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31/08/1997 (RJB)

"Graham's farewell" at OFW 28/08/1997 (TNB)

26/08/1997 (TNB)

Noel Young Wines presents a varietal tasting of Chardonnay, with special guest Malcolm Shiraz 26/08/1997 (RJB)

26/08/1997 (TNB)

24/08/1997 (RJB)

Gang of Three 20/08/1997 (RJB)

In the Lake District 15/08/1997 (RJB)

Misc 15/08/1997 (TNB)

Pinot Noir at OFW 07/08/1997 (TNB)

The Diary - August 1997

31/08/1997 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 31/08/1997   Return to top

"Graham's farewell" at OFW 28/08/1997 (TNB)

  • Echezaux 89 (Dujac) Light coloured but fragrant, slightly "animal", balanced and lovely. Suspicions that it was fading at the end of the evening, so perhaps not going anywhere. 90.
  • Richbourg 91 (Mongeard-Mungeret) Darker, concentrated, creamy oak, meaty, but sweet fruit. Pretty good! 91.
  • Orion Old Vines 94 (Thackeray) Concentrated, serious, but so, so, minty. Not to my taste.
  • La Conseillante 86 A bit austere and tannic, but not much underneath. Really a bit thin. 85.
  • Cos D'Estournel 86 Certainly not really singing at the moment, and a bit lighter than I expected. 87 (?+)
  • Hermitage La Chapelle 95 Peppery, even slightly pencily concentrated fruit. At least a very good La Chapelle, but I'd guess not a great one. 89(+)
  • D'Yquem 90 Lovely sauternes, quite restrained, I'd guess in the end that it won't match the much showier 89, but it is very fine, and perhaps will suprise me. 92(?+)
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26/08/1997 (TNB)

  • Calco do Tanha 94 With dinner at "blue": Duoro red with real guts, but sufficient modernity to give a good dose of blackcurrenty fruit. not at all bad.
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Noel Young Wines presents a varietal tasting of Chardonnay, with special guest Malcolm Shiraz 26/08/1997 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 26/08/1997   Return to top

26/08/1997 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 26/08/1997   Return to top

24/08/1997 (RJB)

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Gang of Three 20/08/1997 (RJB)

The themes for the evening were any white, and red Rhone (excluding Chateauneuf, Cote Rotie and Hermitage). Numbers in brackets indicate ranking of wine taken as an average of the three scores for each wine.

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In the Lake District 15/08/1997 (RJB)

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Misc 15/08/1997 (TNB)

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Pinot Noir at OFW 07/08/1997 (TNB)

Written up a week after the tasting from rather sketchy notes. Hence mainly general impressions:
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 07/08/1997   Return to top