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Tasting a Diverse Mixture of Wines with Lou


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I met up with Lou and his friend a few days ago to taste an eclectic group of wines.  We started with the 2011 Domaine des Malandes, Chablis which came from a half-bottle Lou had filled three days earlier.  This was a crisp and tart start to the evening, proving to be well done for what it was.  The 2010 Bodega Aguila Real, B de Basilio Blanco, Rioja was a twist with its oxidized style that does not match the Spanish Wine Exclusives description.  I thought the mouthfeel incredible but not matched by a depth of flavor.  On the first night I thought this would not develop in the bottle but on the second night the wine seemed shutdown and in need of age.  There was no confusion with the 2001 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils, Chablis 1er Cru, Vaillon which came from a recent BPW offering.  This wine has evolved slowly with its age revealed more on the nose than in the youthful mouth.  It was still fresh and balanced clearly capable of many years of life.  It was a delight all evening and as such, there wasn’t much left in the bottle.  Another great treat was the 1998 Domaine J. Chamonard, Les Clos de Lys, Morgon.  It was due to Lou’s stories of drinking mature Cru Beaujolais at Bern’s that I did not hesitate to purchase this bottle in New York last year.  Apparently the family kept back some 2,000 which they released 14 years after bottling.  The provenance clearly explains the quality of the wine.  Though the iodine and raw meat could be off-putting for some I kept returning to the wine because I enjoyed the intrigue.  The glass-worth that I saved in my sample bottle drank just as well the second night.  Lou fed the Charbono intrigue with the 2001 Turley, Charbono, Tofanelli Vineyard.  This must have been a brute in youth and would be a better wine if not for the stewed fruit.  We ended with the 2011 Domaine Guirardel, Bi de Casau, Jurancon of which I recommend you grab a few bottles for the eventual spring weather.  It is a little sweet but the spot-on acidity should match an increase in temperature.

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2011 Domaine des Malandes, Chablis
Imported by Milton Road Trading Co.  This wine is 100% Chardonnay sourced from vines that average 35 years of age.  It underwent malolactic fermentation in stainless steel where it was then aged for 6 to 10 months.  Alcohol 12.5%.  From a half-bottle filled three days prior.  There was a delicate, textured nose of lemon.  In the mouth was crisp acidity with a little tart then textured white fruit.  The acidity was on the front of the tongue.  There was a good finish and aftertaste with texture, citric notes, and stones.  The aftertaste was surprisingly long.  ** Now-2016.

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2010 Bodega Aguila Real, B de Basilio Blanco, Rioja
Imported by Fruit of the Vines.  This wine is a blend of 65% Garnacha Blanca and 35% Viura sourced from 100+ year old vines at Pago Gallocanta in Rioja Alta.  It was barrel fermented in new French oak where it spent six months.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose was a touch nutty with an oxidized component.  In the mouth were flavors of focused ripe, white fruit that was delivered with weight and glycerine.  It took on spices and the oxidized note with warmth.  The aftertaste was very expansive. *** Now-2024.

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2001 Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils, Chablis 1er Cru, Vaillon
Imported by Frederic Wildman.  This wine is 100% Chardonnay with 30% seeing barrique.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The wine was a rich yellow color.  It bore a lovely nose with yellow fruit, berries, floral aromas, and with air mature aromas.  The wine was youthful in the mouth with the acidity seamlessly  mixed in with the fruit.  There was a toast note, lemon notes, and weight towards the finish.  It had some spices in the good and long aftertaste.  **** Now-2020.

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1998 Domaine J. Chamonard, Les Clos de Lys, Morgon
Imported by Savio Soares Selections.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from vines averaging 60+ years of age.  The wine is a combination of carbonic maceration and traditional fermentation with indigenous yeasts.  It is then aged 8 to 12 months in foudres.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The nose initially had some VA band-aid aromas but they dissipated with time.  It remained very earthy with cran-cherry aromas.  In the mouth were flavors of iodine and raw meat mixed with minerals and tart, red cranberry flavors.  There were hints of ripe tart red fruit.  It had a slight pepper note that developed with air.  *** Now-2019.

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2001 Turley, Charbono, Tofanelli Vineyard, Napa Valley
This wine is 100% Charbono.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose was earthy and meaty with stewed fruit.  It did not take much air for it to smell exactly like beef bouillon.    In the mouth the wine built intensity become rounder and savory with a fair amount of tannins.  There were stewed fruit flavors at the start and eventually, beef bouillon.  Will last but I would drink now.  ** Now.

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2011 Domaine Guirardel, Bi de Casau, Jurancon
Imported by Wetgandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of 50% Gros Manseng and 50% Petit Manseng sourced from vines averaging 15 years of age.  The wine was fermented then aged in oak barrels for one year then after assembly another year is spent in stainless steel tanks.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose was floral with sweet honeysuckle aromas.  In the mouth there was a round, focused start, a little honey and apricot with good tension from the acidity.  Lou noted Marmalade and I must agree.  There was a little residual sugar and some glycerine.  It showed good integration with air.  *** Now-2019.lou7

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