After having tasted two suboptimal white Hermitages last saturday, I have to admit that it can be a hit-and-miss when it comes to aging Rhône blancs....
But this one slightly restores my faith in doing so.
Golden colour, spicy tropical fruit, juicy and sappy in the midpalate and a long, rich and satisfying finish. No distracting notes of oxidation.
A wonderful bottle from a good but not a great vintage.
Tops. — 6 days ago
Red scarlet, bright and clear. Not showing much age yet in the glass. Mineral and bright fruit nose. Notes of black cherry, slate stone, black earthy soil, raspberries and a little menthol. Even with two hours of air in a decanter this is young and chewy in the mouth. Lots of structure and acidity that overpowers the fruit. I’m curious to see where this goes in the next 5 years. — 16 days ago
Dark-hued and almost black. Seriously floral on the nose: violet, lilac, jammy blackberry cobbler, tarragon. Juicy dark fruit exploding through the palate interlaced with smoky, meaty bitterness. Develops into significantly more blue fruit and a vibrant olive brine. Really impressive at this price point for Syrah lovers. — 8 days ago
🙈 tasting 6th wine
at wset level 2 course (4th meeting)
1st of a syrah couple.
new world and old world were the expected contenders.
i guessed easy that this is old world.
ruby red 👀
black pepper, liquorice, black current, cedar, smoke, mushroom and tobacco 👃
intense 👄 same as nose.
long pleasent 🎯
💪 pleasent tannins.
excellent! best wine of the meeting for me. — 2 days ago
Woah Pacalet kills it again. Olive tapenade with the slightest touch of smoke on the nose leads to the intense taste of smoked meats, leather, blackberries. The finish lasts for a solid 2 minutes. On the nose this smells like a big Rhône style wine from Paso but then the whole cluster finesse I love from Pacalet’s burgundies really shines — 16 days ago
Young but will so great from this new rare Gripa St. Joseph Cuvee. More finesse driven than the Berceau and sits between that and the regular St. Joseph. Gorgeous nose of smoked meat, mint, hint of oak, big red berry fruit, floral and superb granite. What one wants. I love it. As it aerates a perfume develops. Palate is deep, structured, fresh and ripe. So clean. Juicy and substantial tannins but elegant as well. Long finish with superb clarity and sap. Really well made and also young. But just a terrific debut. — 8 days ago
Smells of sweet grass and a barnyard.
A large strapping wine, both in mouthfeel, and heft.
Minty, gravelly, horehound, sweet grass, herbaceous and savory cracked pepper.
This is a meal on its own, throw the food away now, this is meant to be acknowledged solo.
Heard. — 3 days ago
Really nice classic N. Rhône notes on the nose of roast beef, tallow, black pepper, garrigue, black raspberry, chocolate, and coffee.
Blackberry, blueberry, pepper. Tannin is fine grained and well integrated with lingering game, beef fat and blueberry compote. Quite approachable now.
I think we were all surprised how approachable and finessed this was at this point in time. Very aromatic with a lot of power on the palate but not too tannic despite its relative youth. Just about perfect with the roast lamb we had. — 2 days ago