Great nose of peach and nectarine. Short finish though. Overall delightful — 2 months ago
Unpinot-esque. Super rich on the nose with winter warming spices, cinnamon and dates. blueberries with a richness on the palate, quite rich with a heap of vanilla and oaky tannins on the finish. A unique style in its own right, not necessarily something I would hold up as a shining example but certainly a well done bit of Marlborough. — 3 months ago
What an amazing Gruner! Tropical from the Marlborough terroir with tiny hints of grapefruit and citrus, but with the smoothness and depth of a traditional Gruner. It’s great! — 5 months ago
Light, mouthwateringly high-acid, open and bright and expressive. Clean. Surprisingly good tannic structure on the backend, less fruit-driven. Lightly oxidized. If any fruit something candied and sour, mulberry or currant maybe. — 24 days ago
light on the nose, with a rich perfume flavour — 2 months ago
This is the 3/10 bottling, bottled straight from the barrels in November 2016. Stunning. Butterscotch and creme brûlée immediately waft out of the glass, with toffee, candied orange, and warm spiced caramel apple following. Palate is bone dry, nutty and briny with clean crystalline energy. A perfect after-dinner sherry for me. — 4 months ago
70 years old and amazing! — a month ago
With the Wine Blight laying waste to her vineyards, France went from 8:1 exporter in 1870 to 6:1 importer in 1887. Legions of wine farmers faced total financial ruin. With no cure - or even a proper diagnosis - in sight, many saw no option but to flee to lands not yet affected.
The influx of institutional knowledge that flooded into former backwater wine regions like Rioja catapulted them into relevance, and soon matured into a world-class standard. The farmers had found respite, but couldn't run forever. By the time Phylloxera crossed the Pyrenees, however, there would be new ways to fight back.
French botanist Jules-Emile Planchon had a theory. If the blight was caused by a microscopic American insect as he suspected, perhaps grafted European varieties on American rootstock would be resistant. This would be confirmed by Missouri entomologist Charles Riley, and with millions of rootstocks supplied by Texas horticulturalist T.V. Munson, the Wine Blight was soon in remission.
(This is adapted from notes for Le Dû’s Wines ‘History of Wine 1453AD-Present’ seminar, where this wine was poured) — 2 months ago