Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, 14 September 2017
https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/a-tour-of-nine-major-champagne-houses (subscriber content)
Disgorged 2015. Daniel Thibault was so confident of the quality and longevity of this wine that he made 10 times the amount his boss suggested (on the basis that presidents of champagne companies change much more frequently than chefs de cave). Very little bottle variation apparently. Some of the vast lots are disgorged every year in summer.
Still greenish gold. Still lots of freshness on the nose. Noble and magnificent. Savoury and yet lacy. Full phenolic ripeness… Dances on the palate. Lovely, very lightly toasty, mature Chardonnay flavours but definitely tight-knit champagne not burgundy! So clean.
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, 30 September 2017
Pure cherry aromas and flavours are enhanced by a smoky element in this juicy, round red. Hints of earth and mineral add interest on the finish.
Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 19 September 2017, https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/a-plethora-of-portuguese-reds (subscriber content)
Inky with black core. Very sweet fruited, blackberry and blueberry. Then lovely and juicy on the palate, joyful fruit, silky texture, spice and fruit are the main players. Succulent but finishes dry. Oak in the background. Satisfying and long.
Ian d'Agata, vinous.com, 14 September 2017, http://www.vinous.com/articles/sicily-continues-to-progress-sep-2017
Bright dark golden-yellow with orange tinges. Enticing aromas of very ripe tangerine jelly, orange oil, white flowers, raisins, figs, marzipan and honey. Rich, dense and suave, with a creamy almost unctuous mouthfeel and flavours that are very similar to the aromas. Closes long and extremely dense, with repeating caramel apple, honey and peach flavours. One of the richest, creamiest Ben Ryés in memory.
Liam Campbell, “Blonde Ambition – Rich and Buttery White Wines to Truly Treat yourself this Season”, Thetaste.ie, 18 September 2017
Citrus and apricot perfume highlighting the two varietals in a harmonious marriage. A medium-bodied but intense palate with tropical touches of mango sorbet; delicious and refreshing. More exotic than rich in style.
Gabriela Guedez, “Five of our favourite wines from Ireland’s California Wine Fair”, Thetaste.ie, 2 October 2017, http://thetaste.ie/wp/five-favourite-wines-irelands-california-wine-fair/
This wine reminded me of Batman, dark, powerful and intense. Said that, is has a depth to it not found in more fruity bottles. Expect ripe blackberries and pomegranate syrup, along with liquorice, cloves and black pepper.