Newcastle UK/Oslo Norway
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How to really stump someone in a blind tasting: 1) store a bottle of '69 Weis Leiwener Laurentiuslay Auslese in a box with lots of geuze for ages. 2) allow the wild yeast to enter the bottle and do its thing. 3) wait until you loose 1/4 of the wine through the cork as the pressure builds. 4) open under the table, with a serious 'pop' (to confuse the tasters). 5) serve this miraculously delicious sour 'petillant' (like a cross between a Belgian sour and a very good feinherbst) in riesling glasses. 6) bathe in the glorious confusion that ensues. — 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. — 2 months 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! — 2 months ago
Lovely baked apple nose with layers of apricot, honey, dragonfruit, and a touch of hay. Good length and a lot sweeter than expected (surely of BA weight). Excellent if a tiny touch cloying (not quite enough acidity to back up all the sugar). — a month ago
Feel like I dipped into this case 10 years too early. In many ways a nicely drinking wine but still in the gap between primary and secondary. The up-front blackcurrent leaf and blackberry notes are fading but the elusive cigarbox, truffle, and earthy tones have not yet started unfolding. I'd give it another 6 years minimum. — a month 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:-( — 2 months ago
Of all the wines tonight, this one had the most clearly identifiable character. An unmistakable nose of peppery cherries and dense, almost birch-like wood that always draws me to Gevrey-Chambertin. Here it's slightly lighter (not unpleasantly) than some of the denser GCs, packaged in a box with some underripe strawberries and wrapped in old-school broadsheet newspaper. A bit muted right away but very good after an hour in the glass. I do love Faiveleys from this era! — a month ago
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. — 2 months 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. — 2 months ago