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Baron de Ley Rioja Club Privado 2006

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain – Rioja

Great notes of berries on the nose with a touch of caramel and vanilla. Refreshing flavours of oak and spice with lots of fruit on the palette. Very good value for money and worth a try.

Joseph Gruss & Fils Crémant d’Alsace Rosé 2009

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Rosé Crémant
Country: Alsace – Eguisheim

Yummy, yum, yum. All French sparkling wine that comes from outside of the Champagne region is classified Cremant but the flavours and bubbles you’ll find in this bottle may deceive your senses to think otherwise. I am biased towards this vineyard and its products because I secretly admire Andre. Regardless of the bias, the Cremant stands out splendidly in its own right.

Clos Payrol 2006

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France – Bordeaux – Pomerol

This is one of the best wines that I have ever had the pleasure to taste. Knowing that the wine would require some time to breathe, I decanted the bottle and let sit for several hours. To get a sense of what was in store, I had a tiny taste of the wine after it was decanted: pure pleasure. The tasting left my mouth watering for more, though I forced myself to wait.

The nose was dark and closed – even after being left to breathe. Classic Pomerol herb-tinged, caramel, and sweet black cherry notes intermixed with mocha and spice box. Tannic with a good level of acidity, many levels of complexity, full body flavours of cherries and plums.

Payrol is right next door to Petrus, a small vineyard – much like Petrus and is ideally placed in Pomerol. flavours of berry and terroir. Quite young, but drinking well. This wine can certainly be set down for another 10+ years. Very highly recommended!

Clos René 1998

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Vintage: 1998
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France – Bordeaux – Pomerol

Still has lovely tones of florals and earth. Colour still deep red with fading at the edge. Flavours of plum and berries with a long finish. Drinking well now and it had the tannins for keeping a bit longer.

Penfolds – St. Henri 2000

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2002
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain

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Château Cheval Blanc 1994 Saint-Emilion

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Vintage: 1994
Type: Bordeaux – Saint-Emilion
Country: France

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This was the third beauty hidden away in the Royal Over-Seas League cellar but realeased in limited numbers to those dining in the restaurant in late 2009. This was a strongly-flavoured wine, with a heady nose and vibrant colour. This is a nice wine to share with friends over a French-inspired menu (featuring Lamb!).

John Duval – Plexus

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Vintage: 2006
Type: Blend (Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre)
Country: Australia – Barossa Valley

This wine is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre created by John Duval in the Barossa Valley. It has balanced flavours of red and black fruits. The understated oak on the nose is special and overall the wine is superb, hinting of southern Rhone.

It’s excellent now if decanted – but will be age very well and will taste exquisite in a decade.

Errazuriz Merlot

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Merlot
Country: Spain

This Merlot was disappointing. Normally Errazuriz is an excellent vineyard, but I found this wine lacking flavour and a little flat.

2004 Valiano Chianti Classico Il Poggio

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Vintage: 2004
Type: Sangiovese Blend
Country: Italy – Tuscany

This Chianti is quite nice. Better than most Chiantis that you can find outside of Italy (they tend to keep the good stuff) it is light and refreshing with a great nose and flavours.

Riscal

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain

We found this wine at a burlesque club near Picadilly Circus. It was quite nice, as I expect from Riscal, with good berry flavours and oak finish. I would drink this wine again.