Non Festive Drinking

Anything but Port, this includes all wines other than fortified wines (which have their own section) even if they call themselves Port. There is a search facility for this part of the forum.
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winesecretary
Niepoort 1977
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2009 Morey St Denis Dujac Pere et Fils

Almost absurdly archetypal Morey. Cherries, chocolate, structure. Admirable fruit. Admirable wine. Rustic in the right way. Ready but will keep five years.

Hurrah for burgundy!
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winesecretary wrote: 19:55 Sat 17 Sep 2022 2009 Morey St Denis Dujac Pere et Fils

Almost absurdly archetypal Morey. Cherries, chocolate, structure. Admirable fruit. Admirable wine. Rustic in the right way. Ready but will keep five years.

Hurrah for burgundy!
I think I have some 2011. Perhaps one should be explored...
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Another bottle of Jaboulet's Hermitage La Chapelle 1996. I just adore this savoury, meaty wine - like drinking a good venison stew. (Hmm. I have a red deer stew in the freezer which I made the other day...)
Top Ports in 2021: Niepoort Garrafeira 1931; Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Cockburn 1969 Single Harvest Tawny

Top Port in 2022 so far: the most stunning bottle of Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931. I have never drunk such a wonderful bottle of Port.
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Alex Bridgeman wrote: 18:51 Fri 21 Oct 2022 Another bottle of Jaboulet's Hermitage La Chapelle 1996. I just adore this savoury, meaty wine - like drinking a good venison stew. (Hmm. I have a red deer stew in the freezer which I made the other day...)
I still have a few of these. One might need to be sacrificed soon.
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Corton Les Marechaudes 1970. BBR UK bottling. Mid neck.

Colour still dark.

Utterly captivating nose of astonishingly old school Cotes de Beaune complexity - cherries and tea rather than CdN chocolate and iron.

Palate takes you on a journey through fruit, tannin and acid balance. We conclude this must have been virtually undrinkable until about 1990 since it is still full of vif now.

For forty minutes, until it abruptly falls over, this is a truly astonishing wine.

I am still chasing the Burgundian dragon. Sometimes you find it. Very rarely, as here, it doesn't cost the earth. Fifty quid from Straker Chadwick. Hallelujah.
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nac wrote: 23:09 Mon 24 Oct 2022
Alex Bridgeman wrote: 18:51 Fri 21 Oct 2022 Another bottle of Jaboulet's Hermitage La Chapelle 1996. I just adore this savoury, meaty wine - like drinking a good venison stew. (Hmm. I have a red deer stew in the freezer which I made the other day...)
I still have a few of these. One might need to be sacrificed soon.
Decided against 96 and went 97 instead (as hadn't had one for ages, and still had 11 bottles). Very good, very Rhone. Suspect not quite as good as the 96 and definitely not as good as the 88 (which also needs trying again soon).
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2014 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Les Bretterins, Domaine Diconne. Another auction purchase, and another delicious bottle of pinot noir. A completely different, but also achingly lovely, expression of the pinot noir grape from the Corton 1970 - lithe, pretty fruit, high-toned and (if one can say this of a Ier Cru burgundy any more) tres glou-glou. Needs no more time. I have ten more bottles. They'll be gone by March.
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Eponyme 2015 is a vanishingly rare (120 magnums for the world) Bourgogne made by Domaine De La Roseraie in Nolay. It's actually 100 per cent Beaune but because it contains 10 per cent white wine it's outside the rules hence the generic (and the defiant name). It's utterly gorgeous serious-yet-joyful lightweight pinot, full of berries and silk, now properly mature. Roast chicken was invented to go with it.
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"Royal" Reserva Rioja 1970 - Bodegas Franco

The first of six bottles acquired a couple of years ago from Laithwaites. Pretty much perfect malla (the fine gold mesh) and front and back labels, so suspect this was some form of library stock release. Level base of neck, with original cork that was fully soaked and disintegrated on removal.

Pale, but definitely red rather than brown, and managed to filter out the bits of cork and the small amount of sediment, so has a lovely clarity. On the nose, unmistakably an aged Rioja, with leather and tobacco, but also some remaining fresh, crisp red fruit. Blind, you'd never guess this is 50+. Palate still has good acidity and some noticeable tannin, but less of the fruit that the nose hinted at. Quite long.

Pretty good, and should be OK for a few more years.
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A half of Munjebel Rosso 2017 from Frank Cornelissen - 2017 being the best of the vintages I tasted when I visited there a few years ago. Pleasantly sour Etna red - wild cherry, redcurrant, herbs all present and correct - with a lunchtime treat - tagliolini with butter and vacca rossa and that annual one-time extravagance - a generous coating of white truffle.
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L&W Burgundy EP tasting last night. Very interesting to run the rule across 60-odd wines in the course of one evening.

The critics are hailing it as a superb white wine vintage but with less even reds. The picture is as always even more heterogonous than that would suggest.

Some of the whites are indeed very fine - truly excellent village Puligny from J-M Boillot and village Chassagne from Fontaine-Gagnard. But the Puligny 1er Crus definitely under-impressed, and the Chablis shown was universally a bit short of charm.

Stars of the reds were Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg's Vosne village, Domaine Comte Armand's Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets, and pretty much everything from Nuits St Georges, in red or white (the 1er Crus of Domaine d'Arlot were stunning). Apart from Grivot's 1er Cru Pruliers. Not a great year for Grivot.

This was followed by a burger and fries and some of a magnum of 2007 Bourgogne Rouge from the Marquis de MacMahon. Lovely soft truffly wine. Hurrah!
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Quinta do Mourao Riserva 2013 much the most successful of the table wines to date from a recent broad order of their stuff.

Note taken + 24 hrs

85 per cent opaque with garnet rim

Grapes are TN and TF and the port heritage shows. But the fruit is cool and clean and very enticing with strong blackcurrant and blackcurrant leaf notes on the palate.

Appealing note of leather on the finish - a nod to Rioja.

Opened yesterday to go with cheese but better today.
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