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Wine dinner at E.McC's 24/08/2002 (TNB)

Wine group at D.W.'s 15/08/2002 (TNB)

03/08/2002 (RJB)

1999 Claret at Oddbins Fine Wine 02/08/2002 (TNB)

The Diary - August 2002

Wine dinner at E.McC's 24/08/2002 (TNB)

  • Vouvray Sec 1974 (Bertier Pichot) Very honeyed on the nose, with hints of grass and perfectly fresh. Sour apples on the palate, bone-dry and austere with a slightly hollow, coarse finish. Pleasantly drinkable and really quite good for the vintage. It has probably never been in good balance and is perhaps as good now as it ever has been. Realistically, perhaps just *
  • Forster Ungeheuer Kabinett trocken 1998 (Werle) Fragrant, then spicy as it opens out. Complex, flavoursome, mineral with great balance, concentration and finish. Might deserve another star in time, but for now ***
  • Riesling Schlossberg Vieilles Vignes 1989 (P. Blanc) Interesting nose, if a bit cheesy. Goodish but not great for the vineyard. Quite lean, almost mean, for the vintage. **
  • Bricco del Drago 1972 I have not had an old example of this interesting mainly Dolcetto wine before. Gorgeous "old wine" nose - so civilised. Fresh. Lovely smoky raspberry fruit. Very drinkable. ***
  • Brunello Riserva 1993 (Pertimali) Big and oaky, a class act in its way, but a bit international - you know, well-made, rich .... yet while some will rave I don't find it really engaging. ***
  • Rioja Gran Reserva Excelso1950 (Espanolas) Lovely vinilla ice-cream and cinnamon nose. Fresh, warm, sweet ripe mulberry fruit - lots of it. Not guite the last word in fineness but lovely! Ageless. ****
  • Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 1964 Very classy, minerals tobacco and iron. Good length and stylish. How satisfying old Claret can be when it is really right. ****
  • Niepoort 1963 Rosy nose, chocolate palate - super. Quite lovely. I note that I had a bottle of this from the same case 4 yas ago and it was mediocre. This one makes ****
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Wine group at D.W.'s 15/08/2002 (TNB)

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03/08/2002 (RJB)

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1999 Claret at Oddbins Fine Wine 02/08/2002 (TNB)

  • La Croix Canon 1999 Big ripe cherry nose - chocolate - touch of oak. Forward and fruity - alcoholic. Tannins there. Not for the long term but *(*)
  • La Pointe 1999 Another forward sexy nose with a touch of capsicum and spice. A bit meaty. Drier - more balanced. Quite oaky. Needs a few years. Nice Pomerol and not too expensive. Maybe **(*)
  • La Fleur Petrus 1999 More muted, plummy, tending toward cooked nose. Soft and silky - easy going - or is it just less forced? Forward and very drinkanble. Good ***
  • La Serre 1999 Similarly muted - slightly capsicum and chocolate. Nice acidity - gives an impression of being a bit closed. Has some of the unforced fruit of the La Fleur Petrus but with a bit more structure. Pretty good. **(*)
  • Mazeris 1999 Crystalised fruits. Complex, plummy, raspberry notes. Mouthwatering acidity - quite tannic. Attractive Claret at a reasonable price. **(*)
  • Leoville Barton 1999 Deep, potentially cedary Cabernet fruit - creamy vanilla, violets. Weighty, forward palate. Unless this is just a phase it seems very lush and forward for this property - perhaps it will close down and become a bit more classic. ***
  • Lynch Bages 1999 Slightly stinky and muted at first - but it blows to reveal a lovely balanced yet forward cedary palate. Again, is this a phase? ***
  • La Tour Haut Brion 1999 Sexy orange-peel high-quality oak intriguing nose you could dive into. But a bit floppy on the palate - forward and modern. Unless it tightens a bit it won't rate more than a good **
  • Gruaud-Larose 1999 Ripe, lifted cassis nose - smoky sea. Savoury raspberry fruit. Meaty. Might be rather good. On this showing, this seems more backward than either the Leoville Barton or the Lynch Bages. **(*) plus
  • d'Armailhac 1999 Deep liquor cassis nose. Big full dry - quite savoury. In-your-face but a bit structureless. Probably not going far - but goodish. ***
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