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A dinner at 21212 31/07/2009 (TNB)

Wine Groups at M.D.'s 30/07/2009 (TNB)

27/07/2009 (TNB)

In St Andrews recently 19/07/2009 (TNB)

At D.L.'s 18/07/2009 (TNB)

In London 11/07/2009 (TNB)

A couple of wines in the garden 05/07/2009 (RJB)

Wine group at E. McC's 01/07/2009 (TNB)

The Diary - July 2009

A dinner at 21212 31/07/2009 (TNB)

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Wine Groups at M.D.'s 30/07/2009 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 27/07/2009   Return to top

27/07/2009 (TNB)

  • Champagne L'Alchimiste L.V05 (D. Leclapart) Quite dark coloured and closer in obvious red-wine character to a still rosť than to most Champagne versions. Dry (low dosage, I guess), elegant, but a little ungenerous. Not really great drinking currently. Perhaps it just needs time - the lot number indicates 2005 vintage after all - but I find it hard to guess where it is going. I can't detect anything wrong but can not help wondering whether the bottle was quite right. I can't decide about it so Not Rated
  • Leoville Barton 1975 Fruit a little attenuated now and taking on that slightly citric character. Rather fine typical smoky mature Bordeaux character though. ***
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 27/07/2009   Return to top

In St Andrews recently 19/07/2009 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 19/07/2009   Return to top

At D.L.'s 18/07/2009 (TNB)

  • Champagne L'Apotre L.V04 (D. Leclapart) Light, very fine and elegant with a core of real concentration. Very suave and engaging. Lot number V04 is the vintage in disguise. Bare ****(*)
  • Chablis 2007 (Raveneau) Typically cockleshed nose (Neal Martin's words), like a scaled down version of the familiar premier crus. Very drinkable. ***
  • Puligny Folatieres 2000 (H. Boillot) Seems a bit closed. Tight, straight down the middle, a touch mineral, pretty authentically Puligny. I'm not sure Boillot is quite my style. Bare ****
  • Morey St Denis Monts-Luisants blanc 1988 (Ponsot) Quite powerful and rich, very fresh, very characterful. Bare **** almost in its way.
  • Bourgogne Aligote 1988 (Rouget) A touch woody sometimes, softer than the Ponsot, alive and pleasant. Not as interesting as the Ponsot wine. ***
  • Pernand Vergeleses 1990 (Rollin) Opened to settle a discussion about the state of this wine, rather than as a planned part of the meal. One bottle corked, one pleasant and fresh if fading a touch. The good one **
  • Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru Clos St Jacques1990 (M. Esmonin) Raspberry fruit, quite understated, very fine and balanced. Just rather good quality Burgundy at peak, and with none of the cooked-fruit character that quite a lot of the vintage has. Bare *****
  • Brunello 1981 (Soldera) Quite low-register fruit - cooked plums perhaps. Creamy texture. Nice minerality. A touch rough perhaps. More rustic than the more recent Soldera wines. Great wine considering the very poor vintage. ****
  • Brunello 2002 (Soldera) Very creamy, herby, smooth vanilla ice-cream. More suave than the 81 - another splendid wine from a weak vintage. Perhaps the comparison with the 81 shows Soldera's winemaking is more sophisticated now. Drinking rather well now but will perhaps improve a bit too. ****
  • Calon Segur 1966 Lovely - elegant, ripe, a touch of perfume and round fruit. Very fresh and engaging. None of the awkwardness that a lot of 66's seem to have. Really good classic Claret. Bare *****
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In London 11/07/2009 (TNB)

The first two at Les Terroirs wine bar - a splendid place near Trafalgar Square.
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A couple of wines in the garden 05/07/2009 (RJB)

  • Champagne Brut Grande Reserve (Gosset) From a half and the cork a long time nibbled by mice. This must be just a bit less than 10 years old I would guess (I know I should know but, well, I'm not that organised). The fizz has virtually disappeared but the wine has that lovely old Champagne nose that Jack Plumb used to liken, favourably, to stagnant rivers. Not to everyone's taste perhaps, but I love it. Top ***
  • Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux-Saint-Jacques 2003 (Louis Jadot) The second bottle I've had of this recently. The first bottle was good but didn't really go any further. This bottle, though, was really rather fine with excellent fruit and depth. Odd as I had this wine in the garden where wines don't always show that well. Maybe the temperature of the wine and the outside were just right for each other. Good, light tannic structure. A delight. ***(*)
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Wine group at E. McC's 01/07/2009 (TNB)

A bad evening for corked or otherwise slightly faulty wines: five dubious bottles out of sixteen!
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