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[Faint signature: António Agrellos] My first Nacional, courtesy of an MW student trip to the Douro. The range-tasting at Noval was very special, with …

Nice to spend some time on a Taurasi Aglianico, rather than just at a tasting. Mid-deep garnet, with quite a broad rim. Complex, savoury …

Wine of the night. Coming into maturity – of tannins and flavour intensity – yet still showing pure fruit at the core. And very …

Served a little cold at Boxing Day lunch with Andy, Sarah, Janet and Steve. But once it warmed up, it hit its stride pretty …

So, finally, via Mr Ward’s inside track, I got hold of some 2003 Blanc de Blancs. And not only that, but in the spangly …

[Signed in 2016 by Jean-René Germanier and Gilles Besse: Trés impression par le cahier de Tim. Des desgustations si approfondés. Wonderfull. Jean-René Germanier Magnifique …

Another good showing of this wine – I’m very hopeful of the 3L bottle coming in the new year! In Chez Liline, it was …

This is highly reflective of the oven-baked 2003 vintage. But nice, nevertheless – even if not ‘classic’ Pomerol. Reminiscent of Southern Rhône wine in …

At last! And it delivered too! After the heat of the 2003 summer, which spoiled Champagne, I’d wanted to see what the best of …

Definitely like Aglianico del Vulture. This was good to very good, though at the peak of its existence, and slightly overoaked. Medium garnet with …