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Wine dinner at St Bernard's Crescent 28/06/1999 (TNB)

Niepoort at Raeburn Fine Wines 27/06/1999 (TNB)

Rioja at the Atrium with "Wines from Spain" 24/06/1999 (TNB)

20/06/1999 (RJB)

19/06/1999 (TNB)

Oddbins Champapne & Sweeties 09/06/1999 (TNB)

The Diary - June 1999

Wine dinner at St Bernard's Crescent 28/06/1999 (TNB)

Brief notes as usual, because of cooking, etc!
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Niepoort at Raeburn Fine Wines 27/06/1999 (TNB)

  • LBV 1995 (Niepoort) Cherry, chocolate, coffee. Attractive nose. Round, fruity, nicely balanced. (This is the more or less the grapes that would have been the vintage 95, if declared.) **
  • LBV 1994 (Niepoort) Softer - a bit duller although perhaps a stronger wine in some ways. **
  • Quinta do Passodouro 1997 (Niepoort) Large-scaled, soft, but with ripe, tannic background. Very good. **(**)
  • Quinta do Passodouro 1992 (Niepoort) Fine, elegant. A bit closed now. Probably even ***(*)
  • Five components from which Niepoort 1997 was blended, tasted for interest: (1) Slightly leafy - warm climate herbs, lighter in the mouth; (2) Deeper, cherry fruit. mouthfilling, jammy, shortish; (3) Lovely blackberry fruit, cherry later in the palate, multidimensional, nice balance; (4) Liquorice and menthol, good long palate, lots of backbone; (5) Warm, almost toffeed, bags of fruit.
  • Port 1997 (Niepoort) Slight smokyness, herby notes. Most of the best individual features of the component wines are present almost unattenuated in the blend. Seems very promising: Niepoort feel they have really hit the jackpot with this. **(***)
  • Port 1985 (Niepoort) Something slightly animal, smokey complex nose. Seemed a shade light in the mouth, but that is probably just following the 97. ***(*)
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Rioja at the Atrium with "Wines from Spain" 24/06/1999 (TNB)

All a bit dull I'm afraid: old names, some performing wellish, some not. Some pretty disgusting stuff, and some OK. Little better. Rioja needs a wake-up, hopefully without infecting it with "modern winemaking" or Parkerisation!
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20/06/1999 (RJB)

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19/06/1999 (TNB)

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Oddbins Champapne & Sweeties 09/06/1999 (TNB)

  • Dom Perignon 1988 Floral, yet oaky. Old-fashioned. Slightly off-dry. A bit soft overall. Certainly not showing terribly well at the moment. (Magnum) I suspect this will improve **(**)
  • Taittinger 1990 Ripe, but excellent acidity. Classic, full-bodied. Excellent. (Magnum) ***
  • Chardonnay 1990 Pol Roger Lightish-bodied, high acidity, apple crumble, decent finish. Fizz vanishes rather rapidly, however. I'm not sure about this but let's say ***
  • Condrieu Eguets VT 1997 Cuilleron Fat, floral, a shade flabby, but dramatic, as usual. Good wine, but I'm not sure I'm a great fan of sweet Condrieu, and while good this certainly isn't worth the huge price that Parker has driven it to! **
  • Bonnezaux, Ch. De Fesles 1997 Very fat, sweet, but just in balance. Very impressive. **(*)
  • Doisy-Vedrines 1996 Pretty correct young Sauternes, but not absolutely exciting. Perhaps just an average vintage. Scrapes **(*)
  • Rayne-Vigneau 1996 Coconut and honey, but closed. More dramatic, but finishes a shade guick perhaps. It would be interesting to taste this and the previous wine in 10 years. They are certainly both pretty decent. Juts about **(*)
  • Coutet 1996 Rather 1-dimensional. Lacks botrytis. Weak beside the previous two. *(*)
  • Guiraud 1996 Burnt sugar, lots of botrytis, quite classy. The best of the Sauternes. **(**)
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