jamie goode's wine blog

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

L'Esprit de Font Caude Montpeyroux 2000 is tonight's tipple. It's one of those wines that really would have been better a couple of years ago. It's a serious, new wave Languedoc, which in its youth had plenty of impact - lots of sweet spicy red and black fruit. Now the fruit has faded and receded, a bit like a 35 year old bloke who's beginning to lose his hair. What's left is some meaty-edged sweet fruit, showing alcoholic heat together with an earthy minerality. It's an adequate drink, but it spent all its energy looking flashy in its youth, and now middle age approaches the cracks are beginning to show. Is this decline a result of the vintage, or the winemaking style. Dunno. Still, credit to Alain Chabanon for sourcing a near-perfect looking cork.


At 7:17 PM, Anonymous stephan reinhardt said...

Jamie, my bottle that I opend somewhat nervous (I bought some bottles some years ago) after I read your review yesterday wasn't THAT bad!

Meaty (beef mince; marinated lamb) as you said, yes - but an old bloke loosing his hairs? Too hard for my wisely smiling bottle.

It poured out a quite elegant wine with nice acidity and fine tannins, well balanced though not as powerful and enthusiastic as in its youth (by the way: a 2000 tasted in 2006 should not tell me anything about its youth: it should still be young and full of good hope. But this is an completely other story).

My Esprit displayed nice hints of fresh black and red berry fruit, defreezing cherries, red & harmless chilis, tobacco, hay, tarragon or cherviel, who cares... Black currants and a ripe sweetiness in the mouth, not very concentrated, not very long, but, hey, balanced and nice. Short finish though. Aus & vorbei.

Okay, anybody who is storing this bottle: go down into your cellar, take the wine out, open it and drink it matching cheese. But do it now! And then take another serious bottle and have fun.

At 2:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't often do this, but I am currently trying to find this wine, and am somewhat passionate about it at the moment. I do not know about the 00, but I pulled the cork on a btl. of the 97 amonth or so ago, and was immediatly disappointed, the wine was very tight and astringent, showing elevated tannins and nothing but minerals and licorice. So, it just got swept away as we moved it aside for bigger and better things...

Once forgotten about we discovered it again 2 evenings later, and figured what the hell...

This wine evolved into one of the most captivating wines I drank that week, which means also the most captivating in the last few months of 2006. The wine was all garique, real funky and meaty, smoke, soy, leather, and tons of burnung rosemary, lavander, thyme, with notes of blood and iron, all kept in balance by the taste of powdered minerals. Holy shit the wine was great.

So any one wants to get rid of any, let me know...cbates@dosbrisas.com

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I'm beginning to wonder whether my bottle got cooked somewhere on its way to me.

It's available from Grand Cru wines LTD (google them...)

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