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Misc 25/08/1998 (TNB)

22/08/1998 (RJB)

H. Jayer evening at St Bernard's Crescent 21/08/1998 (TNB)

15/08/1998 (TNB)

Dinner at NB's 09/08/1998 (TNB)

08/08/1998 (TNB)

Misc 02/08/1998 (TNB)

At Raeburn's vaults: 02/08/1998 (TNB)

The Diary - August 1998

Misc 25/08/1998 (TNB)

  • Chardonnay Woltner St Thomas 90 Quite a refined New World job, about at peak. Lemony and good length, but I do find the softness rather cloying.
  • Aloxe Corton Fournieres 93 (Tollot-Beaut) Quite a dense colour for Pinot, some new oak and almost Merloty fruit. One might almost think of claret at a first sniff. In the mouth, a good length of beetrooty fruit. Very pleasant. (Seemed to become a bit more grippy and 93ish in the glass!)
  • Pol Roger 85 Very agreeable maturish fizz - quite evolved green pea chardonnay flavours.
  • Doisy Daene 71 Barley sugar through and through. Good mature Barsac.
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22/08/1998 (RJB)

Mostly in the Lake District
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H. Jayer evening at St Bernard's Crescent 21/08/1998 (TNB)

  • Champagne Grande Reserve NV (Gosset) After a year or so in cellar, showing some nice bottle age. Quite weighty champagne, yet fine.
  • Riesling St Catherine 93 (Weinbach) Quite rich, forward, eveolved spicyness and lemony palate. Quite good, but not a long term wine.
  • Riesling Schlossberg 93 (Weinbach) I had this and the previous wine a few years ago, and decided this was the keeper, and also the finer wine. This still seems true: the Schlossberg is quite tight, with better acidity and a long finish. Needs time.
  • Ausone 62 Slightly smokey, Graves-like nose with hints of delicious iodine flavours that make it lovely in the mouth. Very fine!
  • Echezaux 86 (H. Jayer) Very good fruit - like night and day compared to most 86s, but hints of an acidy edge that betrays the weak vintage.
  • Echezaux 87 (E. Rouget) This is deliciously fruity, and quite fine with good length and balance.
  • Echezaux 87 (H. Jayer) Neglected to take down a note, but the comparison with Rouget is interesting: Jayer manages the same pure and intense fruit, but adds an intellectual interest. I suspect the wine is not really more complex, but the balance and fineness make it seem that way!
  • Nuits St George Meurgers 83 (H. Jayer) Has that lovely fresh fish sea flavour of really fine Burgundy - particularly of the good 83s. Delicious.
  • Vosne Romane Cros Parentoux 83 (H. Jayer) A step up from the last wine - all the flavours together with an amazing voluptuous fruityness held in balance so that you can see the depths. Really very fine.
  • Vosne Romane Cros Parentoux 80 (H. Jayer) Really gorgeously gamey, together with intense strawberry fruitiness. Very youthful. An absolute tour de force!
  • Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese 85 (J.J. Prum) Rather young, and while clearly first class, its a bit hard to penetrate beneath the quite high levels of residual CO2, which are typical of the producer.
  • Sandeman 66 Nice acidity, chocolatey fruit, quite fresh. Another strong port from this producer.
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15/08/1998 (TNB)

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Dinner at NB's 09/08/1998 (TNB)

  • Vouvray Mousseaux 59 (Huet) Gorgeously honeyed and grassy, very rich and quite sweet, beautiful fizz. Stunning!
  • Quinta do Fojo 96 A sample. Very serious colour. Made from port varieties, with the sort of nose that you might expect. Ripe tannins, decent length. Good wine.
  • Braengerger Juffer Sonnenuhr Spatlese trocken 89 (F. Haag) Quite evolved, spicy, with a very grapefruity palate. This is another "very good for a trocken" sort of wine. Why do they want to do this? From a magnum.
  • Chavignol Le Grand Cot 86 (Cotat) This really is the acceptable face of Sauv blanc, with a chablis like character. Herby, floral, good length and balance. Excellent wine. From a magnum.
  • Puligny Montrachet Champ Canet 86 (Sauzet) Clearly good burgundy, but beyond that a bit contraversial: Some thought it excellent, other (including myself) were a bit dissapointed by its slight clumsyness and lack of definition.
  • Chevalier Montrachet 62 (Lebegue-Bichot) Very grand - distinctly sherried, yet nutty and fresh.
  • Cheval Blanc 83 Fine, slightly leafy fruit with chocolate finish. Very classy, and will be brilliant in time.
  • Soutard 64 Fine, rich sweet fruit, with a subtle cedaryness all wrapped together into a lovely, tight wine. My sort of claret!
  • L'Arrosee 59 Very big, round, pencily wine. Delicious, and in some ways "more of everything" than the Soutard. On the other hand, while this is excellent, I almost prefer the slightly more intellectual Soutard.
  • White Port 1895 (Niepoort) These old white ports are stunning: his is caramely and beautifully rich. A bit more all round than the (also gorgeous) 1917.
  • Niepoort 60 Moderate weight, elegant, spicy port. Quite good for the vintage.
  • McKenzie vintage port Excellent port, with a clarety nose and good fruit. Was believed to by 1955 (which figures), but the cork seemed to say (faintly) 1967. If the latter is true, it's amazing for a modest vintage.
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08/08/1998 (TNB)

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Misc 02/08/1998 (TNB)

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At Raeburn's vaults: 02/08/1998 (TNB)

And after, with dinner:

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