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A Cros Parantoux evening at D.L.'s 30/06/2007 (TNB)

29/06/2007 (TNB)

Wine group at E.McC's 25/06/2007 (TNB)

Weekend drinking 24/06/2007 (TNB)

17/06/2007 (TNB)

12/06/2007 (TNB)

10/06/2007 (TNB)

LVMH prestige drinks at Peckhams 04/06/2007 (TNB)

03/06/2007 (TNB)

A splendid evening hosted by L.S. 01/06/2007 (TNB)

The Diary - June 2007

A Cros Parantoux evening at D.L.'s 30/06/2007 (TNB)

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29/06/2007 (TNB)

  • Arbois Savagnin 2001 (J. Puffeney) Like a fino sherry but with better acidity, less alcohol (its 13%, unfortified) and probably more fruit - high-toned, quite lemony. Works well as an aperitif and goes quite well with cheese even. Very individual and rather enjoyable. ***
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 29/06/2007   Return to top

Wine group at E.McC's 25/06/2007 (TNB)

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Weekend drinking 24/06/2007 (TNB)

  • Chardonnay Marina Cvetic 2000 (Masciarelli) Quite interesting, but oddly unbalanced - not exactly flabby but going vegetal in a way I don't take to. Others may differ but I prefer the Trebbiano from this vintage! **
  • Chablis Vaillons 2000 (J-P Droin) I have been drinking my way through a load of halves of this, bought at a provincial auction for no great money. This (apart from one corked bottle) is real Chablis, a touch of chalky minerality, pure fruit and so forth. Yet it seems a bit too easy, a bit short on challenge, to be really good. Bare ***
  • Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Cazetieres 1992 (Rousseau) Another auction wine that I have lazily been leaving making a note on to the next bottle. Beetroot, gamy Pinot, hinting at farmyard corruption - as one might expect, completely mature. Rather good in its way - I can see how the bottle RJB gave 5 stars to last year might have been not so different but I can't go further than a bare ****.
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 24/06/2007   Return to top

17/06/2007 (TNB)

  • Savoie Chignin Vieille Vigne 2004 (R. Quenard) Citric apple nose, becoming honeyed with time in th glass. Nicely dry palate, unassertive but with a good texture and persistence from old vines. In fact, this apparently comes from 10 year old Jacquere vines - like many Italian whites there is no easy fruit to identify but the whole package is very elegantly drinkable. For interest and individuality - a bare ***
  • Champagne Silver Brut Nature (A. Clouet) A bit reductive on opening, but it opens out to be mineral, quite meaty, hints towards coffee, Bollinger-style perhaps. It will never be that elegant and is probably best with food, although I can happily drink it as an aperetif. The fruit is good enough to support the zero dosage, and I like the grown-up austerity that gives it. Still developing, I think. Bare ***(*)
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 17/06/2007   Return to top

12/06/2007 (TNB)

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10/06/2007 (TNB)

  • Chardonnay 2002 (Adragna) From Sicily, an odd bottle in an action purchase. Pretty decent: dry, nicely balanced, perhaps confusable with a basic Macon of some sort. Worth **
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LVMH prestige drinks at Peckhams 04/06/2007 (TNB)

I don't really trust my own views on spirits, but I have given ratings anyway to record my impressions.
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 12/06/2007   Return to top

03/06/2007 (TNB)

  • Recioto di Soave Calprea 2004 (Filippi) Very botrytised, orange-peel and apricot, plenty of intensity but it interferes with the precision that the best of the style have. Good, even very good, in its way, and perhaps it will age to something exciting. For now ***
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A splendid evening hosted by L.S. 01/06/2007 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 13/06/2007   Return to top