|Back from the darkness!|
Besides the time spent in court rooms, the Beaujolais’ has themselves partly to blame and especially that third Thursday every November. ‘Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!’ is a marketing campaign of great success and a schoolbook example of how you keep your inventory as short time as possible.
Having all this in mind, it’s easy to forget that there are the likes of Marcel Lapierre in Beaujolais. Furthermore, 2009 may be the very best vintage in decades and with all negative media attention the last 10 years, prices remain extremely low for the quality given. I love Gamay and can’t miss out on an opportunity like this. When you get Cru Beaujolais wines from terroir driven estates, some even from single vineyards and 70-80 years old vines at £10-15 a bottle, well, what are you waiting for then?
Next newsletter; perhaps the best ordinary Beaujoalis bottling I’ve had!
It’s easy to act a critic but being one comes with both responsibility and respect for the people that is affected. If you’re going to criticize the wine then make sure you are really sure.
Thinking back I should have known better. The glasses weren’t optimal and the fact it was a pop’n pour should be enough to keep my mouth shut. Or at least my writing. Picos do Couto deserves a new chance and since I consider myself a Dãoist I know these bottles need time. Touriga Nacional can be a sturdy queen but when awakened she’s shows her royal blood! Bottle opened and put in decanter for several hours. Then poured in Burgundy glasses which I prefer having my Dão served in.
Oops! Is this really the same wine as I had some months ago? Filled with dark berries, the classic violet note, ground coffee, dark chocolate and humus. Splendid concentration on the nose and quite elegant. On the palate it shows good grip, fine tannins and that to-die-for Dão acidity. Sweet liqorice, blackberries, toasted oak and a floral scent. Quite long taste and clearly a wine with some ageing possibilities, say four or five years from now. just kept on delivering during the evening.
From now on, i will try to learn to keep my mouth shut if i don’t follow my own rules. Retailing in Sweden at a most fair price. (87-88 points)
What struck me most with the Südtirol wines was that they were so alive and kickin’. Both served with ice-cream rivaling Tokaji as my preferred choice to creamy vanilla ice.
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