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Vieux Vins, more or less, and from all over.
Aged Riesling is far more easy to come by than aged Grüner Veltliner, so far fewer people have had the chance to be introduced to the charms of Austria's signature white grape with over 10 years of time in the bottle. Zwerithaler isn't one of Prager's better-known sites; it's actually been years since we've seen a current release. The rich, pithy, peachiness of Prager's 2001 Rieslings is really dialed back here (albeit still somewhat present). In its place is a laser-like sense of acidity and pervasive stoniness. With time this will continue to develop more and more earthy, mushroomy secondary character in place of the fruit, but right now it's zingy and bracingly mineral. Very cool wine and really quite tasty. -jfr
(From half bottle) Medium dark robe with some bricking at edges. Plummy fruit, dried cherry, saddle leather, and sandalwood on the nose, with hints of game, garrigue, and tapenade. The palate is coiled. with dark fruit flavors astride a dense earthy core with black tea, brown spice, and grilled meat nuances on a long, powerful, structured finish. This is still very primary and seems to be just entering adolescence, though it's clear there is plenty of character within. An impressive traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape that should dazzle with a just a few more years in the cellar. (Tasted February, 2019) John McIlwain
When Sauternes of this quality ages, it gains a lot of complexity of aroma and flavor. The 1988 is now in – sorry! – a sweet spot for drinking, with mouth-watering aromas of stone fruist and nuts; it’s quite rich on the palate but there is enough tart acidity to make the wine taste fresh. A classic French pairing is to serve this with foie gras, liver pate, or blue cheese, but we have also loved Sauternes with fruit desserts and with custard/pudding.
Denis Bachelet farms his Vieilles Vignes from 3.05 acres of vines planted in1932-1937. He produces approximately 580 cases of Vieilles Vignes in a good year. This is a great village level Gevrey Chambertin that can age for twenty years or longer (if you could possibly keep from drinking it all).
Of the Gevrey Grand Crus, this is the prettiest, with sublime aromatics and sneaky power and length. Fourrier's is excellent and rare.