The star of a flight of Provence whites was the Palette 2001 from Chateau Simone, herby, stylish, low-acid wine which I spotted (we were tasting blind) having had an older vintage a while ago. Their red would probably have led a small flight of Provence reds also but unfortunately (because it is a wine I have long wanted to try) it was corked. A Bandol 1993 from Vannieres was showing its age rather but Chateau Rasque showed well in both white and red - not a wine I have seen over here but well-made.
In amongst this we had also the Gran Reserva 1994 from Riscal - rather jammy and modern, and it surely will not age the way that Riscal used to in the past and I thought it a bit sad that such a famous old property has gone so commercial. I was surprised by how dry, concentrated and serious the 1994 Bin 707 from Penfolds was - it's always been a good wine of course but I have often found it a bit soft for my taste. This is probably not at peak yet and might even rate in time - pretty impressive.
Dow 1970 seemed a bit spirity and very mature - lovely flavours too, but not quite as I remember it. It's probably bottle variation, or of course bottler variation: I forgot to note which bottling this was. Marsala Travecchio 1920 from Florio reminded my of burnt Christmas pudding - like a Madeira without the same piercing acidity but still very enjoyable.