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Domaine Perrin with Anthony Lacey of Mistral Wines 24/11/2001 (RJB)

Wine group at Z.M.'s 17/11/2001 (TNB)

Gang of Six - Any White, Any Red 16/11/2001 (RJB)

Ridge and Simi 10/11/2001 (TNB)

German wines 10/11/2001 (RJB)

Wine group at J.M.'s 06/11/2001 (WGP)

The Diary - November 2001

Domaine Perrin with Anthony Lacey of Mistral Wines 24/11/2001 (RJB)

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Wine group at Z.M.'s 17/11/2001 (TNB)

  • Chablis Monte de Tonerre 1995 (Duplessis) Ripe fruit but mineral with lovely acidity. I've had this before but it sems particularly good from this (wax-sealed) magnum. Possibly even ***(*)
  • Beaune Greves blanc 1993 (Jadot ) Very honied, dark-coloured, (perhaps over-) evolved. Pleasant in its way, but I am not so keen. Might have been better a year or two ago. **
  • Beaune Greves blanc 1982 (Laligant Chameroy) This was an alternative Jadot label at the time. A bit maderised, gracefully to some extent. Some interesting flavours and decent acidity, and perhaps as good as one might hope for given the vintage. **
  • Volnay 1988 (Lafarge) Undergrowth nose. Refined, elegant, slightly austere, dry, intellectual sort of wine. Very classy for a village wine - I like this. ***
  • Volnay Clos des Chenes 1990 (Lafarge) Rich and concentrated, the concentrated fruit tending towards cooked, as with so many 90's. Seems slightly corked but probably four-star underneath. Not Rated
  • Volnay Clos des Chenes 1966 (Potinet-Ampeau) Lovely mature old Burgundy, delicate, quite tight, the fruit slightly fresher than another bottle of this tasted recently. Coming back to this after the wines below it seems a little light, but still ****
  • Volnay Santenots 1959 (Potinet-Ampeau) Chestnut nose, with a lovely decadent hit of ripe fruit in the mid-palate. Not quite as fine as the 66 possibly, but weightier. Splendid again. ****
  • Volnay Santenots 1955 (Potinet-Ampeau) Combines the best of the two previous wines with a lovely undergrowth nose, fine balanced yet rich palate. The finish on the other hand is just a bit edgy, with a hint of volatility. I think I can forgive it that. *****
  • Chateau Climens 1969 This has that attractive green rim of fine old Sauternes, Madeiras and similar things. Concentrated barley-sugar all the way through. Good concentration and length. I feel it lacks a little complexity because of having little botrytis, but still good. ***
  • Chateau Climens 1967 Demonstrates the difference botrytis makes with a slightly oily texture and nut and apricot flavours mixing with the barley-sugar. ****
  • Port 1970 (Fonseca) Fantastic young colour. Scented floral nose. Amazing, long, concentrated palate and a slightly hot finish. Stunning, but a way off maturity. Whether this will be truly great depends on whether the whole package comes into really good balance at some point - probably it will. ****(*)
  • Port 1970 (Warre) This makes an interesting comparison because the Warre is in balance now, rather lighter than the Fonseca (as most things would be), lovely brambley fruit and nice length. A very good port. ****
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Gang of Six - Any White, Any Red 16/11/2001 (RJB)

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Ridge and Simi 10/11/2001 (TNB)

These are from winery visits - the Ridge wines tasted at Lytton Springs and the notes are brief because conditions were not the best. Other Ridge wines tasted on the trip.
  • York Creek Petite Sirah 1985 (Ridge) There is debate about Petite Sirah - is it anything to do with Syrah, is it Durif, etc. This wine certainly had an air of the Northern Rhone about it to me, blackberry fruit, some plum, refined quality and good length. It has certainly aged very well, this had the air of just coming to its peak drinking time and I am sure it will last a while. Top ***
  • Geyserville 91 (Ridge) Lovely complex nose. Sous-bois, brambles, goot acidity, great length. Close to peak but no hurry to dink. ****
  • Monte Bello 1993 (Ridge) Lots of smoke and tobacco Time ahead - good tannins and length. Quite big too, at the expense of fineness to some extent - I wonder if that will wear off with age. ****
  • Zinfandel Jimsomare 1990 (Ridge) A pleasant mature Zinfandel - nice blackberry fruit - but not quite in the class of a couple of good Ridge Zins from 91 tasted recently. Savoury finish though. ***
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German wines 10/11/2001 (RJB)

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Wine group at J.M.'s 06/11/2001 (WGP)

A friend hosting my Wine Group took the opportunity of my absence in the USA to open a stack of his best bottles. I interrogated the culprits on my return and here are their brief notes on what was drunk. We don't usually include ratings from other people but we thought the wines here were worth recording.
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 06/11/2001   Return to top