A couple of weeks ago the French-Swedish online wine dealer Franska vinlistan (“French wine list”) put on a tasting of mixed wines from their range. Here my impressions of some of the wines.
Chartogne-Taillet Cuvée Sainte Anne
Champagne, 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay. Base vintage 2012 (55%), reserve wine from 2011 and 2010 (45%), dosage 4,5 g/l, i.e., basically an Extra Brut.
Nose with ripe yellow fruit, apples, some white currants, slightly bready and nutty. Fruity palate with yellow and green apples, citrus, good acidity, and mineral. A Pinot Noir nose with “small grower character” but more of a Chardonnay palate with no obvious red notes. Rather young, but approachable now, 88 p.
Definitely serious and rather firm for an “entry cuvée”, but then we’re talking about a producer with a good reputation. Chartogne-Taillet is one of the new generation of small growers in Champagne, and is located in the village Merfy in the northwestern outskirts of Champagne. Cuvée Sainte Anne is the non-vintage “village cuvée” of the range. In my village profile of Merfy I’ve written a bit more about Chartogne-Taillet.
2014 Château Pégau Cuvée Lône
Côtes-du-Rhône blanc, grape varieties 40% Clairette, 30% Bourboulenc, 20% Grenache Blanc, 10% Ugni Blanc.
Discrete fruity nose with citrus, slightly flowery and perfumed. Fruity palate, slightly viscous impression, foody with a slight bitterness, medium acidity, some chalky minerality, and a fruity aftertaste. 85 p?
Rather lean for a white Rhône wine, i.e., not as oily as some other. Château Pégau is the second wine of Châteauneuf-du-Pape produces Domaine Pégau.
2013 Domaine Joseph Balland-Chapuis Sancerre Le Chatillet
Loire, grape variety Sauvignon Blanc.
Nose with citrus, apples, gooseberries, some typical varietal green and grassy notes, hints of honey and tropical fruit. Palate with citrus and green apple, high acidity, some mineral, aftertaste with fruitiness, citrus and green apples and a firm finish. The nose is rather fruity and “generous” for a Sancerre (it could have belonged to a Sauvignon Blanc from a warmer place), but on the palate the wine is more firm and classical. Drinks well now, 87 p.
Apparently this was the last vintage from this producer in this form, due to a break-up to several owners.
2014 Domaine Petit Barabas Côtes du Rhône Rosé
Grape varieties Grenache and Carignan.
Definitely a pale pink colour. A rather typical “Provence rosé nose” with wild strawberries, minerality, and some flowery notes. The palate is distinctly dry, foody with a light bitterness, minerality, good acidity, and an aftertaste with mineral. 85-86 p
This rosé reminded me a bit more of a Provence rosé (which it isn’t) than typical southern Rhône rosés, that typically have a little deeper colour and can be a bit more on the fruity side.
2011 Marabino Noto
DOC Noto Rosso, Sicily, grape variety Nero d’Avola.
Quite dark and powerful nose with blackberries, tar, some smoke, spice botes, animal notes with some barnyard aromas (which in a red wine is usually a lot more pleasant than what it may sound like…). Fruity palate with sweetish attack of ripe red berries, high acidity, some tannins, and a good aftertaste. Not quite as tough on the palate as the nose indicates, so rather approachable now. 86-87 p.
2012 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Rouge 2012
South Rhône, 85% Grenache, 9% Syrah, and other grape varieties.
Definitely an elegant nose with ripe red berries including red currants and strawberries, flowery and discrete herbaceous notes, well integrated oak, and mineral. Palate with good concentration, ripe red berries, rather prominent tannins, spice notes, stony minerality, flowery notes that can be noted also on the palate, and a tannic aftertaste. Elegant profile, young, 91-92(+) p.
2012 is a rather cool vintage in the Rhône wine region, and I think this shows in the style of this wine, that goes more in the elegant direction than the average vintage does. Something that contributes to this impression is that I pleasantly enough didn’t note any fiery alcoholic character.