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The Edinburgh "Wines of Portugal" event 29/03/2007 (TNB)

The last couple of nights 28/03/2007 (RJB)

Wine group dinner with Verena Niepoort 28/03/2007 (TNB)

At Abstract in Edinburgh (and before and after at DL's) 23/03/2007 (TNB)

Midweek Germans 21/03/2007 (TNB)

17/03/2007 (RJB)

A random night at EMcC's 17/03/2007 (TNB)

Midweek glass 15/03/2007 (TNB)

That Birthday Lunch 04/03/2007 (TNB)

Wine groups WAGS' dinner 02/03/2007 (TNB)

The Diary - March 2007

The Edinburgh "Wines of Portugal" event 29/03/2007 (TNB)

Some rather half-hearted tasting after the Wine Group dinner!
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The last couple of nights 28/03/2007 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 29/03/2007   Return to top

Wine group dinner with Verena Niepoort 28/03/2007 (TNB)

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At Abstract in Edinburgh (and before and after at DL's) 23/03/2007 (TNB)

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Midweek Germans 21/03/2007 (TNB)

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17/03/2007 (RJB)

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A random night at EMcC's 17/03/2007 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 24/03/2007   Return to top

Midweek glass 15/03/2007 (TNB)

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That Birthday Lunch 04/03/2007 (TNB)

Some bottles, mainly from my cellar with RJB and some friends, mainly from Edinburgh. Notes brief and vague due to talking, cooking, etc. Many thanks for the presents, including a couple of bottles below!
  • Champagne Cuvee 1911, disgorged March 2004 (A. Clouet) Lovely - very elegant considering this is pure Pinot. It seems to have expanded since the last bottle and is perhaps at peak. Gorgeous. *****
  • Krug Private Cuvee 1955 Fresh - in great condition with a modest mousse still. Fantastically complex and long, and with a touch of the mint-chocolate that Juhlin mentions with old Krug. Fantastic. ******
  • Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 1999 (Raeveneau) Very Raveneau (something that sometimes worries me), but very good. Bare ****
  • Meursault Poruzots 1992 (F. Jobard) Brilliant: tight yet so intense and rich. Drinking nicely but could even improve. Lovely. *****
  • Echezeaux 1991 (Rouget) Great length, fragrant, balanced. Still some tannins and opinions differed as to whether this needs a year or two or is at peak. I tend towards the latter. Still, excellent. *****
  • Haut Brion 1964 I remember this as great, but coming back to it after some years it is fine and gamy, but perhaps a bit more rustic than you might hope. For drinking soon, I think. Top ****
  • Leoville Barton 1959 English bottled. Really a bit oxididised - some sip showed this to the point of ruining it - others seemed to be pretty much drinkable. Certainly a large-scale meaty wine. ***
  • Barbaresco Tetti di Neive 1978 (Scarpa) Rich,round, excellent. Needed quite a time to open out. Really fine. Top ****.
  • Grand Puy Lacoste 1957 Absolutely amazing: gentle, quite light, but complex and completely fresh. Absolutely fantastic Claret from an unregarded vintage. Four stars easily, but for surprise and anniversary value (and perhaps almost without making those allowances) *****
  • Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Molleaux 1957 (Huet) Very grassy and quite sweet for a wine of this age. Totally fresh, but recognisably not a great vintage, I feel. Still lovely. ****
  • Colheita 1952 (Niepoort) Fantastically lacy and fine, elegant and round. Lovely. *****
  • Armagnac 1957 (Baron de Lustrac) Lovely fruit, rounded and smooth. I'm not at all good on spirits so don't rely on the mark, but I might say ****
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Wine groups WAGS' dinner 02/03/2007 (TNB)

I think there was Port but I've failed to make a note and can't remember much about it!
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