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Wine group at M.M's 28/04/2008 (TNB)

26/04/2008 (TNB)

A reception 24/04/2008 (TNB)

20/04/2008 (TNB)

18/04/2008 (TNB)

With MR 15/04/2008 (RJB)

The M.D. Charity Dinner 12/04/2008 (TNB)

Back home 08/04/2008 (TNB)

At La Cave de Mougins 07/04/2008 (TNB)

Mougins, yet again 06/04/2008 (TNB)

More Mougins 04/04/2008 (TNB)

And more Mougins 04/04/2008 (TNB)

Another evening in Mougins 02/04/2008 (TNB)

The Diary - April 2008

Wine group at M.M's 28/04/2008 (TNB)

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26/04/2008 (TNB)

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A reception 24/04/2008 (TNB)

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20/04/2008 (TNB)

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18/04/2008 (TNB)

  • Chateau Faugeres 1998 Very fruitcake St Emilion, a bit gummy (something I just noticed that I said last time I tried this too). There's a bit of minerality too on the fruit. Pretty strong effort without being captivating. ***
  • Champagne Cuvee William Deutz 1996 White bread, passion fruit, possibly the touch of gin on the nose that I noted last time. This seems a slightly better bottle than that - nice feel in the mouth too. Very pretty, creamy wine, now drinking very nicely. Excellent balance, that I think means it will still improve. Bare ****(*)
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With MR 15/04/2008 (RJB)

  • Chablis 1990 (Daniel Defaix) Perhaps just on the way out, but still a big oily and gently nutty wine which is pleasurable to drink. Lacking some acidity, but with a good length. ***
  • Chateau La Lagune 1990 Completely brilliant. A wonderfully fragrant nose of violets and berries that just exudes class, and a perfectly balanced palate which combines elegance and depth. This is drinking beautifully now, but it will last. One of those wines you could seemingly drink for ever without getting bored. I just wish I could get the chance to test that theory out. A very easy *****
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine 1994 (M. Chapoutier) It was always going to be difficult for a wine to follow the La Lagune, but even so this seemed rather feeble. Dilute and unforthcoming with seemingly little stuffing. **
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The M.D. Charity Dinner 12/04/2008 (TNB)

  • Champagne Extra Dry 1988 (Pol Roger) Great farmyard straw nose and palate. (Where does this character come from in Champagne, I wonder?) Pretty rich and flavoursome, becoming honeyed with time in the glass. From a magnum. Bare *****
  • Chateau Laville Haut Brion Blanc 2000 Very graceful, lanolin and wax, lovely fruit. Quite forward (from the vintage I guess) but it has the balance to improve at least over the medium term. Very lovely. ****(*)
  • Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru Vergers 1992 (Ramonet) Bandagey poultice nose initially. Slightly oily, lemony fruit. Plenty of richness, creamy and good length. Gets more complex with time in the glass. ****
  • Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru Ruchottes 1992 (Ramonet) Ripe peachy nose with Ramonet ginger on the very classy fruit. A little higher-toned than the Vergers and a little more stylish. Bare *****
  • Grands Echezeaux 1983 (DRC) Slightly metallic, "smell of the sea" sort of Burgundy nose - really gorgeous. The palate is complex and delicious - quite smoky - yet there is the slight edginess so common in this vintage from the rot problems. Bare *****
  • La Tache 1983 (DRC) More exotic than the Grands Echezeaux, deeper and with a slightly burnt edge to the fruit. Sexy, silky, and only the merest hint of 83 edginess. A touch longer than the G.E. also. Very fine. Top *****
  • Chateau Leoville Barton 1966 Excellent colour, classic Claret nose, cedary, a touch of iodine. Nice density with sweet, ripe fruit. Just exactly as a good mature Claret should be - but I doubt many (or even any) of today's wines will be this good at 40 years old. From a magnum Top ****
  • Chateau Latour 1970 Fantastic walnut and fruit nose. On the palate, great minerality and an astonishing sense of great power without the slightest heaviness. This is just coming round to drinking well I would guess, but will improve. Great wine. Top *****
  • Chateau Suduiraut 1967 Slightly green rim. The palate centres around barley-sugar, but with great complexity and a lovely nutty character. Top Sauternes. *****
  • Bual 1934 (Rutherford and Miles) Slightly smoky with more richness on the palate than a lot of Madeiras - bananas and Rum ("a West Indian wine" according to one of us) and a touch of coffee. Very fine Madeira. *****
  • Roederer Cristal 1981 Apricot nose. Quite dry. Rounded suave wine, very elegant and poised. Rather lovely - it repays attention and time in the glass. Bare *****
  • Krug 1981 Still a touch of brioche on the nose. Dry, and there is a sense that there is a bit more to give here - it just hints at the mint-chocolate of older Krug. Very sophisticated and lovely. *****
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Back home 08/04/2008 (TNB)

  • Champagne Special Club 2000 (Launois P & F) Lemony fruit with a touch of yeast and an underlying stonyness - quite rich and still a touch hard on the palate with good persistence. Very nice and will get better. A good ***(*)
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At La Cave de Mougins 07/04/2008 (TNB)

Chateau d'Estoublon also make some lovely Olive Oils, including some fascinating single variety ones.
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Mougins, yet again 06/04/2008 (TNB)

  • Bandol Rose 2006 (Le Galantin) Synthetic cork, which I don't much like. Quite deep, sweetly ripe rose-petal fruit. Quite dry and a touch of tannin makes it a grown-up wine rather than just a Summers day crowd pleaser. Good wine. **
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More Mougins 04/04/2008 (TNB)

  • Bandol 2002 (Le Galantin) Silky fruited, well-made wine with characterful fruit. It tastes as though it has been in barrique though and over all the effect is a bit "modern" for my palate. Others will like it more. Of its type it is quite good value. Top **
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And more Mougins 04/04/2008 (TNB)

Just finished last night's Galantin Bandol. It seems less anonymous with pure fruit and a bit higher toned than yesterday. I may have been a bit mean to it when suggesting it was tending to international style.
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Another evening in Mougins 02/04/2008 (TNB)

  • Cotes de Provence, Villars-sur-Var blanc 2006 (Clos Saint-Joseph) Recommended by the excellent Cave de Mougins, this comes from just north of Nice. Very South of France, with the usual mix of grapes: a hint of elderflower on the nose and a broad palate with lots of interest and substantial texture. Good concentration too. I really enjoyed this and it would hold up well to not being drunk on a sunny balcony. Perhaps even makes ***
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