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29/07/1996 (RJB)

28/07/1996 (RJB)

La Chapelle at St Bernard's Crescent 27/07/1996 (TNB)

27/07/1996 (TNB)

26/07/1996 (RJB)

23/07/1996 (TNB)

21/07/1996 (RJB)

21/07/1996 (TNB)

OFW Chardonnay tasting 18/07/1996 (TNB)

14/07/1996 (TNB)

13/07/1996 (RJB)

Austrian Wines at Noel Young Wines 13/07/1996 (RJB)

12/07/1996 (RJB)

11/07/1996 (RJB)

09/07/1996 (TNB)

07/07/1996 (TNB)

07/07/1996 (RJB)

at Quaglino's 02/07/1996 (RJB)

Tuscany 90 tasting at St Bernard's Crescent 02/07/1996 (TNB)

Raeburn fine wines at The Atrium 01/07/1996 (TNB)

The Diary - July 1996

29/07/1996 (RJB)

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28/07/1996 (RJB)

  • Hamilton Russell Vineyard Chardonnay 1995 (8.99 Oddbin Fine Wines) Good lees character and oak integration and goodish fruit. A bit flabby and overbearing at the end. 87
  • Three Valley Select 1993, California (3.99 Oddbins) A blend of Muscat Canelli, Chenin, Sauvignon and Chardonnay according to Oddbins (although the back label suggests it's a blend of three). Fat wine that certainly has flavour for the price. I think I'd have placed it as a blousy Pinot Gris. 84
  • Rosemount Estate Hunter Valley Shiraz 1989 Peppery, watery nose that suggests the fruit's becoming a bit lacklustre. Reasonable depth on the palate, but lacking complexity. Drink up. 85
  • Seppelt DP117, Seppeltsfield Show Fino (5.99 a half, Oddbin Fine Wines) Real Sherry comes only from ..., but I'd be hard pressed to guess this as anything other than Sherry (although the long thin designer bottle is a bit of a giveaway). Fine, dry, fresh fino style with perhaps a bit of New World weight (or am I just imaging that?). 87
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La Chapelle at St Bernard's Crescent 27/07/1996 (TNB)

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27/07/1996 (TNB)

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26/07/1996 (RJB)

  • Quartet Brut, Roederer Estate Again impressive, but this time without the bread-dough nose. Tightly structured medium- to full-weight fizz with good acidity. It should age well over two to three years. I'd be hard pressed to put this as anything other than Champagne. 89+
  • De Venoge Cordon Bleu Brut A touch hollow and a slight flabbiness - probably should have been drunk before the Quartet. The bottle hadn't been treated very well (a hot car and a freezer) so unfair to score.
  • Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 1993, Barone Cornacchia More floral (rose petals) than I remember from previous bottles - still good though. 87
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23/07/1996 (TNB)

  • Veuve Cliquot NV From a half, fresh from J&B. Full and rich, but slightly oxidative character -- poor storage? 84.
  • Krug NV Also from a half. Not quite as stunning as the bottle at the OFW tasting, but still the oak assisted complexity of a fine burgundy. Delicious. 91.
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21/07/1996 (RJB)

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21/07/1996 (TNB)

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OFW Chardonnay tasting 18/07/1996 (TNB)

California & Washington versus 92 Burgundy --- guess who won!

  • Rutz Russian river 92 Initial cheesyness blew off. Rich and nutty with marzipan-oak edge. Large and tiring, slightly hot alcoholic finish. 84 (12.99)
  • Woodward Canyon reserve 93 From Washington. Not just buttery in a vague sense, but very particular butter aromas and flavours all through. Slightly lighter and more elegant. 85. (14.99)
  • Talley Arroya grand valley 93 Amazing nose with very strong passion fruit component which preserves in the mouth. Consequently rather enjoyably drinkable. Dissapointing to come back to later though. 85 (12.99)
  • Landmark Damaris 94 Excellent texture and weight, but dumb, and with a bitter component. There might be something striking going to emerge from this, but there might not! 83(?+) (15.49)
  • Durney 89 At peak or slightly after, a pleasant well-rounded mouthful. 86 (9.99)
  • Chassagne Montrachet Baudines 92 (B. Morey) Sulphury. Once most of this blew off it revealed a pleasant wine, not great, with the balance lacking in the New World. 88 (17.99)
  • Mersault Poruzot 92 (Jobard) Sheer class. Brazil nuts. Very tight with good acidity, moderate weight, needs time, but clearly excellent. (Hard to believe RP rates this lower than Talley or Woodward!) 93 (28.99)
  • Mersault Poruzot 92 (Mestre-Michelot) Rounder, more approachable, new world style almost, but with balance. Rich and buttery. 90 (25.99)
  • Mersault Perrieres 92 (Michelot-Buisson) Austere but large, slight bitter edge, Rich, but dry woody. Hard to assess, but probably excellent 91(?+) (29.99)
  • Batard-Montrachet 92 (Gagnard-Delagrange) Quite tight, quite balanced, again hardto assess, but not up to expectations. 88(?+) (49.99)
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14/07/1996 (TNB)

  • Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 90 (F. Haag) One of those slightly difficult to evaluate tight young rieslings. In the end though the stunningly long finish gave its class away. Steely, mineraly, concentrated. Needs a few years at least. Very fine indeed, I think. I can see why people rate this producer. 92+ (11.00 at J&B).
  • Ch. Coufran 82 From a half, bags of fruit, I don't think there's much more to emerge from this. Pleasant straightforward drinking. 85.
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13/07/1996 (RJB)

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Austrian Wines at Noel Young Wines 13/07/1996 (RJB)

If German wines have an image problem, then God knows what Austrian wines have. However, this tasting showed that Austria produces world class white wines - from dry to sweet - and is capable of producing decent reds (and Noel assures us that there are better reds to come).

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12/07/1996 (RJB)

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11/07/1996 (RJB)

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09/07/1996 (TNB)

  • Billecart Salmon 89 I like this more each time I try it. Charming, light/medium weight, but serious enough. 89.
  • Hochheimer Koniginvictoriaberg Spatlese 53 (Deinhard/Pabstmann) Very deep orangy colour, with fruit still quite alive but tending towards oxidation. A bit past its peak (perhaps because it seemed to have a dodgy cork), but pleasant.
  • Haut Brion 62 Stunningly deep colour, with the merest hint of maturity. Amazingly dense yet refined smokey fruit. Delicious. I guessed it as an 82 (and might again)! Has years in it. 94.
  • Branaire-Ducru 82 medium weight, nice refined claret. Sufffered a little by comparison with the previous wine.
  • Petit Val 89 (Bonnezeaux) Refined, but perhaps a shade light for a good vintage. Pleasant drinking.
  • Quarles Harris 77 Another pretty nice 77: Seemed quite leafy, almost portugese, with liquorish flavours. As it warmed up (it was fresh from the cellar) a good chocolateyness. 89.
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07/07/1996 (TNB)

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07/07/1996 (RJB)

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at Quaglino's 02/07/1996 (RJB)

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Tuscany 90 tasting at St Bernard's Crescent 02/07/1996 (TNB)

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Raeburn fine wines at The Atrium 01/07/1996 (TNB)

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