Ch La Croix de Gay 2000
A rather elegant wine for the year and area. It seems typical "plummy" (as the stereotype goes) Pomerol, which starts out red berried but turns darker toned on the scent the longer it is open. It is exotic, spicy (like walking in the spice bazaar of Damascus - not that this will say much to anyone) and has some espresso. Both of these I find are oak related scents, but here somehow I just don't get overt oakiness despite these descriptors. Anyone know how much and what type and age of oak this sees?
The palate is rather ripe and sweetly fruity, yet almost Burgundian in its poise and lift. This wine is again an exception to my generalisations. I usually find 2000s a bit too heavy and lacking in freshness, but this, though a full bodied wine, is light on its feet and is very fresh. Very nice.
I am intrigued by this Chateaux as I have never tasted anything else from them, nor heard much of them, but this bottle was very fine indeed.
Domaine Arretxea Hegoxuri 2004
This is, I believe, a blend of the Mansengs from somewhere in the Basque areas of France. It rocks. It is lean, green and frightfully acidic. Light and very fresh, yet to me it is totally balanced though I am sure many will find it shrill and maybe even undrinkable. Lovely!
Serge Batard Domaine Les Hautes Noëlles Muscadet Sur Lie Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu 2004
Yummy. A rather friendly and fruit forward style of Muscadet - if that's not an oxymoron. It still has all the true aromas of Muscadet and is much fun to drink. I like it.
Serge Batard Domaine Les Hautes Noëlles Muscadet Sur Lie Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu 2005
Also yummy, but if we agree it's not an oxymoron, this is even more friendly and fruit forward a Muscadet. I did prefer the 2004 as that gave me more of an acid mouthwash, but I'll not turn down a glass of six of this either.
I don't drink wine because of religious reasons ... only for other reasons.