When Tom Cannavan of wine-pages.com released his reviews of Cahors wines earlier this year, I was not at all surprised by the glowing reports of the wines from Chateau du Cedre (see Tom's full report on Cedre here) but, on reading his take on Haut-Monplaisir's 2009 Pur Plaisir (see here for Tom's report on Cahors), thought he must have tried an altogether different wine. I contacted Tom and suggested I send another bottle for him to try and, at the same time, a bottle of Nada Giuseppe's 2007 Barbaresco Riserva (the 2006 had been discussed excitedly by forumites but it had all gone).
Today I discovered that Tom had reviewed the wines and clearly liked them, especially the Nada Giuseppe which he awards 91 points with the following note:
"This has a lovely nose, the tar and roses of
maturing Nebbiolo is there, with a crisp-edged, juiciness to the red and black
fruit, a touch of something charcoally, and a layer of toast and charriness
beneath. On the palate this has beautiful sweetness of fruit, a savoury black
olive twist counteracting the berry fruits. It is supple and lithe, the tannins
grippy but fine, and the overall sense of freshness and balance is delightful.
No shortage of stuffing to age a while yet, but approachably fruit and elegant
See here for the full review.