Monday, 6 July 2020

Chateau Fuisse Tete de Cuvee Poilly Fuisse 2017

I bought a case of this en primeur from Lay And Wheeler, so thought I would try a sample bottle from the 2017 vintage. It's very young for sure but most enjoyable even at this early stage of its life. If you want quality wine from the affordable end of Burgundy, then Maconnaise is the one to go for.. This is about the top chateau and this is their second wine which is a blend from selected high-quality plots. Beautifully layered and structured this is classic Burgundian Chardonnay - you get a real sense of the terroir here, a real sense of place - it's beautifully made and just perfect this will be excellent for the next 10 years I'm sure. 18/20. Drink from 2021. £26 incl tax and duty.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Escarpment Kiwa pinot noir 2010

This is a lovely wine and it shows that Pinot Noir from the finest estates in New Zealand is ageworthy.
This is the last of a six bottle case that I bought from Lea and Sandeman in 2012 when it was released and oh, how I wish I had some more!
Like most fine pinot noir from the New World, it tends to be more fruity and full-bodied when young but this has all the ethereal, elegant characteristics that you'd expect of a good burgundy. Now after 10 years it's nuanced, stylish with wonderful tertiary characteristics. The colour has changed to light brown. The nose is certainly farmyardy, cured ham, etc. It's dry and liquorice on the palate with a long finish of dried dark fruits and a hint of cinnamon. 18/20, drink now - 2022. £22 (at release) Lea and Sandeman.