Torres’ Mas La Plana 45th Anniversary: Beijing Tasting

Edward Ragg Left: a Mas La Plana cake for the wine’s 45th Anniversary, Aria Restaurant, Beijing.   Right: Mas La Plana’s iconic black label and Burgundy-bottle shape.  Spanish winemaking dynasty Torres is this year celebrating the 45th Anniversary of its iconic Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon. Miguel Torres Maczassek, current General Manager of Torres, recently came to Beijing to celebrate this milestone and offer a comparative tasting of select vintages of Mas La Plana (see below), including the very first vintage 1970, as well as showing other innovative Torres wines at a...

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An Introduction to our Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes: Organization When we first started a Dragon Phoenix blog (back in 2007), our somewhat naive aim was to present full tasting notes on the hundreds of wines we get to taste each year in a fully searchable format. We also had tasting notes ready to hand to transcribe from physical jottings made since 2003 – but, sadly, not from our first blind-tasting days back in 1999 (not that, back then, our notes were necessarily that informative!). Then Ryan Opaz (of Catavino fame) pointed out the great resource that is Adegga: not only a site where notes could be uploaded, but where...

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2004 Jurançon, Domaine Charles Hours, France

2004 Jurançon, Domaine Charles Hours, France Appearance: deepish amber gold. Nose: very attractive and spicy nose here from the Petit Manseng with nutty aromas and honeyed and candied fruits (lemon, orange, grapefruit). Palate: more candied fruit, good acidity and a lovely balance between the residual sugar and acidity throughout. Pretty good length. Conclusion: a very nice expression of Jurançon comparable in quality to Domaine Cauhapé. Very good. Rating:...

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2003 Chassagne-Montrachet, Marc Morey, Burgundy, France

2003 Chassagne-Montrachet, Marc Morey, Burgundy, France Appearance: medium gold-green. Nose: very attractive French oak nose matched by ripe citrus fruit – mainly lemon – and possibly some melon fruit too. Also mineral and savoury qualities. Palate: powerful lemon fruit, impressive acidity for the difficult 2003 vintage, lovely toasty oak and superb length. Conclusion: this was a very high quality Chassagne and very impressive given the hardships of 2003. This is the first time we’ve tasted Marc Morey’s wines – having drunk much more of Michel Morey-Coffinet in the past (Chassagne is a...

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2004 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Markus Molitor

2004 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Markus Molitor Appearance: green-gold, some yellow. Nose: apples and honey (more developed than expected), some kerosene. Palate: characteristic high acidity balancing lovely residual sugar. Refreshing, but already softening out seemingly. Conclusion: this was more advanced in age than I expected, but it’s rash to judge from one bottle. Molitor is a very good German Riesling producer and we will ideally leave the other bottle for a good while. Rating:...

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