Sunday, 12 June 2011.
2009 Sumarocca Reserva Brut Cava
The Wine Society £7.50. B+
On the nose some citrus and attractive fruits. Palate has good balance between fruit and acidity; its fresh and cleansing without being too light; gentle yet persistent mousse. Went well as an apperitif and also as an acocmpaniment to a light salad. Versatile, well made stuff.
2006 Jorge Ordonez No. 1 Seleccion Especial, Malaga.
Noel Young. A-
Plenty of sweet white fruits on the nose, candied even; tinned peaches, sweet marmalade, raisins. Really quite lifted, blossoms and white flowers too; very attractive. Palate has plenty of sugar, but theres also a nice acid streak running through it, livening up the mouthfeel. Very balanced.
2008 Berry's Own Pauillac
Berry Bros £18.75. A-(+)
Lovely dark berries and blackrurrants, sweet cedar; pencil shavings, some tobacco, mahogany. Sight dusty tones, all correct and textbook for Pauillac. Palate is fresh, great vibrancy about this, so much ripe fruit balanced by very nice acid structure. Very together, surprising length. Well made, drinking beautifully now (which is rather astonishing), will keep another 5yrs no problems.
2006 Chateau La Croix des Moines, Lalande de Pomerol
From magnum. On the nose very ripe fruits, quiet hot actually, some high notes. Palate has decent width; currants, nice tart acidity, there's still some grip towards the back. The fruit isnt as vibrant on the palate, slight dusty edge. Still a little bit tight as well, hasn't quite opened up yet; maybe would be more interesting in a few years' time.