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24/03/1997 (RJB)

23/03/1997 (RJB)

Austria, - 21/03/1997 (TNB)

90 Claret at OFW Glasgow 18/03/1997 (TNB)

16/03/1997 (TNB)

16/03/1997 (RJB)

but forgotton 15/03/1997 (TNB)

Cavalchina at V&C 10/03/1997 (TNB)

09/03/1997 (RJB)

08/03/1997 (TNB)

07/03/1997 (TNB)

Fine Claret at OFW 06/03/1997 (TNB)

01/03/1997 (RJB)

Dinner at E.McC 01/03/1997 (TNB)

The Diary - March 1997

24/03/1997 (RJB)

  • Taittinger 1990 Brut Millesime Strong bread-dough nose from the bottle on opening. Fairly deep golden colour. Full-flavoured: Pineapple (almost New World in this respect), mineral and lanolin. Medium dry to dry, with suggestions of light botyrtis (anyone know whether this is in fact the case?). Lovely wine, but not a long term keeper. A ripe Champagne with lowish acidity. 91
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23/03/1997 (RJB)

  • Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1993 Not quite as impressive as the first time I had this, but still enjoyable. Good structure, but the oak is rather obvious at the moment. Very good Cabernet for the price (9.99 Oddbins) and may well improve with time. 89
  • Domaines de Triennes 1994, Les Aureliers, Vin de Pays du Var 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Syrah. Well made (as one might expect from a Domaine Dujac winemaker), with aspects of both grapes showing (although 'pencil shavings' Cabernet predominates over leathery Syrah). I'm not sure I particularly like this mix of grapes. 85
  • Santa Catalina 1995 Tempranillo Grenache, La Mancha 2.99 from Tesco, and bought for cooking, but I was pleasantly surprised that, although slightly hot, it exhibits goodish clean varietal characteristics - particularly the Grenache. Worth a gulp before pouring into the casserole. 80
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Austria, - 21/03/1997 (TNB)

Lots of bone dry, slightly anonymous whites made from second class grape varieties. (Gruner Veltliner, however, is quite an interesting second clas grape, compared, say, to Muller Thurgau.) I don't know if this is the modern style in Austria, or maybe it is the proximity of Italy. Curiously, not a single bottle of German wine did I see in a shop or restauarnt - I dont know if this is a related phenomenon.

Some high points included an 86 (I think) Chardonnay from Kracher that had kept rather well (and a 92 Scheurebe trocken that was pleasant) and an 86 Auslese Gruner Veltliner halbsuss from Mantlerhof of excellent concentration, even if in the end it is quite a simple wine.

The reds were generally best avoided, but a Pinot Noir-with- a-dash-of-merlot from Brundlemeyer was quite pleasant (if a bit jammy).

The sweeties were the best things. Tasted a few of the Kracher 94's. The Grand Cuvee is very striking, the Nouvelle vague has good vanillan flavours, but lacks real depth. The Zwischen den Seen Scheurebe is definitely a bit weaker. Over all, perhaps this is not a great vintage. Also tried a "Vin de Paille" Zwiegelt Rose 95 from Tschida: grapes dried on straw mats, concentrated and everything, but very simple again - perhaps because of the grape variety.

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90 Claret at OFW Glasgow 18/03/1997 (TNB)

  • Greysac 1990 Very pure blackcurrent. Lovely ripe fruit, but with decent structure. 85. (12.99)
  • Lanessan 1990 Slightly less concentrated than Greysac. More evolved. Perhaps (and only perhaps) a bit finer. 84(?+) (18.49)
  • d'Angludet 1990 Floral, almost burgundian sweet fruit. Aetherial, but not lacking concentration. Very "85ish" 88 (21.99)
  • Belair 1990 A bit inpenetrable - a monolith of fruit surrounding some hefty tannins. Perhaps rather good? 89(?+) (28.99)
  • Bahans Haut Brion 1990 Gamey and smokey. Lots of weight. Better than I remember. 90. (29.99)
  • Gruaud-Larose 1990 Lots of pencily fruit, fascinating on nose, excellent long finish 94 (31.99)
  • La Dominique 1990 Lighter than the Belair - perhaps more elegant, Long refined finish. 90 (?+) (44.99)
  • Lynch Bages 1990 Amazing colour. Fruit a bit "roasted", no great subtlety. Good rather than great. 90. (51.99)
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16/03/1997 (TNB)

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16/03/1997 (RJB)

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but forgotton 15/03/1997 (TNB)

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Cavalchina at V&C 10/03/1997 (TNB)

Afterwards:
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09/03/1997 (RJB)

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08/03/1997 (TNB)

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07/03/1997 (TNB)

  • Mas Cristine 1992 (Rivesaltes) I do rather like this - palate of brown sugar, like an Ozzy liquer muscat on the palate, but much less weight and alcohol (Vin Doux naturel - 16%). Fine as aperetif, or in the right circumstances, after dinner. **
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Fine Claret at OFW 06/03/1997 (TNB)

  • Haut Brion 93 Juicy fruit, good colour, nicely crafted wine, quite forward, and not so long. 86. (39.99)
  • Leoville Poyferre 83 Maturing nicely - quite high acid, lifted fruit, capsicum, dry finish. 89 (32.99)
  • Ducru Beaucaillou 83 Good colour, complex nose, slightly pencilly. Beautifully balanced classic claret. 91 (32.99) (Much better than a browning bottle I remember a few years ago!)
  • Haut Brion 83 Huge rich, very smokey, also floral, but with slight vegetal undertones. Lovely! 94. (62.99)
  • Leoville Las Cases 79 OK, but rather one-dimensional, typical sound claret. Just possibly there is more to come, but at the moment not very interesting. 85 (74.99/magnum)
  • La Conseillante 86 Slightly corked bottle. Lots of concentrated slightly New-worldy fruit. Probably pretty good!
  • Leoville Las Cases 89 Huge, dense, very long. Hard to penetrate at the moment, but probably excellent 92(?++) (48.99)
  • Latour 86 Round, walnutty, very typical. Will age amazingly slowly and well. Not quite got the concentration for greatness. 91(+) (89.99)
  • Mouton Rothschild 90 Flashy nose - oak, almost Californian. Dissapointing in the mouth - very evolved and no real depth. 90 (but not going anywhere) (96.99)
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01/03/1997 (RJB)

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Dinner at E.McC 01/03/1997 (TNB)

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