Peter Sissecks legandärer Rotwein aus der Ribera del Duero hat keine Strahlkraft eingebüst - Luis Gutíerrez von Robert Parker's WineAdvocat vergibt 96 Punkte und schreibt über diesen Wein: 'I tasted the 2013 Pingus one week before the wine was to be bottled, but one never knows. I tasted the 2012 under the same circumstances last year, and after my tasting, Peter Sisseck decided the wine needed some more time, so the élevage was extended and the bottling delayed. I was told this should be very close to the bottled version. The nose is aromatic, expressive and open, quite perfumed and subtle, with no traces of oak (the wine now ages in used barriques); even the spices are very much in the background. The Pingus vineyards behaved quite well in a difficult vintage, as great vineyards are a lot more homogeneous, so the vines are very balanced: the two vineyards used for Pingus, San Cristobal and Barroso, were planted in 1929 with two different massale selections. The palate is also approachable and gentle, with very good acidity and very fine tannins, elegance and character. I think there will be very few (or none!) wines in Ribera in 2013 like this Pingus. Well done! Three weeks later, I received an email letting me know that the wine had been bottled, so I proceeded to taste the bottle version, which showed what the sample promised. 2013 will be a vintage, that in Ribera del Duero, will show the differences of the work in the vineyards and what they do at Pingus clearly paid off. Even after the recent operation, the wine is harmonious and feels very balanced; there is no dizziness and it keeps the poise. A real triumph for the vintage. 6,600 bottles were filled at the end of July 2015.
Ein wahnsinns Vertreter französischer Rotweine, dieser opulente und tief rubinrote M. Chapoutier »Barbe Rac«. Er präsentiert die ganze Palette klassischer Châteauneuf-Aromen, mit der Rebsorte Grenache als Grundlage, von getrockneten Kräutern, Pfeffer und Lakritz bis zu gereifter Süßkirsche und warmen Noten von dunkler Schokolade. Robert M. Parker bewertet den 2014er Chapoutier Barbe Rac mit 93-95 Punkten und schreibt: ´´One of the wines of the vintage will no doubt be the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac. This single vineyard, 100% Grenache release reveals a deep purple color as well as rich, full-bodied notes of mulled blackberries, exotic spice, licorice and Provençal garrigue. Possessing ripe tannin, a full, layered middle and a great finish, it will age for 10-15 years. While I always preferred the Barbe Rac in the past, the quality of the Croix de Bois cuvee continues to soar and at this point, I think the two cuvees are neck and neck in terms of quality.´´ Wine Spectator 93 Punkte: ´´This has a slightly beefy edge, with warm tobacco and roasted chestnut notes, backed by a solid core of black currant, plum and raspberry fruit. The grippy finish features a warm paving stone accent driving throughout. This should fill out in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2030. 28 cases imported´´