My tasting notes of fine wines I have enjoyed.
This Grand Cru Classé Haut-Médoc is one of two bottles of this vintage that has been in my Father’s and then my cellar for more than twenty years now. This one’s cork pulled easily and in one piece, releasing a wine with a very dark colour, not at all tawny. The tannic flavours almost all rounded out by the ageing. Not at all the tawny old claret taste, more the finely aged and rounded claret near or at the top of its game. Quite dry for a claret and it seemed to get more dry still with airing in the glass.
Flavours of the darkest red fruits so damsons and blackcurrants.
We paired the Château La Lagune 2000 wine with a roast chicken that had had a good life. Terry roasted it with stuffing home made with strong white bread from the local artisan bakers and herbs from his garden.
The wine lasted great throughout the bottle: no sign of fading or ageing as we enjoyed our meal and little sediment until the very end. I’m looking forward to its sibling that’s still in my cellar: its time will come very shortly.
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
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.
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.
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.