2009 Millesime Grand Cru Champagne Marie-Noelle Ledru

April 25, 2015

Name:Champagne Grand Cru Millesime
Vintage:2009
Type:Sparkling
Varietal:Chardonnay (85%), Pinot Noir (15%)
Producer:Champagne Marie-Noelle Ledru
Region:France / Champagne/ Ambonnay / Marne
Alcohol:12.5%

It was a very pleasant, alas confusing encounter. I enjoyed the subtle whiff of salty sea breeze amidst the creamy apple & lemon tartness and mild yeastiness.

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2009 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia

February 5, 2015

Name:2009 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia
Vintage:2009
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Poderi Aldo Conterno
Region:Italy / Piemonte/ Barolo / Monforte d'Alba
Alcohol:15%

Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia effectively replaced the winery’s  Barolo normale which was released from 2004 to 2008 as a blend from their plots in Monforte (Bussia) and in Barolo. After losing his vineyards in Barolo to a landslide, Giacomo Conerno decided to “retire” the non-cru Barolo and, starting from 2009, to release the Barolo Bussia instead.

I quite liked the “basic” Barolo from Aldo Conterno in the past for what it was. A very solid workhorse, approachable at a relatively young age, a bit buttoned up and formulated, but not sterile or soul-less.

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