Château De Lavernette Cuvée Jean Jacques De Boissieu Pouilly Fuisse 2013, Château du Tertre Margaux Grand Cru Classe 2013, Castello di Bossi Corbaia 2011, Raymond Usseglio Cuvée Impériale Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013.

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Château De Lavernette Cuvée Jean Jacques De Boissieu Pouilly Fuisse 2013


Colour: Pale straw

Nose: Sour green apple, unripe peach, light yeast, floral, crushed stone.

Palate: Dry, medium-bodied, high acidity. Green apples, pineapple, mineral.

Finish: Medium finish, pineapple.

Score: 77+/100

Decent Pouilly-Fuisse, the nose shows a lot of sour fruits, and touch of yeasty/bready aroma. Mouthwatering acidity, showing true to the nose with green apples and pineapple note, touch of minerality as well. Should develop well with a few more years in the cellar.


Château du Tertre Margaux Grand Cru Classe 2013


Colour: Clear medium ruby core

Nose: Juicy plum, black raspberry, touch of barnyard and forest floor.

Palate: Dry, medium bodied, medium+ acidity, medium+ tannins. Plum, blackberry, strawberry, salt.

Finish: Long finish, savoury, and a touch of pepper.

Score: 79+/100
The 2013 vintage of Chateau du Tertre is still quite young, and the colour was surprisingly light. The nose and palate is rather simple, and the structure isn’t there to support it. Fruit dominate, doesn’t have the complexity of a good Margaux even at this age. Approachable now but hold till 2020, would expect a shorter drinking window.


Castello di Bossi Corbaia 2011


Colour: Clear medium ruby core

Nose: Red cherry, light rubber band note, potpourri, dried apricot, orange peel, black tea.

Palate: Dry, medium+ bodied, medium+ acidity, medium+ tannins. Red cherry, salt, plum, pressed flower.

Finish: Medium+ finish, touch of mineral.

Score:84+/100

Well-made super Tuscan, very attractive nose of floral and dried fruit elements. Great structure and balance on the palate, the dark fruits and floral notes shows decent complexity. Could use a few more years for the notes to fully harmonize. Would hold till 2019-2020.


Raymond Usseglio Cuvée Impériale Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013


Colour: Clear dark purple core

Nose: Whiff of vanilla, strawberry gum, plum, touch of black currant leaf, pepper and touch of floral.

Palate: Dry, full-bodied, medium acidity, medium+ tannins. Mandarin orange peel, plum, raspberry, tree sapling, blackberry.

Finish: Medium+ finish, tree sapling, pepper.

Score:80+/100
Not my style of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, I prefer a less fruity, and more rustic style, preferably with smoky and meaty notes. But this does show decent depth and potential, above average complexity. On the fruity side. Approachable now or hold for 3-5 more years.

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