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Bill Nanson's Burgundy seminar at the superBOWL 26/10/2003 (TNB)

With dinner at the superBOWL 26/10/2003 (TNB)

The Walk-around tasting at the superBOWL 26/10/2003 (TNB)

21/10/2003 (RJB)

Neal Martin's 97 Claret seminar at the SuperBowl 19/10/2003 (TNB)

At Braidwoods, before the SuperBowl 19/10/2003 (TNB)

Fizz tasted with Richard recently 13/10/2003 (TNB)

At James's after a concert 13/10/2003 (TNB)

Dinner after a tasting 13/10/2003 (TNB)

With Toby 01/10/2003 (RJB)

The Diary - October 2003

Bill Nanson's Burgundy seminar at the superBOWL 26/10/2003 (TNB)

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With dinner at the superBOWL 26/10/2003 (TNB)

Some of these really are a bit brief - fleeting impressions in the midst of much conviviality at the end of a long vinous day!
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The Walk-around tasting at the superBOWL 26/10/2003 (TNB)

All very informal and one tends to end up tasting things in a far from ideal order! Scores consequently not to be taken overly seriously.
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21/10/2003 (RJB)

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Neal Martin's 97 Claret seminar at the SuperBowl 19/10/2003 (TNB)

  • Cos d'Estournel 1997 Intense blackcurrant nose. Dry and savoury. A touch of capsicum - a hint of (not unpleasant) under-ripeness. Slightly bitter finish. A difficult wine. **(*) (just)
  • Pichon Lalande 1997 Nice balance - cedary blackcurrant. Charming and might be more so in a year or two although not for very long keeping. Top **(*)
  • Ducru Beaucaillou 1997 Very nice fruitcakey Claret nose - becomes fragrant. Nice elegant balance. Stylish. Very top **(*)
  • Leoville Las Cases 1997 Very dry and tight. More closed. Classy and really does need time. Top **(*) again
  • Cheval Blanc 1997 Fine fragrant nose. Very fine and long. Very attractive indeed but will be at peak in a couple of years at most probably. So seductive it might even merit ***(*)
  • Haut Brion 1997 Fruitcake nose, mouthfilling, lovely, sweet fruit. Fairly seriously structured and like the Las Cases really demanding some cellaring. **(**)
  • Doisy Vedrines 1997 Nice and rich - lots of botrytis. This seems quite forward and evolved. Very good indeed - it is amazing the quality one can get from Sauternes/Barsac at reasonable prices. ***(*)
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At Braidwoods, before the SuperBowl 19/10/2003 (TNB)

  • Pol Roger Winston Churchill 1990 Rich, mushroomy and lees-influenced - somewhat forward (largely the vintage style I guess). Lovely drinking. ****
  • Chablis Blanchot 1991 (Raveneau) Very mineral, with a hint of the sea that I had not noticed until Neal M suggested cockle-sheds! Very fine! Top ****
  • Chassagne Montrachet Chenevottes 1989 (Niellon) Lovely creamy palate (typical of the producer) but it is very evolved. I suspect this is an odd bottle given Niellon's standards, even though 89 is a forward vintage. ***
  • Haut Brion blanc 1992 Candied fruits. So intense on the nose and palate, heavily oaked but with the fruit to carry it. Drinking but surely will improve. Not universally admired around the table but for me ****(*)
  • Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1991 (de Vogue) Deep, dense fruit, tending towards pruney - mainly from sheer concentration I suspect. Very complex and aging nicely - will probably benefit from another few years after which it might even rate higher. ****
  • Richebourg 1990 (DRC) Terribly elegant and drinkable - meaty touches - none of the cooked fruit this vintage sometimes offers - very, very nice but a bit insubstantial. Quite advanced - possibly because this bottle had not been in a really cool cellar for several years of its life. This bottle: ****
  • Chateau Montrose 1961 Fine old mature claret, dry and savoury - chunky as so many St Estephe's are. In pretty good condition. Making a tiny allowance for the fact that it had just travelled: ****
  • Haut Brion 1983 Rather good, gamy, pretty much mature Claret. Quite animal (keen brett-spotters were on to this quickly). I thought this was splendid drinking and if not great, a bit better than its middling reputation (at least among other vintages of this splendid property). Just about ****
  • Pichon Lalande 1982 Lots of ripe fruit, nice balance, first-class stuff but not absolutely singing. I suspect we are drinking it at slightly the wrong time and perhaps this will merit absolutely top marks in a few years. ****
  • Hill of Grace 1986 (Henschke) Stands up in this company. Fine, if a touch sweet on the finish and simpler than some of the classics earlier. On a graceful downward slope I think. A very good ***
  • Yquem 1983 I've had a few mature seeming 83 Sauternes recently and even the Yquem seems ready - although doubtless with years of interesting evolution ahead. Lovely complex flavours. *****
  • Hochheimer KonigenVictoriaberg Auslese 1971 (Pabstmann/Deinhard) Gentle, graceful old German to finish the meal. ***
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Fizz tasted with Richard recently 13/10/2003 (TNB)

  • Champagne Grand Rose Brut NV (Gosset) Fragrant with a nice mousse. There is a slight sweetness that works quite well - ripe fruit before a long finish. This has benefited from a couple of years in cellar. Serious for a Rose - indeed, such a good one I think it scrapes ****
  • Champagne Belle Epoque 1990 (Perrier-Jouet) Quite a big wine with ripe fruit (the vintage) and a decent finish. Plenty of presence but lacks the fineness I'd hope for in a luxury fizz. ***
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At James's after a concert 13/10/2003 (TNB)

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Dinner after a tasting 13/10/2003 (TNB)

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With Toby 01/10/2003 (RJB)

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