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Wine group at E.O'N's 29/03/1999 (TNB)

28/03/1999 (RJB)

27/03/1999 (TNB)

Wine dinner at St Benard's Crescent 25/03/1999 (TNB)

Noel Young Wines Presents a Tasting of New Fine Wines 23/03/1999 (RJB)

21/03/1999 (TNB)

19/03/1999 (RJB)

14/03/1999 (RJB)

14/03/1999 (TNB)

Wines from Spain, Noel Young Wines 11/03/1999 (RJB)

07/03/1999 (RJB)

Dinner at St Bernard's Crescent - Southern Rhone evening 06/03/1999 (TNB)

Wine group at ZM's 01/03/1999 (TNB)

The Diary - March 1999

Wine group at E.O'N's 29/03/1999 (TNB)

A word on the 83 clarets: served blind, these were hard to spot as claret, and knowing them to be claret, it was easy to guess they were younger. While they are quite soft and pleasant, I suspect this isn't an ideal time to be sampling them because the obvious fruit character has gone and the mature claret character not fully emerged. The classed growths all seemed good, but in need of at least a few years.
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28/03/1999 (RJB)

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27/03/1999 (TNB)

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Wine dinner at St Benard's Crescent 25/03/1999 (TNB)

Briefish notes, because of cooking, etc!
  • Conrieu Coteau de Chery 1997 (Perret) Restrained peachy/apricot notes. Classy, but lacking the best buzz of excitement that Condrieu can bring. ***
  • Clos Floridene 1989 Rather better than the 90 of this white Graves, which I've sampled many times. This has similar, slightly tropical fruit but with better concentration and length. Drinking nicely, and will do for a while yet. ***
  • Puligny Montrachet Combettes 1990 (Sauzet) Very fine, quite tight. Seemed a shade light, but opened up in the glass. Probably just too young. Very good length. ***(*)
  • Chassagne Montrachet Boudriotte 1992 (Ramonet) More voluptuous, not quite as fine, but with that delicious powerful gingeriness so characteristic of this producer. Lovely. ****
  • Chateau Loudenne 1982 Nicely ripe - drinking fairly well now. This does seem to be a good bourgeois vintage. ***
  • Leoville Poyferre 1982 Big and ripe. Structured, but with the characteristic ripe fruit of the vintage. Liquoricey. Very good. ***(*)
  • Pichon Lalande 1982 As the Poyferre, but bigger framed. Perhaps no finer though. Excellent, but just an average ****(*) for me and not the absolute super-star its reputation suggests.
  • Canon 1966 Crisp, with mature cedaryness emerging. Lovely balance - my sort of Claret! Could do with a few more years. ****
  • Mussbacher Eselshaut Riesling Auslese 1992 (Muller-Catoir) Typical of the producer - big, brash, dramatic, very good, but perhaps not going anywhere. Hard to pin down, tasted blind. ***
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Noel Young Wines Presents a Tasting of New Fine Wines 23/03/1999 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 23/03/1999   Return to top

21/03/1999 (TNB)

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19/03/1999 (RJB)

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14/03/1999 (RJB)

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14/03/1999 (TNB)

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Wines from Spain, Noel Young Wines 11/03/1999 (RJB)

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07/03/1999 (RJB)

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Dinner at St Bernard's Crescent - Southern Rhone evening 06/03/1999 (TNB)

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Wine group at ZM's 01/03/1999 (TNB)

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