In addition to Riesling from Rheinhessen and three Californian wines, this time we have Ygrec and Petrus.
The Battenfeld-Spanier 2010 Hohen-Sulzen Kirchenstück Riesling Großes Gewächs is a typical ripe Riesling with petrol notes, blossoms, apricot, peach, white chocolate, medium- to full-boy, balance and a medium to long finish. The wine is juicy and elegant. 18/20 points.
The Kühling-Gillot 2012 Nackerheimer Rothenberg Riesling Großes Gewächs Wurzelecht comes from ungrafted vines. It is very mineral with blossoms, peach, apricot, nearly full-body, a long finish, slightly sweetness and perfect balance. It gets better and better with aeration and you cannot stop drinking. 19.3/20 points.
The Kistler 2014 Carneros Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard shows how good Californian Chardonnay can age. There are no signs of aging, the wine is fresh and exuberant with vanilla, blossoms, a bit of caramel at the beginning, a full-body, balance, a high density, a long finish and endless power and opulence. 18.5/20 points.
The Morlet 2013 Chardonnay Ma Douce is very elegant and a real alternative to the expensive Burgundies of the same quality. The wine is complex with blossoms, caramel, vanilla, a full-body, balance, a long finish and freshness. It needs some time in the glass and becomes Burgundian in style. 19/20 points.
Although Chateau d‘Yquem is famous for its sweet wines, they produce an excellent dry white wine. The wine can not only age well, but even needs a certain maturity. The Chateau d'Yquem 1960 "Y" still needs hours of aeration. It starts very nutty and with botrytis notes and gets better and better. After 3 hours the wine has hazelnuts, mint, complexity, a full-body, a long-finish and structure. 19.3/20 points.
The Petrus 1940 Pomerol AC (Belgian merchant bottling) has initially a bit of potato sack which quickly disappears with aeration. It gets cherry, malt, bacon, herbs and some mint. The is full-bodied, balanced, dense and complex with a long finish, malty sweetness, structure and still some tannin. It needs some time with aeration. 19.5/20 points.
An archetypal modern Californian Pinot Noir is Occidental 2018 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard with cherry, raspberry, amarena, a full-body, lots of precise fruit, some vanilla, spicy and a long finish. The wine is powerful and opulent. 18.5/20 points.