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.