In the absence of other tastings scheduled for Maundy Thursday, six of us gathered for a BYOB tasting under the auspices of our wine tasting club AuZone. E.T., who took the initiative, decided on “white and good” as our theme. As always, we tasted blind (but knew which wine was our own), and voted for best and worst wine. We ended up tasting three Rieslings, two Chardonnays and one Sauvignon Blanc, so not really any odd grape varieties…
Nose of citrus, zest, ripe yellow fruit, a light botrytis note, a hint of vanilla and slightly perfumed. The palate is almost dry (but not quite) with good concentration, citrus, some other ripe yellow fruit, good acidity, some viscosity, and a long and fruity aftertaste with citrus. 91-92 p
I guessed Riesling, and was thinking about a German GG from a vintage with high ripeness, such as 2009 or possibly 2007. The small residual sugar that after all is a bit over typical “trocken”, and was higher than the next wine, should perhaps have led me more in the direction of Alsace when we’re talking of a wine of this weight. Surprisingly young notes for a 10 year old Alsatian! I didn’t detect any obvious petroleum notes in this wine.
1 best and 2 worst votes.
2009 Dönnhoff Dellchen Riesling GG 2009
Nose with ripe yellow fruit, citrus in the shape of fresh lemon juice, a light smoky note, and a somewhat stony minerality. Palate with citrus (again lemon juice), good concentration, definitely a high acidity, quite fresh impression with minerality, light herbaceous notes, and a long a citrus-fresh aftertaste with acidity and minerality. Still young, 92(+) p.
My guess was a German Riesling on GG level in a young high acid vintage, so primarily 2012 or 2010. Definitely young and fresh for a 2009, because I get the impression that some wines from that year (which I very much enjoyed when they were released) hasn’t developed quite as good as I hoped.
3 best votes including mine, voted the best wine.
2009 Durelle Vineyards Les Grands Vins de Colette Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast, California
Nose with citrus, some ripe yellow fruit, some butterscotch, slightly smoky, and discrete flowery notes. Fully dry on the palate with smoke, yellow fruit, high acidity, minerality, oak with spice notes. Could develop more, 90(+) p.
Definitely came across as a Chardonnay, but initially my thoughts actually went in the direction of an oaked Chablis, before the oak notes became more obvious.
2002 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis
Loire, grape variety Sauvignon Blanc. Recently released on the Swedish market.
Second most deep colour. The nose is notable smoky including bready notes, oak, ripe yellow fruit including plums, slightly nutty with toasted hazelnuts, and some spice notes. Rather ripe impression. The palate is dry with powerful concentration, smoky with some oak notes, good acidity, citrus and other yellow fruit, and a rather firm aftertaste. Serious concentration, but came across as less full-bodied after some time in the glass, and was a tiny bit “clumsier” as most of the other. Approachable now, can be cellared, 90-91 p.
Here my first guess was New World Chardonnay, or perhaps a “Chardonnay wannabe” wine from other varieties. I didn’t recognise any Sauvignon Blanc notes, but some of the others did. Well, the characteristic notes usually reduce or disappear with some years of cellaring. When I have tasted unoaked Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé with age, I’ve usually guessed Chablis, but it was interesting that my thoughts actually went in the New World direction in this case!
1 worst vote.
2009 Jean-François Ganevat Les Grands Teppes Vieilles Vignes
Côtes du Jura, grape variety Chardonnay.
Nose with yellow fruit and a herbaceous component, quince marmalade, slightly smoky with some ripe notes as well as minerality and some wax. Definitely dry on the palate with citrus, high acidity, a slightly herbaceous note, minerality, good concentration but still rather lean (if that’s understandable), and a light bitterness. Difficult to tell if the wine will develop well, 88-89 p? – possibly a bit ungenerous score.
Most difficult to place among the wines. I was thinking about Chardonnay (more due to the herbaceous notes than due to acidity of minerality), but also about Sauvignon Blanc. This was a wine that I appreciated more when I knew what it was, since there are some notes that are fully OK in a Jura wine… The wine also became more fruity with time in the glass.
1 best and 3 worst votes, including mine worst vore, and therefore voted the worst/least good wine.
1998 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Auslese
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (as it was called in those days, before the name was shortened)
Fully yellow note, a bit in the amber direction, and clearly the darkest of the flight. Nose with dried fruit, fried apples and old apples, fudge, some spice notes, some petroleum and noticeable “firne” note. Off-dry palate with dried fruit, spice notes, not too concentrated for an Auslese, fruity aftertaste with dried fruit and spice notes. 88-89 p.
This was my wine, so no blind tasting here. It was more mature than I expected, so I wasn’t surprised when I heard guesses that it was a 1980s vintage. The cork was a bit difficult and crumbled when I opened the bottle, so perhaps the wine had become more oxidised than ideal. No problems with the fill level though.
1 best vote.