Cédric Bouchard Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules, 2008

Cédric Bouchard Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules, 2008
Last November Robert Parker’s Antonio Galloni did a 3 part video review of grower champagnes, in part 3 he reviewed the wines of Cédric Bouchard. Unlike the traditional rational in Champagne, Cedric Bouchard focuses on single-variety, single-parcel and single-vintage wines. These “cutting edge Champagnes are some of the most innovative and exciting wines tasted this year” according to Galloni. ...

Colli Tortonesi SuSu, 2000

Colli Tortonesi SuSu, 2000
Another bottle from my friend Geoff’s abandoned collection. I was fully expecting this one to be past it’s best, however it was surprisingly fresh & vibrant with plenty of fruit and smooth oak. Quite delicious.   Share this:FacebookTwitter

Tenuta san Guido Guidalberto Toscana, 2009

Tenuta san Guido Guidalberto Toscana, 2009
Drunk alongside the Campana Brunello this was clearly more approachable with smooth vanilla and vibrant fruit, a very different style of northern Italy. Share this:FacebookTwitter

Capana Brunello di Montalcino, 1995

Capana Brunello di Montalcino, 1995
Mature, dry and still quite a bit of tannin, but a nice drink and most importantly still valid after lying forgotten in my cellar for 7 years after my friend Geoff left it in my care, along with all his other wines, when he moved to Ireland.   Share this:FacebookTwitter

Mitchelton Estate Marsanne, 1996

Mitchelton Estate Marsanne, 1996
I remember drinking Mitchelton’s oak aged Marsanne for my 30th birthday, this bottle is from that time and has survived amazingly well. Another bottle from my friend Geoff’s abandoned collection I was happy to discover. As the back label says after 10 years of age it develops the rich gold colour and rich honeyed characters ...

Inama Vigneto du Lot, Soave Classico 2008

Inama Vigneto du Lot, Soave Classico 2008
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Columella, 2004

Columella, 2004
I was wary about this wine possibly being a little austere as it is only just coming into its drinking window, so I made sure it had as long a decant as possible (2hrs) before rebottling and taking to Allan’s for our post swim tasting. Clean and complete, medium bodied, refreshing and delicious. Share this:FacebookTwitter

Château de Pez, 2002

Château de Pez, 2002
Tested alongside Ch Les Ormes de Pez, the only similarity as far as I can workout, apart from the name, is that they’re from vineyards around the Pez hamlet in St Estèphe, being owned and made completely independently. The most obvious difference was that this had much more silky fruit obvious just from the nose, ...

Château Les Ormes de Pez, 1995

Château Les Ormes de Pez, 1995
Light bodied, harsh and almost sour on first opening. However it did mellow after being double decanted back into the bottle and allowed to sit for about 4 hours. However nothing can change its inherent light body and slight fruit, but it was a nicely integrated bottle only showing a small amount of age considering ...

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 ...
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