After a nice tromp up Mount Caburn, near Glynde, we stopped in Symposium in Lewes for a bit of cheese, cured meats and wine. The other half had a 2015 Cabernet/Merlot blend from Plantagenet, and I had a 2016 Pecorino by Ciù Ciù, followed by a 2016 Plantagenet ‘Three Lions’ Pinot Noir, which was surprisingly fragrant and well structured.
This evening we decided to open the fourth bottle from our vertical case of Chateau de Beaulieu. This is the 2008 bottle:
So far, we loved the 2011 and 2010 and were less enamoured with the 2009, which we found quite underwhelming. The 2008 is probably closer in profile to the 2011. It seemed a little reticent at first, but slowly beginning to reveal developed notes of dried berries, tobacco, cedar, incense, black pepper and balsamic notes too. The palate – like the nose – is quite ‘shy’ and restrained, but there is still good amount of acidity, coupled with smooth and slightly grainy tannins. Finish is medium.
This wine is probably at its peak now – despite the lively acidity, I don’t see it developing much more. I would love to see how it matches with our lamb hotpots! I sense the husband is more enthusiastic about it than me, although it is growing on me slowly with every sip. A slow burner, then, like the 2011.
Happy Saturday, all!