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Some recent drinking 30/06/2004 (TNB)

At Longueville Manor 29/06/2004 (TNB)

Wine group at M.D.'s 28/06/2004 (TNB)

With meals in Vienna 20/06/2004 (TNB)

Young (not Riesling) white, and Sangiovese 16/06/2004 (RJB)

Oddbins "Extreme Vineyards" tasting 10/06/2004 (TNB)

At Circa Fish in Lewes 04/06/2004 (RJB)

The Diary - June 2004

Some recent drinking 30/06/2004 (TNB)

  • Palmela 1999 (Alianca) Portugese and made from a native variey. Rather modern-styled forward fruit of no very great density and with a bit of a tannic kick that sits rather oddly with that. OK, but nothing more. A bare *
  • Chateuneuf-du-Pape Reserve blanc 1989 (Rayas) Lovely, engaging Souther-French nose of herbs warmed by the sun. Quite dry, initially slightly less engaging on the palate but there is in fact good length. Very fine. For the nose, ****
  • Wehlehner Sonnenuhr kabinett 1999 (J-J Prum) Good fruit, touch of CO2 but too much eggy sulphur. One hopes that will wear off Not Rated
  • Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 1998 (Duplessis) Very nice indeed - interesting to compare it to the Sechet 98 from Dauvissat tasted recently: that had a suave creamyness that this doesn't quite match, but there is an excellent chalky minerality here that makes the wines a close match in quality terms to me. This will be probably be even nicer in a year or two, but perhaps not to the extent of another star. ***
  • Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens 1987 (Lejeune) I remember very clearly tasting this about ten years ago soon after I bought a few bottles - bold with in-your-face boiled-sweet fruit. I had some misgivings then but enjoyed it a lot in 1997 when it had mellowed nicely. I took a bottle to the SuperBOWL last year and hawked it around over dinner - it didn't show well but I was suspicious that it was just not the sort of thing to have hurriedly out of a small glass at the end of a day's tasting and so I didn't make a note. Coming back to it now it is not over the hill as I had half feared. It is delicious - takes a while to open out in the glass and show its ripe cherry fruit still with those cherry-menthol overtones that I remember from a decade ago. Some earthy Pommard character adds to the package too. Really nice, but I should probably try and drink the last bottle some time in the next year or so. A good ***.
  • Erbacher Marcobrunn Spatlese trocken 2001 (Schloss Reinhartshausen) Bone-dry with sherberty riesling nose and ripe fruit that suggests sweetness. Not mean like the trocken wines of even good growers a few years ago, but lean and even in this vintage which has led to a healthy (if that's the right word) 12% alcohol there is to my mind something about the overall balance that gives it a slight lack of presence. A fine wine though with a good finish. I guess the real question is how it will be in ten years - there is going to be some beneficial development at least for a few years anyway. **(*)
  • Vacqueyras Les Clefs d'Or blanc 2001 (Domaine Le Clos des Cazaux) Gutsy, mouthfilling, very drinkable white Rhone from the Wine Society. Worth a try at well the right side of ten quid. Scrapes ** even
  • Cote Roannaise Les Vieilles Vignes 2002 (Robert Serol) Lightweight picnic stuff with boiled-sweet fruit. Perhaps OK of its sort. *
  • Clos de Marquis 1983 The last bottle of a half case I purchased some years ago of Las Cases's second wine. I seem to have rated this ** recently but *** a few years ago. I wonder. Right now, it seems a completely resolved, very pleasant, balanced claret - a combination of scented fruit and cigar box. As I drink a few more glasses, a classy, dry minerality emerges too. Maybe this is a slightly better bottle than others or maybe it is entering a new phase. Maybe I am just in a good mode. This is pretty stylish and I go back to ***
  • Puligny Montrachet Sous le Puits 1er cru 1996 (J-C Bachelet) I bought a few bottles of this two or three years ago after rating it ***(*) when drinking in a restaurant. Last year I rated it **(**) - it has a lot of Puligny terroir about it - dry, oily hazelnuts - but also searing acidity. It is a bit of an enigma because I am not completely sure how it will turn out. It still takes a while to open up and the acidity does not seem to have mellowed much. I'm going to be more conservative this time and stick to a good ***
  • Riesling Vom Stein Smaragd 1995 (Nikolaihof) This has opened up a bit and the fruit is now to the fore - dried pineapple but the wine is bone-dry so there is no hint of cloying. There's a touch of underlying minerality and there may be some further positive evolution although the wine is beginning to seem quite resolved. It may yet rate the four stars I thought it would when I tasted it first in 1999 but for now I will stick to a more conservative ***
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At Longueville Manor 29/06/2004 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 05/11/2004   Return to top

Wine group at M.D.'s 28/06/2004 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 12/09/2004   Return to top

With meals in Vienna 20/06/2004 (TNB)

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Young (not Riesling) white, and Sangiovese 16/06/2004 (RJB)

A rather late submission for these notes.
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 22/01/2005   Return to top

Oddbins "Extreme Vineyards" tasting 10/06/2004 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 07/10/2004   Return to top

At Circa Fish in Lewes 04/06/2004 (RJB)

Circa Fish is a newish venture set up by Circa (previously reviewed on this site). It is well worth a visit if you are in the vicinity, and I hope to go again soon and give a review. If you are also lucky with the weather and can sit outside with a glass of pre-prandial wine, then I recommend facing the castle rather than the car park. And I can also recommend the Nyetimber. I finished with a glass of Recioto di Soave and a Grappa also from Fasoli Gino. I have singularly failed to note further details, but both were of a good quality.
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