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Wine group at St Bernard's Crescent 31/07/2000 (TNB)

29/07/2000 (TNB)

28/07/2000 (TNB)

27/07/2000 (TNB)

23/07/2000 (TNB)

12/07/2000 (TNB)

08/07/2000 (TNB)

Dom. Bernard Maume at Raeburn Fine Wines 07/07/2000 (TNB)

Gang of 6 Tasting, 'Any white, any red' 06/07/2000 (RJB)

The Diary - July 2000

Wine group at St Bernard's Crescent 31/07/2000 (TNB)

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29/07/2000 (TNB)

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28/07/2000 (TNB)

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27/07/2000 (TNB)

  • Chardonnay 1989 (Petaluma) Honeyed and vegetal, mature chardonnay fruit, quite New World in that I wouldn't expect a decent Burgundy to be this evolved after 11 years. That said, it has aged in quite well, if a little one-dimensionally. Time to drink. *
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23/07/2000 (TNB)

  • Cote-Rotie, Brune et Blonde 1985 (Guigal) Quite rich, oaky, raspberry and blackberry fruit, but is this becoming a little hollow? I should taste again, but for now barely ***
  • Wehlener Sonnenuhr spatlese 1983 (Deinhard) Splendidly sherberty but evolved Mosel wine, just starting to drink well. This is such a good vineyard. One forgets how good Deinhard can be, but what happened to them after this vintage? I, at least, scarcely see the wines any more. ***
  • Gewurtztraminer Herrenweg 1989 (Zind-Humbrecht) I've become less of a fan of this domain, but this has evolved nicely, with the residual sugar becoming less evident. Now a decent drink. **
  • Riesling Pflaenzerreben 1990 (Rolly Gassmann) Pungently keroseney, spicy nose, but so refined. On the palate, it seems dry (although there is a touch of residual sugar) because of the excellent acidity. Excellent producer, great vintage. These wines need time. ***(*)
  • Champagne Grande Cuvee NV (Krug) That rich Krug nose, wood influenced and suggesting brandy. Rather impressive, but you have to see the point of people who say it is over-done. I think one of the best points about Krug is the tremendously soft, foamy, small-bubbled mousse. From a half. ***(*)
  • Cadet-Piola 1988 Good colour, oak-influenced nose with some secondary flavours and St Emilion chocolateyness beginning to emerge. Almost brash and New-Worldy, but excellent acidity too. From a half. At least **(*)
  • Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 1999 Raspberry and blackcurrant nose, quite high-toned, with chocolatey fruit. I've found the wines of this highly rated estate a bit dull and one-dimensional in the past, but this should be rather good. Perhaps this estate is about to catch up with its reputation! A barrel sample, soon to be bottled. **(**)
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12/07/2000 (TNB)

  • Chardonnay 1989 (Mountadam) Aging quite gracefully, nice fruit, soft and buttery, vegetality avoided. A bit better than the 90 I think. **
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08/07/2000 (TNB)

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Dom. Bernard Maume at Raeburn Fine Wines 07/07/2000 (TNB)

I've not had a lot from this estate before. Old-fashioned, characterful wines, built to age well. A **** producer. Good value too.

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Gang of 6 Tasting, 'Any white, any red' 06/07/2000 (RJB)

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