0,75l from bottle at Sanders shared by Sander, big thanks. Vintage 2019/2020. Bottled 19.02.2020. yellow lightly hazy color, small white head. Smells funk, grapes, prickly, sweet wine, stone fruits, peaches, lovely smell. Full body, very soft carbonation. Tastes of grape notes, hay, stone fruits, peach, light sweetness, white grapes, sweet wine, tannins, light oak. Finishes super balanced and almost sweet with notes of white grapes, peach and sweet wine. Very very nice one, super smooth, super balanced almost on the sweet side 9, 4, 9, 4, 18
C: Head gone in seconds, over faintly veiled, very pale greenish golden beer, pearling.
N: Sulphur, vulcanized rubber, woodruff, white grapes, lactic acid; all, even the strange aromas are delicate.
T: Again rubber, lactic acid, floral, white blossoms, lemon, musk.
MF: Pure Champenoise pearling, lipsmacking acidity, very refreshing.
O: Very, very strange, delicate, exceptional lambic. No compromises.
New Cantillon lambic and a further extension of Cantillon’s flirting with the wine world – one of the most interesting aspects of their output, beginning somewhere in the seventies when Jean-Pierre Van Roy rediscovered the 19th-century Hoeilaart tradition of grape lambics and began bringing it back to life. This one makes use of grapes that are used by Italian wine producer Radikon (hence ‘Racine’) for their so-called orange wines, a type of wine made from white grapes but with the skin included (contrary to what is custom in the production of white wines), resulting in indeed orange coloured wines with a more characterful, tannin-rich flavour profile. Thanks Kraddel for sharing at Cantillon’s bar. Loose and thin, off-white ring of bubbles but quickly disappearing into nothing, over a misty, very pale straw blonde beer with yellowish tinge – among the palest lambics I’ve ever seen, actually. Very idiosyncratic, shifting, beguiling aroma of dried grape skin and old raisins without the sweetness, raw quince, crabapple, dried lemon zest, sumac, old books, minerals, dusty attic, sandpaper, something vaguely sulphuric (freshly struck matches) tucked away deep in the background. Spritzy, fruity onset, crisply carbonated with a very strong minerality to it which I assume is also due to the grapes used here, gentle but confident far-stretching tartness reminiscent of sour grapes but equally so of green apple and raw quince; lots of minerality edging a vinous, elegantly slender body, thin-bready in its core with lactic tart and woody tannic effects, but shifting colours constantly; ends complex, with an eventually strong white wine-like flavour in the finish (Chardonnay) mixed with a lemony zestiness and a noble woody ‘dustiness’. Indeed very vinous and white wine-like, perhaps even more so than other (pale) grape lambics from Cantillon; distinct, refined, minerally and unique, this one truly amazed me. In its constant 'kaleidoscopic' change of colours and aromas from beginning to end, a bit reminiscent of the great La Vie Est Belge, but a class of its own by all standards. The limitless possibilities of lambic never cease to impress me… This is a true Cantillon masterpiece without a doubt, and a testimony of what lambic (and thus beer in general) can be capable of on a high gastronomical level. Wow!
Draft @ ML Fontainas.
Probablement une des favorites de ce Zwanze day. Vins à la frontière Slovène - sublimé par une douceur rappelant un peu 'La Vie est Belge' avec cette influence de vin Tokay - par les vétérans du vin orange de Radikon. Une très belle couleur paille-dorée sur un léger voile, col blanc.
Retrouve une certaine douceur poussant sur des notes fruitées d'agrumes et une certaine épaisseur de bouche, le tout savamment bien alliée au lambic. Le tout est riche et complexe - se boit comme un vin d'apéritif.
Pours clear blonde, small white head. Scent is complex and refined. Cantillon funk, but more elegant and not nearly as robust as you're used to. Mild fruityness, which I wouldn't place as wine per se. Taste is complex, refined, oak, mild cantillon funk and much more elegant. Mild tartness, very mild acetic bite in the end. Not much specific about the wine barrels to me, but a nice drinker nevertheless. Perhaps a bit of white grape character yes, but not dominant.
750 ml. bottle shared @ brewery. Totally different from what I expected, very fruity in almost a soapy way, almost sweetish white grape & citrus, oak, perfume, finish in the back is some more classic orange wine funk but way less than expected. Took some getting used to / wrong expectation but quite nice overall.