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Wine group at J.M.'s 28/03/2005 (TNB)

Saturday evening with friends (the children almost asleep) 19/03/2005 (RJB)

A couple of weekend wines 15/03/2005 (RJB)

A small fine wine dinner 10/03/2005 (TNB)

Odds and ends over the last week or so 07/03/2005 (RJB)

The Diary - March 2005

Wine group at J.M.'s 28/03/2005 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 08/05/2005   Return to top

Saturday evening with friends (the children almost asleep) 19/03/2005 (RJB)

The friends very kindly came with two bottles of Champagne - one a back-up bottle in case the main one wasn't showing well.
  • Champagne Brut 1990 (Vadin-Plateau) Possibly just past its peak, but a nice wine for those who like their Champagne old (which I do). OK, 1990 isn't that old, but this isn't the greatest name in Champagne either. Good, slightly oxidised maturity with the 1990s softness evident. *** just
  • Chateau Pichon Lalande 1987 This bottle has been shouting 'drink me, drink me!' for the last couple of years - eyeing me up each time I opened the cellar. I had it last in 1999, when it was disappointing. This time though it was a glorious claret with warm, pencil-shaving nose and palate. I'm glad I've resited its calling until now because this bottle was caught at its best. There is a touch of weediness (well it's not the best vintage ever), but the balance is fine. This is the sort of wine that makes keeping fine wine so satisfying. I could drink a lot of this, alas though this was my last bottle. A charming ****.
  • Chateau de Pez 1986 A coarser wine than the Pichon above, with higher toned acidity and a more granular structure. Good, pleasant wine that held its own. A good, solid ***
  • Griffith Botrytis Semillon 1987 (Lindemans) From a half. Marmalade nose, and a waxy, lanolin palate. A bit simple possibly, but showing rather nicely. ***
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 20/03/2005   Return to top

A couple of weekend wines 15/03/2005 (RJB)

  • Sancerre Grande Cuvee 2002 (Jean-Paul Balland) I can't usually get too excited about Sancerre, but this is rather enjoyable. It has enough age to have lost its initial zing, but still has a pleasing balance of fruit, acid and honeyed, grassy flavours. ***
  • Terrasola Syrah Garnacha 2003 (Jean Leon) This is Syrah, Garnacha and Tempranillo in the ratio 7:2:1. Modern wine, but well made with a dryness of fruit balanced by good tannins. A bit closed at present I feel, but it probably has some potential. A cautious **(*)
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 15/03/2005   Return to top

A small fine wine dinner 10/03/2005 (TNB)

  • Champagne NV (Joseph Perrier) Rich and satisfying yet balanced. Has benefited from a bit of cellaring. An under-rated house. A good ***
  • Haut Brion blanc 1983 Wax, lanolin, quite dry, grass and corn. Very, very long. Really lovely. ***** (almost a rare six stars)
  • Laville Haut Brion blanc 1985 A little lighter at first but very similar in character to the Haut Brion tasted with it. Long again. Fills out nicely once it has been open a while. Excellent. *****
  • Chateau Magdelaine 1982 Fragrant fruity nose, liquorice, mineral palate. Really interesting wine. ****
  • Chateau Magdelaine 1966 Lovely dry savoury palate. Sucks from your tongue after a ripe start. Classic mature Claret and really good. *****
  • Chateau Canon 1982 Open, fruity nose - lovely irony palate. Scrapes *****
  • Chateau Ausone 1982 Quiet nose - totally individual irony, dry, complex, long palate. A great pleasure. *****
  • Chateau Coutet 1989 Stylish, high-toned. Integrated botrytis. A really good wine from a property that doesn't always do it for me. ****
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 15/04/2005   Return to top

Odds and ends over the last week or so 07/03/2005 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 07/03/2005   Return to top