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Wine group at A.D.'s 27/04/2009 (TNB)

Last day in Nice 20/04/2009 (TNB)

In Nice 19/04/2009 (TNB)

In Antibes 16/04/2009 (TNB)

Still in Antibes 16/04/2009 (TNB)

A few oddities from the cellar 13/04/2009 (TNB)

Edinburgh Offline 09/04/2009 (TNB)

The Diary - April 2009

Wine group at A.D.'s 27/04/2009 (TNB)

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Last day in Nice 20/04/2009 (TNB)

At Le Part des Anges: the only wine shop I have ever found in Nice with well-chosen wines. The back half of the shop is a cafe serving rather good, honest food in a home-cooked style.
  • Champagne La Closerie Les Beguines NV Brut Nature (Prevost) Bottle code LC05 which I am told indicates disgorgement in 05. Deep bronze/gold colour. A touch oxidative in style, lots of honey, good concentration too. This does seem to have something in common with the wines of his mentor Selosse. It is 100% Meunier, which is reflected perhaps in a slight neutrality of the fruit, which is high quality too in that "Brut Nature" does not turn out to be austere. There is quite a lot of wood influence in a style that some may not like but it is pretty deft and I am inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt. Very interesting. Bare ****
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In Nice 19/04/2009 (TNB)

  • Bandol blanc 2007 (Le Galantin) Pleasant broad flavours - quite tropical - pineapple etc. While quite South of France I feel there is something a touch modern about it: is there a bit of barrique? Good but not really individual. Top **
  • Cotes du Rhone Rose Le Gramenon, 2008 (Grameneon) A bit yeasty and closed on the nose, also slightly awkward on the finish - maybe this could do with six months or so in bottle. There's a hint of attractive rose fruit. Let's say a bare ** and rising.
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In Antibes 16/04/2009 (TNB)

  • Chateau Simone Rose 2007 One of the very few seriously fine roses, in my opinion. Lovely strawberry fruit, nice persistence. A lovely drink on a sunny day. ***
  • Bandol 2005 (Domaine Fregate) Decent enough, attractive fruit, not overdone but without real concentration and complexity or a real sense of place. **
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Still in Antibes 16/04/2009 (TNB)

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A few oddities from the cellar 13/04/2009 (TNB)

  • Cotes de Provence, Villars-sur-Var blanc 2006, Clos st Joseph Pleasant broad-textured wine from a vineyard 20 or so miles North-west of Nice. Quite classy, very nicely made - good for a few years in cellar too. Brought back last year from the excellent Caves de Mougins. Bare ***
  • Gewurztraminer Cuvee Laurence 1988 (Dom. Weinbach) I begin to think that the point of cellaring wines is not so much the vintage Clarets (or whatever) that in fact are plentiful on the market when they are 20 years old anyway, but this sort of thing: a half bottle with gentle rose-petal lychee fruit and and intriguing smokiness. Lovely - not terribly valuable, but simply not really on the market at this age. Time to drink this though. ***
  • Pernand Vergeleses blanc 2002 (Rollin) Poxed - it has that odd stinky, rotten nose and lots of odd-looking crud floating around. Not Rated
  • Meursault 1er cru Boucheres 2003 (Deux Montille) My theory buying these was that if anybody is going to make a decent 2003 it will be somebody with a tendency to old-fashioned austerity. I bought a few on sale some months ago and they are pretty delicious, if quite forward and hinting at tropical. Top ***
  • Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2000, Marina Cvetic Delicious stuff, with an intriguing broad palate suggesting the South of France. Bare ***
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Edinburgh Offline 09/04/2009 (TNB)

Rather delayed notes on a splendid evening.
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