Preamble Tasting October 2001 
Terroirs Wine & Food Evening
Sean & Francoise Gilley

1. Chateau de la Ragotiere, Muscadet de Sevre et Main sur lie, 1999
Pale, greenish tinge.  V. little nose, very dry, crisp, cutting.  this is Melon de Bourgogne from 100 year old vines, vinified in barriques and aged on its lees.  Went exceptionally well with tuna - definitely good with oily fish.  A pleasant change from some of the over lean Muscadet of recent years. 12%

2. Gran Araucano Chardonnay, Colchagua, Chile, 1999
Lemony appearance, lovely slightly oaky nose, with melons and tropical fruits.    On the palate; fruit, new oak, quite a burn, lime and pineapple?  Lovely finish  Lipsmackin' and not too up front.13%.  Made by Jean and Francois Lurton, Sean says that it's restrained, Fench style.  I disagree, I thought it definitely up-front, big, new world.  Smoked trout showed it off beautifully. 

3. Kean-Marc Boillot,  Rully Premier Cru, Bourgogne, 1998
Hint of dilvery lime, lovely smoky nose with fruit and a hint of flowers.  Dry, a little butterscotch, fresh sruit, creamy, elegant, 13%.  Lovely wine, changes from start to long, long, finish.  To age 5-8 years.  So much better tha the previous, and well-worth the price difference.  Try with goat's cheese.

4. Pierre Gaillard, Syrah, N. Rhone, 2000
Slightly murky reddish purple.  Not very discernable nose (some said spicy).  A little light, but smooth, hint of chocolate, no pepper, smooth finish. 12%  2000 is said to be a magnificent vintage in the Rhone.  This is made from a blend from old vines from Condrieu and St. Joseph, all hand-picked.  Aged in oak, in a mixture of large and small barriques, for 6-8 months. Supple tannins.  Good drinking wine.  Went well with olives.

5. Michele et Patrice Rion, Bourgogne Les Bon Batons, 1999
Light, clean with a rubbery nose.  Thought maybe a hint of Irancy, Gamay.  Warm, balanced, long, witha buzz at the end.  A little strawberry.  100% Pinot from clay and stone soil.  Good price for a very good Burgundy.  Give it a few more years.  Exquisite with pheasant pate.

6. Ch. Lestage-Simon, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Medoc, 1998
Deep rich red.  Warm, soft nose.  Condensed milk, lots of fruitcake, damson, crunchy tannins and burn.  Will need maybe five years, Very well made wine.  68% Merlot, 27% Cab Sauvignon, 5% Cab Franc.  With duck rillette.

7. Cave de Castelmaure, Grande Cuvee, Corbieres, 1999
Rich, dark clean red with a purple rim.  Warm, some rubber, cherries on the nose.  Palate of cherries, bramble, good acid, some burn hint of sweetness. 45% Aged in large vats and small barriques.  Won gold medal at Macon.  Very pleasant, will age nicely.Grenache Noir, 45% Syrah, 10% Carignan.  13% 

8. Ochoa Reserva, Navarra, Spain, 1998
Almost Cahors-like dark red.  Rich, weighty nose of prunes.  Jammy, loads of good tannins, fruit, violets, some sugar.  13.5%  Very nice - even at 20 - but something (ever so slightly) missing.  Aged 18 months in new oak.  Syrah, Grenache, Carignan.  Great with Comte cheese.


9. Fisher Vineyards, "Coach Insignia", Napa Valley, 1997
Quite unctuous looking, deep, sl. murky red.  Very cdumb, some oak.  Rich, vanilla, berry fruit, tannins and condensed milk.14%.  Very nice but too expensive.  Classic Bordeaux blend - 77% Cab Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Cab Franc.  Comes 77% from Napa and 23% from Sonoma.  Went wonderfully well with Michel Cuizel chocolate.

10. Rockford Basket Pressed Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 1996
Rich, clear mid-red.  Nose difficult to pin down:  slightly medicinal and a hint of Italian about it. Incredibly rich, forest fruit, berries, pepper, spice, port characteristics. 14.5%  Made by Robert (Rocky) O'Callaghan, it is big, elegant (maybe a bit over-baked, according to Sean).  Good wine but I wouldn't rave about it.  Don't think it will last the ten years it claims.  Also went wonderfully well with even darker Michel Cuizel chocolate.


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