Mature vintage tasting - March 2016

Team 3D tasted two cracking wines this afternoon, despite being a leaf day in the biodynamic calendar.

 

The Champagne was our non-vintage cuvée 3D from Maison Lenique which we blended way back in 2005/6. It was then bottled in 2007. Technically it should be past it. But it’s absolutely delicious. It has the richness and complexity of a vintage, with biscuity, butterscotch, raisin and tobacco flavours that really linger. The acidity has softened too. Amazing wine and a really pleasant surprise!

 

The Sancerre blanc La Croix de Chambre is our rare, exclusive oaked Sauvignon Blanc from the 2013 vintage. Just three barrels were made for us by Bertrand Riffault. It’s absolutely lovely, with a smoky, mineral nose and flavours of lime, lemongrass, nectarine and orchard fruit. The finish is outstandingly long and honeyed.

 

We will be showing both these wines and many other beauties next Thursday at our London Tasting, at the IM3 on Euston road.

 

In our recent issue of Partners 3DUncorked! Magazine we featured some tasting notes of some ‘mature’ vintage we recently tasted that were lovely, surprising perhaps and left us wishing we had more available. I hope you might have some of these in your cellar too. If so, let us know what you think – we’d be delighted to hear from you.

 

Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2004
Maison Lenique

Now approaching 12 years old, this really is showing well. Medium deep lemon/straw in colour with a mix of honey, lemon, cocoa, brioche, orchard fruits and bitter chocolate. In the mouth it’s fresh, light, lemony, toasty and creamy. Long, elegant, complex finish. This style of champers has the ability to age amazingly well and some of the flavours and aromas that it develops can be a revelation!

 

Côtes de Bourg 2005
Château Rousselle, Bordeaux

We all know of the magical 2005 vintage in Bordeaux. Some say it was the best ever – perhaps even excelling 1949, 1961 and 1982. But this is likely to be of academic interest to most of us. We do know that 2005 was a vintage that favoured clarets from top to bottom of the Bordeaux firmament. Vincent Lemaître’s claret is very deep in colour, almost black in fact, with an alluring meaty, gamey chocolate, cedar and tobacco nose. It is still rich and fresh in the mouth with dark chocolate, currant, deep plum, spice and plum. Wow!

 

Gewürztraminer Vieilles Vignes 2006
Domaine Gruss, Alsace

At ten years old, this remarkable white is showing lots of solid tartrates in the bottle, so decanting is advised. Deep straw gold in colour, it has a spicy, honeysuckle, lychee and musky nose leading to a gently sweet, succulent lime and lemon palate with honey, rose and Turkish delight flavours that really linger. Delicious and totally unique.

 

Côte de Brouilly Des Lys 2007
Domaine les Roches Bleues, Beaujolais

Christiane and Dominique’s wines tend to need a year or two to open up. The dark bitter cherry and firm tannins start to soften after five years or so. Although this isn’t from a great Beaujolais vintage, this wine showed really lovely fragrance; strawberry, black cherry, blackcurrant and cassis. Still fresh, the dark fruits were starting to dry out a touch, but there was still some lovely sweetness of fruit and decent structure. Drink now – try it with the Thai beef dish on page 13.

 

Margaux Cuvée 3D 2007
Château Mongravey, Bordeaux

Approaching a decade now, this classy Cru Bourgeois really is offering lovely, floral, fragrant cassis, blackcurrant, plum and vanilla spice on both the nose and in the mouth. There is freshness, decent concentration and smooth, mouth-filling textures. It won’t go down in the annals of Bordeaux history as one of the great vintages, but it is certainly offering really lovely drinking now.

 

Fleurie Niagara 2008
Domaine de la Madone, Beaujolais

I wasn’t expecting a great deal from this at eight years old. It was not a great vintage by any means but I was seduced by Arnaud’s pepper, herbaceous nose and sweet, earthy palate with juicy supple black fruits, black pepper and roasted herbs. A really lovely and engaging Fleurie.

 

Old champagne and sancerre

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