Monday, May 25, 2009

Grande Provence - A Blend of Noble Red Varietals 86 - 88 Points

2005 Grande Provence - A Blend of Noble Red Varietals 86 – 88 Points

Clear ruby red with slight brown rim.

Fragrant with notes of seductive ripe blackcurrant, cassis, plums, and dark chocolate.

Complex spicy minty character intermingle with hints of bourbon vanilla, lends uber appeal
Intense, broad mouth feels, textured, minerally stony essence, torrefied coffee beans, with pronounce lead pencil, might suggest a high percentage of Petit Verdot, the tannins are ripe and grainy, with no sign of greenness here, elegant, has substance and lush, the fruit concentration as well as purity is amazingly intense, and saturated.

Impressive lingering finish.

Unfined and unfiltered, to retain it’s true integrity, needs serious decanting if want to enjoy now, but will be better with +/- 3 years cellaring, will peak around 2017+, but may be enjoyed until 2026, if cellared under optimum condition.

10 hours Slow roasted beef neck, with roasted baby onions, medley of root vegetables, and creamy coarse green and black pepper sauce.

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This second release, flagship of Grande Provence, Undisclosed Cape Bordeaux style blend, 100 % Franschhoek grapes.

Was about time, to discover and taste something special, from this scenic valley.

As much as I respect, each wines and every wine region and no debate that Franschhoek is one of the most beautiful and scenic ward of the Cape Winelands, 95 % of the wines lacks proper identity when it comes to site specific wines of excellent quality, fit for listing in fine dining addresses of the world, except for the trail blazing Cape Chamonix Pinot Noir and Reserve Chardonnay, which should be applauded for their consistency and vintage reflection……………..

The handful and the most successful and highly rated wines from Franschhoek Valley, no names should be mention here, those in the know will understand what I am talking here, sadly comes from bought in grapes from other regions, with only a portion from their own vineyard, hence classified as “Wine of Origin Coastal Region or Western Cape”, and the uninformed consumer, local and international alike, always believe they are enjoying Franschhoek wines, which is unfair and wrong.

This does not contribute to the promotion and awareness of the diverse microclimate and so diverse and unique soil structure of the Cape, as “Wine of Origin Coastal Region or Western Cape”, is far too broad to place in context, vis à vis great site specific wines of the world.