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Diary index

Rhones and clones at Oddbins Fine Wine 30/11/1999 (TNB)

Marcarini Dinner with Raeburn Fine Wines 29/11/1999 (TNB)

28/11/1999 (TNB)

The best of the Rhone vs California's 'Rhone Rangers' 27/11/1999 (RJB)

25/11/1999 (TNB)

17/11/1999 (TNB)

A tasting of wine to match game, 13/11/1999 (RJB)

11/11/1999 (TNB)

07/11/1999 (RJB)

The Diary - November 1999

Rhones and clones at Oddbins Fine Wine 30/11/1999 (TNB)

  • Hermitage La Chapelle 1996 Very deep colour. Rubbery figs. Tannic, sweet fruit. Good length. Long life expected. (37.99) **(**)
  • Hermitage La Chapelle 1997 Very ripe, slightly minty and soft. Quite spicy. Very promising. (Becomes v complex in time.) Interesting to compare to 96. At first sight, this is a much more forward vintage. There is a lot there, and perhaps the balance might lead it to age as well as the 96. it'll be interesting to see. (44.99) ***(*)
  • Cornas 1995 (Jaboulet) Oaky (or at least stalky) nose, rough, tannic palate. This had its fans, but I'd say this bottle at least was just flawed. (15.99) Not Rated
  • Cornas 1996 (Jaboulet) Toned down; less woody, still austere but much better balanced. Reasonable finish. Dry. ** (17.99)
  • Cornas 1997 (Jaboulet) Sweet, perfumed, much softer. (Again the 96/97 comparison.) Very good, but not very wild. ** (17.99)
  • Shiraz 1997 (Bannockburn) Minty, pencily. Decent acidity offsets New World softness of fruit. Pretty decent. ** (17.99)
  • St Joseph 1997 Le Paradis Saint-Pierre (Coursodon) Golden syrup nose, a shade light on the palate - or is it just masked by acidity. Maybe just overmade. (10.99) *
  • Cornas St Pierre 1997 (Jaboulet) Soft tangeriney. New-worldy. I wonder about the length a bit. Are all the 97's so soft? Doesn't seem as good as my memory of the 95 of this wine. (25.99) **(*)
  • Ch. De Ampuis 1995 (Guigal) Closed, but bacon-fat emerges. Fine structure. Very long. Oaky, of course, but in its way as enjoyable as the La Chapelles. (42.99) ***(*)
  • St Henri 1995 (Penfolds) Big, chocolatey, soft, but unknit. OK. (19.99) **
  • Shiraz McCrea wood 1996 (J. Barry) Oaky, medicinal, substantial, but not my sort of thing. **
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Marcarini Dinner with Raeburn Fine Wines 29/11/1999 (TNB)

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28/11/1999 (TNB)

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The best of the Rhone vs California's 'Rhone Rangers' 27/11/1999 (RJB)

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25/11/1999 (TNB)

  • Coonawars Cab Sauv 1988 (Petaluma) In good nick really - some cedaryness and while perhaps a bit soft it made up for this with some quite succulent almost Dolcetto-like tannins. A bit of a surprise that it was like this. ***
  • Champagne NV Ultra Brut (Laurent Perrier) I was ready to be impressed by this semi-luxury cuvee from L-P, but it seemed a bit ordinary and chardonnay dominated. It gave the impression of being just ever so slightly unclean - so just possibly a dodgy bottle. Not Rated
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17/11/1999 (TNB)

  • Cantemerle 1991 I was overcome by a sudden curiosity as to what the 91's are like. Certainly this is lightish, reasonably elegant, but it needs a bit more flesh if its going to progress interestingly, I think. I suspect that it is too late to hope it is going to flesh out now. **
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A tasting of wine to match game, 13/11/1999 (RJB)

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11/11/1999 (TNB)

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07/11/1999 (RJB)

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