Thursday, December 13, 2007

2 Spanish wines that take your breath away

In Sweden, we drank: Clio 2005 and especially El Nido 2005 from the Jumilla appellation. These wines are not for every palate! Concentrated (and this coming from me!), this wine is made by an Australian and was produced in an Astralis style with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Monastrel or Mourvèdre (for El Nido and the opposite for the cuvee Clio). This made me want to make an experiment next year for we picked a few vines in Pomerol who could give us an Amarone style Bordeaux!

I also saw, but unfortunately didn’t drink, a nice looking South African wine called Chocolate Block. It was quite a program!

I would like to thank Jancis for the great note given to Valandraud 2005 ( 18/20) at a blind tasting event:

Ch Valandraud 2005 St-Emilion Grand Cru 18 Drink 2015-28
Dark and healthy-looking. Savoury, well integrated perfume. Real attack and confidence. There is lots of tannin here but it’s ripe and well hidden and there is still enough freshness to keep the wine appetising. Pretty dry finish for the moment. Obviously a long term wine. Not going down the overripeness route.

Without forgeting 16/20 for La Dominique and 15.5 for Clément Pichon !

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