Unusual wine for tonight

Discussion in 'UK Wine Forum' started by Paul Anderson, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Visited a friend who recently purchased a holiday home in Provence yesterday and she was showing me some wines that the previous owner left behind in their cellar. One wine was several bottles of Chateauneuf du Pape 1976 Berard Pere et Fils (label below) and the other was something I'd never seen before and we are planning to open it tonight.
    It is a wine called Doudet Tradition from the Burgundy negociant Doudet-Naudin. It appears to be non-vintage, although '96' has been hand-written on the label (the label fell off pretty quickly so I suspect it has been in fairly dry storage). However, the level is about mid-neck so is fairly promising. I'm sorting of expecting it to be a Pinot Noir but not too sure, given it is a 'Vin de France' so might not even be from Burgundy. The bottle has a lot of crusted dust on it so I can't see if anything is on the cork.

    Chateauneuf du Pape 1976 Berard.JPG

    Doudet Tradition Doudet-Naudin.JPG

    All will be revealed fairly soon.
  2. Hope you don’t mind me piggybacking your thread, Paul!
    Tonight, 2009 Domaine Ilarria Irouléguy Cuvée Bixintxo. Popped & poured, only 25% Tannat (60% Cab Franc) & the definition of sturdy. Expect it will open out. Knocks spots off a recent Arretxea Haitza ‘09.
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  4. Thanks Claude
  5. A Doudet-Naudin vin de france Chardonnay a couple of years back was quite spectacularly disgusting, almost in the so bad it's good class.
  6. I opened it tonight after letting it stand upright for 24 hours. It was brownish-red in colour and had the distinctive strawberry and sous bois aromas of mature pinot noir. First taste was OK, perhaps slightly stewed and possibly past its best. I left it to stand in the opened bottle for a couple of hours and, going back to it, the stewed fruit flavour had disappeared and it seemed a bit more balanced. However, about another hour later it had become pretty ferrous, with a metallic taste in the mouth, which overpowered the strawberry and cherry fruit. Worth it for the experience, but the rest of the bottle went down the sink.
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  7. interesting to try Paul.

    Did you try the CNDP too? I always find it becomes a little muddy with that sort of age, not a bad wine but just a touch nondescript.
  8. Afraid not Chris, it was other friends who she gave the CNdP to. They appeared to like it, but are not into writing up TNs unfortunately.
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  10. First half appropriate thread I could locate.
    Mrs C came home & asked for something to drink on a 'dry night'. :eek:
    My 2nd from last needs-drinking-up wine.
    • 2014 Domaine Ilarria Irouléguy Blanc - France, Southwest France, Pays Basque, Irouléguy (30/01/2019)
      Buttercup yellow; mix of shale, pineapple, yellow flowers; verging on opulent, with counterbalancing cut, crisp fruit; clean vibrancy on positive, spicy finish. Very long. Drink now, but should easily hold 12+ months. (91 pts.)
    Posted from CellarTracker
  11. I've not had the wines of very many producers of Irouleguy - maybe half a dozen or so? - but Ilarria's are certainly the best I've had, both red and white. The white especially is a lovely wine.
  12. I too love Ilarria, despite the fact that others seem more “famous”. Had a wonderful older one last year.

    “Maybe half a dozen or so”...that may be not many producers for Burgundy, but pretty good for Irouléguy. I count myself as a lover of this appellation, in part because the region itself is just so beautiful, but I think I’ve only bought five producers here, plus one or two I drank there that I have no recollection what they were.
  13. Tom Cannavan

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    I love - and so identify - with this hopelessly romantic wine geekery: Paul opening a duff old bottle of plonk and lovingly returning to it again and again in the hope it will improve, noting every change, and finding it fascinating - before pouring it down the sink.

    Normal people would have cut out several stages of that process I suspect. :cool:

    (And yes, I've been there myself with so many old bottles :))
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  14. I never did like the "Go to jail, go straight to jail. Do not pass go" instructions in Monopole.
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  15. However, as for many a white Burgundy...…….straight to jail.
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