Whitehall Lane Silver Anniversary Reserve, 2004

Whitehall Lane Silver Anniversary Reserve, 2004
I remember the previous bottle of this was very harsh and a bit of a disappointment, however time in the cellar has mellowed this into an inky, vanillary smooth wine. It only started to show signs of deeper complexity towards the end of the bottle. Shame I didn’t decant it earlier. …or have any more ...

Château Clerc Milon, 2009

Château Clerc Milon, 2009
This was a surprise treat at this week’s Cabernet themed Friday Swim Tasting from Allan after Bianca opened the wrong bottle!! – but who can blame her? How many wines have jesters on the label??! Lucky that 2009 is approachable now; deep wood smokey background flavours, a smooth palate and full rounded body. Richer than ...

Mount Difficulty Pinot Gris, 2011

Mount Difficulty Pinot Gris, 2011
Oily but not quite as viscous as the Peregrine Pinot Gris from the other day, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. It just meant more subtle lychee/grapefruit/orange zest flavours, helped by a festive strudel to a delicious almond kick on the finish.   Share this:FacebookTwitter

Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve NV

Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve NV
After leaving the half case from last years Tesco Christmas offer unopened in order to gain a little bottle age, I figured it was finally time to open a bottle after a whole year in the cellar. Honey and a nice yeastiness driving back the remaining acidity to a supporting role (where it always should ...

Roger Sabon Châteauneuf du-Pape, 2006

Roger Sabon Châteauneuf du-Pape, 2006
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Almirez Toro, 2009

Almirez Toro, 2009
Strong nose pushes itself out of the bottle and glass. Spicy fruit cake flavours remind me a little of Merlot, but this has a lot going on… Share this:FacebookTwitter

Champagne André Chemin Premier Cru, 2000

Champagne André Chemin Premier Cru, 2000
I’ve had this in the cellar since bringing it back from France quite a few years ago now, so finally on Boxing Day I felt it was the time to bring it out – and I was right. Drank from some old style Champagne glasses, with traditional Boxing Day ham with spiced peaches and Paolo ...

Chateau Bahans Haut-Brion, 1998

Chateau Bahans Haut-Brion, 1998
Very dry and aged, nice dried plummy fruit still hanging on. A perfect drink for our Christmas dinner. Share this:FacebookTwitter

Bollinger NV

Bollinger NV
Old style bottle, which means this is from about this time time last year. Nicely yeasty, but wondering whether Bolli NV has a limited bottle life?? Share this:FacebookTwitter

Redoma Douro Branco, 2008

Redoma Douro Branco, 2008
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