- Rasteau 2013 (Domaine Les Grands Bois) Pure, autherntic fruit that seemed a little unstructured at first. But this is one of those young wines that seems to harden up after being open a while. Nice structure and tannins that would benefit from a year or two. Maybe even
- Saint Joseph Rouge 2010 (J-C Marsanne) Pleasingly real, traditional in style. Solidly good without being overwhelmingly exciting. Bare
- Fleurie La Madone 2013 (La Reine de l'Arenite) Lovely pure, bright fruit, very attractive on the nose and palate - but with a slightly bitter, hard, tannin finish. If that softens it will be lovely, but it is a risk. Better with food currently. Top
- Chassagne Montrachet 2012 (Vincent and Sophie Morey) Nicely drinkable, large-framed wine. Very Chassagne. Top quality for village wine. A good (from a half)
- Muscat Moenchreben VT 1997 (Rolly Gassmann) Very much at peak, pretty dry on the palate with classy, refined, mature Muscat fruit. An under-rated grape. Bare
- Chambolle Musigny 1er cru La Combe d'Orveaux 1999 (Clavelier) A decade ago in a tasting of the 99s this stood out for its structure among wines that were much easy-going in general - perhaps to excess. Now drinking beautifully. Good
- Chateau La Vieille Cure 2004 I thought I would try a bottle or two of interesting Bordeaux from outside the fashionable regions. I'm not wild about it: quite big and gummy, modern-styled. Good in its way, I guess.
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- Pays d'Herault blanc 2010 (Mas Jullien) Floral hints and a touch of citric around that attractive, broad, relatively low acid palate of South of France whites. Good density of flavour and length. Probably for drinking relatively soon.
- Coteaux du Languedoc, Terrasses du Larzac 2008(Mas Jullien) Quite bright, brambly fruit. Very transparent with a reasonable background of succulent tannins. Proper wine and attractive drining. Enlightened modern winemaking. Probably at peak. Top
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