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In Mougins 31/03/2008 (TNB)

Wine group hosted by Z.M. 18/03/2008 (TNB)

12/03/2008 (TNB)

07/03/2008 (TNB)

05/03/2008 (TNB)

Verset dinner in Edinburgh 01/03/2008 (TNB)

The Diary - March 2008

In Mougins 31/03/2008 (TNB)

  • Chateau Simone Rose 2006 Very nice, gentle fruit with real vinousness like a pale red wine. Not (as the awful phrase has it) at all fruit-driven, but very sophisicated, smooth, top rose. Top wine even without making allowances for its being pink. A good ***
  • Bandol Rose 2006 (Tempier) Also real wine, yeasty, notably harsher than the rather suave Simone above. A touch of apples in the fruit, good length too. Might just need to settle down in bottle for a while. Bare **(*)
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Wine group hosted by Z.M. 18/03/2008 (TNB)

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12/03/2008 (TNB)

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07/03/2008 (TNB)

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05/03/2008 (TNB)

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Verset dinner in Edinburgh 01/03/2008 (TNB)

  • Pernand Vegeleses blanc 1988 (Rollin) The cooking wine in fact, but wirth trying. Dry, ungenerous, but certainlty alive. Needs food. Bare **
  • Viognier de Rosine 2006 (Ogier) Fragrantly flowery, nice peachy fruit. Typically low acid. Dry and restrained. Relatively straightforward but rather enjoyable. Bare ***
  • Condrieu 2004 (Gangloff) Richer fruit, quite cunningly tarted up with some new oak. Very interesting, pretty serious, but in some ways I almost prefer the previous wine. I enjoyed this more last time I tasted it, perhaps because it was with something more oaky rather than less! Top ***
  • Cornas 2005 (N. Verset) Very pure framboise (and hints of cassis) fruit. Great length, although it closes up a bit on the palate currently. Will be great. ***(**)
  • Cornas 2004 (N. Verset) Rather lighter than the 05, more mineral, more advanced, animaly and gamy. There's a hint of edgyness about it too. Comint to top ***
  • Cornas 2003 (N. Verset) Slightly lower register than the 05, greta fruit overlying some marked tannins. Quite spicy. A touch less mainstream than the 05 but will also be great. ***(**)
  • Cornas 2002 (N. Verset) Some animality emerging. It may be great, but there is also something slightly curious on the nose that I have ixed feelings about. Evem leaving that aside, there's not quite the hit of the top vintages. ***(*) with reservations
  • Cornas 2001 (N. Verset) Great purity and poise, this has the pure framboise fruit of the 05. Quite structured and with good length. ***(**)
  • Cornas 2000 (N. Verset) Back to the lower register, although not quite to the extent of the 03. Close to resolved gamy raspberry fruit. Very attractive. Top ****
  • Cornas 1999 (N. Verset) A touch of that poultice nose one gets on old Rioja. Very meaty, Bovril-like raspberry fruit. Excellent. ****(*)
  • Cornas 1998 (N. Verset) Very, very, reductive. Undrinkable for me at first, but after 2 hours in the glass it's delicious. Say a top ***
  • Cornas 1997 (N. Verset) Seems very light at first, yet attractively pure, if a bit soft. Yet it seems to put on weight in the glass. A bit of an enigma. A bare **** perhaps.
  • Cornas 1996 (N. Verset) Good quality fruit, lighter than the top vintages but gamy with a real sense of terroir. I think this scrapes a bare **** too.
  • Cornas 1991 (N. Verset) Coming towards resolved yet still a touch hard. Pure and balanced. Lovely. ****(*)
  • Cornas 1989 (N. Verset) Beatiful tone, completely balanced, complex and delicious. *****
  • Cornas 1988 (N. Verset) Gamy and delicious, but delivering a little less on all fronts than 85 and 89. Bare *****
  • Cornas 1985 (N. Verset) Back to those poultice hints in the nose, terribly civilized wine yet the asauvage terroir shows through too. Gorgeous. Top *****
  • 2003 by Bollinger Frothey and exotic. Bollinger do not seem to think this is a proper vintage Champagne and neither do I. Cloying and dull, I am amazed that the house (who are clearly trying to push themselves into the elite) released this wine even under the evasive title. Somebody suggested they did this because the wine wasn't good enough to put in the NV, and I am sympathetic to that idea. **
  • Champagne Special Club 1985 (Bonnaire) Touch of mushrooms, nutty, with creamy fruit and honey on the finish. Lovely. Bare *****
  • Port 1970 (Gonzales-Byass) Very evolved, quite tawny-like. Tobaccofalvours too. Pleasant but not great. Bare ***
  • Port 1960 (Gonzales-Byass) Drier, more piquant, perhaps a bit more faded although the overall effect is more fresh and overall it is more interesting than the 70. ***
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