Archives du mot-clé 2016

DOWNSTREAM

There are 300 cases of the 2016 Downstream, another new cuvée for Saxum. The wine represents the fruit of a collaboration between Justin Smith, Southern Rhône consulting enologist Philippe Cambie and their mutual friend Sasha Verhage. Downstream came about when Cambie expressed an interest in applying his approach with Grenache to Zinfandel. Smith vinifies the wines, then Cambie composes the blend. The inaugural vintage is indeed very evocative of Cambie’s work in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, despite the different cépage, offering up a pretty bouquet of ripe cherries, raspberry preserve, licorice, spice and spring flowers. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, expansive and supple, with attractively succulent fruit and a fine-grained, velvety finish. The blend is 76% Zinfandel, 8% Syrah, 6% Mataro, 6% Petite Sirah and 4% Tempranillo, and it’s being matured in used wood.

Success sometimes breeds complacency, but that’s emphatically not the case for Justin Smith, whose status as Paso Roble’s most celebrated winemaker has done nothing to dim his urge to experiment, evolve and improve. Without sacrificing any of their power and authority, both of which come easily in this warm climate, Smith’s Saxum wines continue to gain in structural refinement, energy, integration and incipient complexity with every passing vintage. Since the end of the last decade, Smith has been experimenting with whole cluster, a technique he tends to employ in cooler sites and vintages, since extracting excessive stem tannins is a danger in riper, warmer years. Fermentations are cooler and slower, which helps to manage extraction. While new oak was once an important influence in the Saxum wines, its presence is more and more subtle: Smith now works with puncheons instead of smaller barrels, and they’re complemented by amphorae and foudres. Since 2010, he has employed Roussanne for co-fermentations with Syrah in the place of Viognier, since it brings less additional power and alcohol. He also continues to refine and adapt his blends from year to year. Smith’s new cellar now means he has the space necessary to mature wines for longer. Today’s Saxum wines are accordingly better than ever. The only problem is finding them: I signed up for the mailing list in 2011, and Smith informs me that the current wait is around eight years. At Saxum, Smith characterizes the 2016 vintage as « easygoing and plentiful » after the challenges of the three preceding years of drought. The season’s heat spikes weren’t too serious, and fermentations went well. He employed less whole cluster than in 2015 but did very little crushing, emphasizing whole-berry fermentations. Having tasted most of these wines from barrel last summer, I was more than impressed by their positive evolution when I revisted them this April.

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2016 millésime exceptionnel !!! quelques réussite déguster par la RVF

un grand millésime demande du temps, malheureusement beaucoup de vins ne sont toujours pas finis et degustable en début d’année  ; fermentation pas terminée et fermentation malolactique languissante, beaucoup de vins n’ont pu être présenter lors de la dégustation. mais celle ci  nous donne  déjà un bel éclairage du millésime .

CLOS MONT-OLIVET CH9  ROUGE 18,5/19

VIEUX DONJON CH9 18/18,5

BOSQUET DES PAPES CH9 17/17,5

VIGNOBLES MAYARD CH9 16,5/17 blanc  17/18

LE CLOS DU CAILLOU CH9 16/17

DOMAINE SAINT DAMIEN GIGONDAS 15,5/16,5

DOMAINE DES BOSQUET GIGONDAS  15/15,5

DOMAINE MABY TAVEL 13,5/14 LIRAC  rg 14,5   blanc 13,5

CHATEAU DE NAGES costières  13,5  blanc 14

VIGNOBLES MICHEL GASSIER blanc 14

ORATOIRE SAINT MARTIN blanc 14,5

CHATEAU DE VAUDIEU lirac blanc 14

DOMAINE DES ESCARAVAILLES rasteau 14

constant duquesnoy  vinsobre 13

 

 
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