A selection of wines, tasted Thursday, 21 July 2011.
2001 Nyetimber Blanc de Blanc
Slurp £33.95. A-
Very yeasty and bready nose, quite toasty too, so much tertiary characters showing, very developed. Nice citrus hit, leading to a fresh and piercing acidity, perhaps a touch overly so; very vibrant, slight savoury tone towards the end. Elegant, taut and nervy; eally belies the age. Classy.
NV Champagne Gardet Brut Reserve
Cambridge Wine £27. B+
Some baked bread and toast on the nose, some yeast and oak influence too. Palate is fat and wide, the acidity is generous and not linear; Pinot influence can be felt. Nice stuff.
2010 Bodega Colome 'Amalaya' Blanco Torrontes Riesling
Noel Young £9. A-
Very lively on the nose, so much fruit, green apples and pears, then to white fruits and flowers, so generous and lifted, aromatics are truly remarkable - worth the money just for the nose. Palate has nice fresh acidity, carrying through the white fruits; some minerality on the palate, giving it a bit of weight. Delicious and good value.
2009 Sancerre 'Les Cailottes' Pascal Jolivet
Slurp £19.25. A-
Citrus and grapefruit, quite acidic on the nose, some flinty ntes also showing. Palate is dominated by a nervy, tight acidity; expressive minerality lends itself some weight to the palate; the acidity leads to a long finish. A focused wine.
2003 Chateau Musar Blanc
Slurp £16.50. B+
Nose is rather honeyed, mead-like; then a slightly nutty / Fino sherry-like note, with some citrus towards the end; actually smells rather oxidized which I dont know is intended or not. Palate is bone dry, contary to the suggestion of sweetness on the nose; grapefruit dominant fruit. Balanced.
1994 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese, Weingut Gunther Fehres
Cambridge Wine £13. A-
Lemon and lime zest immediately leaps on the nose, then a touch of plastic and kerosene, some waxy oranges too. Palate still so vibrant, lots of lively acidity; great limeyness through the entire palate. Definitely off-dry, perhaps in the 20-30g/l range, not heavy at all, zippy fresh, had aged very well. Superb.
2010 Mont Rocher Old Vine Carignan
Cambridge Wine £7. B+
Cooked, stewed fruits on the nose; juicy compote, then some sweet spice warmth, clove and cinnamon, along with a gamey, cured meat savoury notes; a complete, inviting nose. Palate feels rather hot, plenty of juicy plums and red fruit compote, leading to a drying, rather astringent finish. Needs food; a lot of wine for not very much money.
2005 Churchill Estates Douro Tinto.
Tanners £10 (oddments). B+
Sour cherry and rapsberry on the nose, some musty and damp earth, also smells rather hot and cooked. Palate has plenty of dark fruits, surprisingly still rather tannic and astringent; weird acid structure.
2007 Clos de los Siete.
Majestic £13. B+
Slightly musty, meaty / feral characters, then dark jammy fruits. Palate is full on the fruits, serious extraction, jammy and thick on the palate, to the point of being slightly cumbersome and clumsy. Drying finish, plenty of tannins left; will probably age longer.
2005 Malintoppo Simonella Santi DOC Orcia
Cambridge Wine £14. A-
Gamey, cured meats and bacon; earthy, truffled and woody notes, damp forest floor; then maybe some red fruits behind all that - truly rustic. Palate is bright, still plenty of acidity, fruit is muted; very together, well knit and classy. Not your usual fruit forward style, but eminently drinkable.
2007 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge
Noel Young £18. B+
Dark fruits, along with sweet spices and earthy aromas coming through. Feels big and expressive on the palate, plenty of fruity warmth and charm; feels extracted yet not overpowering. Drinking well.
2007 Trinity Hills 'The Gimblett' Gimblett Gravels
Slurp £16.45. B+
Some minty and green notes showing, black and white peppers, the Cabernet somehow showing alot on the nose; dark fruits also. Plenty of fruit on the palate, decent depth, a bit too extracted to be drinking now.
1996 Coteaux du Layon, Cuvee des Forges, Domaine des Forges, Branchereau
This is the third bottle of this wine I've had in a year; absolutely no bottle variation, all stunning. Honeyed, acacia; candied peaches and oranges, botrytis. Palate settled, sweet but not heavy. Beautiful.