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    cwdjrxyz Guest

    Default TN: 2 very unusual older wines

    I have been tasting some unusual older wines for which I kept a bottle
    or two of each to see how they would hold up with age. If served
    blind, I doubt if many could even come close to guessing what they
    are.

    Condrieu Viognier 1989, E. Guigal: Like most modern Viogniers, this
    wine faded much after about 3 years and was not very interesting.
    However with very long aging it did not decline more, but developed in
    a very interesting way. It now is more like an old traditional
    Northern Rhone white such as produced in Hermatage or Cote
    Rotie(unfortunately some Northern Rhone whites do not age so long and
    well these days).

    Nuits Saint Georges La Perriere 1983, Domaine Henry Gouges: This is a
    white wine that comes from a mutation of Pinot Noir in Gouges
    vineyard, not a Chardonnay. It might taste closest to a still Blanc de
    Noir Champagne without aging on the lees, but I can not be sure,
    because I have never seen such a wine for sale. The wine has held up
    very well with age. There were tartrate crystals on the cork. The fill
    was very high, there was no oxidation, and there was clean acid. The
    color was fairly light yellow, and the wine was very clear.

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    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: TN: 2 very unusual older wines

    On Friday, July 6, 2012 5:28:43 PM UTC-4, cwdjrxyz wrote:
    > I have been tasting some unusual older wines for which I kept a bottle
    > or two of each to see how they would hold up with age. If served
    > blind, I doubt if many could even come close to guessing what they
    > are.
    >
    > Condrieu Viognier 1989, E. Guigal: Like most modern Viogniers, this
    > wine faded much after about 3 years and was not very interesting.
    > However with very long aging it did not decline more, but developed in
    > a very interesting way. It now is more like an old traditional
    > Northern Rhone white such as produced in Hermatage or Cote
    > Rotie(unfortunately some Northern Rhone whites do not age so long and
    > well these days).
    >
    > Nuits Saint Georges La Perriere 1983, Domaine Henry Gouges: This is a
    > white wine that comes from a mutation of Pinot Noir in Gouges
    > vineyard, not a Chardonnay. It might taste closest to a still Blanc de
    > Noir Champagne without aging on the lees, but I can not be sure,
    > because I have never seen such a wine for sale. The wine has held up
    > very well with age. There were tartrate crystals on the cork. The fill
    > was very high, there was no oxidation, and there was clean acid. The
    > color was fairly light yellow, and the wine was very clear.


    The "Pinot Gouges" mutation is always interesting, though I've never had one with that much age. Thanks for notes!

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