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Raeburn Fine Wines presents Domaine Rolly Gassmann 30/04/2000 (TNB)

Oddbins Fine Wine Tasting, White Burgundy vs Chardonnay 27/04/2000 (TNB)

27/04/2000 (RJB)

26/04/2000 (TNB)

Noel Young Wines presents a Californian Fine Wine Tasting 26/04/2000 (RJB)

25/04/2000 (RJB)

20/04/2000 (TNB)

Wine Group at A.D.'s 17/04/2000 (TNB)

At M.D.'s 14/04/2000 (TNB)

09/04/2000 (TNB)

Wine dinner at St Bernard's Crescent 02/04/2000 (TNB)

The Diary - April 2000

Raeburn Fine Wines presents Domaine Rolly Gassmann 30/04/2000 (TNB)

Quite high residual sugar in a lot of wines. The point is supposed to be that these are 10 year wines and at that stage the sweetness will not be apparent. Certainly they have the qualities to make this reasonable. Serious wine at a reasonable price.
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Oddbins Fine Wine Tasting, White Burgundy vs Chardonnay 27/04/2000 (TNB)

  • Chardonnay 1997 unwooded (Mount Horrocks) Added acidity. Peachy-soft fruit. Lemony finish. Acidity there but separate from the fruit: added, I suspect. Fairly typical Oz: I'm not sure the fruit is fine enough to survive without oak! (8.99) *, just!
  • Chablis Grand Cru 'Valmur' 1997 (Verget) Nutty, oily, stony. Quite evolved. Not so typically Chablis to my mind. Good, but the prices for this negociant are seriously inflated. (39.99) *** with reservations.
  • Bourgogne 'Cuvee Gerard' 1998 (Sauzet) Fruit cocktail (from a tin) on the nose: just young wine esteriness, I think. Good fruit underneath with decent length. A hint of class. This should drink well for a few years. A bit of a bargain. (9.99) **
  • Chardonnay Reserve 1997 (Glen Carlou) Bags of oak. Very Ozzy in style I thought. Not bad, but the fruit fairly one-dimensional. (10.99) *
  • Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay 1997 (Beringer) Floral and quite weighty, fairly Burgundian. I liked this, but would like to try it again: is it possibly a shade short? (19.99) **
  • Bourgogne Haute Cotes de Beaune 1997 (Jayer-Gilles) Syrupy, lightish, rather oaky. Not my sort of thing. (This is the one of the five pairs of wine where I mistook the Burgundy for the New World wine, but this producer is rather Parkerish and new-worldy to me!) (14.99) *
  • Chardonnay Bin 95A 1995 (Penfolds) Oaky again, a slight spritz. A bit different - interesting wine. (19.99) **
  • Chassagne Montrachet 1997 (Ramonet) Aniseed, almonds, slight sulphur and a hint of something not quite clean on the nose: clearly French. Nicely integrated acidity. Very good for a village wine - the best of the evening for me. I wonder what the Premier Crus are like? **(*)
  • Yattarna 1995 (Penfolds) The "white Grange" apparently. Seems rather technical to me, I'm not so sure of its character. Need to retaste! For now, ***
  • Meursault 'Casse Tete' 1997 (Verget) Autolytic nose, bready like good champagne. Rather eccentric, but interesting. Again, I'm a bit undecided about this. Say *** for now.
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27/04/2000 (RJB)

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26/04/2000 (TNB)

  • Garrafeira 1989, Palmela (J.P.Vinhos) Nicely mellowed by a couple of years in cask, while maintaining good, almost raisiny fruit. Probably near peak, although in a style where change will be quite slow and could even be for the better. **
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Noel Young Wines presents a Californian Fine Wine Tasting 26/04/2000 (RJB)

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25/04/2000 (RJB)

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20/04/2000 (TNB)

  • Ladoix Les Joyeuse 1983 (M. Mallard) My last bottle of this (an excellent cheap find of RJB). High-toned cherry fruit, still some tannins, but no harshness. Possibly starting to decline a bit, but showing very well. Bottles have been a bit variable, but the best are about all one could hope for from the appellation. I wonder if this producer is still making good wine - I haven't seen it about? **
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Wine Group at A.D.'s 17/04/2000 (TNB)

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At M.D.'s 14/04/2000 (TNB)

  • Gracher Himmelreich kabinett 1996 (W. Schaefer) Very sherbert-and-lime. Good concentration and acidity. Pretty rich for kabinett Very good. *(**)
  • Meursault Narvaux 1996 (P. Morey) Vanilla-custard oak, almost pepperminty. Tightly wound. Probably rather good, but a bit hard to assess how much fruit there really is. Is it possibly a shade over made? **(*)
  • Meursault Genevrieres 1992 (Jobard) Quite luscious, ripe melony fruit. Fine and long. Becoming mature (surprisingly so for the producer perhaps, but 92 is an early maturing vintage). ****
  • Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques 1990 (Jadot) Rich, deep, slightly medicinal fruit and notable tannins. Burgundy in the gutsy style. A good drink. I suspect it's for drinking now. A good ***
  • Latricieres-Chambertin 1989 (Faively) Problematic: at first seems not to show much except lots of ripe fruit. Is it slightly masked by sulphur? It opens out a bit, and there is a quality in the dense purity of the fruit that seems genuinely Grand Cru. Awkward phase, or possibly just evolving a shade one-dimensionally? For now, ***
  • Chateau Lynch Bages 1985 Big, leafy, smoky, classic claret nose. A shade monolithic (the property's wines are always a bit chunky) but pretty good. (I don't really see though how L-B has got itself established in the "super-seconds" - it doesn't have quite enough class.) ***(*) just.
  • Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse 1961 Fruity bite, bags of acidity, fine structure. Very well preserved fruit (looks younger), but it is alive because of the rather citric acidity. Hints of class on the nose, but more the vintage than the property probably. ***
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09/04/2000 (TNB)

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Wine dinner at St Bernard's Crescent 02/04/2000 (TNB)

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