My tasting notes of fine wines I have enjoyed.
Kaisersthul Müller-Thurgau 2007
We rather liked this fine wine from Endinger. It's a complex white neither particularly fruity nor particularly dry. Not the classic Kaisersthul Auslese but a medium dry. At 11%, it's relatively strong in alcohol and felt slightly greasy, we were drinking it slightly old at five years so it was mature but not acidic. It was a fine accompaniment to red salmon cooked by my chef friend.
Tokaji - Princes Piroska from Aszu, 2000
A gift for a birthday I spent in Hungary some while ago with a group of Roman gladiators, this is a classic Tokaji with its characteristic resin taste that was immediately reminiscent of drinking around an open fire outside on the last night of the gladiator training camp. One of those characteristic of tastes like wine that they can be trigger memories so specifically. Unlikely any of those fighters will be read this but if you are, thank you.
For the Jubilee weekend we’re drinking a fine bottle of Sauternes dessert wine from the Haut Barsac plateau, Château Liot 1997. Very full golden colour and equally full flavour of the classic Sauternes grapes, (Sémillon 85%, Sauvignon 10% and Muscadelle 5%) which complemented complemented a raspberry macaroon dessert hand-made by my chef companion.
Abymes (Adrien Vacher) 2006
Vin de Savoie white so fresh and fruity, redolent of the thrills of the high mountains and clear air
My initial impression was of honey and aromatic herbs or spice. My companion's first impressions were buttery and vanilla; a taste like like a dessert wine without the sweetness.
The wine changed rapidly after opening in the relatively thick though still clean air at sea level in Brighton but kept its distinctive grapefruit nose.
Gigondas 1996, Domaine Sainte Lucie, récoltant Marc Alexandre.
Classic Gigondas tangy red with a good full nose despite having been kept for longer than average for a Côtes du Rhône.
My companion identified a musty air typical of older Gigondas but this bottle had not gone thin or cardboardy.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2000 - Caves Saint Pierre, Sorgues. Médaille d'or Macon 2001.
A well-kept bottle of the classic appellation (Grenache, Cinsaullt, Syrah, Mourvédre) which my Father bought in October 2002. We drunk it pretty much at its prime.