We may be confined but nature carries on and looking after the vineyards continues. Some good news at
Brunello 2012 Vintage Report in Decanter Magazine. Richard Baudains assesses the most recent vintage releases from the prime territory at the heart of Tuscany, recommending 21 Brunello 2012 buys, including Poggio Doria from Silvio Nardi.
Tenute Silvio Nardi, Brunello Vigneto Poggio Doria 2012. 96 Points
Still quite closed on the nose, but fresh and precise. Firm vertical palate with very fine tannins, a subtle mix of herbs and lots of dark fruit waiting to come out. Long, concentrated finish. Elegant expression of the terroir. Drink 2019-2032.
In Decanter’s August 2017 issue, results of the Southern Rhone whites Panel Tasting. The judges – Simon Field MW, Laurent Richet MS and Matt Walls.
Château La Nerthe, Les Cassagnes de la Nerthe 2016 – Recommended 89 Points:
This is youthful, combining aromas of roses, fennel, peach, honeysuckle and spice. Medium-bodied, with precision and good acidity. Drink 2017-2019
Château Val Joanis, Les Aubépines 2015 – Recommended 89 Points
There’s some concentration of fruit on the nose, with honeysuckle and pear, matched by spicy oak. It’s full-bodied, fresh and harmonious. Drink 2017-2019
Château Val Joanis Tradition White 2015 – Recommended 87 Points
Lifted aromas of lemon juice and golden apple with a sense of crushed stones. On the palate, vibrant acidity and fresh fruits dominate the zesty finish. Drink 2017-2019
In Decanter’s September 2017 issue, results of the Cru Beaujolais 2015 Panel Tasting. The judges – Andy Howard MW, James Lawther MW and Matt Wilkin MS
Domaine de Bel-Air, Jean-Marc Lafont, Morgon Les Charmes 2015 – Highly recommended 90 Points
Combining power with finesse, a very drinkable style yet also one with ageing potential – juicy, pure and fresh with layered, mineral-toned dark fruit. Subtle and harmonious. Drink 2018-2022
Domaine de Bel-Air, Jean-Marc Lafont, Fleurie Les Granits rose 2015 – Recommended 86 Points
Savoury berry fruit aromas welcome a refined and rounded palate with a vibrant and refreshing red cherry character. Engaging, easy-drinking style. Drink 2017-2010
In La Revue du Vin de France, Mas Mudigliza, was awarded a “Coup de Coeur” for their Maury 2015
This vintage has given an intense, rounded wine, which retain a very beautiful structure beyond the weight of the mutage.
Winemaker’s note: Dimitri Gilpa
For this cuvée, the star of this wine is Maury’s black Grenache, situated on the northern terroirs of the appellation. The desire for developing this cuvée combines all the youth of a natural sweet wine with the fresh red fruits aromas which are then offset by a mature character and a very vinous finish. This vinosity and freshness are actually the very characteristics of these Maury -which have added alcohol added to the must before pressing (mutage) – during the vinification. Today, at the Domaine, we endeavour to produce natural sweet wines with this type of vinification because we are convinced by this rich and gourmet profile which is so typical of a Maury Grenat in our appellation.
The Wine Alchemy – Paul Howard – voted Thiénot rosé as one of his Top 10 rosé Champagnes ins his rosé Champagne for Summer drinking blog.
45% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay. 7% added still red wine. 45% is reserve wines from previous vintages. Salmon Pink, lighter style yet a big mouthful of red cherries and currants. A bargain, and worth seeking out, as is the rest of their range.