The final St. Aubin from the master. He’s hanging it up and it makes me sad. What a nose. Just the most inviting white burg one can imagine. It smells like a scene in nature. Some herbs. Some forest. Some moss. Some soil. Some stones. Some green apple. A medley of spice fights through after a few minutes. More green apple. Middle eastern spices like cardamon, curry and clove. Maybe white pepper as well. The palate delivers and more on the promise of the nose. Amazing power and depth. Prodigious sap and purity. Dreamy but substantial structure. Terrific length and texture. So so long and intensely mineral. What a wine. Each sip is a total experience. Outstanding. Will age 15+ years. Has serious density and structure. — a day ago
When the producer’s name is Marsanne and the wine is 100% Marsanne, it seems like the pressure goes up a bit. Decanted this as it was pretty grumpy at first. It has opened into stunning & pure mango with some citrus zest. Lots of power, but a perfect weight on the palate. The spicy/floral aromatics need that air to fully emerge, and they really become hypnotic once they do. Beautiful. — 7 days ago
Listening to an acoustic Black Crowes performance of Girl From The North Country and drinking a still-tightly wound ‘15 Saint Joe. Nose is all black olive and intense crushed granite and graphite. Great acids make it fresh. Will update as it opens. Have hope - less than three months to go people.
UPDATE: As it opens, the nose and flavors don’t change a lot, but it becomes softer and more open. — 7 hours ago
A great wine. Nose is god like mineral perfume. Crushed rocks. Lime zest. So mineral. Wafting. Confectionary lime rock candy. Layered. Palate is dense and chewy with terrific elegance and superb structure and concentration. Amazingly pure. Such balance. Incredible depth and a tight mineral core that will make this a great ager. Unreal explosiveness and complexity. So juicy and refined. Amazing length. Just a stunning wine. Superb mineral sweetness on the finish. This is elite as it gets in St. aubin. — a day ago
Cabernet-Franc in front with its tangy notes of raspberry, green pepper, fern, Merlot is also present with plum, chocolate, vanilla touches. 5 years old and still young and lively, marked acidity. Wine "on the fruit". Cut for the guard.
Cabernet-Franc avec ses notes acidulées de framboise, poivron vert, fougère, le Merlot est aussi bien présent avec ses touches de prune, vanille, chocolat. 5 ans et encore jeune et vif, acidité marquée. Vin « sur le fruit ». Taillé pour la garde. — 3 days ago
Here’s another smoking good southern french white. Very interesting blend and the first time I can remember seeing Carignan Blanc. Also Roussanne Grenache Blanc and Vermentino. Sulfur needs to blow off. So beautifully textured and detailed. Glides across the palate. Green apple, citrus, almond, custard/fondant/banana on the palate and a floral, carnation (?) finish. Seductive. This would be so fun to throw into a blind tasting. Love. — 8 days ago
Leoville Barton Saint Julien Grand Cru Classe is a lovely Bordeaux that shines again again over vintages. It seems to me that it never surrendered to the Parker impact and stayed true to its old school nature of restrained power and complexity at a good value.
This wine needs time to mature, it’s not made for early drinking and it requires patience and this patience pays of!
The 1998 is simply singing these days and I am so happy I secured a case! The wine is earthy with notes of dry leaves, dump forest floor, coffee, licorice, black currents and cigar box, the body is full and complex with lovely dry tannins that add a nice touch of sophistication and complexity, the finish is long and elegant. Old school and delicious!
My score 91, drink to 2024 — 16 days ago