Tasted Sunday, 13 March 2011
Champagne Royer Brut NV
B+ (not pictured)
From magnum. Fantastic drinking, fresh, clean, slight bready, yeasty tones, fat acidity. I think this might have had a few unintended years of bottle age, just softening it slightly, not aggressive, not completely dry either. Fantastic.
Palandri Estate Shiraz 2002, Western Australia
From a double magnum, surprisingly not much deposit on decanting.
Eucalyptus, touch of mint, herby, quite big, dark fruits, jammy, sweet even. Lively acidity, still vibrant and fresh, fruit still hanging on, mostly red fruits, crushed raspberry, sour cherry, maybe a bit of black berries as well. Settled, mature, ready.
Domaine Cazes Cuvee Aime Cazes 1980, Rivesaltes
Deep amber, slight copper tones. Nose is of dried fruits, figs, walnuts, orange peel, touch of acacia, honey, fudge, madeira like oxidation. Palate still vigorous, fresh acidity, like drinking light marmalade, settled, just lingers, really smooth, velvety, seriously easy drinking. Gorgeous, beckons you in for more.