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Champagne Aubry Classique Brut N/V

Light gold with good fine bead. Nice clean nose with some yeast lees, green apple and a touch of stone fruit. Palate clean and bright with good acid and light yeasty character. Good length. An elegant rather than full champagne. … Continue reading

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Ch Chasse-Spleen 2002

Very dark plum red. Big plums and blackcurrants. Tannin obvious; dark berries, especially blackcurrants; quite big and tannic still but opens in the glass. Finish quite tannic but some fruit sweetness in balance as well. May need more bottle age. A … Continue reading

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Ch Segur de Cabanac 2000

Deep colour with just a hint of brown. Smoky nose, quite perfumed with violets obvious. Balanced, very good clean fruit, plums and blackcurrants and some lovely smoky mushroom in the background. Florals on the finish, quite long. Lovely delicious wine. … Continue reading

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Ch Bourgneuf 1996

Mid deep red with amber edge. Quite dusty, fragrant but delicate, some light plum notes. Palate reflects nose. Red fruits (especially plums) come through on the finish. Good wine but fading. Pomerol, Bordeaux, France 16.5/20 [tasted 17-09-2011] www.wine-searcher.com/wine-33695-1996-chateau-bourgneuf-pomerol-france Bought en … Continue reading

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Dom Vincent Girardin Savigny-les-Beaune ‘Les Peuillets’ 1999

Mid depth robe, just amber on the edge. Lots of meat on the nose – roast beef, and earthy fruit comes through in the glass, dark red fruits but not much cherry. Palate balanced and elegant, with the fruit there: … Continue reading

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Drappier Cuvee de Millenaire 2000 (1993 vintage)

Very pretty straw gold. Fine bead. Fresh bready yeast, quite floral. Palate has green apples with acid obvious. Refreshing, bready yeast again, apple blossoms and peach. Good wine let down by the finish – too short and sharp. Magnum. Urville, … Continue reading

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Domaine Vincent Girardin 1999 Maranges 1er Cru Clos des Loyeres

Quite amber on the edge, clear mid depth red centre. Old nose, dusty red fruits in the background. Lovely gentle mellow palate. All in balance and fine berry and cherry fruits. Good length with ripe pinot there. Opens nicely in … Continue reading

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Ch Mylord 2005

Deep plum red with plums on the nose too (and blackcurrants). A little rich mushroom and some florals – Franc? Tannins forward but good round fruit. Lovely ripeness and balance. A good if simple wine. Finishes well, with red fruits … Continue reading

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Ch Potensac 1996

Lovely deep red – far younger than its age. Lovely nose too. Cedar, red fruits, some blackcurrants and truffles. Round, rich, mellow. Lovely balance. Fruit, acid and oak all in balance. Finish is plums, berries and cedar with a touch … Continue reading

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Ch d’Armailhac 1994

Quite deep robe, amber edge moving to the centre.  Eyes say ‘drink up’! Fruit reserved at first, dusty foresty but clean nose. Opens to reveal plums, blackcurrants and cherries. Mellow palate, classic Bordeaux age. Good acid and tannins – moreish. … Continue reading

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