Wow.. This was a convenient surprise of one of the people we had a glass of wine with last Friday. From his own cellar, bought at an auction. Domaine Leflaive works 100% biodynamically and organically. It is one of the more legendary domaines. They possess about 3 ha in Les Pucelles. 12 months of oak (1/3 new).
NOSE: Toast, vanilla, warm spices, hint of cinnamon. Tropical fruit, stone fruit. Fresh and stewed. Amazing amount of layers in the nose. This is serious stuff. We pretty quickly narrowed it down to white Burgundy.
PALATE: Flavours of oak. Minerals. Tart citric flavours. Tropical fruit, apricot, nectarine. Loads and loads of minerals. Amazing depth. Good complexity. This is developing, but has ages of ageing potential left.
One of the more interesting wines I have tasted. This is a benchmark white Burg. If premox doesn’t kick in, this could get extraordinary over time.
Suggested retail E170,-
This is the second wine of Brane-Cantenac, a GCC from Margaux. Owned by Henri Lurton. 2001 was a wet, relatively cold year at the beginning, however July and August were stable,hot months.
Mature color: garnet, medium intensity. Brown-ish rim.
This wine is classical: it’s got power, but it isn’t over the top. Deep black fruit, canned, hints of oak maturation (12 months on 30% new). Hay, black olives, black currant and bay leaf. Clearly matured.
On the palate, the wine rather resembles the nose. Dark fruit, canned, stewed. Vanilla, herbs. Spices, a hint of pepper. Earthy.
It is a good wine. Doesn’t blow your mind (at least it didn’t blew mine), but it is a well made, classic BDX. Suggested retail at this moment: E20,-
This was a little suprise of a friend of mine which he brought with him when I invited him to come over. He has his own wine blog. It’s pretty good so check him out: Barrel Secrets
In my opinion, 2002 Bordeaux is an underrated vintage. Clearly, there is a lot of 02 BDX that didn’t bring any fireworks, but if you look well you can find a lot of bargains. One of these bargains turned out to be this La Parde de Haut-Bailly, the second wine made by Ch. Haut-Bailly.
This is traditional Bordeaux. Not the blockbuster, “BOOM! In your face!” reds such as 2005 and 2009 Bordeaux. This has greenness on the nose. White pepper. Red and black fruit, clearly, cassis and a smokiness and cedar wood tone due to the oak. Aside from that there is a herbaceous note, wet forest floor. Pretty intriguing nose I must say.
On the palate, there is soft tannins. Because of its age, they don’t play a leading role anymore, but they are certainly present. Good acidity. Flavors are similar to the nose. Dark fruit, a subtle tone of oak. Maybe a hint of vanilla. A long 25 secs+ finish.
This is a very good wine. At a suggested retail price of €19, if you find it, buy it, and drink it within 3 to 5 years.
Did you know:
In the Cotes de Nuits, the only Grand Cru appellation for white wines is Le Musigny. Nowadays the only producer producing a significant amount of white Musigny is Comtes Georges de Vogüé (0,33 ha). Needless to say this wine costs a fortune, if you are able to find it at all. The original reason that this vineyard is partly planted with Chardonnay is because back in the old days, Le Musigny Pinot Noir contained up to 10% Chardonnay. Now, as our general taste has changed, there is no need to blend in the Chardonnay in the Pinot Noir, so the Chardonnay part of Le Musigny is bottled separately.
On the other side of the Cotes d’Or, the Cotes de Beaune, there is only one Grand Cru appellation for red wine! Le Corton. Most people tend to think Le Corton is part of the CdNuits, but in fact it’s CdBeaune. Corton-Charlemagne is a famous white Grand Cru, and Le Corton is the red brother.
But I have to show this to you as it is quite genius..