Few of us gathered at ES to quench our thirst. Normally some younger vintage will be popped but today is a little bit special, we had 3bottles of wines from the 80s, with a unexpected ‘LABELS’, 2007, in the line up. We had some lovely food too, thanks to Mr. H!
Both 1986 Fieuzal and Villemaurine still pretty palatable with the 1986 Leroy a disappointment. 2007 Sine Qua Non Syrah Labels generated the most discussion, especially if its worth the asking price. Served blind and we thought it was a Rhone, and when we were given the question: How much would you pay for this? Well, the lowest was $60 and the highest was about $120… which were far off from the actual price…… A friend of mine commented that this is still too young and not fair to do the justice.
To me, it is yes and no. Yes, it is young and it MIGHT turn out to be a better wine which MIGHT be eventually show it is worth the asking price or even out-performed, but who know? No, to apply the quote from Monsieur Louis Michel from Comte Liger-Belair: If the wine is good, it will be good when young and even better with proper age………. So, conclusion is: to re-taste this wine again in another 5-7yrs, Ha! It was definitely a treat to have a SQN on the table in this casual session though.
Flight 1: The 80s
- Alcohol :: 12%
Light brownish hue with light ruby core. Leather, gravel, creme de cassis and damp earth. Well integrated, fully mature with blackberry acidity, a little touch o tannin, bright and fresh with sweet blackberry fruits, delicious with dried tea leave linger on the medium length finish. A wine that is quite straight forward and drinking beautifully now. Drink up.
1983 Château Villemaurine – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
- Alcohol :: 12%
High tones spices, earth, mineral, plum with a whiff of alcohol that distract a bit. Tasted old, fully mature with dusty, musky character. Rich on the palate, integrated, coffee and milk chocolate after taste. Again, this is quite straight forward but perhaps offer better flavors complexity than the Fieuzal. With time, the fruits started to fade with bitter finish. Drink up.
Brick red. Sweet red cherry fruits with damp earth, autumn leaves. Quite lean on the palate, with damp earth, fresh acid and dusty tannin, sour plum, short length. The mid palate gain a little bit of sweetness from the fruits and slightly longer finish with some aeration, but nothing more. Quite anonymous. Worth to mention that the wine is still fresh and not really in the secondary stage, or it will never be.
- Alcohol :: 15.3%
89% Syrah, 7% Grenache, and 4% Viognier
Opague purplish color. Deep, broad shoulder nose of kirch liquor, blue flower, liquorice, still restraint and tight, this was so 2007 CDP! Everyone shouted so. Opulent, rich on the palate with concentrated sweet dark fruits, layer of spices, kirsch liquor, milk chocolate and grounded coffee bean. Tannin and oak is well integrated and alcohol is very well cover by the concentration of fruits on the mid palate, absolute a stunner for 15.3%. However, there is slight heat appeared on the medium length finish. A well-made wine, however, thanks to the Ode to E that I had last year which strike me like a thunder and made this wine rather simple and less exciting in SQN standard.
2005 Vincent Girardin Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes-Dessus – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
- Oak, cold herb and spices with ripe yellow fruits and huge mineral backbone that has very light edge. Very clean on the palate, good concentration of fruits that well balance with the oak influence spicy flavor and slight sharp mineral, kinda one dimension. The finishing is more interesting, with mineral, lemon like flavors that lingered. I thought this was a very good Meursault village from 2005 vintage.