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Wines at a WineSmart.com tasting 29/11/2000 (RJB)

Drappier Champagne dinner hosted by Paul Anderson and Scott McKittrick 21/11/2000 (TNB)

Wine Group at E.O'N's 21/11/2000 (TNB)

Italian wines at Noel Young Wines 21/11/2000 (RJB)

Italian Wines at Oddbins 21/11/2000 (RJB)

16/11/2000 (TNB)

From Raeburn Fine Wines 16/11/2000 (TNB)

White wines from Justerini and Brooks 16/11/2000 (TNB)

Modern Fine Wines at Noel Young Wines 09/11/2000 (RJB)

Pape Clement dinner at E.McC's 06/11/2000 (TNB)

Some bottles drunk on a recent trip to the Highlands 06/11/2000 (TNB)

The Diary - November 2000

Wines at a WineSmart.com tasting 29/11/2000 (RJB)

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Drappier Champagne dinner hosted by Paul Anderson and Scott McKittrick 21/11/2000 (TNB)

These wines had mainly been obtained directly from Drappier and the old Carte d'Or's were recently disgorged.
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Wine Group at E.O'N's 21/11/2000 (TNB)

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Italian wines at Noel Young Wines 21/11/2000 (RJB)

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Italian Wines at Oddbins 21/11/2000 (RJB)

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16/11/2000 (TNB)

Interesting to have a look at three 1978's from around France. The Burgundy and Claret certainly in lovely condition, the St Joseph interesting but rather clearly past its best.
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From Raeburn Fine Wines 16/11/2000 (TNB)

A selection of bottles at about six to eight pounds supplied for a party. All are interesting, the Lirac and the Redoma rose really good and with the Erdener Treppchen you are getting real fine wine from a top vineyard at a very low price. One day people will start to realise how undervalued German riesling is!
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White wines from Justerini and Brooks 16/11/2000 (TNB)

Hurried notes from a quick canter round a J&B tasting.
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Modern Fine Wines at Noel Young Wines 09/11/2000 (RJB)

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Pape Clement dinner at E.McC's 06/11/2000 (TNB)

  • Weingebirge Honifogl Gruner Veltliner 1986 (Nikolaihof) Spicey, very fresh, bone-dry, good length. Lovely with food. (50cl) ***
  • Weingebirge Riesling Spatlese 1986 (Nikolaihof) Delicate, spicy, fresh, Still quite tight, but mouthfilling. Very impressive. I thought this producer's wines would age, and it's nice to see these older wines verifying that. ****
  • Chateau Pape Clement blanc 1970 Much fresher than the last bottle I had (from the same source): fruity nose, very smoky (charred) palate, gooseberry finish. Some will think this past it anyway, but to me at least it scrapes ***
  • Chateau Pape Clement 1988 Berries and smoke. Lovely dry palate, the smoky Graves notes even more prominent. Nice structure and finish. Classic young claret. One of the best wines I've tasted from a favourite vintage. Probably even ****(*)
  • Chateau Pape Clement 1962 Delicate, perfumed, smoky wine. Fresh, very sweet fruit. Slight iodine. Not a heavyweight, but very fine. *****
  • Chateau Pape Clement 1955 Live colour, meaty yet fragrant. Less complex perhaps than the 62, but a little fuller and better balanced. Lovely. *****
  • Chateau Pape Clement 1953 The sea, the sea! This has that lovely iodine seaweed tang to the smoky graves fruit, but so fresh and such a finish! All the complexity of the 62 and the balance of the 55. A delight. ******
  • Fine Old Oloroso, bottled 1949 (Justerini & Brooks) Tawny colour, concentrated chocolate and orange nose. Weaker on the palate perhaps, with old rancio flavours. Still a very enjoyable drink. ***
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Some bottles drunk on a recent trip to the Highlands 06/11/2000 (TNB)

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