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New Year 31/12/2006 (TNB)

Wine group Xmas dinner 29/12/2006 (TNB)

Christmas drinking 26/12/2006 (TNB)

At Maresfield with RJB 26/12/2006 (TNB)

More trying of purchasable Barolos 20/12/2006 (TNB)

At Martin Wisharts 20/12/2006 (TNB)

A new (to me) Barolo Producer 17/12/2006 (TNB)

Evening tipple 16/12/2006 (TNB)

At D.L.'s 14/12/2006 (TNB)

Recent Burgundies 12/12/2006 (TNB)

Misc recent wines 12/12/2006 (TNB)

The Diary - December 2006

New Year 31/12/2006 (TNB)

  • Champagne 1996 (Alfred Gratien) Rich vanilla fruit, excellent concentration. Not the last word in elegance and the mousse is a bit coarse - but overall a splendid wine. At least a good ***(*)
  • Chateau Sociando Mallet 1986 Fruitcakey Claret, quite big and robust - seems a little woody at first but returning a day later it's clean, nicely-toned mature wine. Chunky and in the final analysis not that complex, but good. ***
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Wine group Xmas dinner 29/12/2006 (TNB)

  • Champagne Grande Siecle 1990 (Laurent-Perrier) Vanillan, lovely mousse, very elegant. Understated class. ****
  • Riesling Furstetum 1996 (A. Mann) Rich, good riesling character, quite a lot of residual sugar. Good in its way. ***
  • Vina Cubillo 1975 (Tondonia - Lopez de Heredia) Lovely fresh fruit. Complex, delicate nose. Falls off a bit in the mouth. Opens out with some air and holds up well on returning after the other wines. This is one of their lesser wines - it's a credit to the property. ***
  • Rioja 1970 Vina Lanciano (Bodegas Lan) Rich, lively, smoky, very nice. Less fine than the Cubillo but richer. (From a half.) ***
  • Leoville Barton 1990 Inky, tannic, plummy, a bit baked. Lovely secondary characters merging. ***(**)
  • Pichon Baron 1990 Suaver, rounder, suggestive of Pomerol. Pure and a touch higher-toned than the Barton. Not ready but a bit shorter-term too. Top ***(*)
  • Pichon Lalande 1983 Terribly refined, mature Claret. Great breed and balance. I sometimes find Pichon just a little too suave and lacking edge for my tastes, but this is a super wine. ****
  • Brunello 1977 (Il Poggione) Nice old nose. A touch of tea - good but doesn't develop on the palate. Creamy vanilla. Just a bit rubbery but that becomes less noticeable as it opens in the glass. ***
  • Hermitage 1983 (J-L Chave) Gamy,mineral yet edgy and unbalanced. Interesting yet also slightly flawed. Possibly a dodgy bottle. Top ***
  • Bonnezeaux 1980 (Chateau de Fesle) Rich, limey fruit. Young-seeming. Apple finish. Excellent - marred ever so slightly by a raw woody background. Top ***
  • Taylor 1955 A touch pruney and hard - opens up a bit but remains a bit unsatifyingly remote. I would expect more. ***
  • Warre 1963 Fresh, fragrant raspberry nose. Fine, elegany, light palate. Joyfully lovely. *****
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Christmas drinking 26/12/2006 (TNB)

  • Chateauneuf-du-Papes Clos des Papes 1998 (Avril) Elegant as always, silky-testured drinking wine. but I don't feel this has the power for long-term evolution that (say) the 1990 has. Drinking nicely now. Top ***
  • Lafaurie Peyraguey 1986 Drinking (from a half) really beautifully now. A delight. ****
  • Chateau Cadet Piola 1985 I recall being a bit disappointed last time I drank one of these magnums. This one however is delightful, mature, berryish St Emilion. Breed and balance to the fore. Very good drinking. Top ***
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At Maresfield with RJB 26/12/2006 (TNB)

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More trying of purchasable Barolos 20/12/2006 (TNB)

  • Barolo Rocche 1999 (Accomasso) Fragrant nose with a tar underlay. High-toned, pure yet quite gutsy tannins too. Persistent on the finish with chocolatey notes. It's pretty tightly wound still and a bit enigmatic. My guess is a bare ***(*)
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At Martin Wisharts 20/12/2006 (TNB)

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A new (to me) Barolo Producer 17/12/2006 (TNB)

  • Nebbiolo Langhe Il Balordo 2004 (Giovanni Canonica) Very pure, high-toned yet silky fruit. Somewhat in the Burgundian style but with roses, tar and chocolate and noticable but ripe Nebbiolo tannins. On the other hand it has that floral scentedness of proper old-fashioned Bordeaux. Doubtless worth keeping a few years but it is so well-made it is a pleasure to drink now. Top *** (I can't wait to try his Barolo.)
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Evening tipple 16/12/2006 (TNB)

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At D.L.'s 14/12/2006 (TNB)

  • Pol Roger White Foil NV Yeasty, quite meaty. Rich. Needs a few years. I haven't had a recently purchased bottle of Pol for a while and was surprised by its weight. Good though. ***
  • Auru 2001 (Quinta do Portal) Lovely sous-bois and blackberry nose, silky fruit, ripe (in the modern style) with succulent, tannins. Rather classy in a fairly modern way. (A quick thrash onGoogle reveals this one some sort of IWC trophy - I can understand that.) Not entirely my sort of thing but still perhaps worth a bare ***(*)
  • Latour a Pomerol 1983 Iodine and iron, rich, decadent, fleshy. Fruitcake fruit. Good, and time to drink. Bare ****
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Recent Burgundies 12/12/2006 (TNB)

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Misc recent wines 12/12/2006 (TNB)

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