Wine Review: Pourriture Noble 03: Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons’ Classique 2011 Vintage


The Noble Rot: a botrytis fungus (Botrytis cinerea) that infects various, usually overripe, wine grapes, causing shriveling, which results in increased sugar and flavor content and is responsible for the characteristic flavor of sauternes and related wines. [Merriam-Webster]

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There’s nothing nicer than opening a bottle with the old man on a Sunday afternoon.

This delightful red blend, the “Classique 2011 Vintage” from Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons, is a product of the now almost 20-year-old relationship between the late Messrs. Dr. Anton Rupert of South Africa and the Baron Edmond de Rothschild of France.

The heavy-hitters of the wine making world joined forces at the French Huguenot farm in Fredericksburg and have been consistently producing infinitely palatable and enjoyable wines out of that property.

This red blend is comprised mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes with additions in varying quantities of equally delicious Petit Verdots, Pinotages, Shiraz and Cab Francs. An affordable bottle in the high teens/low twenties range and one of the better wines I’ve had from the region, it’s good stuff and perfect for slow drinking and good conversation.

Rupert & Rothschild – Classique 2011 Vintage

General Notes: The odors are strong with the vibrancy of candied fruits and pepper. The oak casks that it matures in is evident, with some woodsy spices.

Open: This is a nice wine to decant. It benefits from flowing through the Vinturi doohickey, but it is not necessary. If you drink at a calm pace, the last glass you pour will be the best you drink out of this bottle.

Pairing: We grilled some nice steaks while we drank this. You should do the same.

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Abel Folgar

Scoundrel, bon vivant, rocanrolero, fútbol cretin... giving into flights of poesy whenever the whiskey's free. Caracas, VZ/Miami, FL. Follow me on Twitter @abelf77.

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