Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Monday, 18 July 2011
So what better way to find out than to bring it to work, put it in another bottle in the tasting room and see what people thought. The answer ranged from old piedmont - this guess was probably becasue it was me bringing it in - to the logical Banyuls via Port. The nose is Port-like in fruit character but the palate is far lighter (alchohol is in the 10.5-12 range) a real confusing one. I would serve it slighly chilled if I had it again. It worked quite well with a Montecristo Petit Edmundo (2010). Oh well, one for the memory bank.
The novelty helped me get over Banimpire's very close defeat in the Irish Oaks!
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Thursday, 7 July 2011
2002 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet, Paul Pernot - This was a real step up, very clean and precise, with a way to go, lovely acidity and freshness, initially I had been thinking more Chablis Grand Cru than down in the heart of white Burgundy and I still think that was a decent logical conclusion. I would guess the oak was very under played here, it developed very well over the meal too, classy stuff.
Next up was my bottle served blind a fraction warmer than ideal which made it harder for the guys, they did well though.
Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets 2007, d'Angerville (not in the picture!) - The reason I chose this was that I like 2007's and love Volnay (Lafarge and Angerville being best IMO). I have recently had the Champans and Taillepieds 2007 and loved both so wanted to try this. No disappointment here. It was delicious fresh red fruit, pretty but with substance. It won't make "old bones" but is well worth a try.
It was then Peter's turn to preoduce his reds, both blind and both from decanters. The first was from a batch of 7 bottles he had bought, from the two he had had so far one was ok the other excellent.1982 Clos de Beze, Rousseau - This bottle was a strange one to drink, ultimately it was wonderful fun and a good drink too. The initial nose had a touch of the cheese cloth about it. Ian and I both guessed it was much older than it was. We were back in the 60's or so. The nose was delicate and the palate a touch hidden initially but developed later. The one element that remained the whole time was a wonderful fresh and precise, delicately red fruit finish that was very fine. The bottle got a lot better with more time in glass and was fascinating. Just you try and find any to buy anywhere...
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Both smokes were a first for me and both bought about 10 days ago. The first was El Rey del Mundo Choix de L Epoque 2009 (4 3/8 by 52) this was a “UK only” release back in 2009. I have always wanted to really like El Rey del Mundo, especially the Choix Supreme which I think is a great size of smoke - basically a Robusto but a 48 gauge instead of 50, but for whatever reason it has never quite clicked for me as a brand. I really enjoyed this smoke without it being exciting, it was smooth and not that rich, I wanted a bit more spiciness from it. It burned well and kept a good flavour going but that flavour didn’t really develop, good but no more than 16/20. One try is never fair with cigars or wine so I will try again at some stage.
Sunday afternoon was time for a Partagas 8-9-8 (unvarnished – the box not the cigar!) late released from 1999 – this is a great size (6 1/8 by 42) , 45-50 minutes worth of smoking whilst reading the Sunday racingpost (heaven to me!). This smoked and burnt like a dream, full but very mellow, complex too. I will definitely be buying more. It is the first properly aged cigar I have had and like wine I will now be starting to “lay down“ a few boxes with Partagas amongst them.