Some wines that I have tried recently in London.
2008 Luc & Jérôme Choblet Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes
Mâconnais in style, though actually from the Loire. Good wine.
2007 Maison Champy Pernand-Vergelesses Clos de Bully
Some youthful oak still apparent. Sweet and juicy fruit. Drink now to 2012.
2002 Champagne Pierre Vaudon Brut
Noticeably richer and more elegant than the Pierre Vaudon NV. One of the best vintages of this wine that I have tried.
2005 Les Allées de Cantemerle
Supple and soft. Yum. Perhaps a bit too ripe?
2007 Heggies Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay Eden Valley
A bit of coconut on the nose. More butter on the palate – well-judged oak. Good.
2008 Jim Barry The Florita Riesling Eden Valley
A punch of rich fruit on the finish. Good.
2005 Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Barossa
Slightly fecal nose, some tobacco. Full and warming, with a nice structure. Age to 2015 for more smoothness.
1987 Seppeltsfield Para
Madeira-like nose. Very rich, with a long finish. Very good.
Seppeltsfield Rutherglen Grand Muscat NV
Lighter nose – Muscat! Thick, unctuous texture. Very rich and sweet but fresh. Yum. Really good.
2006 Icely Road Chardonnay Mayfield Vineyards Orange
White peach aromas. Subtle and very well-made. Good.
2007 Prats & Symington Chryseia
Velvety and luscious. Good length. Age to 2015+?
2008 Alves de Sousa Reserva Pessoal Branco
Gold colour. Not as oxidised as expected on the nose… A hint of acetate. Soft, dry and rich. Very esoteric.
2007 CV Curriculum Vitae Douro Red
Lots of fruit, not over-oaked, full and firm. Good.
2004 Quinta da Fonte do Ouro Reserva Dão
Mature. Still some rustic tannin but smooth and balanced. No excessive oak. Highly drinkable. Considering that the cork was only 37mm long, it has aged well.
2006 Finca Sophenia Synthesis The Blend Mendoza
Rolland in excelsis – fleshy, ripe, plummy fruit. Yum.