Verite Winery

Sammlerbox: Les Vérités 2017 - Trio (La Muse- La Joie- Le Désir) (3 Flaschen) 2017

pikant & würzig
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot
14,0% Vol.
Trinkreife: 2024–2065
Verpackt in: 3er OHK
Lobenberg: 100/100
Parker: 98–100/100
Jeb Dunnuck: 98–100/100
Suckling: 98/100
USA, Californien
Allergene: Sulfite, Abfüllerinformation

Heiner Lobenberg über:
Sammlerbox: Les Vérités 2017 - Trio (La Muse- La Joie- Le Désir) (3 Flaschen) 2017


Lobenberg: La Muse: In der Nase zartes Parfum, Merlot von seiner nobelsten Seite: Zwetschgen, Brombeeren, eingelegte Himbeeren und Kirschen, unterlegt von milden Gewürzen wie Piment, Wacholderbeeren und dunkler Schokolade, schwarzen Oliven und etwas Mon Cherie. Hellfarbig im Glas ist er am Gaumen von feinstem Pomerolstil. Seidige vollreife Tannine höchster Eleganz, die Textur ätherisch transparent mit enormer Finesse und fast burgundisch anmutendem Stil für einen Kalifornier. Der Gerbstoff abermals samtig, dabei unaufdringlich konturierend im episch langen Nachhall. 100/100Le Désir: Die Nase des violetten Weines erinnert auch violette Frucht, Cassis, Crème de Mure, Schwarzkirschen und Zwetschgen, gepaart mit floralen Kopfnoten nach Veilchen und Malvenblüten. Reife vegetabile Noten geben ihm einen dezent herben Anstrich in der Nase, unterlegt von deftigen Noten nach gebratener Blutwurst oder gegrillter Ente. Die animalische Seite des Cabernet Francs erscheint hier domestiziert, gescheitelt und frisiert mit Motörhead auf den Kopfhörern. Am Gaumen mit rasantem Trinkfluss und den Verité-typischen, seidigen Tanninen, die den Wein zuerst sehr zart erscheinen lassen, ihm jedoch Rückgrat und Statur verleihen. Die reife Frucht wird flankiert von feinsten Gerbstoffen, die sein Korsett formidabel schnüren. Feine Extraktsüße mit ätherisch kühlem, dramatisch langem Finish. 99+/100La Joie: Cassisholz und Blätter, Zeder, gegerbtes Leder und dunkle Schokolade eröffnen würzig die Nase und werden gefolgt von mild geröstetem Kaffee, gegrillter roter Paprika. Eine ätherisch röstige Kopfnote und eine Handvoll vollreifer schwarzer Johannisbeeren runden das eindeutige Cabernet-Versprechen ab, das am Gaumen problemlos gehalten wird. Mit überraschend schlankem Fluss braucht der La Joie keinen Bombast und auch kein Fett auf der Hüfte, um seine Kraft zu beweisen. Mit seidigem Tannin und überragendem Trinkfluss ist er mineralisch fundiert bei feiner roter Frucht ohne eine Spur von Überextraktion. Ätherisch kühl mit ambrosialem Finish vereint er Kraft und Eleganz. Eher Nurejew als Schwarzenegger. 97-98/100


Parker über: Sammlerbox: Les Vérités 2017 - Trio (La Muse- La Joie- Le Désir) (3 Flaschen)

-- Parker: La Muse:“Our Malbec in 2017 was awesome, it usually gives the spice,” Pierre Seillan told me during the tasting of the 2017s with his daughter and one day successor, Helene. “But this year, we didn’t need it. The alcohol is only 14.2% this year—it has the energy, the minerality. I think it will age for 40 years at least. I think it is the best I’ve made.” Composed of 100% Merlot for the first time this year, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2017 La Muse rolls sensuously out of the glass with scents of black raspberries, Black Forest cake, boysenberries and cinnamon toast, followed by nuances of a garrigue, forest floor, beef drippings and clove oil. Medium to full-bodied, the richly fruited palate slowly builds in the mouth to a crescendo of black fruit preserves and exotic spice layers, framed by exceptionally ripe, round tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Stylistically, it stands apart from previously vintages, possessing the same magical intensity, but with less weight and more pop. 2,500 cases were made.99/100, La Joie: “The Cab Franc was quite spectacular in 2017. There is a bit more in the blend this year,” Pierre Seillan told me during the tasting of the 2017s with his daughter and one day successor, Helene. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2017 La Joie has a very deep garnet-purple color. It opens a little closed and broody, giving glimpses of blackcurrant cordial, espresso, charcoal and black truffles to begin, before blossoming out to a whole array of preserved black and blue fruits, dusty soil, crushed rocks and iron ore scents plus a waft of roses. The medium to full-bodied palate is built like a brick house, with firm, grainy tannins and a lively backbone supporting the muscular fruit, finishing very long and mineral laced. The alcohol weighed in at just 13.9% this year (14% on the label), making for a particularly elegant but no less impactful La Joie! 2,500 cases were made.98+/100 Le Desir: What was the secret to achieving such impressive ripeness for Cabernet Franc in 2017? Pierre Seillan's daughter and one day successor, Helene, told me: “We make a lot of passes through the Cabernet Franc blocks—more than the other varieties. We drop any fruit that is not ripening at the same pace. We don’t pull out too much leaves, we need those for the ripening.” Blended of 80% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot and 3% Malbec, the 2017 Le Désir has a medium to deep garnet-purple color. It comes galloping out of the glass with all the grace and precision of a thoroughbred, sporting notions of kirsch, potpourri, warm plums and wild blueberries plus hints of chocolate box, cardamom and star anise. The medium-bodied palate (just 13.9% alcohol) is at once powerful and wonderfully elegant, with firm, very fine-grained, exquisitely ripe tannins and bold freshness supporting the red and blue fruit layers, finishing with incredible length and depth. Wow! 2,500 cases were made. 98/100


Jeb Dunnuck über: Sammlerbox: Les Vérités 2017 - Trio (La Muse- La Joie- Le Désir) (3 Flaschen)

-- Jeb Dunnuck: La Joie: Tasting like a great bottle of Château Lafite, the 2017 La Joie is based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon and brought up, I suspect, in mostly new French oak. Deep ruby/purple, with a heavenly bouquet of crème de cassis, lead pencil, cedarwood, graphite, and tobacco, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, an incredible sense of elegance and purity, building tannins, and a great, great finish. This majestic, regal Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is going to require a decade of cellaring to hit maturity (although it’s far from unapproachable today) and will see its 50th birthday in fine form. I followed this bottle for three days and it never showed a hint of oxidation. This is easily my wine of the vintage in 2017. 100/100 La Muse: Not far behind, the Merlot-dominated 2017 La Muse offers a big, rich nose of chocolate-covered black cherries, espresso, damp earth, and leafy herbs that gains more bass notes and richness with time in the glass. It tastes like a great Pomerol from La Conseillante. Full-bodied, it has an incredible sense of elegance and purity, plenty of mid-palate stuffing, and a great, great finish. Made from 100% Merlot (this is the first time this cuvée has been all Merlot), it’s another incredible wine from this estate that has the flesh and texture to shine today yet the freshness, purity, and balance to evolve for 30 years or more. 98/100 Le Desir: Lastly, the 2017 Le Desir is 80% Cabernet Franc, with the balance mostly Merlot mixed with a splash of Malbec. It has a wonderful Cabernet Franc floral character as well as awesome black raspberry, cedarwood, forest floor, violets, rose petals, new leather, and who knows what else. Incredibly complex, it takes lots of air to show at its best and is medium to full-bodied, has a bright spine of acidity, fabulous tannins, and a great, great finish. The elegance of this wine paired with its richness and depth is something to behold. It’s another damn near perfect wine from this estate, and to see this quality from a challenging vintage like 2017 boggles the mind. Hats off to the father-daughter team of Pierre and Hélène Seillan. 98+/100


Suckling über: Sammlerbox: Les Vérités 2017 - Trio (La Muse- La Joie- Le Désir) (3 Flaschen)

-- Suckling: La Muse: Soft, fine-grained tannins with spice, berries and iron. Leaves and mushrooms, too. Such purity. Medium to full body, lovely fruit flavors and a long, delicious finish. It’s fine, elegant and refined. Super finish. Beautiful structure. Energetic. 100 percent merlot for the first time. Drinkable now, but better in 2022. 98/100 La Joie: An elegant, complex red with currants, blackberries and hints of cedar, graphite and lead-pencil shavings. It’s full-bodied with polished, velvety tannins and a fresh, bright finish. Fluid and refined. 70% cabernet sauvignon 16% cabernet franc, 10% merlot and 4% petit verdot. 98/100 La Desir: A very beautiful, succulent red, showing lavender, sage, conifer and rosemary with black and blue fruit. Full-bodied with firm, lightly chewy tannins and a sturdy, very elegant finish. 80% cabernet franc, 17% merlot and 3% malbec. Drink in 2022 and onwards. 98/100

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Pierre Seillan ist ein weiterer Winzer, den es aus Frankreich nach Kalifornien verschlagen hat. Ursprünglich aus Saint-Emilion begann die Geschichte von Verite eher als Projekt denn als in Stein gemeißeltes Ziel.