Monday, March 8, 2010

Great wines

We had company over the weekend and drank some very nice stuff. Pam, as usual, excelled on the food front. I was in charge of pouring. Friday night started with Lamiable champagne, which continues to impress, every time I try it. Small family grower, grand cru vineyards, very easy on the system. Then we had L'Eglise Clinet 1995, a top Pomerol from a good vintage. nose promised great things, but the palate lacked something. It was very good, don't get me wrong, Pam loved it, but was it worth the money? Next up was Domaine Pegau Cuvee Laurence 1998. I loved this, it was still relatively youthful but full of complexity, length and balance. Very nice.

On Saturday, we had a bottle of prosecco to get us going and then upped the ante quite considerably by going on to Zind Humbrecht Clos Hauserer Riesling 1996. Rich, exotic (as you would expect), but again quite youthful, certainly full of fruit. Bit of residual sugar just added to the balance. Long long finish. Chasse Spleen 1989 was next up and this was perfect Bordeaux and really showed up the Pomerol from the night before at a fraction of the cost. To make sure we had a good night's sleep we went on to Noon Eclipse 1997 (?) a monster from Australia that probably got 100 points way back when. This is grenache based and weighs in at 16.3% alcohol. The nose was intriguing, I wouldn't have got it as australian, maybe the alcohol vapours were fooling me into thinking of Amarone. Not a food wine, but one for sipping and thinking about. Great wine and a delight to taste, but not my thing.

Many thanks to all contributors - there are few things I enjoy more than enjoying good wine and good food with good company!

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