96 La Turque, 95 La Mouline, 95 Chave, 98 Le Meal Rouge and 97 Blanc

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Paul Curtis
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96 La Turque, 95 La Mouline, 95 Chave, 98 Le Meal Rouge and 97 Blanc

Postby Paul Curtis » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:36 am

On hols and tried the 96 La Turque. Sommelier opened at 6.15pm and we started drinking at 8.15pm. Vanilla totally dominated the nose! It faded slightly as the usual bacon fat, meat and red cherries tried to get a look in. By 9pm caramel was competing with the vanilla but by 9.30pm the fruit was fading, exposing dry tannins.

Has anyone experienced anything like this before? I assumed a 96 would be approaching 'last orders' but not 'last rites'?

We started with the 97 Le Meal Blanc, great rec by the Som. So complex with exotic mix of orange marmalade, candied fruit, peaches, pears, spice. Having another bottle tonight!

Chave 95 lovely. Tannins perfectly integrated, lovely fresh fruit, perfect balance - absolutely in the zone albeit not a powerhouse.

The 95 La Mouline absolutely different planet to the Turque. Ticked all the boxes - complex floral nose of earthy bacon fat, cherries and red fruits. Delicious opulent silky fresh fruits.

Bit more complex than the Chave and my preference altho I loved the Chave.

The Chapoutier Le Meal took over 5 hours to open up and the tannins soften. Turned into a lovely wine but a bit muted compacted to the others, however reflected in the price.

So far Mouline 95 the runaway winner and La Turque 96 a long way behind in last place.

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Re: 96 La Turque, 95 La Mouline, 95 Chave, 98 Le Meal Rouge and 97 Blanc

Postby Jeff Leve » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:29 am

Hey Paul

Thanks for posting! I am so with you on those 1995 Guigal wines. 1995 La Mouline just rocks!

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Re: 96 La Turque, 95 La Mouline, 95 Chave, 98 Le Meal Rouge and 97 Blanc

Postby Paul Curtis » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:22 pm

Thanks Jeff.

Any idea why the 96 La T should nose so strongly of vanillin? Had the 96 La Landonne a couple of days later and no obvious vanillin.

Assuming a duff bottle but what causes the wine to turn vanilla! Very atypical for a La La.

Thanks

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Re: 96 La Turque, 95 La Mouline, 95 Chave, 98 Le Meal Rouge and 97 Blanc

Postby Michael Allen » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:36 pm

I'm not Jeff, but they do use 100% new oak and it can take some time for the oak to completely fade. I wish I could taste them more often to know for sure, but we seldom see the in our circle. :(


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