Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Formal Hall

Five wines during the course of dinner, with a couple of interesting older reds from the Jaboulet stable.

2009 Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Hand Picked Viognier. South Africa.
Majestic £10.99. A-

Full on the nose, ripe peaches, lots of white fruits and even a touch of honey on it; also exotic tropical fruits of lychee and mango too; floral and heady, smells rather sweet and big. Very juicy, its evident there was tremendous ripeness in the fruit; nice thickness and weight on the palate; full bodied, slightly off dry, with an oily touch too, slight spice at the end. Big, rather muscular wine; drinks very well.

1996 Crozes Hermitage 'Domaine de Thalabert' Paul Jaboulet Aine

Reviewed this several times before. Still showing wonderful freshness on the palate; sour cherries and plums, with nice firm acidity too. The touch of earthy rusticness still there. Just very together.

1971 Chateau La Lagune. 3er Cru Classe, Haut Medoc.

On the nose, its still incredibly vibrant, even lively - red berries and particularly red currants leaping out; some earthy, rather musty note also shows. On the palate its yielding yet still firm; the acidity is whats keeping the wine together and still in tension; fruit is still there, mostly sour red cherries. Very poised and truly an interesting wine.

2006 Chateau Doisy-Vedrines. 2er Cru Classe, Barsac.

Big, full on the nose; lots of candied oranges, marmalade and acacia honey; the botrytis also evident. The mouthfeel is remarkable; textured and full, again of candied citrus, sweet oranges and marmalade; theres almost a creamy side to it, flavour does come in layers; lots of citrus, and also decent streak of acidity. In all, very together and not cloying; its very fine now, but no doubt will age gracefully too.

2002 Domaine de Montahuc, Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois, Vin Doux Naturel

Only had a small sip of this so very brief impressions. Does feel fortified, showing nice sweetness of peardrops, sweet citrus, maybe even cooked apples on the nose; lacks the balancing acidity but because still feels light on the palate. Never had anything from this AOC before.

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