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Chateau Puech Haut 2004 Tete de Belier Rouge

April 3, 2010 3 comments

Château Puech Haut is located in Saint-Drezery, a small village 15 km nord-est from Montpellier.  In old Occitan language “puech” means a hill so “puech-haut” means a hill higher than others. This makes a better “drainage” for the vines. The grapes used for their wines are for the reds:  Syrah, Grenache and small portions of Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault and for the whites: Roussane, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc.  The density of the vines is 6000 plants per ha. The yields are anywhere between 2000-3500 kilos per ha. It is a property that starts to be more and more appreciated for its wines. Michel Rolland is consulting. In 2009 the Tete de Belier Rouge and Blanc were served at the 58th Festival de Cannes from Magnums.

The 2004 Tete de Belier rouge is a blend of 75% Syrah, 15% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre. The wine spent 18 months time in French oak barrels.  The color is dark red to purple. The nose is intense and complex:  red cherries, strawberries, leather, and a hint of barnyard (in a very nice way). Taste: very dense, sour cherries, strawberries, earth and dark pepper, a little bit of oak but very nicely balanced, nice round tannins; there is even a meaty component. The wine is thick and the aftertaste is very long.  The wine has 14.5% alcohol but it is so nicely balanced.  A great wine to have with big food.

Categories: Coteaux du Languedoc

Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard Vina Adolfo Ahumada 2007

April 1, 2010 1 comment

This is one of the three bottles released by Trapiche in 2007 as a part of the Single Vineyard collection.  The Single Vineyard is Trapiche’s flagship selection of the best three Malbecs produced each vintage from the areas they harvest.  I have tasted their 2004, 2005 and 2006 releases so my expectations were high as all those three vintages produced delicious wines.Each of the three wines from the Single Vineyard collection spends 18 months in new French oak.

The Vina Adolfo Ahumada 2007 was decanted for 40 min which was too short unfortunately.

The color is dark red with purple hues. The nose is youthful, oaky with coconut, vanilla, ripe blackberry, chocolate, dried plums, sandalwood and tobacco.  In the mouth the wine is medium plus body, with sweet vanilla, ripe tannins, and plenty of ripe almost candy like spicy red and black cherries. The wine finishes sweet with a medium aftertaste. The wine is still very young at this stage but further bottle aging will bring balance and harmony to this 100% Argentinian Malbec. Still a nice and approachable New World wine already. It is recommended to decant the wine at least 2 hours prior to serving.

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Categories: Argentina

Chateauneuf du pape La Barroche Signature vertical tasting: 2006 and 2007

I had the chance to have a dinner at Escargot Bistro on March 26,2010 with Razvan Exarhu , chef Stefan and Calin from Le Manoir. Tasted the 2006 and 2007 CNP La Barroche Signature, Feteasca Neagra Basilescu and a nice Pouilly-Fumé.

2006 shows a mix of red fruits, particularly red cherries, raspberries with some sweetness and a hint of earth. Good concentration of the fruit, the 15% alc is nicely contained, medium aftertaste.Very good wine.

2007 is just excellent. The nose doesn’t reveal too much, is quite tight, however the taste is just amazing: red and black cherry syrup, ripe fruit mingled with minerals and licorice makes up the taste, this is a full body wine. The aftertaste lasts for 40s plus. The 2007 is just an amazing wine. It shows tremedous balance for such a young wine and the 15% alc is perfectly balanced.

Categories: France

Numanthia 2006

April 1, 2010 2 comments

Numanthia 2006

100% Tempranillo from 50+ years old vines from Toro,Spain, 18 months in French oak. Deep red to purple colour, thick. Nose – Sweet vanilla nose, spice, dark fruits, dark red cherries, cassis. Mouth is massive with rich flavors of black and red fruits, good balance,dark chocolate, leather, nice acidity, full body wine, tannins are silky. Aftertaste lasts 30-40s. The 15% alc is perfectly contained. Very complex wine,very elegant, young but still very pleasant to drink now. At least 1 h decant. Ideally should be put in a decanter for 1h 30 min at least.

Categories: Spain
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