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31/07/1998 (RJB)

Rhone varietals at OFW 30/07/1998 (TNB)

Oddbins 28/07/1998 (TNB)

Dinner at St Bernard's Crescent 25/07/1998 (TNB)

Dinner at Vintners Rooms with DL, NB, ZM 24/07/1998 (TNB)

23/07/1998 (TNB)

A Riesling Tasting at Noel Young Wines 21/07/1998 (RJB)

21/07/1998 (TNB)

19/07/1998 (TNB)

17/07/1998 (RJB)

17/07/1998 (TNB)

14/07/1998 (TNB)

13/07/1998 (RJB)

Noel Young Wines presents 'The Best of California' 07/07/1998 (RJB)

05/07/1998 (TNB)

Simon and Hannah's Wedding, Riccall 04/07/1998 (RJB)

The Diary - July 1998

31/07/1998 (RJB)

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Rhone varietals at OFW 30/07/1998 (TNB)

Interesting tasting, with old world/new world pairs tasted blind. Always pretty clear which was which!
  • Condrieu Les Chaillets Vielle vignes 94 (Cuilleron) Apricoty, slightly estery and quite oaky nose. Mouthfilling, but a bit heavy and oily in texture. A Parker-boosted producer whose style I do not really go for. 85. (20.00)
  • Viognier Howell Mountain La Jota 95 Very pale colour, anonymous nose with floral hints. It fills the mouth, and lingers even, but in far too neutral a way for me. 80 (20.00)
  • Underhill shiraz 95 (Yarra Yering) Sweet, ripe, round, cherry fruit with a spicy and minty edge. Tannic, in that New World way that sits oddly with the up-front sweetness of the fruit. Very clean, with none of the rusticity (and VA) the producer is famous for. 82 (20.00)
  • Cote-Rotie Coteau de Bassenon 95 (Cuilleron) Slightly more interesting (maybe just not overly clean) nose, dry, tannic, impressive until one begins to suspect a slight mid-palate hollowness. 84 (17.00)
  • St Henri Shiraz 93 (Penfolds) Like the YY, this too had a New World giveaway sweet nose. Fruit quite complex though: the whole impression like a top Californian "Rhone ranger". 85 (15.00)
  • La Chapelle 91 (Jaboulet) Warm rubber nose, the whole wine is well-bred and balanced. I suspect I've had better bottles, but this one is fine. This really is an under-rated (if fairly early maturing) La Chapelle. 88 (25.00)
  • Cairanne La Font d'Estevanas 95 (Alary) (Not paired.) Good, honest stuff - quite long and in balance - if not amazingly complex in the end. (8.49)
  • Edmond St John Les Cotes Sauvage 94 Chateauneuf mix - seems very "lifted cherry" grenache, but apparently that is a small part of the blend. Good length, accessible. (13.00)
  • Chateauneuf du Pape Clos des Pontifs 94 (Bois Dauphin) Quite evolved, decent balance, can't imagine it's going anywhere much, but pleasant. (15.00)
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Oddbins 28/07/1998 (TNB)

Noted, not very carefully, at a crowded tasting. And after:
  • Megas Oenos 95 Characterful Greek wine with a gutsy nose like a Californian Cabernet. Plenty of fruit. 86 (8.99, or 17.99 for a magnum in a smart wooden box!)
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Dinner at St Bernard's Crescent 25/07/1998 (TNB)

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Dinner at Vintners Rooms with DL, NB, ZM 24/07/1998 (TNB)

  • Beaujolais Village 91 (Ch D'Emergines) An experimental magnum. Muted nose, but silky in the mouth with good boiled-sweety fruit, not overdone with Cab-Mac. Decent stuff! (From a magnum.)
  • Chablis Montmains 83 (Duplessis) Quite rich, grassy and honeyed, and slightly woody in a not unpleasant way. Seems to be a good producer.
  • Corton Charlemagne 83 (Rollin) Almost peach/apricot flavours over a long and lovely minerally base. Gorgeous! 92.
  • Pernand Vergelesses Ile de Vergelesses 90, 89 and 76 (Rollin) The 90 has sweet, ripe fruit, good length and is quite fleshy (perhaps the vintage). The 89 slightly lighter in the mid-palate, making the tannins more evident. Again a good wine. The 76 is amazing: very tannic (but basically ripe tannins) and almost medicinal. Excellent length. Really first class. The 90 (and 89) while good, I find it hard to imagine their turning out quite this well!
  • Sandemanns 55 Slightly short and with a peppery finish. Good, but more like a successful old wine from a more moderate vintage.
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23/07/1998 (TNB)

  • Laurent Perrier NV Characteristically "rounded" light-medium weight. Very decent. From a half.
  • Rully Gresigny 96 (Jacquesson) Quite zippy, not over-ambitious. Could do with a year or so, when a good basic white Burgundy might well emerge.
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A Riesling Tasting at Noel Young Wines 21/07/1998 (RJB)

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21/07/1998 (TNB)

  • Meursault 88 (J. Germain) I haven't tried this for a long time - it seems to be very evolved in a gracefully oily and nutty way. A good drink. 86.
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19/07/1998 (TNB)

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17/07/1998 (RJB)

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17/07/1998 (TNB)

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14/07/1998 (TNB)

  • Bourgogne Rouge 88 (G. Barthod) Superb, smokey fruit, not even beginning to fade. Excellent for the level of wine. I don't think other vintages of this are comparable, although this is a good producer. 87
  • L'Arrosee 88 Almost meaty, good ripeness and balance. Good, but perhaps a bit less than one might hope. From a half. 87.
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13/07/1998 (RJB)

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Noel Young Wines presents 'The Best of California' 07/07/1998 (RJB)

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05/07/1998 (TNB)

  • Brunello Riserva 90 Col D'Orca Tried twice since the last note - I think this is a fine wine - can seem slightly light in the wrong circumstances, but high-toned with good length and complex fruit. RP's dismal review gets this one wrong, I think! 91.
  • Marsannay Longerois 90 (B. Clair) Nice sweet fruit - piercing raspberry and cherry. Basically fairly simple, and at peak. 85.
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Simon and Hannah's Wedding, Riccall 04/07/1998 (RJB)

Some at the Drum and Monkey, Harrogate (a simple seafood menu, but the fish is cooked beautifully Well worth a lunch.)

At Middlethorpe Hall, York, for the reception, but all wines from Majestic

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