half a dozen from Martel…


Tasted courtesy of Martel of St.Gallen, in the Hotel Schweizerhof, Luzern – 10 March, 2015.

Nice location and a brilliant room to taste in. The glasses weren’t the best, they seemed to attenuate the aromas, but overall, nicely done. Here are a few wines that I haven’t tasted for a while:

2013 William Fevre, Chablis Champs Royaux
Deep aroma, with some ripe fruit at the base. Wide and with good freshness, a hint of richer texture but also of some minerality. Good balance here and nice enough intensity.
Rebuy – Maybe

2011 William Fevre, Chablis 1er Vaillons
The nose is round with a hint of salt over a suggestion of something riper. Lovely in the mouth, much nicer than the nose suggests. A fine direct flavour that lasts well on tasty acidity – indeed very tasty!
Rebuy – Yes

2011 Leflaive, Mâcon-Verzé
Half cheesy aromatic but something is more vibrant below – fortunately. Mineral, lithe and flows well over the tongue, intense too in the finish. More mineral than fruit but no shame there! The nose slowly improves in the glass making this an interesting proposition.
Rebuy – Maybe

2011 Remi Jobard, Meursault 1er Poruzots-Dessus
The nose shows something a little mineral and with a core of something fresh and fruity. Very fine direct flavour with slowly growing complexity and width – maybe it could be fresher-still given the vine location, but that’s being picky. There’s still a bit of creamy barrel in this finish, but it’s really a moreish wine of some quality!
Rebuy – Yes

Les Rouges:

2011 Arlot, Nuits St.Georges 1er Clos des Fôrets
There’s some weight of aroma – the nose seems a little tight in these glasses. Fresh, and with depth of flavour and a little structure. Lovely flavour in the mid-palate into the finish too, with just the merest suggestion of drying from the modest tannin. Good wine.
Rebuy – Yes

2011 Confuron-Cotetidot, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Suchots
Ripe fruit blended with a forward pyrazine aromatic – ouch! Lovely cushioned texture with some modest astringency to the tannin and, again, a hard to miss pyrazine component. The finish is pretty and lingering though.
Rebuy – No

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