Decanter March 2019

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chanson, clos de fèves 2017

The Burgundy houses of Albert Bichot, Chanson, Faiveley and Louis Jadot held tastings of their 2017 wines in November 2018. These were followed by the tastings of the UK merchants and importers in January 2019, and already the vintage is provoking a high level of interest. The 2017 harvest in the Côte d’Or started on 6 September in outstanding conditions with fully ripe, healthy grapes that produced red wines full of colour and fruit with an attractive florality, sappy texture and velvety tannins. While opening early, they have an ageing potential to match 2010 and 2005. In such a vintage the wines of Beaune show their best, and Chanson, with 25ha of vineyards across 10 different premiers crus, is for me the benchmark for the appellation. The producer showed six…

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john stimpfig

OCCASIONALLY I HAVE to sing for my supper by guessing the identity of a wine at a lunch or dinner. Alas, more often than not, I fail spectacularly. The last time was a mystery white, which I hazarded was five years old and came from the Agly Valley in France. In fact, it was a 2002 Domaine de Chevalier from Pessac-Léognan. Coincidentally, I encountered the same wine soon after in Shanghai – the day before our Fine Wine Encounter at the Ritz-Carlton (see p24). It was part of a unique and unprecedented tasting and dinner organised and hosted by the estate’s owners, Olivier and Adrien Bernard. The pair had compiled a vertical of 20 stellar vintages ranging from 1975 to 2015. All the wines were poured in magnum and were sourced from…

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potential for spanish fine wine?

UNICO 2009 FROM Vega Sicilia debuted in the UK at the end of 2018 with Liv-ex quoting an en primeur price of £2,520 in bond for a 12-bottle case, making it slightly more expensive than several preceding vintages. ‘We sold out and are always on the lookout for more stock to satisfy demand,’ commented Giles Cooper, of BI Fine Wine & Spirits. ‘The investment potential for Unico is certainly there,’ he told Decanter. ‘We now have six vintages of Unico listed on our LiveTrade platform and each new wine is being released at a slightly higher price, with the back vintage price escalation supporting this strategy,’ he added. Some feel that price gains for the 2009 may be limited, however. ‘In our view, Unico 2009 is priced in recognition of the rest of…

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tasting notes decoded

Cedar From car air fresheners to aromatherapy oils, cedar wood is prized for its rich and woody aromatic qualities. In wines, it’s a desirable scent that often indicates the use of oak in the production of red wines. Most commonly, it’s found in full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon wines, such as those from the Napa Valley or Bordeaux – particularly Left Bank appellations – as well as some full-bodied Riojas (see p105). As it’s related to the use of oak in post-fermentation winemaking, cedar is classified as a secondary aroma. Within this category, it signifies a fresher and more savoury aroma than notes like vanilla or butterscotch, and expresses a resinous and slightly spicy character aligned with sandalwood and cloves. Cedar falls among the subtler secondary aromas, and so it might be harder to detect in…

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rioja 2010

Rioja is at a crossroads. With up to 400 million bottles a year to sell, the region exports more than 35% of its wine and has been able, despite burgeoning competition, to command an impressive UK average bottle price of £6.82. The nearly 12 million bottles of reserva and gran reserva sold in the UK in 2017 represent more than 25% of the market in certain sectors. Yet change is afoot. In essence, Rioja has come to be defined by the ageing regime employed, rather than by the specific origin of the grapes. This has worked well for the larger companies, who source their grapes from across the region. New regulations in the pipeline will, however, introduce additional categories that follow a far more precise, French template; Vino de Zona, Vino…

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rueda: the facts

DO created 1980 Vineyard area 16,165ha, all within Castilla y León Key provinces Valladolid, Segovia, Avila Geography Plateau at 700m-800m altitude, giving a continental climate with big diurnal temperature differences Producers 70 wineries; 1,525 growers; 3 co-ops Harvest 130,000 tonnes in 2018 – a record for the DO Varieties 99% of the DO is planted to white grapes, with Verdejo comprising 85% of that, followed by Sauvignon Blanc, Viura and Palomino Exports 15 million bottles or 15% of total production…