The ‘weekly blend’ tasting notes – November 2014

This week was once again full of great tasting wine and I enjoyed the diversity of the wines I am lucky enough to taste. Below you will find three tasting notes of new wines that have recently appeared from my cellar.


Roche Mazet Syrah-Rose Brut

I was very surprised when I realized this was a sparkling rose from the Languedoc. I have never tasted one before and I didn’t know what to expect. The colour was pink with some salmon hints. Roche Mazet has a mineral and red fruit aroma with red berries and strawberries. In the mouth this sparkling wine was light with too low acidity. The palate was fruity – red and black fruit flavours with pronounced blackberry and raspberry. The wine has an interesting bitterness (I would say it tastes a bit like water that you wash black fruits in – but more concentrated that water itself) that was in balance with the residual sugar. The finish was short but overall the wine was surprisingly good and I would love to buy it again especially that the price-quality relation was very good.

– – – Roche Mazet Syrah-Rose Brut; France, Languedoc, Pays d’Oc IGP; Syrah; #47.3/14; 12% vol.; about 8 Euro – – –



Chateau du Cros Loupiac 2006

A very good sweet botrytis wine from Loupiac. Nose is amazingly fresh with lemon zest, orange skin, sweet mirabelle and quince. On the palate Chateau du Cros is quite light and very refreshing (even if it is 2006 and has 14% of alcohol) with lots of lemon freshness, lemon rind, beautiful mirabelle and sweet yellow cherry. On the palate I noticed a lack of acidity and a bit too much sweetness but for this price the wine is simply amazing.

– – – Chateau du Cros Loupiac 2006; Loupiac, Bordeaux, France; Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle; Vignobles Michel Boyer; 14% vol.; #47.3/14; about 7 Euro in market in Sauternes; – – –



WINE OF THE WEEK – Chateau La Conseillante Pomerol 2009

This is an excellent wine I could drink every day but I would have to be a billionaire to do so ;) You can already smell the beautiful aroma of chocolate, truffle, plum and spices when approaching the glass. An amazing balance on the palate, complex black fruits and hot spices. Long finish with black pepper, liquorice and some lovely French oak flavours. Chateau La Conseillante 2009 is an elegant complex wine that gives lot of pleasure. I find Chateau Conseillante very interesting as it is not only one of the oldest Pomerol properties but also is unusual because it is like Cheval blanc the property lies on the border of Saint Emilion and Pomerol. A special wine and if ever you have the opportunity to taste, make it worth your while.

– – – Chateau La Conseillante Pomerol 2009; Heritiers Louis Nicolas; Jean-Michel Laporte; Merlot (81%), Cabernet Franc (19%); 14% vol; #47.3/14; about 180 Euro; Robert Parker – 96/100; Wine Spectator: 96/100; Jancis Robinson: 17/20 – – –

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