Saturday, 20 August 2011

Formal Hall

A selection of wines with dinner.

2010 Prestige de Calvet Bordeaux Blanc
Tesco Wine £10.42. B+

Nice lush fruits on the palate, the semillon gives a decent fatness to it as well. Clean and crisp but not without substance. Drinks easily; well made.

2005 Chateau Lanessan, Haut Medoc.
Tanners (oddments). B+

From magnum. Classic nose: some woody tones, with spice, cedar, tobacco also; red fruits shows; quite muted actually. Palate soft and approachable, lots of fruit still, fat acidity; decent grip at the end, drying too. Finishes quickly. Nice but perhaps uninspiring.

2005 Saint Joseph 'Les Lauves' Jean Luc Colombo

On the nose mostly red berries and currants; plush acidity even in the nose, some white pepper. Palate is surprisingly soft, dominated by crushed cherries and plums, lush but rather bracing acidity, in a good way; not much by way of tannins. Lightish, cheerful wine.

1994 Tesco's Finest Vintage Port
Tesco Wines £20.89. B+(++)

Made by the Symington Family Estates.
Nose is heady and rich, full on dark fruits, some aromatic floral and mint; glycerol too; some dark chocolate and coffee after some air. Palate is big, really quite powerful still, fruit is very lively, feels young and feisty; and there's grip towards the end. Classy stuff, long finish and plenty of character; will improve for another 10 years with ease. An absolute bargain as well, all the qualities of a very good vintage port at half the price.

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