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wTN: Ata Rangi Bosquet Clos des Papes Beaurenard Serpico

Postby Bill Spohn » Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:09 pm

A new restaurant venue and an excellent array of wines. The venue was Canyon in North Vancouver, and it is worth quoting the resume of the chef:

“About Chef Scott Kidd Chef Scott Kidd has quite the history in the BC dining scene. Starting his culinary career at the renowned Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island, Kidd developed a passion for all things local long before it was a trend. Deciding on formal training, Kidd studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. His pedigree in Vancouver is a veritable who’s who of the best in Vancouver dining. He first hit the scene with Le Gavroche in its heyday of the mid to late 1980’s, then moved to create Lola’s and has held Executive Chef positions with some of the region’s finest restaurants including The William Tell, Bishop’s, Raincity Grill, Araxi (Whistler) and most recently Lift. This is a chef who started the “support local” movement in BC along with the likes of John Bishop and Robert Clark.”

2007 Kumeu River Chardonnay (N. Zealand) – good ringer for French chard – some colour, lemony nose, with light vanilla notes and a dry citrus finish.

2006 Ch. Carbonnieux – another very pleasant white, this time with a slightly odd spearminty estery element in the nose, mellow and full in the mouth, with a soft finish.

The restaurant presented a very tasty ling cod dish with these wines.

1999 York Creek Vineyards Meritage – a great start to the reds. Medium colour with a slightly green floral raspberry nose, sweet entry, and god length. In great shape.

2006 Ata Rangi McCrone Pinot Noir – Martinborough – first bottling for this wine, a cooperative project between Ata Rangi and the McCrones from Oregon. Medium colour, pronounced strawberry nose, with hints of spice, up front fruit and good finish with clean acidity and soft tannins. Only 60 cases of this made, the first vintage for the McCrones in New Zealand.

At some point in here we started on a course of lasagna

1995 Spring Mountain Miravalle – Alba – Chevalier – all cabernet from three vineyards, this wine had a nice deep colour, rather clarety nose, sweet in the mouth and a long silky finish. Also in topnotch shape with no rush!

We then embarked on a string of Rhones, unplanned as I had just asked people about where they thought their wines should go. We had a really excellent boeuf Bourguignon with the last wines.

2000 Bosquet des Papes CNduP Cuvee Tradition – sweet slightly warm nose with ripe fruit, notably ripe in the mouth, smooth medium length finish. Not stewy, but a bit too far on the ripe side for my preference.

1995 Clos des Papes CNduP – my bottle and the first one I’ve opened out of a case bought on release. I was a bit concerned when it showed little nose right after opening, but it opened up nicely and exhibited a very nice leather and plum, with notes of cherry and strawberry. Sweet on palate with elegance and finesse, but also good weight and a velvety feel. It developed some interesting spice at the end. No rush.

2001 Beaurenard Cuvee Boisrenard CNduP – fairly dark with a nose of spicy anise and fig. Good weight and finish, again no rush here, but drinking very well now.

On into the cheeses with:

2003 Mitolo Serpico – the cabernet from this winery showed lots of cassis/black fruit with some green hints, and tons of flavour intensity. Mature and ready now.

2010 Bodegas Breca Old Vines Garnacha – more black raspberry and lavish sweet fruit on palate from this Calatyud wine. Give away price and a great cheese wine. Not surprisingly, this is the sort of wine that appeals to RP, who awarded it 94 points. Still, a real bargain for the medium term at the price.
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Re: wTN: Ata Rangi Bosquet Clos des Papes Beaurenard Serpico

Postby Matt Richman » Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:16 pm

Kumeu River Chardonnay is very good, their single vineyard bottlings, especially Mate's Vineyard, are well worth seeking out. Their winemaker is a very interesting guy. NZ's first Master of Wine, his family bought the property thinking it would be a good Merlot site. The Merlot didn't work out well there but they found that Chardonnay grew fabulously well. IMO NZ's best Chardonnay, with a bit of old world and a bit of new.
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Re: wTN: Ata Rangi Bosquet Clos des Papes Beaurenard Serpico

Postby Andrew Bair » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:01 pm

Thank you for the notes, Bill.

Anyway, when I saw the thread title, I was definitely expecting to read about the Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico. Wasn't aware that Mitolo made a wine with the same name.

P.S. I do think that the Carbonnieux Blanc is getting rather pricy these days. A nice wine, but not worth close to $60 in my opinion. If anything, I've actually preferred their red.
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Re: wTN: Ata Rangi Bosquet Clos des Papes Beaurenard Serpico

Postby Steve Edmunds » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:45 pm

'95 Clos Des Papes is a great beauty. It must be gorgeous now. (I haven't tasted it for probably 10 years.)
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Re: wTN: Ata Rangi Bosquet Clos des Papes Beaurenard Serpico

Postby Jenise » Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:20 pm

Bill, loved Canyon. Great food. If we go there again, can we arrange for/bring bread? That was the only thing missing.

Some notes on the wines, but I'll skip commenting on the whites. My palate was initially way off, and I just couldn't get anything but plastic from them. Was fine by the time the reds were served, though.

1999 York Creek Vineyards Meritage – Yes, this was a tasty thing, and a surprise as I've had York Creek vineyard fruit in other people's wines but never a wine from a producer called York Creek--didn't even know it existed. Very nice, just, if I were going to complain about anything and I'm not really complaining, more mature than I'd expect for a 99, and on the lighter side.

2006 Ata Rangi McCrone Pinot Noir – Martinborough – Color very garnet--looks older than it actually tastes. Black plum initially, followed by raspberry and violets, with other dark notes of forest and fungus. Significant tannins, too, and not really ready to drink. Very Oregonian, so the NZ on reveal is a surprise.

2000 Bosquet des Papes CNduP Cuvee Tradition – lot of initial funk here. Sweet fruit on the palate with charcoal and coffee. Too, I found the tannins on the hard side for a 2000; seemed awkward. Definitely last place in the threesome.

1995 Clos des Papes CNduP – this took a bit of time to wake up and fill out--when it did, what you described. Can't believe this is the first of a case!

2001 Beaurenard Cuvee Boisrenard CNduP – my bottle, which after seeing the other two wines I sent our waiter to serve next. People saying lately that the 01's are maturing fast has made me anxious about opening some of my own 01's, hence this selection. Dark, more black than red on the fruit, with big body and a sweeter-than-expected (to me) midpalate. I agree with your fig and anise, and would throw in a touch of molasses. Drinks well now but will reward further cellaring.

2003 Mitolo Serpico – this was immediately pegged as Australian down at my end of the table by others, but in a good way. Still fairly primary with a good life ahead of it. Enjoyable.

2010 Bodegas Breca Old Vines Garnacha – This did work fine with the cheese, but I wasn't as in love with it as some of you were, finding a bit of artificial flavor not unlike Bazooka bubble gum in the sweet fruit. [/quote]
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