Friday, October 9, 2009

Old Platts

Whoa. These notes are at least a year old. Just found while cleaning.

My friends the Platts throw great dinner parties. They are very good cooks and company, so I never turn down an invite if I can help it.

N.V. Larmandier-Bernier Champagne 1er Cru Terre de Vertus
From magnum. Certainly my favorite wine from Larmandier and among my favorite Champagnes. Everything you expect from this wine. Driving and uncompromising with intensity and focus. Clean, pristine and gem-like. Yes.

2005 Paolo Bea Bianco Santa Chiara
I’m not the hugest fan of this wine. I liked it better when it was made straight and not as an orange wine. Maybe the grapes or the site don’t lend themselves to it. I’m not sure, but it doesn’t pick up the drive that good orange wines have.

2005 Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet Cuvée Granite
From magnum. Just awesome. Marc Olivier is a genius.

2006 Fèlsina Chianti Classico
The new vintage and seemingly good, but a little too young and grapey and unevolved to really get a read on. Two or three bottles thrown back uncritically.

1996 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Barbaresco Sori Paitin
I was thinking that this may be entering a good drinking phase and it is almost there. I liked the structure, but it wasn’t showing the aromatic evolution that I would like. I’d hold for a few more years to let that come out and by then it should be very good wine. Will probably continue to develop well for a good while.


tin said...

Interesting about Bea's Santa Chiara. Btw. any thoughts on Sagrantino, I had 03 recently...Powerful and complex to say the least...delicious.

the vlm said...


The Santa Chiara has been much better recently. I think the style is settling in.

The Sagrantino is a great wine. Had the 2003 not too long ago. Haven't had 2004 yet, but I can't imagine it isn't excellent.

It's $95 here, though.

tin said...

£38 here, so I guess around $60. However, well worth it...

Iuli said...

I'm shocked you were down with the Paitin. I've had terrible luck with this wine, especially the '96.

Tons of variation with most of them being woody and awkward with sweetish aroma like cherry coke.

Reminds me of the barbaresco version of Clerico "Ginestra" - There I said it!