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26/02/2007 (TNB)

Pol Roger by Edinburgh Wine Merchants 25/02/2007 (TNB)

Birthday and after 24/02/2007 (TNB)

Birthday Eve 16/02/2007 (TNB)

Valentine's Day 14/02/2007 (TNB)

Recent wines 10/02/2007 (TNB)

Last Weekend 07/02/2007 (TNB)

The Diary - February 2007

26/02/2007 (TNB)

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Pol Roger by Edinburgh Wine Merchants 25/02/2007 (TNB)

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Birthday and after 24/02/2007 (TNB)

  • Cepparello 2001 (Isole e Olena) Excellent Sangiovese fruit - the epitome of Chianti. Actually drinking rather nicely - this has time in hand but I was expecting something a bit more reserved. Bare ***(*)
  • Champagne Clos Cazals 1998 A present from my wife. Very dry, quite vinous, not the sort of thing you would serve at a party - it's too intellectual and severe. I love it. Excellent intensity and length. ****(*)
  • Cotes du Rhone La Meme Ceps Centenaires 1998 (Gramenon) I've hear a few reports that this wine is unreliable - maybe a consequence of very low sulphur use. This was good but edgy and slightly odd, although perfectly drinkable it's not the star it was a few years ago. **
  • Rausan Segla 1988 Varietal still and the fruit is in good condition. Nice weight and balance, and there is a touch of class, a core of iron, about it. It misses that last little bit of complexity or minerality, but it's good - very good even. Bare ****
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Birthday Eve 16/02/2007 (TNB)

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Valentine's Day 14/02/2007 (TNB)

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Recent wines 10/02/2007 (TNB)

  • Amontillado Coliseo (Valdespino) Just finishing a bottle opened (and noted) a week or two ago. I don't normally comment on the same bottle twice, but on finishing I must just pass on Tom Blach's description of this as "a wine for heroes". I think that says it all. ***** - almost more.
  • Gevrey Chamberting 1er cru 1995 (Maume) Burghound gives a worrying note on the Lavaut of this vintage suggesting it is too tannic for its fruit. This wine is tannic too but the tannins are succulent but ripe and the finish is challenging but long. Serious, earthy Gevrey with good intensity to the fruit. It's really nice drinking now and will improve. ***(*)
  • Champagne 1999 (A. Clouet) Quite meaty, the Bouzy pinot I guess, in contrast to the last 99 I had which was Launois P&F. Good with food. Bare ***(*)
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Last Weekend 07/02/2007 (TNB)

  • Gewurztraminer Kessler 1989 (Schlumberger) Lovely - very fresh, attractive mature fruit. Unlike two Rieslings from this vintage tasted recently, there is no suggestion this lovely wine is past its best. There is something to be said for aged Gewurz: it loses the more obvious and showy lychee character and becomes more legant and refined. Top ***
  • Collio Tocai Friulano 2005 (Vigna del Lauro) Good pure fruit. A touch of almondy bitterness and hints of complexity raise this well out of the ordinary despite being quite cheap. Friulian Tocai is an interesting grape, I think. Top **
  • Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru 2001 (Maume) Described as V.V. although this doesn't appear on the label. This seemed a bit closed at first, maybe a touch reductive. It emerged with time and was delicious 48 hours later - something I find rarely happens. Lovely high-toned, moderate weight Burgundy with a long finish that bodes well for the future. ***(*)
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