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Fontodi at Valvona and Crolla 30/09/2004 (TNB)

Petaluma at Harvey-Nicks 29/09/2004 (TNB)

An old friend 28/09/2004 (TNB)

Recent stuff 25/09/2004 (RJB)

An old-fashioned Claret 23/09/2004 (TNB)

Friday night 17/09/2004 (TNB)

Weekend enigmas 12/09/2004 (TNB)

Huet Vouvray 06/09/2004 (TNB)

A tasting for work 06/09/2004 (RJB)

Some weekend wines 04/09/2004 (RJB)

At J.M's one evening 01/09/2004 (TNB)

Wine group at my place 01/09/2004 (TNB)

The Diary - September 2004

Fontodi at Valvona and Crolla 30/09/2004 (TNB)

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Petaluma at Harvey-Nicks 29/09/2004 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 05/11/2004   Return to top

An old friend 28/09/2004 (TNB)

  • Vouvray 1989 (Chatueau Gaudrelle) I bought most of a case of this some time ago - maybe even ten years ago now I come to think. The sweetness has receded, it is perhaps beginning to decline a bit but is still very pleasantly fruity and fresh - honey and grass. Time to drink my remaining couple of bottles. A top **
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 28/09/2004   Return to top

Recent stuff 25/09/2004 (RJB)

  • La Cuvee Mythique 2000 (Vignerons de Val d'Orbieu) Getting towards the end of its drinkable life I would guess judging by this bottle - enjoyable for what it is, but I can't see it hanging on for too much longer. **
  • Rosso Veronese Regolo 2001 (Sartori) Smooth and easy. Modern. **
  • Rioja 2003 (Muga) This barrel fermented white Rioja (90% Viura and 10% Malvasia according to the helpful back label - and if you must know the must was left to macerate with the skins for 12 hours and was then transferred into 225-litre capacity oak casks), well this barrel fermented white Rioja is a fairly thick oaky number without any of the oxidative nature of the old ways of making white Rioja. A cross between modern and traditional which I quite like for a good value white with a bit of weight. Oh, and by the way, the wine remained on the lees for three months undergoing batonnage once per week before being fined, filtered and bottled. *** perhaps
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 27/09/2004   Return to top

An old-fashioned Claret 23/09/2004 (TNB)

With M.J. who had come round to discuss wine websites.
  • Chateau Soutard 1970 Healthy colour with lots of orange on the rim - not that deep. Lifted, spicy nose, baked plum, almost something burnt. Quite savoury and high-toned with some tannins evident although this won't improve. Stylish, but not in the end a great wine. Very nice though. Top ***
Marking wines is a difficult business. I couldn't quite bring myself to gve the Soutard four stars and yet it is the sort of mature, balanced, slightly demanding wine that I would much prefer to drink to most young (but fully evolved) wines that I end up giving the same score to!

This is too a fine example of wat Bordeaux used to be: moderate weight and colour, dry and savoury, very ageworthy. I wonder how many modern wines will be so stylishly drinkable at 34 years old?

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 23/09/2004   Return to top

Friday night 17/09/2004 (TNB)

  • Chateau Lagrange, St Julien 1982 Deep colour showing only moderate orange tints at the rim. Lifted, leafy nose with a very mineral, dry yet full and satisfying palate. Top stuff - just drinking well, but no hurry to consume. It seems a lot and perhaps I am pushing it a bit but I really like this - so ****
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 17/09/2004   Return to top

Weekend enigmas 12/09/2004 (TNB)

  • Chateau Sociando Mallet 1985 I have been up and down about this wine since I first tasted it and liked it about 12 years ago, giving it just two stars on occasion. It has a good medium-deep colour now and mature, cedary Claret nose. On the palate it is quite chunky (as Sociando tends to be) with a touch of capsicum. I think now it is good mature wine about to leave its plateau of maturity. Fine with food and needing a bit of air and a bit of ones attention while drinking. ***
  • Pommard Les Fremiers 1990 (Coste-Caumartin) A wine I liked a lot at a dinner 4 years ago and since bought a little at auction. The fruit is mainly cherry and has baked overtones like a lot of wines from this vintage. Quite solid and structured still although I can't imagine it shedding tannins and becoming at all suave at this time of life. A good wine, but perhaps a bit less good than I first thought. ***
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 12/09/2004   Return to top

Huet Vouvray 06/09/2004 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 12/10/2004   Return to top

A tasting for work 06/09/2004 (RJB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 23/10/2004   Return to top

Some weekend wines 04/09/2004 (RJB)

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At J.M's one evening 01/09/2004 (TNB)

  • Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles 1994 (Jadot) Undewhelms a little at first but after a while, with the wine approaching room temperature, it is very beguiling with a lovely complex, slightly herbal nose and very finely delineated creamy fruit. Very delicious and (a sign of real quality) it becomes more compelling with each glassful. ****
  • Chassagne Montrachet La Romanee 1996 (Colin Deleger) This is an immediate style of Burgundy with quite forward fruit. The acidity is good but not at the high levels of some from this vintage and this wine is pretty much drinking. Very honest wine, pretty much what one might hope for from a good Chassagne in a good vintage. ***
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 01/09/2004   Return to top

Wine group at my place 01/09/2004 (TNB)

Brief notes (particularly on wines I have other bottles of) because of cooking, etc
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 24/12/2004   Return to top