David M. Bueker wrote:2000 Clos l'Eglise (Cotes de Castillon)
Maybe it's the glacial cellar again, but at 12 years of age this lower division wine is still young, fat and in need of cellar time. The oak is still prominent, but so is the black and red fruit. If I had more I would bury it.
Salil wrote:2010 Marc Plouzeau Touraine Ante Phylloxera Clos de Maulevrier Franc de Pied (from a parcel of ungrafted vines planted in 1860)
Flat out wow. Yeah, I'm definitely buying more.
Salil wrote:A couple of older notes from the past year or so on aged Cab Franc from the Loire. Those wines can age stunningly well.
1985 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrières
This is tremendous. An incredibly pure expression of cassis and dark berried fruit that's still very fresh and youthful, seasoned with a vivid forestal greenness and earthiness. Very polished in the mouth with fine, mostly-resolved tannins and bright acids, conveying flavour with a lightness of touch and remarkable elegance.
1985 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Starts out with a lovely scent of forestal green/herbal elements, pure dark berried fruit and a touch of leathery funk, and the fragrance just builds over a few hours, gaining in intensity and developing more smoky, cedary and other savoury nuances. This is drinking superbly, conveying flavour with remarkable purity and barely any sense of weight, beautifully balanced and polished in the mouth and a compelling wine to sit down with and follow over a few hours.
1990 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Certainly not for the brett-averse. Meat, leather, cherries, cassis and touches of green herbal notes in a nicely resolved, medium weight package that simultaneously conveys a wild, sauvage character and a sense of finesse and brightness.
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