On Maundy Thursday, a very small but brave number of participants met up for a BYO activity in our wine tasting club. We ended up with two whites and two reds, and as usual they were served blind so we had the opportunity to go wrong in our guesses.
Langlois Château Saumur Vieilles Vignes 1990
Loire, grape variety: Chenin Blanc
Golden yellow, developed nose with orange peel, yellow fruit, some flowers, slightly nutty aromas, hints of dried fruit and saffron. Dry on the palate, medium bodied, good concentration of yellow fruit, slightly oily, very light bitterness, medium acidity, mineral impression in the aftertaste. Quite developed, but sticks together. 88 p.
My guess was that this was some Rhône varietal, probably Marsanne, with about 15 years of age. I also mentioned that the nose could be that of a mature Chenin Blanc, but I thought that the acidity was too low for the overall impression to match. The nose was also somewhat similar to a Sauternes or Tokaji with some age, which made someone think that it could be a dry Furmint.
Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling GG 2010
Pale yellow colour, some bubbles cling to the glass. Nose with noticeable smoky notes, citrus (primarily lime?), some green apple, discrete flowery notes. Dry on the palate, but also a hint of sweetness in the attack, rather high acidity, a hint of bitterness, citrus aromas. Young, but it works now, 90(+) p.
Initially gave me some Riesling vibes, but not fully, because it wasn’t as perfumed as young Riesling usually is, and it was clearly young. I therefore guessed Grüner Veltliner (although not a Smaragd-styled one), with an Austrian Riesling as backup. We then had to guess are way north in steps, via Alsace and Pfalz, before ending up in Nahe. Also when I know what it was, this wine had a surprisingly “Chablis-like” character for a Riesling, due to the smoke note I found in the nose. The firm 2010 vintage can have contributed to this impression.
Château La Grave à Pomerol 1998
Pomerol, vineyard composition today: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Dark red, somwhat opaque colour with medium to light red edge. Nose with strong barnyard aromas, dark berries (blackcurrants), spice, some tar, some dried herbs, well integrated oak. Tobacco and cedar were also mentioned. Medium body, rather good concentration of blackcurrants, noticeable tannins, spicy. Could develop more, 91(+) p.
Here we all agreed that we were in Bordeaux and most of us thought this was a Left Bank wine, i.e. Cabernet-dominated, although someone was also considering Napa for a while. However, it turned out to be the right bank. I guessed its age was something like 2004-2006, but one of the others correctly guessed a little older and even mentioned 1998 as a possible vintage.
Domaine de la Charbonnière Vieilles Vignes 2001
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône. Grape varieties: 95% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre
Medium red colour, rather clear, with some brick at the edge. Nose of partially dried red berries, discrete barnyard aromas, spice, some dried herbs, mineral in the form of stone dust. A somewhat “warm” nose that made me think of sun-heated gravel. Someone also found liquorice. More than medium bodied, slightly fiery palate with a good concentration of red berries (lingonberries and red currants), medium tannins, some feeling of warm gravel, mineral aftertaste. Rather good development, but can take more cellaring. 91 p.
This was my contribution. This close after Habemus Papam! could be heard at St Peter’s Square, the tasting definitely needed a “-du-Pape”! I actually expected some to end up in Spain, and possibly Priorat, in their guesses, but the discussion converged rather quickly on Rhône.
Swedish version of the post here.