Puligny-Montrachet, situated to south of Meursault & to north of Chassagne-Montrachet, shares with Chassagne a handful of the greatest white wine vineyards in the world. An array of aromas, somewhat exotic, yet delicate. Subtle fruit with wispy ripe stone fruits, intricate spice, vanilla with gentle nuttiness. Balanced acidity, wafts of oak on a lingering smooth mineral finish. Clay and chalky soils give this wine it’s firm depth! Age at least 8+ years! — 4 days ago
Been a long time since I’ve had one of these. Nose starts off closed but then it stays to unfurl. Red berry, cranberry and cherry fruit. Licorice and even a hint of grapefruit. Palate is dazzlingly fresh and vibrant with gorgeous velvety tannins and terrific length. Still seems young at 15. What wines these were in their youth. Can’t believe how glacially they are aging. Fruit is there on the palate but not as much as I’d like there to be. — 2 days ago
Nose has cherry & raspberry cordial notes (touch of alcohol), fresh violets, dried earth and mild oak toast.
Palate has lightly tannic cherry, blackberry, ripe black currant, medium barrel toast and fall leaves.
A solid weeknight bottle, decanted for about 90 minutes, but truth be told this wine could stand to wait another couple years in anticipation of concentration on the palate. — 16 days ago
Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.
Copying my note from the ‘07 vintage as the wines are near identical. I will say that I didn’t get as much yeast out of the ‘09 as I did the ‘07, but it’s hard to know if it was simply due to age. I’ll hold back a bottle or two for a few years and revisit then.
Next to Ultramarine and the Reserve Schramsberg Sparklers, this is one of the best domestic Sparklers I’ve had, especially at the price ($50). Nose was grilled honeycomb, baked yeast and a small bit of limestone. Extremely creamy on the front palate...bubbles were so incredibly tiny. Multiple bubble strings. Wonderful lemon bread palate, with a crisp, chalky finish highlighted by grilled pineapple. There seemed to be more green apple notes here compared to the ‘07 vintage, but may be due to youth. This is an excellent US version of champagne. — 8 days ago