Newcastle UK/Oslo Norway
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There are worse ways to travel than with Sherry and Oysters at the Fortnum and Mason counter in Heathrow.
The wine was like the ambiance: comfortable, sleek, and stylish, but also a little rushed and, curiously, it felt, in transit. Still, worse ways to unwind a an airport after a long day. — 7 days ago
NV Petillant from the late 50s/early 60s, tasted alongside the 1961 Moelleux.
The former was an astonishing wine. A fantastically fine but virulent spritz despite it's almost 60'years under cork (which was protected by the mother of all hard plastic capsules). What a drink! Nose of freshly pressed apples, pear drops and blossoms, honeydew melon, and a great yellow floral note that binds it all together. There is a pleasant minerality to the palate which is ever so slightly off-dry, with almost sharp but perfectly balanced acidity.
I was actually dubious about this bottle partly because it had a lowish level (ca 5cm), but this time around it outshone the (also good) '61 Moelleux. — 15 days ago
Cracked the neck whilst reorganising my cellar so was forced to snap it off and decant before it spilled all over the floor...
A spectacular wine:-) I love these Cockburn bottlings - phenomenally robust corks that just keep the wine alive indefinitely. This was a lovely dense brick colour with a nose of cedar, lavender, hints of tobacco, sour blackberries, and mulch. Lovely balance with an edge of fine acidity and a hint of tannin at the end. Great stuff! — a month ago
This was a bit of a surprise as MB rated the vintage as ** (drink before 2005). I just goes to show how sturdy these wines are. I've been buying en primeur every year since 2012 and won't be opening anything until they're 20years+ (white or red). They can be quite underwhelming when young but with time the terroir really shines through.
You can't help thinking of Bordeaux when you drink this. Slightly lighter than a left bank wine of this age but with less bricking; nose of pencil lead and shavings, blackcurrents, and a hint of mint. Tannins assimilated but present and life-affirming acidity. A little short and perhaps not as tightly knit as better vintages but definitely a good drink. — 14 days ago
Sadly this was, as it often is, a very under performing wine. Henri Maire was a penny-pincher who held down the reputation of Chateau-Chalon for a long time. This was drunk alongside the 1979, which was also disappointing. As this negociant bottled as much as half the production from the appellation at one time, the bottles still crop up at auction from time to time. My advice would be not to bid.
The '59 was over the hill (dead as disco), while the '79 was one dimensional and short. A great shame:-( — 15 days ago
Blend from the late 60s and early 70s. A pretty god wine, though it needs plenty of time to open. From what I've tasted of these non vintage Tondonias they're solid drinkers but not up to the level of the regular vintage R/GR wines.
Still, nice notes of stewed black berries, with hints of tar and an almost molasses-like finish.
NB: like most old Riojas this needed serious decanting. Don't even think about opening it if it hasn't been standing up for a month first! — 16 days ago
On good form. Golden in colour though still very light for it's age - there was something almost buttery over the way the wine behaved in the glass; nose of honey blossom and apricot flower, with hints of orange peel and fresh hay; rounded and complete, though with slightly low acidity for my taste, particularly for a Saar of this vintage. Tiring a little but it still has a long way to go - like an autumn leaf that has just started turning colour but has a full few months of aged tranquility before it drops of the tree. — 2 months ago