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…which had a similar colour profile, but the bouquet was a softer, better blended, more toasty, coffee-like oak and spice profile. Residual red fruit …

Bugger of a label. Pretty nice Gran Reserva, that was certainly ready to drink. Medium garnet core with browning rim. Slightly “varnishy” oak over …

Though not from a great vintage like 1990 or 1996, this was clearly a well-crafted Champagne. Possibly high Pinot content, as a distinctly fruity …

A surprise. Bought in Le Puy en Velay in 1996 to provide the right wine to do an Auvergne recipe for Coq au Vin. …

After comparing the Pennautier with Château Hauterive le Haut, Roger suggested this as a better VFM wine, but with the weight of the Pennautier. …

An excellent recommendation from our hosts in Languedoc, Roger & Gill Murton. A very interesting tour of the chai followed after drinking this. Garnet …

A first taste of the Languedoc. Probably drunk too young, so disappointing value for money, compared with the range of good value drinking in …

Randall Grahm’s hommage to Châteauneuf, and their official banning of UFO landings in the town in 1954. A wine (and label) that had great …

Wow! What a bargain!! First wine tasted after doing the WSET Advanced course, so it gets ‘formal’ from here… Mid-amber-gold colour fading to a …

Clear, deep yellow-gold colour, even to the rim. Aromas of buttered toast over some rich remaining peach (yellow) fruit. Mostly bouquet rather than aroma, …