Monthly WTF guys blind tasting group. This month was our annual, and famed, Left Bank vs Right Bank theme. All wines served blind as usual. Started off with a Rosé and a champagne. Great night.
Seems to happen every time a champagne is opened that isn’t made in a clear style, we all discussed reductive vs oxidative. I think this toes the line of both styles. Roasted lemon and chalk but also slightly doughy and savory. Not quite creamy upfront, but full. — 7 days ago
In the decanter much darker than I would have expected. Tight on both the nose and the palate for the first 30-45 minutes. Grudgingly began to open with a dark fruit profile, secondary flavors and decent structure. Burly in the mouth but as the evening moved to its conclusion I found the wine a little disjointed. — 14 days ago
Very unique selection. When it began to warm up I smelled it again in the glass and immediately thought of a dish I had not too long ago that had coriander & pickled kohlrabi in it; this smelled just like that dish, plus additional notes of lemon zest, bruised pear, pineapple, and a minerality that spoke of crushed river stones sprinkled with mint & rhubarb. Complex and wholly unique. — 10 days ago
Oldest cellar dates back to 1551, with rows of oak wine casks, over one hundred years old, crafted by the forefathers of the present generation of Hugels. The oldest cask in the world still in use: the Sainte Caterine, a capacity of 8,800 litres, built in 1715, the year Louis XIV died. Aromas of fruit & citrus aromas. Palate stone & tropical flavors, citrus notes, vivid acidity, medium finish. Nice! — 3 days ago
Impeccable value. Mulberry, dark cherry, boysenberry, peony, touch of tarragon. Sandy, grainy tannins that are quite drying. Nice level of extract to the wine. — 17 hours ago