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Fatboy & Nahthern
Chicago & London
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A splendid example of a crusty old Languedoc wine made from old vines. It was still a bit tight upon opening, though it opened up over the next hour in decanter. Initial aromas of earth, spice and old boot and saddle leather were soon mixed with dark fruit. It was... Continue reading
Outstanding bottle - lovely dark fruit, leather, spice, good acid and round tannins, with a medium+ body and a silky texture, all elements are in perfect harmony. It opened up nicely after an hour+ in the decanter - the fruit, which was subdued to start, shone through nicely, and transformed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at Tasting Notes - Australia
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Following the tasting a few weeks ago, and my pathetic lack of reporting to you about my favourite wines, I feel that I should furnish you with my opinions on the 1928 Haut Brion and others, since I know that you have all been on tenterhooks since then.. Here goes: 1928 Haut Brion: Well, what at treat to drink a wine such as this. By far the oldest wine I have ever tasted, and still in remarkable condition. Firstly the colour: if you looked at it with no clue about its age, then you would probably assume that it was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at Chronicles Of Consumption
A good wine, plenty of life left in it. the fruit is evolving to a more Burgundian style of sour cherries, mixed with a touch of trademark Californian fruit too - an excellent combination. There is still a fine acidic backbone keeping it going, with barely perceptible tannins. The only... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at Tasting Notes - USA, Red
So it begins once more: the winter auction program from Edward Roberts International, and along with it the splendid pre-auction tastings where one has the opportunity to sample wines that are completely out of reach to regular wine drinkers. Or, I should really say, to wine drinkers without deep pockets. To wet your appetite here is the list of wines that were poured this morning: 2008 Jemrose Vineyards Viognier Egret Pond 1928 Chateau Haut-Brion 1959 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1966 Chateau Palmer 1975 Chateau Latour 1981 Chateau Lascombes 1996 Chateau Latour 1996 Vallana Boca 1997 Fontodi Flaccianello Della Pieve 1989 Opus One... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2010 at Chronicles Of Consumption
A quick update on the lovely Chante Alouette I drank yesterday: there was around a glass and a half left in the fridge for me to quaff today before going to the airport, and it had really improved overnight. It had fleshed out to become a sumptuous, opulent example of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Tasting Notes - Rhone, North
A quick update on the lovely Chante Alouette I drank yesterday: there was around a glass and a half left in the fridge for me to quaff today before going to the airport, and it had really improved overnight. It had fleshed out to become a sumptuous, opulent example of this wine, the orchard fruit and spice had also really expressed itself beautifully too, and it truly was a delight. The only issue was that I had to down it in about 2 minutes as my carriage was waiting for me outside my house. O well, there are definitely worse... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Chronicles Of Consumption
As I write this, I am supping politely on a glass or 3 of 2001 Chapoutier Hermitage Blanc Chante Alouette. This is a charming tipple, beautifully balanced and a delectable mouthful. Quite full-bodied - as most 100% Marsanne wines tend to be - it offers more on the palate than... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Tasting Notes - Rhone, North
A pleasant drink; a strong blackcurrant, cassis, minty nose that doesn't betray the wine's overall elegance at first sniff, but as you progress through to consumption you realise that this isn't just another big, rich, sweet Napa Cabernet, but rather a more refined example of what can be done in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Tasting Notes - USA, Red
Drunk the other night with tuna salad nicoise, this was a relatively simple wine, with good strawberry and raspberry flavours, plus a hint of cherry in the zesty acidity. There is a certain amoutn of tannic grip too, and this with the acidity and reasponably strong fruit makes me thinkt... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Tasting Notes - New Zealand
Evening all Fatboy is, as the title suggests, going to London. I will have the extremely dubious pleasure of meeting with Nahthern for the first time since January. We will, however, have the far-less dubious pleasure of dining at The Ledbury in Notting Hill - a restaurant that recently received its second star, and scene of a legendary lunch last summer involving Fatboy, Nahthern and Kat that lasted basically through the evening service. And believe me, they really did look after us... I have high hopes for this reunion meal! As I write this, I am supping politely on a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Chronicles Of Consumption
Well at last! Maybe the idea of BYO will finally catch on in the sometimes-very-stuffy city of London, where this type of thing has been ignored for far too long. The rest of the civilised world has taken to this concept quite readily, but not the most civilised city, or indeed country, of them all. No, for far too long BYO has been looked down upon in the UK, and even now someone has to try to make some money out of it. Everyone knows that you can take a special bottle of wine to pretty much any top restaurant,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at Chronicles Of Consumption
Here I am, I have returned once again to furnish you with tales of consumption... I must apologise for being absent, but I have been distracted by the minor issue of making a house purchase, obtaining a mortgage (not easy) and then moving into said house. Anyway, along with these piddling little trifles has come a few bottles of some relatively pleasant wines to celebrate and to help ease the stress of the transition - among others a NV Vilmart et Cie Cuvee Rubis (rose), 2002 Launois Pere et Fils Special Club Selection, 2001 Monbousquet, 2001 Destieux, and several others.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2010 at Chronicles Of Consumption
Dark orange/amber colour, with a stunning, oxidised nose of bitter nuts, citrus, candied fruits and something else, maybe marzipan. The palate is light in body, and is equally stunning and complex, kind of a salty citrus, with apricots and lots of bitter nuts, almonds, on the finish; light and fresh,... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Tasting Notes - Spain, Other
Following that, the sommelier noted my interest in a 30 year Palo Cortado sherry form Bodega Tradicion, which she duly served us with a cheese plate as an accompaniment. I have to be honest, I fail to understand the distinct lack of interest in sherry in the US, a drink like this particular one is such a treat, so incredibly complex and satisfying, with great character and immense depth to it. I could tell that hardly anyone orders it as she was really excited when I asked her about it. Anyway, here's a quick tasting note for a truly marvellous... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Chronicles Of Consumption
This is a blend of 5 grapes - Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Saorin, which apparently is a Tokay clone. It has a pale straw colour (I think, it was pretty dark, and helpfully I am a little colourblind) and a lovely, but slightly muted nose of honey... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Tasting Notes - Italy, Other
One of a relatively small number of gastropubs in Chicago, The Gage seems always to be extremely busy whenever I am there - and for good reason too. The food is good, and well-priced, and there is a pretty extensive list of libations available for one's purveyance, and in fact the wine list has quite a few gems on it (such as Dagueneau's 2006 Pouilly Fume Silex for $90 - unfortunately sold out) , sourced by their extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly wine director, Shebnem Ince. I was most impressed by the way she took the time to discuss our... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Chronicles Of Consumption
Dear me, it seems that some fellow has tried to blackmail one of the most famous domaines in all of world wine, and has unsurprisingly failed! Here is a link to the story from Decanter: http://www.decanter.com/news/297784.html I don't understand how these people think that they will succeed with a scheme like this to be honest... Anyway, I'll leave you to ponder it. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at Chronicles Of Consumption
A medium ruby/garnet core which faded to a dusty red brick rim with only a very slight hint of brown. The nose was unexpectedly intense and surprisingly fruit-driven; a good amount of red fruit - currants, berries and cherries - plus a little smoke, cedar and leather, with just a... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at Tasting Notes - USA, Red
Hurrah! The experimental tasting of the '68 Freemark Abbey Cabernet turned out pretty well actually. I must be honest, often when I have tried older US Cabs I have been very pleasantly surprised by how well they have held up. A couple of examples that spring to mind immediately are the '70 Mondavi, the '86 Montelena and the '87 Dominus. But unfortunately when you get into the early '90s, the style changes, the wines become more fruit-driven with lower acidity levels and they just don't seem to hold up so well (the '93 Beringer Private Reserve was fading badly when... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at Chronicles Of Consumption
A bit of funk upon opening which blew off pretty quickly to reveal a nose of sour cherry, smoke, spice, earth and a little barnyard. A very lively and fresh palate, plenty of the sour cherry again, a touch of leather, with earth and spice, good acidity and soft, but... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Tasting Notes - Burgundy, Red
Lovely nose of dry black cherries, smoke, tar, licqourice and a little herb, all of which translates into a rich and dense and savoury mid-palate that reflects the nose very well, perhaps with the addition of some plum and leather. A splendidly rich and full mouthfeel, with a finish that... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Tasting Notes - Italy, Tuscany
Known as the wine of the peasants, this reknowned producer has made the most of this underrated grape. Plenty of sour red cherry, with some coffee and spice, and a slight hint of smoke, combines with medium acidity and a very soft texture to make a very easy-drinking and food-friendly... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Tasting Notes - Italy, Piedmont
Sadly disappointing for me, it was a little dull, lacking depth and balance for me. The nose was very delicate - in fact so delicate it was almost non-existent - the pear, honey and floral flavour intensity, and the body didn't match the crisp acidity on the mid-palate and the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Tasting Notes - Rhone, South
This was the other standout wine of the day, obviously; plenty of ripe fruit, reflecting the vintage - sweet pink grapefruit, and lemon, with a touch of butter and a hint of marzipan(!) with fine, flinty minerality, and a very long, evolving finish. Excellent body, structure and depth, but it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Tasting Notes - Loire