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October, 2011

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Weingut Alfred Bonnet Friedelsheim Riesling Kabinett 2003

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Vintage: 2003
Type: Riesling
Country: Germany – Pfalz

Rieslings should be able to lie down and age well but this 2003 seems to have prematurely peaked (perhaps due to my storage conditions). Don’t you hate it when London flats get too warm and your sensitive wines react poorly?

Like most older Rieslings, this one has taken on a slight petrol smell. It is off-dry (slightly sweet) and unfortunately does not offer a complex nose.  Drink this now if you have any and do not want it to go to waste.

Domaine de la Madone Fleurie Cuvée Prestige 2007

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Vintage: 2007
Type: Beaujolais
Country: France – Burgundy – Beaujolais – Fleurie

This wine is slightly different than your typical Fleurie since it has spent some time ageing in French oak.  because of this, it still has the flavours that you would expect with the gamay grape: berries and fresh fruit.  The oak adds a loving level of complexity and depth. This is a sophisticated Beaujolais . Excellent effort!

Château Tayac 2000

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Vintage: 2000
Type: Red Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Bourg

This wine is has a medium garnet colour, fading to a nice brownish colour on the edge. On the nose are blackcurrant, raspberries and dark fruit with a hint of vanilla. On the palate are flavours of dark fruit, cherry, blackcurrant and coffee. Nice long finish. A very nice glass of Bordeaux that is drinking well at the moment.

 

Technical Review

Appearance
Clear, deep Ruby.
Nose
Clean, prominent. Characteristics of dark fruit, spice, blackberry, plum, and cherry, coffee with a hint of oak and vanilla

Palate
Medium acidity. medium tannin. Flavours of dark fruit, spice chocolate, coffee and cherry.  Full body. Long finish.

Conclusion
Outstanding

Janisson Baradon & Fils Champagne Le Toulettes Brut 2000

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Vintage: 2000
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Champagne

This is a special bottle of wine. Smooth and round with citrus notes and toasty vanilla. Lots of bubbles and acidity, so it will still last some more though it is drinking very well at the moment. The wine is the essence of great vintage champagne. If you can find a bottle buy it for a special occasion!

Tarlant Champagne Cuvée Brut Prestige 1998

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Vintage: 1998
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Champagne

This Champagne is clean and fresh on the nose with hints of citrus fruit and loads of autolytic notes.  On the palate there are loads of yummy flavours of biscuity yeast and citrus. Smooth and elegant, this wine is maturing nicely and has lots of life in it still.

N.V. Janisson Baradon & Fils Champagne Non Dosé

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Champagne

This is a good non dosage champagne. Very dry,  high acidity flavours of apple and toasty biscuit.  A perfect to start an evening.

N.V. Gratien & Meyer Saumur Cuvée Flamme Brut Rosé

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Crémant
Country: France – Loire Valley- Saumur

Nice notes of strawberries, though this wine lacks depth. A good sparkling drink for a hot summer day, but nothing too serious.