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Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry and liquorice. Iodine, too. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with such energy and focus. Touch of chewiness on the finish. A complex and complete wine that delivers a generosity with firmness. Drink in 2021 but already a classic to drink. 100 points.
Domaine Zind Humbrecht Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain 2016
Super smoky with enormous depth, but also incredibly precise and pristine with a saltysavoury-mineral finish that doesn’t want to stop. In spite of that unique personality and a couple of decades of ageing potential, it’s so easy to enjoy right now. 99 points.
Intensity and clarity of fruit is so insane. Blackberry, spices such as clove, blueberry, sandalwood and dried lavender. Full body and such a beautiful, dense centre palate with perfectly polished tannins. Extremely long and beautiful. One of the best young Montroses in a long, long time. Drink in 2024. 98 points
Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015
This has a dark fruit, blueberry and blue plum nose with wide-swinging tannins. Some white-peppery elements, violet, brooding dark spices, blue fruit and dark plum. Builds from the ground up. Dark stone. Impressive, powerful wine. Drink from 2025. 97 points
Quintessa Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015
Aromas of blue fruit, blackberry, tile and lead pencil. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh, bright finish. Layered and intense with white pepper and salt undertones. Love the finish to this racy young wine. Beautiful blue fruit. Drink in 2020 and onwards. 97 points
The dried flowers are wonderful in this, with a violet and rose petal character. Dark fruit, too. Full body, dense and chewy, with dusty texture from the ripe tannins. This has an energy and focus that keeps your attention. Better in 2020 but great to taste already. 97 points
Domaine Valentin Zusslin Pinot Noir Alsace Bollenberg 2015
Very fine bouquet with so many subtle berry and herbal notes. A super-elegant wine that charms you into thinking it doesn’t have a super-firm backbone, then announces its greatness at the stunning finish. You could drink it now, but it will give so much more pleasure in five, 10 or more years. 95 points
This really develops wonderfully in the glass, starting out earthy with mushrooms and spices and then turning to dark fruit such as blackberry and blackcurrant. Full-bodied, very intense and minerally. Firm and silky tannins and a long, long finish. Drink in 2022. 95 points