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Gang of Five, Champagne and Pinot Tasting 29/05/1997 (RJB)

25/05/1997 (RJB)

20/05/1997 (RJB)

18/05/1997 (RJB)

European Reds at OFW 15/05/1997 (TNB)

At 5 St. Bernard's Crescent with D.L., E.McC., Z.M., 12/05/1997 (TNB)

11/05/1997 (TNB)

11/05/1997 (RJB)

Peidmont with the Wine Group 11/05/1997 (TNB)

05/05/1997 (RJB)

Dinner at St Bernard's Crescent with DL and EMcC 03/05/1997 (TNB)

The Diary - May 1997

Gang of Five, Champagne and Pinot Tasting 29/05/1997 (RJB)

Each member of the group brought two bottles, the wines then served blind. Numbers in brackets indicate ranking in the flights as an average of the five scores. Here are the Champagnes . . .

. . . and here are the Pinots:

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25/05/1997 (RJB)

  • Pinot d'Alsace 1990, Zind-Humbrecht Strangely not as good as the half bottles I've had of this recently. This would seem to suggest that the standard bottles need more time. However, the wine appears to be in decline. Buttery/vegetal and blousy. 84
  • Cornas 1995 Domaine de Saint-Pierre, Paul Jaboulet Aine Wow! Lovely crushed currant nose with plenty of zing (curiously more reminiscent of some of the young Californian Syrahs I've had of late - for example Edmund St John's special vineyards stuff - than of French Syrah). Closed up on the palate, but with good tannin levels. Seems rather hollow (my only reservation), but the nose and overall structure would suggest this will fill out with time. (Indeed, a very small dreg the next day was much more silkily Rhonish and showed no bad signs of being left out overnight.) 92?
  • Notarpanaro 1988, Taurino A good bottle of this - much more body and fragrance than the bad bottles. 87
  • Nelson's Late Harvest Rhine Riesling 1989, Redwood Valley Estate From a half. I was anticipating that this would be past it. However, it is standing up well, with fairly viscious amounts (too much) of citric acidity. Waxy and lemony. 84
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20/05/1997 (RJB)

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18/05/1997 (RJB)

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European Reds at OFW 15/05/1997 (TNB)

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At 5 St. Bernard's Crescent with D.L., E.McC., Z.M., 12/05/1997 (TNB)

St Emilion and Pomerol dinner. All the reds showing very well, and well above the luke-warm assessments RP gives to these wines. No notes taken at the time, so no point scores!

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11/05/1997 (TNB)

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11/05/1997 (RJB)

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Peidmont with the Wine Group 11/05/1997 (TNB)

Tastings with producers

Sandrone Barbera and barolo is barrique aged, but otherwise fairly traditional. Good aging wines with real nebbiolo character.

Marcarini Very traditional wines, combining elegance and power. The Brunate is usually more structured, spicey and ageworthy, the La Serra more scented. Lovely Barolo! Some of the best 94s we tasted.

Aldo Conterno Old-style, in that no barriques are used for the Barolo. Very clean, pure style, as one might expect from the amazingly neat (and very extensive) cellars.

De Forville Barbaresco house producing wines in a traditional way.

Ceretto Large operation with very smart offices, has been using barriques for at least 10 years and is aging recent top barolos entirely that way.

Sundry things with meals:
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05/05/1997 (RJB)

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Dinner at St Bernard's Crescent with DL and EMcC 03/05/1997 (TNB)

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