Brunello di Montalcino 2004, Argiano, Toscana

I love love love (well-made) Brunello but this bottle was a little disappointing somewhat. Dark ruby red with a bricking rim, the wine exhibited strong notes of crushed blueberries, liquorice and mocha with just a touch of acetaldehyde. The tannic grip on the finish was quintessentially italian and made me crave for parma ham and salami di cinghiale. But no, I wasn’t impressed with this offering from Argiano this time. I think I’m being picky.

Deux Montille Soeurs Freres Bourgogne 2008

The entry level offering from Deux Montille Soeurs Freres, and the quality really shone. With no more than 20% new oak used in their negociant bottlings (both blanc and rouge line-up), I was pleasantly surprised by how the subtle oak aromas wafted in and out of what I perceived as primarily lemon, stoned fruits and grapefruit aromas. Precise and linear on the palate, well balanced (though it may appear to be a little light for some people) and medium to medium plus finish. I couldn’t decide if I prefer this to Henri Boillot’s offering. But I’m definitely pairing them with different food, given the chance. Btw, their St. Aubin and Pernard-Vergelesses bottles are available here in Christchurch, but unfortunately, they don’t come cheap and at that price point, I can’t help but think about Hubert Lamy’s Chateniere. Damn.