Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Downing College

From the cellars of Downing College, Cambridge.
Tasted Tuesday, 15 March 2011.

2007 Freixenet Vintage Cava

White fruits, mousse good but dies quickly, tropical fruits, slight apple, pineapple, touch of sweetness on the nose, maybe some oak? Fresh cleansing, a touch off dry. Nice as an aperitif.

2004 St Veran 'En Creches', Dom Jacques & Nathalie Saumaize

Golden. Weird nose, creamy, buttery, slight nutty, so much vanilla, overwhelmingly so. White fruits, some paint, marzipan, almonds. Full mouthfeel, generous, white fruits mostly, sustained length, acidity only just holding on. Big creamy wine, ripe. Mature, drink now.
Apparently this was vinified entirely in tank, so no idea where the creamy butteryness is coming from.

2005 Bourgogne Rouge, A Hudelot-Noellat

Red fruits, crushed berries, earthy, musty, touch leafy, quite full. Palate clean, fresh acidity and fat, bit light on the body, mostly red fruits, slight tannin at the end, maybe a couple more years but nothing too long. From declassified Chambolle Musigny and retails at around £15, good value.

1990 Ch. Leoville Barton, 2er Cru Classe, St Julien

Classic old school stuff, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, black pepper, licorice, black fruits. Still plenty on the palate, fresh and vibrantl, red fruits, tannin still there, haven't fully resolved, acidity there - will develop further, another 10years or so. Brilliant, a mature excellent vintage.

2007 Chateaunneuf du Pape, Mas de Boislauzon

Plenty of dark fruits, touch of smoke, burnt; ripe year, the heat shows through, bitumen, tar. When tasted, palate was a bit lean, closed, astringent; needs time to open up, rather one dimensional now. Still a really good wine, plenty of dark fruits and acidity to keep it going for ages, would like to see how it opens up in 5-10 years' time.

2005 Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Riesling Spatlese, Ruwer

Lemon zest, lime, tang; floral notes too, white flowers, slight kerosene; tropical fruits, lychee, guava. Plenty of sugar, perhaps even 50g/l or so, but so much acidity runs through; feels light, fleets, but not without poise. Lots of white fruits on the palate too. Very nimble, and at 9% abv could be drunk by the pint.
Interesting label, only on the neck, nothing on main bottle.

1990 Clos Baudoin, Vouvray

Deep golden, some botrytis notes, dried fruits, candied peaches and apricots. Palate is textured, almost heavy with honey, acacia and treacle notes. A serious sweet wine, real treat. Would still keep, not sure will improve, but quality of cork slightly worrying.

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