After that parade of rather aged Italian reds, I thought it would be nice to drink something red again, but young and non-Italian, so I decanted a 2005 Chateau Boyd-Cantenac from Margaux, which I already had before and knew it would be a wine with lots of sex-appeal, rejuvenating our palates.
It came exactly as I remembered it, a deliciously fruity and yet complex wine, with a nice structure. The nose was intensive of blackcurrant, tar and graphite, the palate has a heavy fruity attack with a non-marmalade effect, the structure was of smooth silkiness, but a solid and yet velvety tannic structure and a well dosed acidity just make this wine a perfect assemblage. Not to forget a long and intensive finish. I like this wine more and more: 94-95+ points
Then we got back to the league of aged liquids. But actually no one guessed that this Rheingau Riesling was actually 44 years old. The 1964 Geisenheimer Kläuserweg Spätlese from the Rebhof Estate (I believe the estate doesn’t exist anymore)was from one of the better vintages in Germany and thus had a long storing potential. And this assumption proved to be true. Its color was of intensive gold, its nose of honey. On the palate the balance was just perfect and it showed only the slightest age note. The finish was of great intensity and lasted quite a while. Always incredible how long-lasting Rieslings can be if the vintage was clement.
As a final point we needed a young and fresh Riesling from the Pfalz. The Deidesheimer Maushöle from Christmann did the job and showed up nice to say the least. Intensive nose, brilliant weight on the palate, with juicy fruit, a ripe acidity and just enough complexity; all elements very lively but somehow coming together in great balance again and again, and finally a nice refreshing and intensive finish. This is one of the best medium-priced 2007 Rieslings I’ve tried so far, and there were some good wines being made in 07. (90-92 points I would say) But now it was time to go to bed.