Wine blog

My tasting notes of fine wines I have enjoyed.

Château Beau-Site, St. Estèphe, 2000

The biggest problem with this bottle is the date: 2000. It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating the new millennium at midnight on the Embankment with bottles of champagne and a fireworks display that has never been bettered in London

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Domäne Wachau Terrassen Federspiel 2019 Grüner Veltliner

Domäne Wachau Terrassen Federspiel 2019: classic Grüner Veltliner from one of a number of Federspiel styles produced by a major domain at Dürnstein.  These vineyards are in the narrow valley of the Danube to the west and upstream from Vienna, this is the heart of the area known for Austria’s finest dry white wines in traditional styles.

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Sangiovese Rosato Rubicone IGT 2020

Sangiovese Rosato Rubicone IGT 2020

Not the Tuscan Hills, nor a camping on the banks of the Rubicone river crossed by Julius Caesar in 49 BC, but here in sunny Keswick at the foot of Skiddaw (931 m.) we find a chilled bottle or two of Sangiovese Rosato Rubicone goes very well with a salad of walnut and orange with Wookey Hole Cheddar plus French Comté cheeses.
Very light and slightly fruity, well-balanced and not overtly acidic, these bottles of 2020 Sangiovese Rosato “Via Vincini” bought from a local supermarket taste great for a garden lunch in the fresh air of the Lake District dreaming of foreign travel, perhaps appropriately as you could call this a bottle of 2020, the Covid Vintage.

Château Beau-Site, St Estèphe, 2000. Cru bourgeois exceptionnel.

Château Beau-Site, St Estèphe, 2000. Cru bourgeois exceptionnel.
Syrupy is the first word which came to mind on tasting this wine. Nothing wrong, a fine aged claret from the village of Saint-Estèphe on the banks on the Gironde estuary, but it was a little unexciting and now maybe slightly past its peak, now nearly-too-old. Château Beau-Site is a distinct appelation in the Médoc area, so more specific than a Médoc. Château Beau-Site is one of several vineyards in the area owned by the Castéja family, long-time négotiants of Bordeaux.
The wine had a pleasing complexity but oxidised fairly rapidly in half an hour or so after drawing the cork (which had split), but by then this fine claret had been a worthy accompaniment to the leg of lamb which I had roasted for our Easter Sunday dinner and some Stilton cheese.

Roast leg of lamb

Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac, 2001

Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac, 2001 - a claret from the gods

Celebration of a family event with a bottle of Pontet-Canet 2001 and roast pheasant. No disappointments with this bottle from my Father’s cellar, the Grand Cru (listed in 1855) delivers the fine muscular old-claret nose, body and that beautiful warm and long-lingering after-taste that comes only from these wines which take more than ten years to reach their best.

Lockdown restrictions mean that only the two of us could celebrate in person within the support bubble rules.

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