Lovely meal at ferment last night.
2004 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese: The Sulphur has dropped away and you’re left with pristine orchard fruits and flint. It has good volume and acidity that is softening but supportive. Excellent balance.
2000 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune: Quite forward with aromas and flavours bordering on the tropical. There’s some rockmelon, toast and custard apple and it has a leesy feel in the mouth. You get chalky structure and a finish that is direct and long.
1985 Faiveley Chambertin-Clos de Bèze: A friend sent a glass over and it was drinking wonderfully well. Fully mature with a nose of smoke, spice, red fruits and forest floor. It is full, sweet and lacy in the mouth. Structural elements have softened considerably and it is relatively gentle but with great presence and authority.
1996 Prince Florent de Merode Corton-Clos du Roi: Still very fresh with the acid line of the vintage but starting to deliver. The aromas are very savoury with some meat, iron, smoke and earth. The fruit is crisp and direct and it has excellent depth in the mouth and great cut. With air is gains dimension.
1970 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Has a fair bit of leather and animale. It is sweet and vinous in the mouth with some licorice and earth. Tannins are sweet and round and length quite good. A nice drink if you don’t mind a bit of James Brown to your wine.
1971 Marchesi di Barolo Barbaresco: A fair whack of V.A punches balsamic smells into the nostrils. It has notes of chestnut, cedar, curry leaf and tar too. It is strong, forceful Barbaresco with sinewy muscle and a dry, savoury finish.
1988 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese: Somewhere near peak drinking I suspect. There’s honey and toasty development. It has some lime brulee and is full and unctuous in the mouth. The finish is starting to dry off with some fruit rind bitterness providing freshness. Length is impressive.