- Champagne L'Amateur L06 (Leclapart) Dry, mineral, lightish-bodied. Nice intensity and decent length. Fine, but it does seem to lose its fizz quite quickly in the glass. The "lot number" L06 is a vintage in disguise. Bare perhaps.
- Champagne L'Artiste L05 (Leclapart) Creamy, lovely balance, and a touch of complexity from some use of barrels.
- Champagne L'Apotre L05(Leclapart) Suave, intense and seriously concentrated. Excellent.
- Champagne L'Alchemiste L06 (Leclapart) Intense pinot nose - red wine with bubbles. Stylish and fine, but I just don't find it terribly drinkable. For me, just
- Corton Charlemagne 2004 (Girardin) Peachy fruit, quite tight. Good Burgundy, without being compelling. and rising
- Corton Charlemagne 2002 (Girardin) Rounded, softly fruity with a touch of aniseed. Nice wine, but possibly a little too bland to be great. Top
- Corton Charlemagne 1999 (Girardin) More mainstream Burgundian, smoky, nice fruit, decent finish. What is one to say of these Girardin wines? They are good, but then of course they ought to be. Tasted blind, everyone was pretty positive, but nobody was saying "Grand Cru". Top possibly more.
- Beira Mar Reserva 1983 Leafy chocolate, really nice fruit, gamy with a liquorice finish. This was apparently a cheap wine, but it has aged really nicely!
- Barolo Bussia Soprano 1996 (Aldo Conterno) Somewhat reductive nose. Fragrant fruit with a hint of banana(!). Gummy and succulent. Easy
- Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 1990 (Clerico) That reductivity thing again - I do prefer Barolos decanted for a good few hours. Nice structure and so on, but quite modern-styled.
- Barolo Brunate 1989 (Prunotto) More resolved - again a bit hard to penetrate the reduction. (I think I am more than averagely sensitive to this.) Seems rather good underneath. plus.
- Barolo 1988 (B. Mascarello) Round and ripe - this seems full resolved. Still a bit reductive but the fruit in the mouth is lovely.
- Ostricher Lenchen Eiswein 1983 (Deinhard) Really quite dry now, very gentle apricot fruit. A touch simple, as Eiswein often is. plus.
- Port, Quinta do Pasadouro 1992 Quite soft and light, quite mineral, very pleasant maturing Port. - could be more in time
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- Champagne Grand cru 2004 (Le Mesnil) from the le Mesnil Co-op, this is beautifully mineral and citric. Very typical of the village and a bit of a bargain. Lovely. even.
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- Rudesheiner Berg Rottland Riesling trocken alte reben 2007 (Leitz) I'm inclined to admit now that the trocken style is worthy of interest. Too many early attempts were plain mean - perhaps reflecting a lack of proper ripe grapes. This is fairly dry, but in perfect balance because of the fruit quality. The wine has a fantastic combination of elderflower, lime and sherbert that is very attractive. Lovely. Perhaps even
- Manzanilla la Bota 16, Ayala (Equipos Navazos) Quite weighty for manzanilla with a salty tang and nice fruit. There's a hint of woodyness though that I'm not wild about. Very good though. Top
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