Wednesday, 15 September 2010

From the cellars of King's College, Cambridge

Josmeyer Grand Cru Hengst Riesling 2000

Clean, flinty almost mineral. Very acidic, lime zest, citrus, deep. Nose some kerosene but not overwhelming. Excellent length and depth, very well structured wine, with progressive layers of flavours. Still an adolescent, another ten years or so.

Ch Ferriere 2003

Properly bouquet of Margaux, seductive yet not without grip and poise. Nice fat acidity, tannins have softened slightly but still there. Berries, touches of wood and spice; given time, produces a wonderfully rounded and filling mouthfeel, beckons you for more. Good class, with at least 5 years to peak. Classic of the appellation, a little gem.

Coteaux du Layon St.Aubin de Luigne, Cuvee des Forges, Domaine des Forges, Branchereau, 1996

Golden colour, deep. Slight alcoholic nose which slowly fades, honey, nectar, acacia. Intensely sweet but good solid acidity running in the background, carries it through and holds it together. Botrytis can be felt, luscious and full but not cloying; may not be as intense as a ripe Sauternes or a TBA, but should be taken seriously. Mouthfeel lasts ages, so balanced, one bottle is not enough. Drinking beautifully now and dare I say it, will probably last forever. A winner.

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