Posted in December 2010

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne 2000

Hint of toasty yeast, stone fruits and pinot character. A touch of sweetness on the palate but acid almost balances; stone fruits (white peach and apricot) and white florals. Long clean finish. Good for M&C – drinking now and will mellow further. For me, lacks elegance and delicacy. A bottle a year later was much … Continue reading

Ch Cantermerle 1996

Touch of lanolin/lamb’s wool, meaty with a touch of leather and Cabernet blackcurrants bubbling through. Good ripeness – in balance, fruit and acid work together, nice chalky tannins. Refreshing red – 12.5% alcohol and perfect with BBQ lamb shoulder chops. Touch austere on the finish – drink up. Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France 16.5/20 [tasted 25-12-2010] http://www.cantemerle.comContinue reading

Schubert Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Yes – a 2007 and still very much alive. A small percentage spent five months on old oak (according to the website), and it makes this wine. It’s developed but towards stone and tropical fruits, not the typical Sauv blanc canned peas. Good finish with acid and fruit in balance (perhaps a touch of helpful … Continue reading