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28/01/1996 (TNB)

"Noel's Winter Warmers" CF&WS, Noel Young Wines 27/01/1996 (RJB)

26/01/1996 (RJB)

Trials for the Cambridge Blind Tasting Team 26/01/1996 (RJB)

CU Blind Tasting Team - Reds 25/01/1996 (RJB)

Rhone tasting - Oddbins Fine Wine 25/01/1996 (TNB)

25/01/1996 (TNB)

Rhone Tasting CUWS Victoria Wine Cellars 23/01/1996 (RJB)

Cambridge blind tasting team 21/01/1996 (RJB)

20/01/1996 (RJB)

Hotel room in Czech mountains 14/01/1996 (TNB)

A 'bring a bottle blind tasting' 14/01/1996 (RJB)

12/01/1996 (RJB)

11/01/1996 (TNB)

06/01/1996 (TNB)

The Diary - January 1996

28/01/1996 (TNB)

  • Coudelet de Beaucastel Red 86 Good colour, warm red fruits and hints of mushrooms and chesnut. Like a good Chateauneuf, drinking well. 87.
  • Chassagne Montrachet Caillertes 89 (J-N. Gagnard) Gorgeous, melons and marzipan, exquisite balance with excellent concentration (from half). 92.
  • Leoville Barton 75 Good colour, coming round to drinking, slightly leafy nose, with good cedary flavours in the mouth. As I've noticed before, this is a typical for 75, since there seems to be little of the harshness so often apparent. 91.
  • Rabaud Promis 86 Nice fruit and plenty of gorgeous botrytis. Drinking nicely. 91.
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"Noel's Winter Warmers" CF&WS, Noel Young Wines 27/01/1996 (RJB)

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26/01/1996 (RJB)

  • Gran Coronas Reserva 1985, Torres Drinking well, but it seems to have lost the tobacco nose it had a year back so I would guess it is past its peak.Soft mature fruit nose. 86
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Trials for the Cambridge Blind Tasting Team 26/01/1996 (RJB)

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CU Blind Tasting Team - Reds 25/01/1996 (RJB)

  • Saint Amour 1994, Clos du Chapitre, Dom. de la Cave Lamatire A bit dully defined at the end. 80
  • Los Vascos 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon Has that Sinewy sappy Chilean smell. A bit weedy. 81
  • Ch. Larmande 1990, St Emilion Grand Cru Classe 16.99 OFW. Lovely, smokey, plummy, minty nose with a good balance of lightly toasted new oak. Not for the long term, but already drinking well. 90
  • Marques de Murrietta 1990 Reserva Rioja This smelt and tasted very similar to their white wine (I think I would have said that if I had been having it completely blind!). An odd bottle, or is it meant to be like this? Lots of tannin, oak and acidity. On first tasting I thought it was probably pretty good, had enough fruit and just needs time, however, I got less sure. 84-89?
  • Rothbury Shiraz 1994 Cherry nose with a touch of good (slightly volatile?) acidity at the end. Showing more Old World in style. Pretty good for the price (5.99ish). 86
  • Mondavi Unfiltered Zinfandel 1993 Disappointing given its 93 RP points (or was it a different 1993 Mondavi Zin that got that?) Big, but the fruit a bit soft and toffeed at the end. Lovely brambly nose to start with. Perhap I am doing it down. 88
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Rhone tasting - Oddbins Fine Wine 25/01/1996 (TNB)

  • Hermitage Chevalier de Strimberg blanc 94 (Jaboulet) I liked this initially, but coming back to it notice the very curious "Fino Sherry" nose others objected to. Flawed? (16.99)
  • Hermitage Chante Allouette 94 (Chapoutier) Quite good concentration of peach honeysuckle fruit, but not amazing 88. (17.99)
  • Condrieu 94 (Vernay) Nice balanced - good flavours, but not really singing, at least to me. 88. (17.99)
  • Condrieu 94 (Chapoutier) Quite good, but lacks the finesse of the Vernay. 86.
  • Condrieu Eguets VT 94 (Cuilleron) Very fine, concentrated sweet viognier. Very well balanced, but I'm not sure I find the style so exciting. 91. (35.99)
  • Cornas 94 (Chapoutier) Quite tannic, but curiously short of fruit density for what is supposedly a good vintage. Very much in the house style. 84 (12.99)
  • Cornas 91 (Columbo) Real wine, showing up the weakness of the Chapoutier. Slightly soft and international in style, with new oak. Could have come from almost anywhere -- it would be impossible to guess it was Cornas blind even without the Bordeaux shaped bottle! I'm not sure I like this style, but 90. (14.99)
  • Cote-Rotie 91 (Jasmin) Exudes balance, elgance and class. Taught, quit high acidity. A bit light for a good vintage, even allowing for the style. 90. (19.99)
  • Cote-Rotie Mordoree 89 (Chapoutier) More concentrated than Jasmin certainly, but a bit soft, laking focus. Not a very interesting wine. I don't think I believe in this great Chapoutier revival! 88 (55.00)
  • Clote-Rotie Ladonne (Guigal) This is fine wine, although no better than the straight Cote-Rotie in a fine vintage. Could well be about as good a wine as could be made in 86though, and easily outclasses the Chapoutier. 91 (75.00)
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25/01/1996 (TNB)

  • La Tour de By 85 Still good luncheon claret, and no great hurry to drink it up!
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Rhone Tasting CUWS Victoria Wine Cellars 23/01/1996 (RJB)

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Cambridge blind tasting team 21/01/1996 (RJB)

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20/01/1996 (RJB)

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Hotel room in Czech mountains 14/01/1996 (TNB)

  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 93 Imported from a partly drunk bottle in a used mineral water container, and drunk from water glasses in Czech hotel room. Immediately identifiable, exudes class.
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A 'bring a bottle blind tasting' 14/01/1996 (RJB)

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12/01/1996 (RJB)

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11/01/1996 (TNB)

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06/01/1996 (TNB)

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