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Oddbins Fine Wine Extravaganza 30/06/2005 (TNB)

At (and before) dinner at Martin Wishart with LJM, AME and DC 29/06/2005 (TNB)

Gang of Six Chardonnay and Zinfandel tasting 27/06/2005 (RJB)

Wine group at M.D.'s 27/06/2005 (TNB)

At Petit Paris with LJM, AME, DC and DL 22/06/2005 (TNB)

Fields, Morris and Verdin Portfolio tasting 07/06/2005 (TNB)

05/06/2005 (TNB)

A look at some 1996 white Burgundies, and a few reds 05/06/2005 (TNB)

Dessert wines at Oddbins Fine Wine 02/06/2005 (TNB)

Wines in (not 'made in') Cornwall 02/06/2005 (RJB)

The Diary - June 2005

Oddbins Fine Wine Extravaganza 30/06/2005 (TNB)

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At (and before) dinner at Martin Wishart with LJM, AME and DC 29/06/2005 (TNB)

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Gang of Six Chardonnay and Zinfandel tasting 27/06/2005 (RJB)

A welcome 'win' for a white Burgundy, and a good Swiss chardonnay. As for the Zinfandels, It confirmed my view that I don't want flashy vibrant stuff - I want something with more complexity along the Ridge lines.
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Wine group at M.D.'s 27/06/2005 (TNB)

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At Petit Paris with LJM, AME, DC and DL 22/06/2005 (TNB)

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Fields, Morris and Verdin Portfolio tasting 07/06/2005 (TNB)

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05/06/2005 (TNB)

At Nahm Restaurant at the Halkin Hotel in London (very good food by the way) with a Thai meal.
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A look at some 1996 white Burgundies, and a few reds 05/06/2005 (TNB)

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Dessert wines at Oddbins Fine Wine 02/06/2005 (TNB)

  • Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut NV Bone-dry, nutty nose, slightly gluey palate. Pretty fine but I have reservations about the gluey component. Could do with a year or two. *** (Might make another star in time.)
  • Nivole Moscato d'Asti 2004 (Chiarlo) Slightly sweeter style (dessert rather than aperetif) - but reasonable acid balance. Nice grapey fruit. **
  • Chateau Suduiraut 1996 Apricot jam - quite a lot of botrytis - modest acidity. Decent rather than excellent length. Perfectly nice but a bit simple for a top wine - unless it is in a quiet phase. A bare **(*)
  • Recioto di Soave 2002 (Suavia) Very honey and orange peel - pretty sweet - modest acidity - and so a little cloying. Might come in to better balance in time but I'm not sure. May be just a bit overdone. Not quite my style, but ***
  • Chateau Yquem 1996 Lots of apricot, coconut, banana, and exotic fruit. Big and rich yet so complex. Lovely and will be great. ****(*)
  • Bonnezeaux 2001 (Chateau de Fesles) Limey - seems lightweight at first but that's probably just following Yquem. Good intensity and length. Lovely complexity too. ***(*)
  • Noble One 2002 (de Bertoli) Apples, cinnamon and bananas (someone said). Disjointed acidity. A gentle but in fact quite persistent finish. A touch towards cloying but very good of its type. Others will like this more. **
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Wines in (not 'made in') Cornwall 02/06/2005 (RJB)

All wines drunk at Crantock Bay Hotel overlooking the bay during an enjoyable family holiday. An intersting wine list - just the sort of things after those long days surfing the Atlantic rollers. (OK, body-boarding on my four-year-olds Mickey Mouse body board.)
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