Sunday, May 13, 2018

Vinosphere, Part 1 - White Wines

At Vinosphere, a number of importers and distributors come together with a few prestigious wineries to showcase their premium wines. It is a big event, with over 200 wines to taste. I selected a bit more than 40. Here are my brief comments on the white wines I tried.

- Thomas Wines, 2017 Braemore Semillon: disappointing, less precision and drive than usual (90 p)
- Schaller, 2016 1er cru Vaucoupin Chablis: delicate, balanced, lacks impact (92 p)
- Dawson James, 2015 Chardonnay: a big wine, citrus, tropical, oak noticeable (92 p)
- Bindi, 2016 Quartz Chardonnay: fresh, very elegant, pear, apple, great length (95 p)
- Curly Flat, 2015 Chardonnay: big wine, grapefruit, good mouthfeel and length (not my style) (95 p)
- Bass Phillip, 2016 Estate Chardonnay: citrus, delicate, a bit broad (92 p)
- Bass Phillip, 2015 Premium Chardonnay: a bit closed, jasmin, flowers, citrus, minerality, complex, acidity (94 p)
- Quinta Do Crasto,  2016 Superior Branco: similar to Chablis, minerality, a bit broad (92 p)
- Lucien Muzard, 2016 Chassagne-Montrachet: elegant, lingering, lacks acidity (93 p)
- Serge Dagueneau, 2015 Pouilly-Fumé: apple, a bit flabby (90 p)
- Scorpo, 2016 Pinot Gris: bigger style, citrus, spicy, good balance, perfect acidity (93 p)
- Dr Buerklin-Wolf, 2016 Altenburg Riesling: citrus, apple, fruity but dry, clean finish (93 p)
-Mader, 2015 Pinot Gris GC Schlossberg: big, fruity, spicy (92 p)
-Mader, 2016 Gewuerz GC Rosacker: big, sweetness, a bit of spice (92 p)

Overall, a strong showing without absolute standouts.

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