Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Nuits-Saint-Georges La Gerbotte Blanc
The young (14-15yr old) vines of Clos de Arlot Blanc, 1yr in oak (10% new the rest 3/4/5yrs old). Lovely nose, palate is delicious, very mineral with a beautiful texture. For a “young vines” wine, it is very impressive. 16-17, drink now to 2014.
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos de l'Arlot Blanc
25-50yr old vines. Gorgeous hint of honey, nougat and a few nuts on the nose with a little hint of smoke, actually far more elegant that that sounds. Zest and minerality on the palate – delicious. 17+, 2011 onwards.
Cotes de Nuits Village Clos du Chapeau
Very pale, beautifully classical Pinot nose, fresh, elegant, and aromatic. 15% new wood the rest 3-4yrs old. Good acidity and no lack of ripe but light structure on the palate. 16+, drink 2010 onwards
Nuits-Saint-Georges Le Petit Arlot
The young (8-9yr old) vines of Clos de Arlot, (20% new wood the rest 3-5yrs old). Lovely light colour again, real depth of fruit. Similar character to Clos de Chapeau but richer and a little more dense with more grip. 16++, 2011-2016.
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Petits Arlot
The young vines (18-20yr old) of Clos de Forets St Georges. A little darker/fuller in colour, less obvious fruit and a little more masculine/earthy. More oak and a little more structure 16-17, 2012-2018.
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos de l'Arlot
60yr old vines - 16months in wood (30-35% new). Darker again, almost shows age. Brooding, rich and slightly high, more structured, great length. The sleeper of the pack? 16-17, 2015-2020
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos de Forets St Georges
22-56yr old vines. Gorgeous nose, the richest, headiest and most delicious. The power of the fruit hit on the palate is a delight. Power and elegance. 18, 2012-2018
It was a really great tasting and brilliant to see such elegant wines that had no pretence about them…..they aren’t cheap but they are very good. The sort of wines I like!
For interest the release prices were in order above - £260, £450, £185, £230, £255, £395 & £395.
Ascot day 1 was a disaster - three poor performances from those I'd backed, not sure there will be any bets today.
Friday, 12 June 2009
2008 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Spatlese Auktion Goldkapsel, Schloss Lieser (Mosel) -17, Only available at the Auction in Germany but interesting to taste, beautiful texture, great length.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Syrah, Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes 2007, Andre Perret - good black fruit, bacon fat character (strange in reds!), balanced palate, a meaty wine...perfect for BBQ's and red meats,,a top class glugger. now-2011 - £60 ib/cs
St.Joseph 2007, Andre Perret - Lovely nose of red/black fruits with the tell-tale white pepper, palate slick and well balanced with good length, drink now - 2015 - £110 ib/cs
The gossip? a birdie in Bordeaux tells me that the Mouton 2008 will have a label by a Chinese artist. If you don't know about Mouton Labels http://www.theartistlabels.com/ have a look at that. A different artist does the labe every year. Why is the 2008 being Chinese so important? Well 8 is a lucky number in Asia and the Chinese market has been responsible for the meteoric rise in prices of both Lafite and Carruades de Lafite as deamnd has been high. Will Mouton's price for the "Chinese label" edition go through the roof?
Monday, 8 June 2009
Friday 8.30 pm - Colour – rich to the rim typical of young Port..nose closed but broodingly nice, palate? delicious but not overly complex, I like this game!
1pm - Last night's Langhe Nebbiolo ’06, Saffirio showing better, delicious tonight, will buy some and leave 18 months...Smith Woodhouse opening up nicely…can’t remember when I last had vintage port on Saturday lunchtime.
Backed Crowded house each way in the Derby.......a decent 5th but no chance with the winner. Sea the Stars looks exactly that, a star in the making. Lions were disappointing but then I think the side they put out as forced on them by having to give everyone a game…not necessarily the side they would have wanted to select.
7pm SW 2003 update - more jammy today, red fruits to the fore, structure shows better...it's a good port must leave some for tomorrow, friends coming round for Venison.
Cotes du Rhone Villages 2003 Dom d'Andezon - lovely and not too 2003’ish, fully mature and best drunk up now but a good wine, haunch of venison and roast tatties and all the trimmings, very good even if I say so myself. The SW 2003 is all but gone and tasting better and better - will do a bottle of young Vintage Port over the weekend again, great way to drink a great drink!!
Gould Campbell 2000 ordered up for the next weekend Port trial!
Thursday, 4 June 2009
I decided to take a few days break from the booze (think it'll end tonight.....been one of those days), just one of those things it's good to do every few weeks.
Had a truely amazing and unique wine moment today....Constantinos Colheita 1910....I am pleased with myself in as much as I spotted it as a Colheita (vintage Tawny) but I was a mile out on age have said '87. I meant 1987 but tried to pretend 1887! The colour had held up well (browned but thick to the edge), the nose was delicious and very complex, one of those Ports that alternatley pretends to be Madeira (Verdehlo?) and Sherry (PX). The palate was delighfully rich and showed the alocohol but not in a bad way. The finish went on for minutes....
The Oaks tomorrow at Epsom, I fancy Midday to win but there is no value in the 7/2 price so I won't be having a bet.