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30/06/1998 (TNB)

Wine group at St Bernard's Crescent 29/06/1998 (TNB)

Gang of Six 28/06/1998 (RJB)

28/06/1998 (RJB)

24/06/1998 (RJB)

European Reds at Oddbins Fine Wine 24/06/1998 (TNB)

21/06/1998 (TNB)

19/06/1998 (RJB)

15/06/1998 (RJB)

Dinner at EMcC 13/06/1998 (TNB)

11/06/1998 (TNB)

07/06/1998 (RJB)

03/06/1998 (RJB)

The Diary - June 1998

30/06/1998 (TNB)

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Wine group at St Bernard's Crescent 29/06/1998 (TNB)

Notes a bit brief owing to the problem of concentrating when also cooking!
  • Bernkasteler Doktor Spatlese 79 (Deinhard) Not bad, but a shade "flat". Possibly not an optimal bottle.
  • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg 83 spatlese First bottle had a leaky cork and was very severely oxidised. The second was very classy: spicy, hints of marzipan, concentrated and very fine.
  • Riesling Frederic Emile (Trimbach) A mini vertical, with 90, 86, 85, 81, 79. The very tightly wound and needing a lot of time. The and the an interesting pair - the 1986 needed time, it was quite tight and closed whereas the 1985 was very voluptuous. I thought the 85 was probably the best overall, but the 1986 perhaps has a way to go. The was better than I remember, but not a top example. The opened out a lot and was drinking well - probably at peak.
  • Hermitage La Chapelle 91 (Jaboulet) Seems to get better and better - it's probably an early drinking La Chapelle, but it has a lot of class fruit. 89
  • Cote Roti La Landonne 91 (Rostaing) Clearly oak influenced, with cherry like fruit and a slightly pencily/orangy nose. Very good wine. 89
  • Hermitage 88 (Chave) Very fine, slightly clarety blackcurrent. Lovely quality of fruit. 92
  • Cote Rotie Cote Brune 88 (Gentaz) An absolute star - needs a few more years at least, but it is already a wine one returns to compulsively, with all sorts of flavours. 94.
  • Hermitage 83 (Chave) By no means a blockbuster, but very classy, smokey fruit. 92.
  • Cote Rotie 83 (Guigal) Holds its own in this company, but the oak dependent complexity is perhaps less interesting with syrah than with (say) claret. Less fine than Chave or Gentaz. 89.
  • Vouvray demi-sec sparkling 83 (Foreau) Nice mature chenin - the sweetness only clear if you look for it.
  • Taylors 66 Quite fine and elegant - a good vintage port, but not a great Taylors.
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Gang of Six 28/06/1998 (RJB)

The wines between the fizz and the Kracher were tasted blind, the theme being 'any white and any red'. Scores in brackets are the group's average score.
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28/06/1998 (RJB)

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24/06/1998 (RJB)

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European Reds at Oddbins Fine Wine 24/06/1998 (TNB)

  • Dolcetto D'Alba San Francesco 96 (A. Oberto) Very light, terribly bland. 78 (6.99)
  • Batie Nebbiolo 93 (Gagliardo) Another emasculated wine - anonymous berry fruit and no great structure. My guess is that a desire to produce something universally acceptable has led to a dilute wine with no character. Something seems to have been badly wrong with OFW's Italian buying - there's a lot of this sort of stuff, and no almost no serious wines at all! 78 (13.99)
  • Casa Cadaval 95 Trincadeira preta Good colour, lots of soft fruit, some oak. Pleasant. Confirms my belief that Portugal is the best bet outside of the classic countries for producing characterful wine at reasonable prices. 84 (7.49)
  • Hautes Cotes de Beaune 95 (Jayer-Gilles) Good colour, slightly gamey nose with a touch of sulphur (i.e. the usual Burgundian nose). Simple sweet jammy fruit with bags of oak - very typical of the producer (I guessed it blind). Not really my sort of thing, but good of its type. 83 (13.99)
  • Savigny Lavieres 96 (Tollot-Beaut) Much higher toned on the nose and in the outh with classic pinot fruit and a nice balanced finish. Confirms an earlier impression that this (under-rated) domain did particularly well in 96. Good value. 86 (14.99)
  • Morey St Denis 95 (Dom. Laurent) Light but healthy colour, slight tropical fruit touch to the cherry nose, a bit thin and sharp in the mouth. Not really in balance, and I don't think it will be! 84 (19.79)
  • Beaune 1er cru 95 (Dom. Laurent) Oranging rim, hard to place as Burgundy, sweetish fruit, quite tannic and fairly short. Possibly coming apart. 84 (31.99) (This is apparently a very trendy producer at present - I can't imagine why!)
  • Dom de la Remejeanne (Gard) 95 Les Eglantiers Very deep, slightly sulpherous fruit-cake nose, dense monolithic fruit. Characterful stuff! 87(?+) 9.99
  • La Couspaude 95 The second time I've tried this St Emilion: this to was very evolved in colour and on the palate, but not to the point of clear faultyness like the previous one. Mature sweet rounded fruit, in a slightly oxidative way (reminiscent of wines aged a long time in large barrels). Still not my idea of a serious claret! 86 (18.99)
  • La Conseillante 95 Medium colour, light nose with pencily hints. In the mouth it's very charming and ripe, but a bit dilute for a serious wine. 89. (44.99)
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21/06/1998 (TNB)

  • Chassagne-Montrachet Les Embrazes 96 (B. Morey) The second B. Morey 96 I've tried - he seems to have had a good year. Bags of ripe melony fruit and lots of good, but not yet fully integrated, oak. A hedonisitc wine with enough acidity to mature nicely for a few years. Does not quite have the complexity to be great. 90. (OFW - about 22.00)
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19/06/1998 (RJB)

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15/06/1998 (RJB)

The first three wines at Turner's, SW3

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Dinner at EMcC 13/06/1998 (TNB)

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11/06/1998 (TNB)

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07/06/1998 (RJB)

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03/06/1998 (RJB)

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