We thought that we should taste some more wine on the evening in question, so we arranged a BYOB tasting before we got to that oldie.
This is how it went. All wines tasted double blind, except the ones we brought and the 1811.
1999 Cuvée Alain Thienot, Thienot
A fine nose with notes of ginger, toast, chlorophyll, crushed rocks, some smoke and milk chocolate fudge. Floral. Very, very good. A touch of maturity.
The taste is cool and fine with notes of toast, gravel, yellow apples and butter cookies. Very good in a lighter style. A fine mousse.
89p (tasted 2015/11)
1999 Cuvée de la Vigne aux Camins, Thienot
The finer cuvée from Thienot, made in 3.950 bottles, sports a racy, stony nose with notes of grey pears, lime peel, lemon liquorice and some gun powder smoke. Deep and refined. This is really good.
The taste is young, tight and elegant with notes of lemon peel, dried flowers, crushed rocks and candied orange peel. A long, intense finish with a salivating acidity. Great.
93p (tasted 2015/11)
2008 Chassagne-Montrachet La Romanée, Fontaine-Gagnard
I love the wines from Fontaine-Gagnard, and this bottle was no exception from the rule. The nose is broad and concentrated with notes of caramel, summer flowers, warm gravel and fudge. Very deep.
The taste is tight and intense with notes of candied lemons, flint, dried flowers and butter bisquits. A long, structured finish. Good body. A handsome wine.
94p (tasted 2015/11)
As good as the Gagnard is, it has to stand in the shadow of this almost perfect creature. The nose is ripe and creamy yet with a stunning balance and freshness, with notes of lemon cream, pan fried nuts, matchbox, butter cup flowers and slate. Elegance in a glass. Just stunning.
The taste is mouth filling yet light on its feet, with fine notes of candied lemon peels, summer flowers, sweet minerals, dry fudge and cold butter. The finish is counted in minutes. This is a truly fine bottle of wine.
97p (tasted 2015/11)
2002 Sancerre Jadis, Henri Bourgeois
This is a Sancerre in a different shape. The nose is big and spicy with notes of dried yellow fruits, almond paste, forest smoke and some oak. A deep, high nose. Rich.
The taste is big and steady with notes of creamy yellow fruit, oil cloth, apricot purée and sunwarm rocks. Some oak in the long, balanced finish. No real signs of maturity. Opulent and very good.
90p (tasted 2015/11)
2007 Barolo Brunate Le Coste, Giuseppe Rinaldi
Turning over to the red wines, this beauty was on of two fine bottles. The nose is young and seedy with notes of resin, red cherries, dried strawberries, Christmas spices and porcini. Very structured. This is fine. A lovely warmth to the fruit.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of spices, veal stock, red cherries, bay leaves and mushrooms. The finish is long and with a healthy dose of ripe, raw tannins. Needs time. Great wine.
94p (tasted 2015/11)
2003 Côte-Rôtie d´Ampuis, Guigal
The second bottle displayed a big, herbal, warm nose with notes of lightly peppered meat, blueberries, rose petals, balsam vinegar and the scents of a petrol station in a distance. Very, very good.
The taste is broad shouldered and warm with notes of ripe blueberries, sweet coffe, meat stock and violets. A very fine ripe mouth feel. Long and intense. Very, very good. For drinking now and the coming 6+ years.
92p (tasted 2015/11)
1936 Château Rayne-Vigneau
A deep, cool, mature nose with notes of dried peaches, band aid, matchbox, wax and dry saffron. A fine laid back maturity. Very good. A fine dried up sweetness.
The taste is round, rich and intense with notes of dried apricots, band aid, orange peel and oil cloth. A long, fine finish with a nice dryness. Very much alive and kicking.
1959 Rivesaltes, Domaine de Rombeau
Earlier this year I tasted the 1956 from this producer. The nose on the 59 is large scaled and intense with notes of candied orange peels, assorted nuts, petrol, raisins and the fine aroma of a Wunderbaum...
The taste is big and fiery with notes of cooked sweet coffee, dark chocolate, candied orange peels and detergent. Large and very warm. Medium long. Very, very good.
90p (tasted 2015/11)