- Chablis 1990 (Duplessis) Completely fresh, mineral, steely, green pea fruit. Just excellent for a village wine, although, as one would expect, with no special complexity. At peak (which is more than a lot of recent Chablis will be at age 18). Bare
- Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru Champgains 1996 (Niellon) Creamy, very gently, gingery, quite fine. Free of 96 pox, but not backwards the way some are. Ready to drink. Bare
- Puligny Montrachet 1er cru Demoiselles 1991 (M. Colin) Deep, evolved colour and living rather dangerously. Pleasant but not a great example of this wine. Top
- Rioja Monopole Blanco Seco 1953 (CVNE) Cork disintegrated - rather tired and not terribly drinkable. The cork may be to blame.
- Barolo Riserva La Rocca e la Pira 1997 (Roagna) Leathery, deep tarry fruit with a hint of perfume. This has apparently been almost 10 years in barrel and so is drinkable now but I think it will improve. Not a showy wine but top-class.
- Chateau Pavie 1982 Flatter than the 90 that followed and a bit narrow and suppressed. It's perfectly nice Claret but other bottles from this case have apparently been much better. So
- Chateau Pavie 1990 Nice tone, silky fruit, piquant (more red fruits than black). Top Claret. (and rising)
- Veuve Cliquot Rich England NV The bottle is probably around 40 years old. In excellent condition, with a honey character like an old Loire. Quite sweet - it would drink nicely with the right desert. Not that complex or long however. Bare
- Tokaji Aszu 6 puttonyos 2002 (Kiralyudvar) Lots of residual sugar and a great texture here. It seems quite straightforward currently, but I think that's just its youth. Rather fine.
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- "Ripasso" Valpolicella 2004 (Tommasi) Black cherries on the nose and a touch resinous on the palate.
- Emporda Gran Reserva 2000 (Rigau Ros) Ripe black fruit and gentle (more gentle than I was expecting) oak. Well made without trying to be more than it is. A Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Garnacha blend.
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