We did a Northern Rhone event last night that was one of the most
pleasurable in recent memory.
2004 Voge Fleur de Crussol St. Peray – lemony nose and colour, clean
wine with a persistent finish. Have to remember this as a white
1994 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline – dark wine with a nice rubbery nose
that segued into a charred meat sort of thing with an uplifted
character. Smooth, tasty and long, with soft tannins, an elegant wine
but with a tarry undercurrent toward the end. Great showing that had
the rest of us giving serious thought as to how we could politely
sneak out or swap our bottles fo something else.
2000 Guigal Chateau d’Ampuis Cote Rotie – this had something that was
missing from the Mouline, a notable floral element to the nose , as
well as notes of vitamin tablets, cassis and a bit of bacon. tasy,
with a sweet entry, harmonious, and fresh near the end. Later showed
hints of black pepper developing.
1991 Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne – good fruit in this nose, with
hints of eucalyptus and menthol as well as dark fruit and anise.
Medium bodied and balanced, the tannins now very soft. Nice point for
drinking this now.
1997 Chave Hermitage – another of my favourite pproducers. A nice
mature nose of slightly dusty fruit, bandaid and black olives, sweet
entry, good acidity and long slow finish. Lovely showing and years to
1999 Chave Hermitage – sweet slightly bretty nose. Oddly, it started
out sweet in the mouth, but when we went back to it later it had lost
that and was dry throughout. Very nice length with tarry notes and
tons of black fruit. Needs time.
2004 Niepoort Charme – a wine made mostly from Tinto Roriz and
injected here as a blind ringer. Sweet toffee nose and sweet and
slightly hot and lingering on palate. Checking this wine out later
and finding that Dirk fancies it a Burgundy ringer really surprised
1999 Dom. Remizieres Hermitage Cuvee Emilie – slight hint of spearmint
in the nose, plus floral and even citrus notes. Dark young wine with
an interesting hit of cocoa right near the end and good acidity.
1996 Clape Cornas – I was surprised that no one else had hauled out
any Cornas and this one showed quite differently in the nose than
everything that had come before. Dusty fruit with hints of clove and
cassis, smooth entry, a bit of spice in the mouth, the tannins under
control, and a nice lengthy finish. No rush but drank very well now.
First bottle out of my case – guess it is time to start opening a
bottle every once in awhile.
1999 Torbreck The Factor – aha – a ringer. But it couldn’t fool
anyone with that nose despite French oak. Sweet blackberry liqueur was
a sure giveaway, but on palate, it was dry and powerful, a great
cheese wine, which was why I had been saved for last.
Wonderful tasting with not a wine that wasn’t in perfect shape,