Literally, an underground wine tasting in the middle of a busy city is not common. But when SOIL brothers (Marcelo & Ezequiel) put one on, there is no holding back on the vinous surprises that are offered at five metres underneath Libertad street.
Surrounded by previous trophies, the opportunity to taste wines from both France, Italy alongside Argentina, next to each other, will always produce mixed feelings. But when names like Rothschild, Brunier, Brizio and Weinert are on the table, it can only provoke an international conversation, that really puts chalk on the blackboard.
2014 Légende Pauillac Blanc is a beautifully crafted mix of Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc by Rothschild winemaker Diane Flamand. A classic blend of old school, what one would expect, a good dry Bordeaux.
2013 Telegramme Chateauneuf du Pape Family Brunier. 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Cinsault says it all. I need more of this one please.
1993 Cavas de Weinert Malbec has all the magic and, almost, impossible to find mature flavours of a wine that spent 3 years in oak and there is not a hint of it on the nose or the palate. Bravissimo
2009 Podere Brizio Brunello di Montacino was easily my favourate wine of the evening. Being an Italiophile of course this is not difficult. I am not sure if I have ever tasted such a young elegant BdM in my life. It was cruelly delicious. Dark cherries, plums, licorice, new leather, mint and a mere hint of french oak that will sustain the wine into the futuresque. All of the elements come together beautifully in this silky, mid-weight Brunello. The vibrant, eternal finish makes it hard to resist a second taste, I mean bottle.
2011 Légende Pauillac Rouge. Miss Flamand has blended a classic formula from Pauillac fruit. Super balance, freshness, finesse and quaffable elegance.
We tasted, we scrutinised, we had fun with them all, and wished the jolly gathering a happy day of Maria’s ”immaculate conception”.
Hasta la próxima!