- Echezaux 1987 (E. Rouget) Hedononistic, yet fine enough not to cloy at all. First-rate Burgundy!
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- Coudelet blanc 1995 High-toned, but quite oaky (?), tropical fruit. Quite good length. At least
- Coudelet blanc 1993 Spicey, young Alsace riesling nose. Marzipany, dry. Good length. Another easy
- Pouilly Fuisse La Roche 1997 (Manciat-Poncet) Light fruit, elegant, decent.
- Pouilly Fuisse La Roche 1995 (Manciat-Poncet) Dense fruit, again good length. Melony.
- Pouilly Fuisse La Roche 1994 (Manciat-Poncet) Long (again) but anonymous (again). Peachy.
- Pouilly Fuisse Hore Classe 1994 (Ferret) Tropical fruity - a step up from the previous producer. Drinkable.
- Pouilly Fuisse Tete de Cru 1994 (Ferret) More Burgundian. Slightly toffeed. Easy
- Barbaresco San Stefano 1995 (Castello di Nieve) Currenty, v. tannic, will be pretty good.
- Barbaresco San Stefano 1994 (Castello di Nieve) Toffeed nose, creamy palate, but a bit dull. (The vintage, in retrospect.)
- Barbaresco San Stefano 1993 (Castello di Nieve) Better fruit this time. Well structured. Its just a bit hard to believe that these young wines are going to be quite as good as the three very lovely older wines that follow.
- Barbaresco San Stefano 1978 (Castello di Nieve) Smokey, tarry, almost like a port. Excellent.
- Barbaresco San Stefano 1976 (Castello di Nieve) Lighter, but very fine. Complex, balanced, long. At its peak.
- Barbaresco San Stefano 1974 (Castello di Nieve) Lovely, possibly less complex than 78, but another impressive effort.
- Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg spatlese 1983 (Crusius) Light, fruity, not amazingly long, but classically elegant.
- Schlossbockelheimer Kupfergrube spatlese 1983 (Staatdomain) Weightier but less elegant. Still a pleasant wine.
- Sandeman 1965 Very sound, maturish. Quite structured. (Apparently Sandeman didn't declare the vintage, but a bit was bottled. To judge from this, it's not at all a bad year.)
- Rebello Valente 1966 This is very serious, delicious, balanced port, barely drinking yet.
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- Barbera 1993 (Sandrone) This bottle at least has lost the curious old-socks edge that I remember. The excellent fruit it always had has mellowed to an almost Cabernet roundness. Quite a lot of vanillin oak, well applied. A good drink.
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- Pouilly-Fuisse Perriers Tete de Cuve 1997 (Ferret) Slightly acetatey, decent concentration, reasonable finish. 17:49
- Chardonnay 1997 (Tarra Warra) Quite rich and chewy - slightly flashy, lots of oak. Hint of aniseed. Pleasant, but tiring without food perhaps. 14:99
- Puligny-Montrachet Champ-Canet 1997 (Carillon) Fine fruit. Lacks the last word in concentration perhaps, but supple oak and decent finish. 33:99
- Puligny-Montrachet Chalumeaux 1997 (Ch. de Puligny) Tropical fruity, a shade short. Perhaps a good choice of style for the vintage. 23:99
- Puligny-Montrachet Referts 1997 (Sauzet) Might be closed, but lacks grip, and perhaps just not very good. Is it opening a shade in the glass? I'm not sure, and I'm not risking it at 39:99 For now
- Corton Charlemagne 1997 (Chapuis) Rich, good length. Nice length and balance. Very good (and even good value in the current context) but not great Corton Charlemagne . 34:99
- Mercurey 1er cru VV 1997 (Lorenzon) Red fruits (if any), not very pinoty. Light in the mouth and austerely tannic. Others were less harsh on this. 19:99 (We seem to have arrived at 20 quid Mercurey!)
- Pommard Epenots 1997 (Obiers) Those tannins again. Fruit a bit better this time - still redfruity. Is there a bit of class here? 29:99
- Clos Vougeot 1996 (Bertagna) Good fruit, excellent balance. Proper Burgundy. 47:99(!)
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- Gosset Grand Reserve Presented blind, this seemed almost off-dry, but I think that may be my palate on the day. Quite a rich, complex style, oak-influenced wine. Pretty impressive.
- Lanson NV A bit light beside the Gosset, but perfectly sound.
- Chassagne Montrachet Caillerets 1988 (J-N. Gagnard) Old-fashioned, very oaky, but in balance. Interesting, but is it going anywhere?
- Meyney 1986 Coming round to drinking - quite merloty, tannins evident but not too intrusive. Quite good.
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- Gosset Grand Reserve Tasted several times from halves on a recent holiday. Always tasty and interesting. Occupies an odd market position above the grand marque NV's but short of Krug, etc. Justifies this position.
- Gruner Veltliner Steinfeder 1998, Terrassen Thal Wachau, Freie Weingartner Which the vineyard, which the producer? I haven't a clue. Good old G.V. - always the best of the run-of-the-mill grapes. Unremarkable, but the acidity saves it. The only wine of a week's sojurn in Vienna. (Added later: Frank Drew E-mailed to tell me that Freie Weingartner is a Co-operative which he finds to be pretty good.)
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- Taittinger 1990 Drinking nicely and without some of the opulence it had in youth. At peak, but no rush to drink up.
- Herrenweg Gewurztraminer 1989, Zind-Humbrecht From a half. Good to have this after a break from this style of wine. No real signs of age - big extrovert wine ideal in half bottles. Fine with Thai fishcakes.
- Chateau l'Enclos 1982, Pomerol This has reached maturity and has liquorice and berry flavours.
- Chateau Cadet Piola 1982, Saint Emilion Doing better than the Pomerol above. Quite gutsy wine in its younger days, and now maturing well.
- Chateau Bastor Lamontagne 1986, Sauternes From a half. No signs of being past it. Good light to medium weight Sauternes. Just
- Piper Heidsieck Brut OK fizz, but not one I'd rush out to buy.
- Brundlmayer Brut 1990 This is aging well (that is, it has no real signs of age), however, I'm not really sure it's a style I like. Lacks the elegance of Champagne, yet has a mineral quality.
- Herrenweg Gewurztraminer 1990, Zind-Humbrecht From a half. Not as good as the 1989 mentioned above. Possibly past it, or at least heading that way.
- Chateau Sociando Mallet 1986 This has lost some of its fruity silkiness and is gaining maturing claret flavours. Most enjoyable.
- Chateau Bastor Lamontagne 1988, Sauternes From a half. No signs of being past it. Good light to medium weight Sauternes. Same note as the '86 above! Just
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