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WTN: Larrivet-HB Guigal Canon Faivelley Climens

by Bill Spohn » Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:12 pm

Notes from a dinner with friends:

Laurent-Perrier Champagne Grand Siècle "La Cuvée" – from magnum, this wine showed beautifully. Some nice appley notes in the nose, soft entry with good fruit and the acidity asserted itself in late palate. Good.

2013 Domaine Vacheron Sancerre – lack of any green gooseberry or flint notes made this tough to place and it carried a fair bit of colour. Excellent spicy fruit in the nose and lemon lime, and with decent weight, finishing with clean acidity. Good wine.

2007 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc – Classic white Bordeaux nose with some citric floral things going on and in the mouth it had smooth long fruity feel with hints of something tropical. Another nice wine.

2006 Guigal Ermitage Blanc Ex-Voto – ore colour than the previous wines and another tropical fruit based nose with spice and herbal notes. Full and flavourful, ending long. There were both apricot and almond elements as the wine opened. A special bottle.

2016 Henricsson Chardonnay Kasja Vineyard – nice light chard nose with lime and passion fruit. Good length.

1999 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers – good red fruit nose, not complex and not much secondary development, but looking good for the long haul.

1990 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière - nosing and tasting this wine is like coming home after a long absence – everything just snaps into place. Killer claret nose of smoky mocha and cedar, good fruit levels and soft tannin – this wine is in prime time and there is no point waiting for any more development.

1981 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Reserva – funky sweet nose with raw meat and herbs, and on palate, lots of fruit – still in excellent shape. Except for the American oak, it was rather claret like.

1991 Warres Port – corked – damn!

1986 Ch. Climens Barsac
– all is forgiven – now dark amber colour, classic nose of coconut and ripe stone fruit and orange peel, and well balanced with sufficient acidity to offset the fairly high residual sugar. No rush.

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