Today we had a nice small tasting of a few wines imported by Vin Nature.
Marcel Deiss Pinot Blanc Bergheim 2003
Apple pie and red fruit on the nose - quite interesting actually. Very full bodied palate, oily, very alcoholic (tastes much more than the 14% it says on the label). There are some attractive aromatics, but the textures don't work for me.
Marcel Deiss Gewürztraminer Saint-Hippolyte 2004
A little bit candied nose, but true to the grape and with - I admit - some very attractive mineral tones. Plump, sweetish palate but balanced enough thanks to some grip. I don't usually care for Deiss's style, but this was ok in small doses.
Domaine Ganevat Côtes du Jura Les Grands Teppes Vieilles Vignes 2004
This smells clean, un-funky and un-oxidised, yet it still has interesting character and shows pretty Chardonnay fruit. I feel that there is perhaps a touch more oak influence than necessary, but the oak isn't offensive. The palate shows some of the wild character I hope to see in Jura with healthy and bright acidity, rather strong tannins for a white, and lots of citrussy fruit. I like it!
Stéphane Tissot Arbois Les Graviers 2004
This totally rocks! The nose is pleasantly funky and screams Jura at me, yet it is still at the same time a very pure expression of the Chardonnay grape. The palate has arresting grip, good acidity, surprisingly firm tannins for a white wine and lots of citrussy fruit and that flor-like aroma of Fino sherry. The aftertaste last forever. I love this wine.
Robert Plageoles Muscadelle Gaillac Doux 2006
A very attractive nose of honey and some spice, but despite these "heavy" elements it promises freshness on the palate. And the promise is fulfilled: very sweet but crunchy acidity, very moreish despite the sugar. Nice!