Saturday, September 10, 2005

Vigne de l'enfant Jésus 1997 Beaune Gréves 1er Cru Bouchard Pere et Fils

Colour is lovely, light crimson - classic Burgundy.

Nose - perfumed and fantastic with hints of spice and rich raspberries.

The palate is dark Beaune cranberries and strawberries. Very well structured and delicious with the smelly Epoisses!


Tasted 8/9/05 at Shorehead

Chateau Gruaud Larose 1995

The colour is reasonably youthful - with that dark, foreboding tint to the core that looks fantastic.

Nose - very smokey - classic, earthy Gruaud with cedar, woodspice and a bit of cassis. (Euan noticed blackberries and black cherries).

Palate - classic Gruaud, though somewhat forward. This is lovely stuff. Mouthfilling woodspice, cedar and the like with fruit coming through towards the end. That rustic, Gruaud-y mid palate is unmistakeable. Such classic and individual Bordeaux. This is great!


Tasted 8/9/05 at Shorehead

Chateau Magdalene 1995

Very dark colour, with deep core.

Nose is quite hot: plummy was well with some herbal hints.

Palate has quite a bit of sweet, forward dark fruit. Very pleasing and approachable. There are darker notes that come through on the back palate. The rich, sweet, plummy fruit is more-ish. Lacks somewhat in structure - it is very modern Bordeaux, but I like it.


Tasted 8/9/05 at Shorehead

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Pol Roger 1982

Colour: nice - medium gold with the slight green turning richer.

Nose: rich cheese with butter and a shade of citrus honey.

Palate: fresh and lively with great mousse. It's compelling and very more-ish. The mouth-feel is fantastc. Green apples, slight cheese & mushrooms but the latter on the edges. The mid-palate is mostly fruit driven. Long on the finish and the complexities of age are just beginning to come through and, importantly, this is a fun wine!

I would happily drink it breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Tasted 5/9/05 at Naughton. With bacon butties.

Croft 1945 (a gift to the club from Ann Turner)

Colour is fading, but still red, not brown. Ageing gracefully.

Nose: quite boozy but with damsons, sloe berries, morello cherries and herbaceous spice as well! Heady perfume. Quite lovely.

Palate: lovely - one of the most elegant port wines I've ever had, but hidden power behind it. There is heat, but it's ok, it works. The fruit's slightly dry. Very enjoyable - excellent with the Dunsyre Blue & quince jelly.

2 hours later was a revelation - full integration with dryness and heat being replace by glorious richness and unity. A complete and almost perfect wine in terms of structure, maturity, complexity. Wonderful. Should you be fortunate enough to obtain a bottle, please decant and allow to breathe for at least 3 hours.


Tasted 4/9/05 at Naughton

Chateau Margaux 1995

Colour: almost black with crimson/purple edges.

Nose: deep, with chocolate & pencil lead, edges of violets - its youth cannot hide its feminity!

Palate: mouth-filling - its youth is evident; big, rich, with immense black currant and floral violets on the edges - incredible, but the secondaries aren't quite there yet. Very hedonistic & will be awesome in the future but is a bit simple at the moment. Very long finish.


Tasted 4/9/05 at Naughton

Chateau Petrus 1985

Colour: crimson through to the core. True brilliance as well. Big legs.

Nose: remarkable: an explosion of herbs, forest fruits, cedar, currants & blueberries. Perfumed with luscious sweetness on the nose (which almost makes you light-headed).

Palate: ephemeral. Not massively unctuous, as I was expecting, but elegant, possessing a level of structure, poise and balance that I have not experienced with merlot (even fine Pomerol). The tannins grip but with silk gloves. The fruit & secondaries are integrated and lovely. Remarkable allspice, cinammon and other exotic spices on the finish. Saddle leather, suede, pipe tobacco & cloves emerge as well. But with refinement and structure.

Truly amazing. In flavour this, being my first sampling of the legendary Petrus, is worth its reputation. It is indeed the equal of the greatest wines in the world and not simply a status symbol. However, it is tremendously overpriced. And not worth the outrageous mark up it receives. For what you pay for this wine you could have 2 magnums of Mouton Rothschild 1985. And I'd choose the latter.


Tasted 4/9/05 at Naughton

Dom Perignon 1971

Fine, petite bubbles.

Colour: rich, butterscotch gold

Nose: clotted cream & lime sorbet with toast & chai tea. Soft mushroom notes as well.

Palate: rich, elegant & slightly austere, this hides some of the fruit. Very dry & long with nice floral edges. Superb with wild smoked salmon. Very much my sort of Champagne - refined, elegant & slightly herby with texture & class. A delight.


Tasted 4/9/05 at Naughton.