|The top two whites for me!|
Cotes du Rhone Les Becs Fins Rouge – Clean red fruit, a little candied, nice richness, lifted 16-17
Cotes du Rhone Guy Louis Rouge – Whiff of oak that will integrate, good texture, a little spice and cream a little “tarty” now but could be a star when it all knits together – 16 (++?)
Rasteau VV – More heady, mulled fruit, nice balance, a little white pepper, berry fruit, a little drier – 17
Vacqueyras VV – Kirsh, heady but not OTT, juicy fruit, like dry port but then quite refined, confusing but potentially very fine – 16-18
Gigondas VV – A little more savoury than the Vacqueyras but also clasily refined – 17 (+)
CNDP VV – A little more overt than the CS that follows, the new oak makes a difference but should knit in well – 17
CNDP Cuvee Speciale – Mulled fruit, not bruised, has compote complexity, very fine with a long and elegant finish, impressive – 18-19
Crozes-Hermitage VV – Pencil lead refinement, not my stye of fruit but impressive, precise. 17
Saint-Joseph Les Roches VV – Heady with crimson and ink to the eye, loved this, more forward and fruited than the C-H, nice finish too – 17.5
Cornas Coteaux – Bacon and berries! Not too savoury on the palate a little dry but this is Cornas – 17
Cote-Rotie – Meaty and a little sweaty, as it should be, root beer (i.e. mellow “deep heat”) and rugby changing rooms, more elegant on the palate than I expected – 17.5
Hermitage – Muted nose, “grown-up” texture, real substance, otherwise hard to assess 17-18.
Really interesting tasting, my feeling is most of the white will drink really well straight “out the box”. The reds will certainly re-pay 2-4 years in the cellar.
|The top three reds, all very promising.|