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Wine group at J.M's 29/05/2007 (TNB)

Top Champagne with Edinburgh wine Merchants 27/05/2007 (TNB)

In Jersey 22/05/2007 (TNB)

16/05/2007 (TNB)

Odd recent bottles 13/05/2007 (TNB)

An early 2002 Burgundy 13/05/2007 (TNB)

At Kinnard a while ago 13/05/2007 (TNB)

Auction makeweights 09/05/2007 (TNB)

Another Filippi Soave 02/05/2007 (TNB)

The Diary - May 2007

Wine group at J.M's 29/05/2007 (TNB)

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Top Champagne with Edinburgh wine Merchants 27/05/2007 (TNB)

  • Pol Roger blanc de blancs 1998 Citric, autolytic - that from a very slightly corked bottle. A replacement had a great richness of ginger-edged fruit too. The good bottle will benefit from some time and could even merit 5 stars eventually. Top ****
  • Dom Perignon 1999 (Moet et Chandon) Elegant, complex, slightly gamy - wet farmhouse straw. Restrained and rather fine. Bare ****(*)
  • La Grande Dame 1996 (Veuve Cliquot) Quite meaty, in your face sort of fizz. It's a bit short on finesse for my taste, but I suppose it will turn out pretty interesting in 10 years. ***(*) (with reservations)
  • Pol Roger Winston Churchill 1996 Lovely: all the complexity of the Pol Roger above but with fascinating depths that I kept returning to. Absolutely lovely balance. ***** and rising
  • Krug Grande Cuvee NV Vanilla, very refined, gorgeous soft bubbles (it always has such a fantastic mousse). On top form. Bare *****
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In Jersey 22/05/2007 (TNB)

  • Champagne Cuvee Longueville NV (Gardet) Decent middle of the road Champers. Top **
  • Redoma Rose 2001 (Niepoort) Gamy, like sort of red Burgundy - interesting wine. Top **
  • Segla 2001 Rausan Segla's second wine. Scented, bright fruit - very Margaux and very drinkable. Bare ***
  • Savennieres Clos St Yves 2000 (Baumard) Attractive wine, honey and apples once it has been open a while and warmed up. A more easy-going style than the appellation stereotype. Top **
  • Lafon Rochet 1993 It seems to be time to drink the good 93's, and I think there are more such than I once thought. Cedary fruit, slightly green but attractively succulent tannins, rather nice mature Claret. A rather good ***
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16/05/2007 (TNB)

  • Barolo 1989 (E. Cogno) Left standing up inside for half a day and decanted for an hour or so this still improved with a little more air. Old-fashioned stuff, still rather tannic, needing food, but with that elusive rose-like fragrance and purity of fruit. Pleasant drinking if you like this sort of thing - I do. ***
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Odd recent bottles 13/05/2007 (TNB)

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An early 2002 Burgundy 13/05/2007 (TNB)

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At Kinnard a while ago 13/05/2007 (TNB)

I forgot to enter these for a while!
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Auction makeweights 09/05/2007 (TNB)

Bought as part of a recent auction lot with some bottles I did really want!
  • Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Marina Cvetic 2000 (Masciarelli) Herby, honied, reminiscent of the Southern Rhone with its fairly flat profile. Stylish wine, if not hugely complex. Rather nice though - valued at a couple of quid when I decided what to bid, but I'd happily pay 10-15 for this. Bare ***
  • Angimbe Insolai Chardonnay 2003 (Cusumano) This a complete unknown I valued at zero - which may have been a bit high. From Sicily, this wine has an odd, unattractive bitterness that I don't care for and no real compensating features. Bare *
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Another Filippi Soave 02/05/2007 (TNB)

  • Soave Colli Scaligieri Vigne della Bra 2005 (Filippi) Lovely honeysuckle fruit with a touch of bitter almonds once it opens up. Real concentration and presence: absolutely lovely and a touch more of everything than the other Filippi Soave I noted. I suppose one has to say that this one scrapes ***(*) given that the other got a top 3 stars!
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