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Wine groups at EO'N's 31/10/2005 (TNB)

Bisol tasting at the SuperBOWL 29/10/2005 (TNB)

Dinner at the SuperBOWL 29/10/2005 (TNB)

Gravner in Scotland (SuperBOWL and Edinburgh) 29/10/2005 (TNB)

The walk-round at the SuperBOWL 29/10/2005 (TNB)

Super Offline pre SuperBOWL 28/10/2005 (TNB)

Smith-Haut-Lafite tasting and dinner at the Ubiquitous Chip 19/10/2005 (TNB)

Recent Champagne 17/10/2005 (TNB)

07/10/2005 (TNB)

The Diary - October 2005

Wine groups at EO'N's 31/10/2005 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 28/12/2005   Return to top

Bisol tasting at the SuperBOWL 29/10/2005 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 11/11/2005   Return to top

Dinner at the SuperBOWL 29/10/2005 (TNB)

The usual zoo - bottles everywhere, great fun. The notes are consequently quite brief and impressionistic.
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 06/12/2005   Return to top

Gravner in Scotland (SuperBOWL and Edinburgh) 29/10/2005 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 10/12/2005   Return to top

The walk-round at the SuperBOWL 29/10/2005 (TNB)

I don't seem to have tasted so much this year and the notes are hurried. Too much good conversation!
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 18/12/2005   Return to top

Super Offline pre SuperBOWL 28/10/2005 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 30/11/2005   Return to top

Smith-Haut-Lafite tasting and dinner at the Ubiquitous Chip 19/10/2005 (TNB)

  • Les Hauts de Smith 2000 A bit sulphury. Sauvignon dominated - like an oaked NZ wine. Banana-like fruit. Bare **
  • Smith Haut Lafite blanc 2000 Much richer and better-textured. Rounded, moderate acidity. Quite impressive. ***
  • Les Hauts de Maujan 2001 Very immediate hit of warm-climate-like cab. Easy-going - fine for a BBQ. No great finish. Bare **
  • Smith Haut Lafite 2000 Ripe nose - touch of tobacco. Soft - yet not overstated. Tannins and oak evident on the finish. Not the sort of wine I personally want to buy, but rather good in its way. A good ***
  • Smith Haut Lafite 1999 Quite forward - elegant - tannins resolved - dry finish - not so long. Bare ***
  • Smith Haut Lafite 1998 Lighter, but with some extra spice. A bit grippier than the 2000. Quite complex and structured - drinking quite nicely. Top ***
  • Smith Haut Lafite 1996 Black cherry, high-toned, tannic, some doubts about the underlying concentration. Top ***
With dinner, alongside the 98 SHL:
  • Coulee de Serrant 1991 Very closed. Becomes honeyed and delicious - needs decanting. Provence herbs - bags of character. ***(*)
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 06/11/2005   Return to top

Recent Champagne 17/10/2005 (TNB)

  • Champagne blanc-de-blancs Grand Cru Cuvee St Vincent 1990 (Legras) Fine, attractive nose but the fruit while initially exciting is marred by a bitter twist towards the finish. This defect seems less evident a day later - while the wine seems quite mature, I wonder if it might benefit from more time. Pretty good. ***
  • Champagne 1996 (H. Billiot) Cashews, yeasty bread, honey, creamy fruit - a different character on returning each time. Taught acidity and good length. Really fine - perhaps even ****(*)
  • Champagne 1999 (Andre Clouet) Brioche and honey nose, quite citric (lemon and grapefruit) palate. A little disjointed still but time will draw it together nicely. Softly frothy now, as one might expect from its youth. Very good. ***(*)
  • Champagne Brut Grande Reserve NV (Gosset) Most of my recent notes of this wine have been from a single case bought at auction a while ago. I have since discovered from the nice people at Gosset that it is a 93+94+95 blend. Lovely honey and apples with yeasty undertones. Some will say it is showing a touch of oxidative character and I suppose it is although I don't find it remotely a problem. Very rich but now in perfect balance. ****
  • Champagne NV "R" de Ruinart Quitelarge-framed, a bit coarse and difficult towards the finish - perhaps a year in bottle would help. Ok, but I'm not wild about this. From a half. Bare ***
  • Champagne Cuvee Speciale Grand Cru NV (Andre Jacquart) Doughy but floral nose, quite tight, dry and precise, elegant palate - decent length but with a touch of hardness that needs a year or two. Very good. Bare ***(*)
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 17/10/2005   Return to top

07/10/2005 (TNB)

Lost in my filing system - this is from dinner at a BYO restaurant a few months ago, but I can't recall when.
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 07/10/2005   Return to top