A wonderful line up put together by president Markus. How does he do it, while feeding his family and buidling a house?
Gaillard St Josef les Cuminailles 2001
modern but in a restarined and classy way. nice harmony of elements, good acids, just a hint of wood in the finish. a joy to drink now.
T Allemand Cornas Chaillot 1996
a bit reductive on the nose. old cheese, olives, metal, kapers, gets more and more intriguing with time/air. very old school. firmly built, excellent structure, very long. plenty of potential here. I like it a lot.
Ogier Cote Rotie 1996
nose is nicely transparent, floral note, opens up beatifully. starts a bit more generous in the mouth than the Cornas, but does not follow through in the mid palate. not so much potential, but a fine CR.
Clusel Roch Cote Rotie 1999
meaty notes, violets, spices, but still reserved. the palate has it all, in the right proportions. give it more time. one of the top wines of the tasing.
H. Gallet Cote Rotie 1990
fully mature, with notes of black olives and broth. generous on the palate with beautiful harmony, resolved tannins. drink now. another top wine.
E Texier Hermitage 2000
change of style from CR to Hermitage. more "bass", darker color and darker fruit. blueberrys and herbs. firm acids, but not the elegance of the CRs. potential is there for more.
M. Sorrel Hermitage le Greal 2001
sweet fruit, wood, very ripe, low acid, noticable alcohol. I don't need this. some like it though.
Jaboulet Hermitage la Chapelle 1996
somewhat reductive, spicey, closed on the nose. firmly built, minerality and acidity. quite a contrast to the Sorrel. impressive and I much prefer it. plenty of potential here. given the low rep. of la Chapelle in recent vintages, this is a very positive surprise to me.
J.L. Chave Hermitage 1994
suffers from following the more concentrated Chapelle. abeautiful Hermitage for a small year. lovely olive and floral notes, anf harmony. drink soonish.
F Villard Condrieu le grand Vallon 2004
oaky. lacks grip. not my cup of tea.
P- Gaillard Condrieu Fleur d'Automne 2001
hedonistic, excotic fruit, very sexy sweety. not the cut and depth of a nobly sweet Riesling, but fun nevertheless.
Wrap up: a lot a very fine wines here. As much as I like the Cornas and the 2 Hermitage, it confirmed to me again that Cote Rotie is my holy grail for Syrah.
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