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November 20, 2015

Altaya tasting 2015

Altaya Wines annual tasting.

2012 Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet - a hint of toast, a bit flinty, with lemon.

2012 Vincent Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet - nose was more open, with more toast, more lemon, and more flint.  Sharper nose, with more acidity here but reasonably round on the palate.

2012 Vincent Girardin Meursault - more flint here, a little pungent. Leaner on the palate, with good acidity balance.

2012 Vincent Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Le Cailleret - nose was more open and beautiful, with more butter, vanilla, and ripeness.

2012 Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne - more sweetness and ripeness, beautiful!  Bigger nose of toast.

2012 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Uchizy - fruitier, more tropical, with flint.  Slightly lean on the grippy finish.

2012 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine - more pungent with lots of oak, slightly rounder on the palate.

2012 Comte Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Charmes - nice nose of lemon citrus, a bit of toast and flint.  Kinda lean on the palate.

2013 Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc - very sweet and tropical nose of peach and lychees, with some minerals.  A little ripe on the palate.

2012 Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc - bigger nose, more pungent, less fruit but still with lychee and stone fruit notes.  Rounder and sweeter on the palate.

2012 Les Hauts de Smith Blanc - lemon, pipi de chat, muscat grapes, minerals, and flinty.  First whiff was pungent, then suddenly very perfumed.  Light and lovely on the palate.

2012 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc - nose was more open and elegant, with lemon, muscat grape, and a bit of pipi de chat but less pungent.  Nice and buttery.

2014 Rolf Binder Chardonnay Selection - very oaky, with lots of vanilla and toast, very ripe and sweet, and very tropical nose.

2014 Burge Family Semillon Olive Hill - a little sharp, some plastic notes, a bit metallic, crisp with good acidity balance.

2010 Burge Family Semillon Olive Hill - much bigger nose of plastic and wax, a little flinty.  Really good balance on the palate.

2014 Peter Michael L'Après-Midi - still very new, nose was not quite balanced and a little out of joint.  Oaky with vanilla notes.

2013 Peter Michael La Carrière - sweet nose with tropical stone fruits, mineral.  A little bitter finish.

2013 Peter Michael Ma Belle-Fille - toasty, buttery, very ripe.  Nice and sweet on the palate.

2002 Salon - nose was nice and sweet, and caramelized, with nice toast.

2008 Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs - nice mousse, with caramelized nose and nice toast.  Sweeter than expected for a blanc de blancs.

2004 Pol Roger Brut - lots of toast, nutty, caramelized with notes of Chinese licorice, nice and mineral, almost salty plum.  Drinking beautifully now.

2006 Pol Roger Rosé - moussy.  This was OK.

Pol Roger Rich - a demi-sec.  Definitely richer and sweeter on the palate.

2011 BOND St. Eden - a little young.  Oaky, a little bit of smoke, sweet.  Lovely.

2011 BOND Quella - softer, more fragrant, oaky, and sweet.

2011 BOND Vecina - oaky, sweet and ripe on the palate.

2011 Peter Michael Les Pavots - served from decanter.  Very fragrant, with smoky and leather notes.

2010 Troplong Mondot - very fragrant with cedar notes.

2006 Climens - nice and grapey, with plenty of honey and marmalade.

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