but also big boned at the same time and also super skeletal. Wow what flow this wine has then gets super pithy and grippy on the finish just assaulting your palate with citrus, lime zest and intense, rocky and stoney minerality. Wow. Incredible structure as well. This has 20+ years ahead of it and I cannot wait see where this is in an hour. Brilliant. Epic. Genius!
after 2 hours this is bananas. Insanely complex nose that is super confectionary. Citrus oil, tangerine oil, so so vivid. Unreal. Sick sick. 9.8 nose. Wow what a palate. So refined and delicate and has super rock candy confectionary citrus. A brilliant wine. — a month ago
My last bottle and age your Fichots! Please! This is glorious. 19 is close to 12 in spirit I think. What a nose. Ebullient, expressive and pure. Black raspberry and black cherry with a spicey earthy note. Floral and underbrush but clear. Just gorgeous and will only get better with air. Air and Fichots work well together. Ahh, the classic Fichots structure. Stoney, straight and long. Always needs an hour to open at any age but the length, balance and wow that length are there. Incredible fruit amplitude and volume. Sappy and pure. Wonderful finesse has arrived after some air. Just a beautiful wine and one of the best values of red burgundy I’ve ever encountered. It’s great every year but some years like 12/19 are better than other. Also 14. — 2 months ago
Deep nose of dark berry fruits, dark cherry fruits and chunky earth and wet soil. Somewhat refined which is unusual for MDA. Palate is super concentrated and sleek. Good purity and concentration. Terrific refinement. Velvety tannins and superb finesse. Lovely tiny berry fruit intensity and length. Like if one of the polished traditional Rhone guys (Durand, Tunnel) made MDA. Lovely stuff and lots of upside. Gets more rustic and charming while retaining its sleek fruit. Stoney tannins. Very ripe. Terrific. — a month ago
I don’t drink CDP when I do I will drink this. This is a pure Grenache via the Greek of divine origins. Nose is just gorgeous herbs. So complex and so detailed. A gorgeous plum and berry fruit. So intense yet refined and delicate. Heavenly nose. 9.8. Just stunning. Palate is juicy, complex and so so so stoney. Some heat as that is what is part of the picture here. But that gets better integrated as this cuvee airs. The nose off the bat is just an experience. Smell it while you let it breathe. Amazing sweetness, structure and tannins. Long. Elegant. Wonderful. — 2 months ago