Six unmissablenectars!

Le Sommelier suggests six gourmet Crus to savour now, or to integrate in your cellar!
2017-03-01
Wine Review

ANSGAR CLUSSERATH, Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spätlese 2014, Germany

The Riesling Trittenheimer Apotheke Spätlese from Ansgar Clusserath offers the ripe aromas and textures typical of late harvest grapes. Notes of candied citrus (orange, grapefruit), a creamy sap and a magnificent acidity illuminate the flavours as only the big Rieslings know how to do. An intense, fresh wine, already full of brilliance but with great potential for laying-down. Wonderful with Tarte Flambée, Grilled Veal or Vacherin.

DARIO PRINČIČ, Jakot 2011, Italy

Dario Prinčič, a leading figure in the world of natural wines, revisits in this Jakot, the complex, ambiguous and surprising character of what has come to be called "orange wines", whites of amber colour that result from a long maceration of the grape skins. In this case, Prinčič also benefits from the rich expression offered in the vineyards of the north-eastern tip of Italy. The Friulano variety, with a maceration of 20 days on the skins, provides rich notes of ripe white fruit (apricot), exotic spices and smoky accents, with a delicious texture and good persistence in the mouth. Pair this with monkfish, aged Comté or an apple clafoutis.

MAS ESTELA, Vi de Lluna 2007, Spain

Vi Lluna is a blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah. Grapes of perfect maturity explain the magnitude and power of a nose that is full of ripe fruit, cocoa and spice. Powerful and warm, the mouth is in the same vein, offering a voluptuous roundness and flavours of a beautiful sweetness. The Mas Estela Vi de Lluna, signs another beautiful cuvée, with its well-tempered Mediterranean character. Perfect with Maroilles Tarte, Fillet of Venison or Bleu d'Auvergne.

PINTIA, Toro 2011, Spain

The Alvaréz family, owner of Vega Sicilia, has extended its know-how to the region of Toro where it produces this powerful and elegant wine from old plantations of Tinta de Toro. The deep colour of this Pintia announces an intense nose, marked by the very ripe black fruit, liquorice, violet and roasted spice. In the mouth, beautiful powerful tannins melt in a fleshy and concentrated material. Powerful and refined, Pintia is one of the great successes of the appellation. Superb with rack of lamb, squid ink pasta or chocolate and raspberry tartlets.

VAJRA, Barolo Bricco delle Viole 2012, Italy

The property of a passionate winemaker’s family, Vajra is around 40 hectares and located in the western part of the commune of Barolo, in the town of Vergne. With 400 m of altitude, the varieties Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera mature later than in other part of Piedmont. Hence the wines of Vajra are particularly fresh, endowed with a well presented and balanced acidity and a great aromatic richness. The Bricco delle Viole is made from the oldest Nebbiolo vines on the property and is stored for 3 years in Slovenian oak casks and 10% in French oak. Great pairing with cep risotto, roasted pigeon or Gorgonzola.

WEINGUT SCHLOSS LIESER, Riesling Spätlese Trocken 2015, Germany

The Riesling from Schloss Lieser opens on a perfumed nose, between peach, mirabelle and nectarine. With a fine texture, nice acidity, and sweet flavours, this Riesling has the ideal balance, is classically mineral, and already terribly seductive. Excellent with tuna carpaccio, lobster salad or Rochebaron.

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