Some nice wines from specialist importer Tiger Vines


Some nice wines from specialist importer Tiger Vines

A while back I had a chance to try some wines from specialist importer Tiger Vines, which I wrote up here. I recently caught up with James Thomas again, and he was showing the following wines. These are my notes: some real gems here.

Domaine de la Roche Bleue Jasnieres 2016 Loire, France
Organic, 13% alcohol. Sebastien Corneille. Stony, detailed and complex with lively citrus fruit and some apple notes. Nice precision here with lovely mineral detail. Dry, textured and mineral with a linear drive. Quite serious. 93/100

L&C Poitout Petit Chablis Sycomore 2017 Burgundy, France
Full and quite intense with nice pear and white peach fruit, with richness but also a nice stony, mineral core. This is so lively and multidimensional and transposes the appellation. Delicious but also with some seriousness. 92/100

Storm Notary Public White 2014 Santa Ynez Valley, California
60% Sauvignon, 40% Chenin Blanc, 13.5% alcohol. This is supple and mineral with lovely balance. It has citrus core with some fresh, but full flavoured and generously textured, with a grainy, fleshy, supple finish. Lots of detail and focus here. 93/100

Champagne Mouzon Leroux L’Atavique NV
Mostly 2013, with 2012 and 2011. All Grand Cru, with lots of silex in the soils. Complex and pure with some cherry and citrus fruit, and nice open, generosity. Has crispness and focus with great balance. Linear with a nice citrus finish. So good. 93/100

Vaquer Blanc de Blancs 1991 Vin de Pays Catalan, France
Nutty, mature, appley on the nose. Waxy, herby and mature on the palate with nice depth. Has richness and it’s still alive. 91/100

Fernand Vaquer Rouge 1986 Vin de Pays Catalan
Grainy and detailed with nice fresh raspberry fruit, despite its age. Nicely savoury with some herb, earth and spice notes. Has a delicious savouriness. This is in a nice place now. 92/100

Domaine de la Roche Bleue La Belle d’Aunis 2017 Loire, France
This is fresh, supple and juicy with nice raspberry and cherry fruit. Fine-grained and detailed with vivid, sappy, structured bright red fruits and a nice peppery edge. So supple and drinkable. 94/100

Storm Pinot Noir Duvarita Vineyard 2014 Santa Barbara County, California
Iron-rich sandy soils, biodynamically farmed, 20% whole cluster, older oak. Lovely vivid red and black cherry nose with some tea leaf detail. Ripe, sweet, textured palate with vivid raspberry and cherry fruit, with some depth and a long, sweet finish. Very fine. 94/100

La Baronne Pièce de Roche 2013 Corbières, France
Carignan planted in 1892. Tight, backward, grippy and savoury with some high acidity. Very lively and firmly structured with good density and firm tannins. Needs time: this is a backward, structured personality. 92/100

Arbe Garbe Bernandants Charbono Shypoke Vineyard 2016 Napa Valley, California
Rich, sweet and dense with ripe blackberry fruit with some coffee and spice notes. Rich and tannic but with nice sweet fruit and some Christmas cake hints and tea. Carries its 15% alcohol well. Very rich. 92/100

Il Padrino by Paul Lato Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard 2016 Santa Maria Valley, California
15% alcohol. Ripe, sweet and seductive with luscious blackberry and black cherry fruit. Very rich with a hint of chocolate and spice, and a smooth, seductive personality. Very rich and smooth with incredible concentration of ripe fruit. This is a wine in a certain style, but it’s very well made. Too rich and ripe for me, but I admire the skill and quality on show here. 93/100

Contact: Tiger Vines
James Thomas: 07540199908

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