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Wine group Xmas dinner 28/12/2011 (TNB)

Wine group Xmas - postscript 28/12/2011 (TNB)

25/12/2011 (TNB)

18/12/2011 (TNB)

More exploration of Beaujolais Crus 13/12/2011 (TNB)

Beaujolais again 04/12/2011 (TNB)

The Diary - December 2011

Wine group Xmas dinner 28/12/2011 (TNB)

With a fantastic tasting menu at Mithas
  • Champagne Polisy 1999, disgorged Oct 2010 (A Beaufort) Deep colour. Rich ripe-apple fruit - it has something of the style of a good "natural" table wine. Quite oxidative in style, a one-off. Slightly off-dry although some of the impression of sweetness is down to top-quality ripe fruit. Lovely. *****
  • Champagne Coeur de Cuvee 1999 (Vilmart) Very stylish, the oak gives a touch of vanilla but it is very deftly handled. Top Champagne, if a bit more mainstream than the Beaufort. Bare *****
  • Krug 1989 Becoming mature now - a touch of slow-moving rivers about it. Bright colour, quite a deep gold. Rich, as usual with Krug. Bare *****
  • Riesling vom Stein Smaragd 1998 (Nikolaihof) From a magnum, great mature riesling nose and palate, bone dry, nice weight and balance. Very, very good. ****
  • Malvasia Istriana 2007 (Duline) Bitter almonds. So, so delicate with fantastic complexity once it opens up in the glass. Repays attention the more you study it. Gorgeous. *****
  • Santenay 1er cru La Comme 2002 (Belland) Quite dry and a little lacking in charm. Pleasant enough Burgundy. Scrapes ***
  • La Conseillante 1981 Another magnum. Very rounded, fruitcake Pomerol, with classic mature Claret character. pretty much at peak, I would say. Delicious. ****
  • La Conseillante 1997 I think I started some dessert at the wrong time and so wrecked my palate for this: my impression is that it was a pretty good but I won't try and rate it. Not Rated
  • Colheita 1988 (Niepoort) Beautiful sparkly, bright colour. Thoroughly transparent, delicious fruit. This seems a good Colheita vintage for Niepoort. ****
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 29/12/2011   Return to top

Wine group Xmas - postscript 28/12/2011 (TNB)

One wine I forgot to note. I'd been wanting to try it again having sampled it in London.
  • Crozes Hermitage 2009 (Dard & Ribo) Excellent quality fruit, with all the purity you expect from natural winemaking. I think I have to agree with those present who thought that it did not really have much terroir character and so lacked real distinction. ***
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 30/12/2011   Return to top

25/12/2011 (TNB)

  • Nerello Mascalese Nonna Concetta 2007 (Calabretta) Lovely, transparent, high-toned fruit from this producer on Mount Etna. Quite severely structured, but a few more years in bottle will soften that a bit - now it is one to open a few hours in advance. Real wine. ***(*)
  • Leoville Barton 1986 A lovely drink now - classically cedary Claret. Top ****
  • Smith Woodhouse 1977 I might (as so often with Port) have imagined this was a bit younger if tasting blind. Nice fruit, and is it still a touch hard on the finish? Top ***
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 25/12/2011   Return to top

18/12/2011 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 18/12/2011   Return to top

More exploration of Beaujolais Crus 13/12/2011 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 13/12/2011   Return to top

Beaujolais again 04/12/2011 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 04/12/2011   Return to top