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At E.McM's 19/09/2009 (TNB)

Wine Group at M.M's 07/09/2009 (TNB)

Recent bottles from the cellar 03/09/2009 (TNB)

The Diary - September 2009

At E.McM's 19/09/2009 (TNB)

  • Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett 1989 (JJ Christofel) Very pleasant, dry, light, fresh, not hugely long but good drinking. ***
  • Champagne Special Club 2000 (Launois P&F) Great chalky minerality, rich, just emerging rather nicely. A strong ****
  • Puligny Montrachet 1er cru Folatieres 1994 (J-M Boillot) Quite lightweight but very Puligny. Elegant, quite mineral, great for the vintage. J-M B was making lovely wines up until about this vintage, I think. Bare ****
  • Richebourg 1976 (Drouhin) Corked. Not Rated
  • Pichon Baron 1964 Great colour, gorgeous smoky nose. On the palate a touch watery but the smokyness remains. Evanescent. In its way, for its charm, a bare ****
  • Soutard 1964 Curiously chunky, a little more substantial, sharper and chunkier than the Baron - but less engaging. In very good condition though. A strong ***
  • Clos Rene 1961 Medium weight, tobacco, sweet-fruited mature Claret. Very nice without being as one might hope for from the vintage. Very top ****
  • Palmer 1978 Such a beautiful, florally-scented, lifted-blackcurrant, ravishing nose. The palate fades a touch. Lovely with food. Good **** (Needs drinking.)
  • Montrose 1978 Quite gutsy, structured, but quite light on the palate. Good but will not improve. Bare ****
  • Ducru Beaucaillou 1978 Very fine, complex almost-floral nose, lead-pencil, lovely balance on the fruit. Bare *****
  • La Gaffeliere 1970 Quite burnt. Nice fruit in a way but a bit curious. A much less good bottle of this wine than I have had before, but not flawed in any obvious way. ***
  • Tokay SDGN 1989 (Rolly-Gassmann) Apricots, nice balance, fairly sweet but sits light on the palate. Top ***
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Wine Group at M.M's 07/09/2009 (TNB)

Rather delayed notes!
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Recent bottles from the cellar 03/09/2009 (TNB)

  • Chateau Simone blanc 2005 This seems a touch flat on the palate to me. Wines from this part of the world often are like that but in this one it seems a less attractive feature. I'd like to think it is just a touch closed although that's not quite the impression I get. It is very early for drinking wines from this property. Let's say *** for now. A modest 3 stars if this is all there is but a good one if it improves as I suspect (and hope) it might.
  • Corton Grand cru ,Pougets 2004 (de Montille) Bright, high-toned, concentrated, still a bit hard. Very good. ***(*)
  • Morey St Denis 1er cru Les Faconnieres 2005 (Lignier-Michelot) Quite open, lacks the tone of the Montille wine above and not just because of the vintage, I think. Burghound loves this but I have mixed feelings. It's a bit too easy to drink and lacks the last word in refinement. Still, it's pretty good. Top ***
  • Meursault 1er cru Poruzots 2000 (F. Jobard) Splendid wine, taughtly mineral, concentrated, challenging and long. Beautiful. Might drink even better in a year or two, but who knows these days? Top ****
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 03/09/2009   Return to top