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New Year's Eve 31/12/2010 (TNB)

Wine Group Xmas dinner. 29/12/2010 (TNB)

At Home 28/12/2010 (TNB)

Xmas 25/12/2010 (TNB)

At home 23/12/2010 (TNB)

In London 21/12/2010 (TNB)

In London 20/12/2010 (TNB)

An interesting St Joseph 17/12/2010 (TNB)

At Les Terroirs in London 17/12/2010 (TNB)

The Diary - December 2010

New Year's Eve 31/12/2010 (TNB)

  • Champagne 1999 (C. Cazals) Lovely lemony Le Mesnil nose with that stony touch that suggests a touch of oxidation. I was a little unsure about this wine last time I tried it but it is singing now. Lovely. ****
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Wine Group Xmas dinner. 29/12/2010 (TNB)

New Year's Resolution: Get caught up on my tasting notes. So these are fresh from last night and I will clear the backlog soon.
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At Home 28/12/2010 (TNB)

  • Auxey-Duresses Les Hautes 2007 (J-M Vincent) Very lees-influenced nose - yeasty, reminiscent of Champagne. The fruit quite taught with notable acidity. There is a new oak influence that I have slightly mixed feelings about, but the fruit is intense and so stands it well. ***
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Xmas 25/12/2010 (TNB)

  • Palo Cortado El Cardenal (Valdespino) One of those serious, dark old wines - this is more harmonious that I remember, but still very complex with that old wood feeling. Lovely. Top ****
  • Colheita 1995 (Niepoort) Like all the various vintages, this has a ravishing brown-gold colour and a lovely chocolate character. Gorgeous. ****
  • Leoville Barton 1986 Quite firm, dark fruit - and it still has a youthful colour considering its age. Cedar and cigar box - classic mature Claret. ****
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At home 23/12/2010 (TNB)

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In London 21/12/2010 (TNB)

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In London 20/12/2010 (TNB)

  • Chinon blanc Part des Anges 2007 (Dom La Noblaie) Chenin: ripe apples and something slightly tropical, with the broad, relatively low acid palate one might expect from rather further south. Good concentration and length. This tastes a bit like some products of the fashionable "natural wines" movement. Rather good. ***
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An interesting St Joseph 17/12/2010 (TNB)

  • St Joseph blanc 2008 (Dard & Ribo) A bit odd on opening, but a gorgeous broad, intense wine emerges, with a ripe almost tropical undertone and some minerality. Great concentration and length. Very individual and extremely enjoyable. Easy **** - might it even improve?
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At Les Terroirs in London 17/12/2010 (TNB)

  • Palo Cortado Regente (Sanchez Romate) Nice fruit (not that old I guess). Great character. Top ***
  • Barbera 2004 (AA Trinchero) A modern job - barriques and so on. Great fruit, dense with none of the grape's tendency to thinness. Not totally my sort of thing, but ***.
  • Clampins d'Abord 2009 Fragrant, very pure, quite light-bodied. The fruit quite cough-sweet southern, the structure more northern. Hard to assess in a way. Interesting - I'd like to try it again. *** perhaps
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