Some great wines at lunch, including Cristal, Faiveley Corton and Schlumberger GC Saering

roederer cristal

After judging the Roederer Awards on Tuesday, we repaired to Chez Buce, where – naturally – we popped a couple of bottles of Roederer’s Cristal. This was followed up with some other gems from the Roederer portfolio (they own MMD, who distribute Roederer and other wines in the UK). Yes, these bottles were a little young, but they were delicious.

Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal 2005 France
This is wonderfully taut and vivid with flavours of grapefruit, lemon and subtle toast, with some pear and peach richness. It’s powerful and lively, with beautiful focus and real complexity. But the overall feel is one of delicacy and precision. 94/100
schlumberger riesling saering

Schlumberger Riesling Grand Cru Saering 2008 Alsace, France
This dry Riesling is beginning to drink now, but it is built for the long haul. Very fresh and bright with lemony fruit and a subtle creaminess. Nicely textured with a dry, mineral character. Very persistent and focused with purity and concentration. 93/100
Faiveley Corton

Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Monopole Clos des Cortons 2007 Burgundy, France
So young, but more approachable than you’d expect at this stage, especially for Faively. Lovely aromatics of spice and earth with some herbs and some bright cherry fruit. Fresh, supple, spicy berry fruits on the palate with a bit of earthy structure and some lively pepperiness. Seamless integration of ripe cherries, spice and minerals, with great definition and good structure. Very stylish wine. 95/100

Castiglion Del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Tuscany, Italy
Sweet, pure black cherry and plum fruit with some spice and mineral notes. A ripe, textured wine that’s rich yet balanced, with hints of leather and herbs. 92/100

Ramos Pinto Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009 Douro, Portugal
Sweet, ripe, spicy and rich with warm, sleek blackberry and black cherry fruit. A rich, sweet wine with freshness and purity. 91/100

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