2001 Baron de Brane

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,-

2002 La Parde de Haut-Bailly

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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.

Cheers,

Sander

Monday wine fact: Musigny and Corton

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.

Cheers,
Sander

2010 Nero San Pietro Monferrato Rosso

2010 Nero San Pietro Monferrato Rosso
This producer, Tenuta San Pietro, has only been making wine since 4 years. They’re in conversion to organic and biodynamic wine making. Their Monferrato Rosso consists of 40% Barbera, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and again 40% Albarossa, which is a cross between Nebbiolo and Barbera made in the late 1930’s.

On the nose you get a serious lot of fruit. Mostly raspberry and blackberry, but some plum as well. Good acidity which balances the wine a bit so the whole thing doesn’t get too heavy. On the palate there is good fruit too. Maybe some cacao, a bit of minerality and good structure. There’s power in this wine but hence the acidity the wine is very easy drinking.

I like the fact that due to this acidity you can pair this really well with food. First thing that comes to my mind is a good barbecue when summer really kicks in. But some red meat or heavy pasta dishes would be a wonderful pairing too.

At €14,50, In my opinion this is a good wine, made by not so everyday grape varieties. Great stuff…

2009 Chateau Lamery Autrement

2009 Chateau Lamery Autrement
As in most wine-making parts of the world organically made wine is gaining ground, money-driven Bordeaux doesn’t seem to care very much about this whole respect-for-the-land-mentality. “As long as prices go up, we’re good”. Chateau Lamery thinks and acts different.

Situated in Aurillac, Jacques Broustet (about 10km as the crow flies from Sauternes) owns Chateau Lamery, one of the few organic and biodynamic wineries in Bordeaux. He owns roughly 3 ha of vineyards where he has been making his wine since 2006. Uses close to zero sulphites, harvests by hand and yields only 25hl per ha. Annual production is about 6500 bottles a year.

The result? Not your average blockbuster, tannic Bordeaux. Instead a fruity, elegant wine. Broustet calls it a “vin d’Autrefois”, a wine from the past, referring to the time it was accepted for Bordeaux to be elegant and fruity. Made from 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Malbec (!). On the nose you get tons of red fruit. On the palate, it’s got the intensity you expect, but being much more elegant. Almost like a good Burgundy, made from Bordeaux-grapes.

A very good wine, fairly priced at €16,50. Absolutely recommended!