When I bought a parcel of this wine, regardless of vintage, it was snapped up without any questions, I reckoned it was the big name of JF Mugnier that attracted all the eyeballs. I purposely tried a bottle from a good vintage of 2009, my conclusion? Overrated.
To call it a 1er Cru was an overstatement, it tasted more like a village wine. Really uninspiring and even to the extent of being quite tasteless. If I’m Mugnier, I would have declassified the grapes and sell it off as generic grape.
We all know that Cote Rotie wines are not getting cheaper, particularly those established Guigal, JL Chave or Jaboulet. Now I have tasted a relatively unknown maker and I highly recommend it, as it’s pocket friendly too.
Grave style hit me first, followed by very strong fruity nose. The palate was a killer; powerful fruits yet the style remained soft and feminine, the texture was really impressive, no sign of overpowering, just whispering softly to me. Les Grandes Places is the top line.
I was told that this winery was owned by Michelangelo. While he was painting the Sistine Chapel, he sent wine to Rome as a gift to Pope Julius II. And following that tradition, every year they would present their first bottles of Nectar Dei, their top wine, to the Pope.
It smelled really light on the nose with a combination of black fruits, slightly sour cherries, and hints of smoke. The palate was decent with black fruits dominating and smooth tannins. I wonder what the pope thought!
It always still surprises me when I discover new wines from new places. And with Lebanon, there’s no better place to start than with Chateau Musar. Gaston Hochar re-established the wine industry for Lebanon and put them on the map.
I admit that this wine can hold its own. Nose is extremely elegant with bright cherries, plum, and red berries with notes of spice, earth and mushroom. Palate gave good structure, smoky tannins, and spice. Good stuff on a decent vintage!
First whiff and I didn’t know how to place this wine. It was familiar but also different, and then I learned that this was a Zinfandel based blend. I haven’t tasted a lot of this grape to really give an opinion, but this was a good start.
The nose was rich with black fruits, black berry, black cherry, and bordering jammy. It also consisted of some woody spice and vanilla. The palate was fruity but a bit overpowering, I’m not surprised with 14.6% abv!
This was totally inconceivable, 18 producers of Les Referts from Puligny Montrachet for tonight’s tasting!
I struggled to name 6 or 7 producers, not to mention having 18 different producers in this lineup!
Pick your guesses… the expensive Arnold Ent or the classic Louis Carillon, or perhaps a dark horse wins the race as the king of Referts? Anything could happen!