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Mymi Thesingingsommelier

Mymi Thesingingsommelier Sommelier, FWS

2330 days ago

Mymi scored this wine: 100/100

Château Mouton Rothschild is a Bordeaux First Growth produced from 192 acres of vines in Pauillac. It belongs to the children of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild who sadly passed away in August of 2014. The Château’s illustrious story starts in 1853, when Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild from the English branch of the family, bought Brane-Mouton and renamed it Mouton Rothschild. In 1922, his great-grandson Baron Philippe (1902-1988) took the destiny of the estate in hand. His reign was marked by his spirit of enterprise and sense of innovation, including labels illustrated each year by great painters, perhaps the most recognisable feature of a Chateau Mouton Rothschild’s bottle. Another is the creation of the first premium Franco-Californian wine, Opus One, in partnership with Robert Mondavi in 1979. After her father's death, Baroness Philippine succeeded him as owner, modernising the facilities and equipment, extending the range of wines, establishing a presence in other great wine regions: these were the main stands of her strategy. Thus, the Opus One Winery was opened in 1991 and an ultramodern wine-making facility at Saint-Laurent-Médoc in 1993; new brands have been created, notably Pays d’Oc varietals in 1995; a premium Chilean red wine, Almaviva, was launched in 1997 in partnership with Concha y Toro. At Mouton itself, a fine white wine, Aile d'Argent, was created in 1991 and a second wine, Le Petit Mouton, in 1994. At the summit stands Château Mouton Rothschild, both guide and model, embodying the passion for art and excellence perpetuated through two centuries by a family with a legendary name. This 2005 vintage is comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc and its profile is apparently reminiscent of the 1976, 1982 and 1995 Vintages. In the glass, it is a deep garnet ruby colour with some terracotta hues. The legs are sexy and opulent. On the nose, it is very complex and alive. There is some earth, prunes, various stewed red berries, a little smoke, the finest vanilla and some dried thyme and marjoram. On the palate, it is full, sensual and robust. Almost oily in texture. Cherry and blackberry jam, little toasted oak, some minerals, cedar and rich rich deep dark coffee. Fine and elegant tannins dance with the softest acidity. The finish is overwhelmingly fleshy, seducing and long lasting. This wine is like “the” kiss that made you shiver and weak in the knees, the one you will always remember… It deserves to be the centre of attention at a table… To pair it with food, serve with its classic partner, lamb. Roasted, braised or otherwise, it will be a memorable feast.

2298 days ago

Mymi scored this wine: 97/100

Johan Christian Henschke planted his first vineyard in the Eden Valley in the early 1860’s and his family has been making wine ever since! Johan was one of many Silesians who had fled their homeland in search of religious freedom, and he arrived from Kutschlau in 1841. The wines he crafted were initially intended for consumption by family and friends, but with the first commercial release in 1868, believed to be principally riesling and shiraz, the wheels were set in motion for greater things to come. Moving forward, fourth-generation Cyril Henschke pioneered varietal and single-vineyard wines at a time when blended wines and fortifieds were in vogue. His greatest legacy was the creation of Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone in the 1950s. Today, fifth generation winemaker Stephen and his viticulturist wife Prue are recognised worldwide for their exceptional wines, innovation, sustainability in the vineyard and as custodians of the land. The family has even created a nursery program to protect their vineyards and continue to lead the way environmentally to enrich their land as a legacy for their children, the sixth generation. This 2005 Hill of Grace is made from 100% Shiraz grapes from pre-phylloxera (a root louse that sucks sap from grapevines, reducing their productivity and eventually killing them. This pest’s infamous claim to fame is the devastation of European vineyards in the late 1800’s) material brought from Europe in the mid-1800’s. The vineyard is an historic site, opposite an old Lutheran church, named after a picturesque region of Silesia called Gnadenberg, or Hill of Grace. This vineyard and wine embody the history of the Henschke family and their pioneering forebears and is recognized as Australia’s finest Shiraz. In the glass, it is a deep dark rusty red with voluptuous legs. On the nose, it vibrates with dried sage, freshly ground black pepper, plum, Chinese 5 spice blend and candied cherry. The palate is alluring and sultry. Dry with the slightest hint of residual sugar, silky tannins meet a lusty acidity transforming the mouthfeel into an almost ethereal experience. Hint of cacao, plum and dark coffee in a persistent and lingering smoky finish. Hill of Grace is a wine of such beauty and purity that one cannot help but feel blessed after tasting... Just stunning! Enjoy in the best of company to serve with your most memorable of meals...

2330 days ago

Mymi scored this wine: 96/100

Throughout its history, Vega Sicilia has belonged to different owners. The Estate began its winemaking operations in 1864, when Eloy Lecanda established a winery. He decided to experiment with the local Tempranillo and the French varieties that he acquired in the Bordeaux region of France; 18.000 shoots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Pinot Noir. From the very beginning, the winery represented the Golden Legend of Spanish Red Wine. The second owner of Vega Sicilia was the Herrero family (with Domingo Garraiola) who was the driving force behind the creation of two exceptional wines: Valbuena and Vega Sicilia. The distribution of the first bottles was never for commercial purposes but rather for the aristocracy and select members of upper-class Bourgeoisie. They were exclusive wines that simply couldn’t be bought with money, but only through friendship. In 1982, David Álvarez along with his sons and daughters purchased the property as an investment. Many tasks lay ahead before it could bear fruit, including renovating both the property and the vineyards, while checking and controlling plots of older vines, and remaining true to the ageing tradition needed to guarantee the unique character of the Vega Sicilia wines. Since then, Vega Sicilia has carried out further investments in its wine-making business, setting up Alión winery in 1991 in the Ribera Del Duero region, acquiring the Tokaj Oremus winery in Hungary in 1993 and finally starting Pintia winery in the Toro region of Spain in 1997. Defined as an authentic Spanish wine, the Vega Sicilia character not only comes from the top-quality grapes used, the passion and rigour involved in its crafting, but also, and above all else, from the care for detail that the Alvarez family has transferred to its wines. This Vega Sicilia Unico 2004 is a blend of approximately 87% Tempranillo (locally known as Tinto Fino) and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. In the glass, it is a very dark ruby red colour with sexy slow-moving legs. On the nose, it is vibrant and generous with prunes, roasted meat, cured black olives, ripe red fruit and a little campfire smoke. On the palate, it is opulent, expansive and velvety in texture. Full of sun kissed ripe berry fruit, smoke, clove, dried herb and earthy notes. The soft tannins are in complete harmony with the acidity and the finish is luxurious and seemingly endless. If romance was a wine, it would be Vega Sicilia… It was served to me with a dish of braised bison short ribs. The top of the meat had a beautiful caramelized sticky glaze and the sweetness of it was superb and accentuated the fruitiness of the wine. Truly memorable!

2382 days ago

Mymi scored this wine: 96/100

To start, I must confess to having an incredibly soft spot for both Cabernet Franc and The Loire Valley, combine the two and I start salivating! This 100% Cab. Franc from the Touraine AOC in the "Garden of France" is SENSATIONAL! Clear, bright dark ruby color, almost opaque in the center and fleshy legs in the glass. Eloquent aromas of ripe black cherries, raspberries and black plums, sun kissed green bell peppers, hint of smoky wood fire wrapped in Mexican vanilla in the nose. Dry, vibrant, wonderful symmetry between acidity and tannins, fruit found in the nose has evolved, matured and now unites with a lovely smokiness in the mouth. Drink now but keep a few bottles to enjoy over the next 5 years! This is the kind of wine that I enjoy creating a meal (more like a course!) around... I have enjoyed this wine with pan fried pork chops with a toasted orzo risotto, port-balsamic mushroom chicken with wild rice, braised beef with autumnal veggies... In my native French tongue, whenever astounded, we utter "WATATOW"... This is how I feel about this wine!

2332 days ago

Mymi scored this wine: 96/100

Graham’s Port house is owned by the Symington family. They have been Port producers for five generations but can trace their family’s involvement in the Port trade back fourteen generations to 1652. Symington Family Estates is the only leading Port Company in the hands of one single family. Five Symington members work in the family business, taking care of the vineyards and the wine making for four of the greatest Port houses in Portugal; Graham’s, Cockburn’s, Dow’s and Warre’s. The family also owns five small specialty Port houses including the legendary Quinta do Vesuvio, Portugal’s greatest wine estate. The family is unique among all other Port companies because they also own and farm their own vineyards. The company account for over 30% of the world sales of Premium Port, making them the leaders in quality Port producers. Port is produced by intentionally interrupting the fermentation of the grape must (or juice) by the addition of a clear grape spirit called aguardente, or ‘brandy’. This preserves a large amount of the grapes’ natural sugars, thereby giving Port its characteristic sweetness and richness. 1977 is considered to be one of the finest Vintages of the 20th Century in the Douro Valley and this Port shows why! In a year where the biggest challenge was what NOT to bottle, it is an absolute pure delicacy! In the glass, it is a light brownish red with vibrant orange hues. The legs are viscous and languorous. On the nose, there is some “bouquet garni”, a little cedar, prune, currants, caramel and dried apricots. On the palate it is incredibly unctuous, sweet, full of caramel, orange zest and toasted walnut. It also has a slight brininess to it. I sipped on this nectar while nibbling on tiny pieces of Stilton cheese and the wine became even more fragrant and spicy. The saltiness of the cheese brightened the aromatics of the wine. This is the most beautiful Port I have ever tasted… It is like the softest, coolest of breezes to kiss your skin on the most humid day of the summer.

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