Haven’t had this for ages, and it merited the good reviews and comments on here. A very well balanced and complete wine I thought. Will aim to finish the other half tonight as some solace after a funeral today of someone far too young…
Had this last night with roast turbot.
It was good, but not as good as the Rias Baxias we had recently in Mallorca. This one was drier and didn’t have the length of the other. Very pleasant though.
Heavy on the Bordeaux this weekend:
Started the weekend with a small taster of this - happened to walk into BBR in need of a corkscrew, and they were doing a free Coravin demonstration, so was more than happy to sample:
Lots of fruit on the nose on pouring, quite closed on the palette but began to open up after some vigorous swirling in the glass whilst wandering the shop. Relatively primary still, though with tannins starting to integrate nicely. I would imagine that given an hour+ in the decanter this would be fantastic.
Then opened this with some colleagues in the office (hence the sudden need for a corkscrew):
Second bottle of a case of 6, and starting to enter a better drinking phase. Still a little closed at first, but tannins have softened. Opened a few hours before drinking, but could really have used a proper decant. Will almost certainly leave it a little while before opening the next bottle.
This was Saturday:
This one did get the proper treatment and a good long time in the decanter. Very well balanced, still showing some fruit whilst starting to show some tertiary notes. Definitely can be enjoyed from now, but no rush to drink up.
Finally, this was Sunday:
Again, showing excellent balance, with some fruit and developing some nice Burgundian tertiary notes, medium boded - lovely by itself or with food
Be careful, I’m not sure that’s the same Quenard. When I was looking at Savoie wines I found about half a dozen different producers with the Quenard surname. Either a very accomplished wine family or a very common name in the area, I suspect the latter.
Ouch! You’re right! just had a look and there are at least three Quenards I came across…! Would be interesting to find out whether it’s a prolific family (does happen - look at the Palacios or Torres in Spain), or just a common Savoie name…
Surely there’s only one Torres family making wine in Spain? Unless you count the wonderful Matias I Torres on La Palma, anyway. And same goes for Palacios as far as I know. Obviously each of these families has their fingers in many pies!
Ah ok! But the Quenard case is different, no? And countless others in the more traditional regions of France and N Italy, no doubt. The Palacios are the same family and not separate branches that have each gone their own way. Not that it matters, of course… Apart from being pretty confusing in cases like the multiple Quenards!
I thought it was like the Conternos in Barolo and lots in Burgundy… Presumably the family holdings divided between offspring, each of which went their separate ways over generations? Seems to be more of a thing in areas where the wines were highly valued, and not so much in places where people scraped a living.