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30/06/1996 (RJB)

29/06/1996 (TNB)

24/06/1996 (RJB)

23/06/1996 (RJB)

23/06/1996 (TNB)

OFW Champagne tasting 20/06/1996 (TNB)

Southern Italian wines at V&C with Michael Garner 18/06/1996 (TNB)

German wines, Majestics 16/06/1996 (RJB)

A fine wine evening at Tom's 15/06/1996 (RJB)

14/06/1996 (RJB)

12/06/1996 (TNB)

09/06/1996 (TNB)

09/06/1996 (RJB)

Summer Sparklers, CF&WS, given by Richard Bailey 08/06/1996 (RJB)

07/06/1996 (RJB)

Italian & Spanish wine at Oddbins 06/06/1996 (TNB)

Dinner after the above 06/06/1996 (TNB)

02/06/1996 (RJB)

02/06/1996 (TNB)

The Diary - June 1996

30/06/1996 (RJB)

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29/06/1996 (TNB)

Also tasted at Petit Blanc: Trappiche Malbec (OK, but a bit thin) and Cabernet (big soft and pleasant).
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24/06/1996 (RJB)

  • Salice Salentino Riserva 1993, Cosimo Taurino (4.99 Majestics). Made on the stiletto heel of the Italian Peninsula from 80% Negroamaro and 20% Malvasia Nera according to the label which also suggests "ancorking the bottle at least one hour before pouring". Well, once "ancorked" this wine certainly did develop. Initially dumb it opened out into a mushroomy, dried meat and peppery nose. Good, slightly citric, acidity on the palate. 89
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23/06/1996 (RJB)

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23/06/1996 (TNB)

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OFW Champagne tasting 20/06/1996 (TNB)

  • Billecart Salmon NV Lovely autolytic doughy nose, with almost grapey extrovert fruit. In the mouth, larger and less elegant than I expect from this house, and a shade sweeter. 86. (19.49)
  • Billecart Salmon Rose NV Delicate rose petal nose, elegant and dry in the mouth. 88 (26.99)
  • Billecart Salmon Blanc de blanc 86 Slightly sulphury? Buttery, quite refined, has aged nicely, but fruit slightly weak (a feature of 86's?). 89 (29.99)
  • Billecart Salmon 89 Austere and closed, or possibly just hollow. Not at all convinced about this. ?? (29.99)
  • Billecart Salmon 86 Similar to the 86 B de B. Stylish, nicely evolved, but not terribly concentrated fruit. 89. (29.99)
  • Billecart Salmon 82 Quite evolved, oxidative characters, a pleasant rounded orangyness. Not a great 82, but pleasant. 90. (28.99)
  • Henri Harlin 85 Bizarre striking herby and gingery nose, limes. In the mouth a bit new world -- slightly sweet and short. 84 (15.99)
  • Dom Perignon 85 Not quite as striking as I remember, but restrained and beautifully balanced. Quite long 91. (61.99)
  • Krug Grand Cuvee NV Gorgeous, with such classy vanillan wood character with concentrated fruit. If one had to criticise (and I am not much inclined to) the fruit is a bit monolithic. Long, and lovely! 93 (66.49)
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Southern Italian wines at V&C with Michael Garner 18/06/1996 (TNB)

  • Castel del Monte "Rupicolo" 94 (Rivera) Boiled sweety, modern well made summer barbecue wine. Pleasant enough. 81 (4.99)
  • Castel del Monte "Il falcone" 92 (Rivera) More serious, with more Montepuliciano and less Uva di Troia than the above (know your Italian grapes). Nice colour, showing some maturity, decent structure, honey, tobacco with some vanilla. Not long enough to sugest extended cellaring, but a nice wine. 85 (7.70)
  • Pier delle Vigne 91 (Botromagno) Aglianico and Montepulciano blend. Chestnutty Italian colour, but of the healthy looking sort. Striking herby nose (Campari?) rich fruits, quite tannic and rich. Probably for drinking soonish. 87 (8.25)
  • Aglianico del Vulture 93 (Paternoster) An odd grape. Quite tannic, with good concentration of something a bit anonymous. Might be quite good. 85 (8.69)
  • Aglianico del Vulture Riserva "Vigna Caselle" 90 (D'Angelo) Italian chestnut colour with very oxodative nose, and finishes austere and rather short. 81 (11.00)
  • Ciro 94 (Librandi) The gaglioppo grape here. Watery rim, oxidative character, rather sweet, don't go for this at all 80. (5.99)
  • Ciro Riserva "Duca Sanfelice" (Librandi) The same, only more so. (R.P. seems to like these wines, by the way!) 80 (9.95)
  • Copertino Riserva 93 (Cantina Sociale Copertino) Local co-op wine, made by the regions leading winemaker (who does all the wines except the first two). Negroamaro plus something else. Herby, rich, quite sweet. Decent stuff. 83. (5.99)
  • Salice Salentino Riserva 93 (Taurino) Grapes as above, but this high-toned wine is a really class act. Medium deep red, with a complex balanced nose and gorgeous in the mouth. (R.P. is right about this one!) 90 (6.45, but apparantly also available a bit cheaper in -- you've guessed it -- Safeway!)
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German wines, Majestics 16/06/1996 (RJB)

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A fine wine evening at Tom's 15/06/1996 (RJB)

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14/06/1996 (RJB)

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12/06/1996 (TNB)

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09/06/1996 (TNB)

  • Dolcetta d'Alba Vignabalja 91 (Gaja) Impressive concentration for a dodgy vintage, perhaps it will excite more in a few years, but for the moment the style doesn't really seem to sit well with the grape. 85.
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09/06/1996 (RJB)

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Summer Sparklers, CF&WS, given by Richard Bailey 08/06/1996 (RJB)

  • Gratien & Meyer Saumur NV, Cuvee Flamme Brut (8.99 Oddbins) Medium-bodied honeyed Chenin. a touch off dry. 86
  • Miranda Louana Brut (3.99 MWW) Cheap Oz - and it shows. Clean. but so one-dimensional. 78
  • Yalumba Cuvee One (8.49 MWW) Good fruit and reasonable balance. Needs to be kept fairly cool if flabbiness is to be avoided. 85
  • Nautilus, Cuvee Marlborough NV Brut (11.49 MWW) Elegant and with mineral/sandy scents (a touch of the eponymous tetrabranchiate cephalopod that appears on the label?). 87?
  • Tesco's Cava (3.99) Typical cheap lemony Cava. 78
  • De Montpervier Champagne (10.99 Tesco) Quite good cheap Champagne. Some autolytic character, medium-bodied, but died a bit in the glass. 86
  • Quartet, Roederer Estate, Anderson Valley (13.99 MWW) Perhaps the wine of the evening. Bready/creamy nose with good autolyic character. Mark thought it Roederer Champagne. I'd like to try this again, but until then ... 88
  • Krug Grande Cuvee (66.49 Oddbins) Deeper colour than any of the other sparklers, and probably rather closed up. Lightly honeyed and (nicely) oxidative in style. Some light tannins. Not really enough in a small tasting measure to get a full picture. Most certainly not worth anywhere near this price. 88+?
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07/06/1996 (RJB)

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Italian & Spanish wine at Oddbins 06/06/1996 (TNB)

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Dinner after the above 06/06/1996 (TNB)

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02/06/1996 (RJB)

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02/06/1996 (TNB)

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