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Mature wines

Depending on the producer, the vintage and the region, the definition of  mature wines ranges from 10 to 100 years.

The aromas in a mature wine are blackberries, cherry, plum and cassis fade while notes of tobacco, truffle, earth, smoke, cedar wood, cigar box and forest floor begin to emerge. This happens as the wine shits from its youth to mat...

Depending on the producer, the vintage and the region, the definition of  mature wines ranges from 10 to 100 years.

The aromas in a mature wine are blackberries, cherry, plum and cassis fade while notes of tobacco, truffle, earth, smoke, cedar wood, cigar box and forest floor begin to emerge. This happens as the wine shits from its youth to maturity, when the initial, primary fruit and grapey characteristics shift to the wines secondary or tertiary profile.

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  • 1989

    In Bordeaux, a great vintage with an abundant harvest. Wile the cabernet were generally successful, the Merlots were more irregular. The 1989, which present exceptional tannic power, are low-acid and alcoholic wines with lively aromas reminiscent of perfectly ripened grapes.

    Best wines from the vintage 1989:

    Extraordinary wines: Château Haut Brion 1989, Mission Haut Brion 1989, Château Clinet 1989, Château Petrus 1989, Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Collina Rionda 1989, Château Lynch Bages 1989

    Outstanding wines: Corton Charlemagne Domaine Coche Dury 1989, Château Montrose 1989, Barolo Monprivato 1989 Guiseppe Mascarello, Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva 1989, Château d'Yquem 1989, Gaja Sperss 1989

  • 1995

    In Bordeaux, an abundant and great vintage. Overall the red wines were successful, especially the merlot based-efforts and the Cabernet wines which are wonderfully aromatic and expressive. The 1995s, which can be compared to 1990s, will be long-lived, as suggested by their structure, balance and harmony.

    In Burgundy, by contrast to the vintage 1996, the 1995s are more obvious in their expression of the ripe fruit flavors but less active and less refined in tannins.

    In California, even if most of them should have been consumed, the vintage 1995 is one the finest vintage in the 1990s. For Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, 1995 is and outstanding vintage.

    Best wines from the vintage 1995:

    Extraordinary wines: Domaine C. Dugat Griotte Chambertin 1995, Harlan Estate 1995, Ermitage le Pavillon 1995 Chapoutier, Screaming Eagle 1995, Montrachet 1995 Romanée Conti, Côte Rôtie La Turque 1995 Guigal, Amarone Dal Forno 1995, La Tache 1995.

    Outsanding wines: Vega Sicilia Unico 1995, Amarone Riserva 1995 Quintarelli, Hermitage 1995 Chave, Château Clinet 1995.

  • 2002

    In Bordeaux, an elitist vintage, 2002 was favourable to vinterns who care for quality.

    Best wines from the vintage 2002:

    Extraordinary wines: Chardonnay 2002 Marcassin, La Muse Verite 2002, Astralis 2002 Clarendon Hills, Chevalier Montrachet 2002 domaine d’Auvenay, Mazis Chambertin 2002 domaine d’Auvenay.

    Outsanding wines: Jim Barry The Armagh 2002, Penfolds Grange 2002, Bollinger Vieilles Vignes 2002, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2002.

  • 1996

    In Bordeaux, another great vintage thanks to an exceptionally good weather. Overall, the Merlots and Cabernets presented extraordinary potentiel. The wines are dense, but balanced, with the required qualities for long-term cellaring.

    In Australia, the vintage 1996 is a fine year in which the wines are beginning to peak.

    Best wines from the vintage 1996:

    Extraordinary wines: Château Latour 1996, Château Lafite 1996, Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996, Clos de la Roche 1996 – Leroy, Amarone Dal Forno 1996, Château Margaux 1996

    Outsanding wines:Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 1996 (Red Label Riserva), Krug 1996.

  • 2004

    In Bordeaux, only Châteaux that severly cropthinned and made strict selection produced very good wines.

    Best wines from the vintage 2004:

    Extraordinary wines : Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite 2004 (blanc), Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 2004, Pingus 2004, Standish Shiraz / Viognier The Relic 2004.

    Outsanding wines: Torbreck Run Rig 2004, Jim Barry The Armagh 2004, Harlan Estate 2004, Penfolds grange 2004, Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili (Red Label Riserva) 2004, Amarone Dal Forno 2004.

  • 2006

    In Bordeaux, 2006 is a tannic, structured vintage that will require considerable aging. However, unlike the vintages 1986 and 1996, the 2006 Médocs will be more approchable in  their youth.

    The Pomerol and the Graves are the best regions in Bordeaux in 2006.

    2006 is a superb vintage for the northern Rhone's white wines (Hermitage).

    Best wines from the vintage 2006:

    Extraordinary wines: Masseto 2006, Ermitage les Griffieux Chapoutier 2006, Ermitage l’Ermite (blanc) 2006, Astralis Clarendon Hills 2006, Chateauneuf du Pape reserve Domaine Chapoutier 2006.

    Outsanding wines: Penfolds grange 2006, Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des deux frères 2006, Pingus 2006, Barolo riserva 2006 Giacomo Conterno, Ausone 2006.



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