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2013/2014 Anniversary Wines

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This month we wrapped up selections for the Aussie Wine Guy anniversary wine for the years 2013 and 2014.

Due to budget constraints, we opted for a pair of 1855 classification wines from the Pauillac appelation in Bordeaux.  These vintages come from an estate which used to be part of a larger estate which was split in 1850.

It seemed apt to get a bottle from both Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron as a pair, given the estates’ shared heritage.

Notes: Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2011

Big tannins, smoky wood notes and prominent fruit mark this wine, along with acidity and freshness. It’s powerful, with the most gentle structure of concentrated dusty tannins and intensely-fresh blackberry-juice flavors.
Barrel Sample: 93-95 Points” – Wine Enthusiast : 95 Points

Notes: Château Pichon Longueville Lalande Pauillac Réserve de la Comtesse 2009

WS Tasting Note: Bright and sappy, with kirsch and damson plum notes streaking along, followed by tangy iron and floral notes alongside. There’s good zip and cut along the finish, with a lingering mineral edge. Best from 2013 through 2023. 21,665 cases made. – Wine Spectator Score: 91 points

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2009 Riviere du Chene Monde Ice Wine

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Aussie Wine Guy is blessed with generous friends who, from time to time, gift bottles of liquid gold – ice wine – mainly from Canada.

This bottle, from Canadian vineyard Rivière du Chêne is aptly called “Monde”, which translates to “world” in English.  This is a world-class dessert wine, and embodies all the characteristics dessert wine lovers cherish – layers of juicy fruit and a refined sweetness which doesn’t wash out the caeful fruit combinations.

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‘This brilliant sticky wine lives up to the vaunted expectations when it comes to one of Canada’s best exports.  Using Orrefors dessert glasses (pictured above), the wine produced a good viscosity on initial swirls in the glass, whilst producing a beautiful golden hue.

The first sitting, it was paired with home made salted caramel parfait which provided a salty bedrock against the perfectly crafted fruit combination of the ice wine.  Afterwards, we vulgarly finished off the bottle without any accompaniment because it was that damned good!  Highly recommended.