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Ch. Coutet 2007. Great wine in a superb vintage. Has lovely fruit palate of marmalade and tropical fruit with the right amount of botritis done in the light Barsac style. Superb wine, we had it with pear tart. #chateaucoutet #barsac #sauternes #bordeaux #sweetwine #coutet
Ch. Coutet 2007. Great wine in a superb vintage. Has lovely fruit palate of marmalade and tropical fruit with the right amount of botritis done in the light Barsac style. Superb wine, we had it with pear tart. #chateaucoutet  #barsac  #sauternes  #bordeaux  #sweetwine  #coutet 
Beaucastel 2001. A great vintage for this wine. Massive fruit backbone and a long life ahead, needs ideally another ten years. Even better potentially than the '90, this wine is all about balance and, again the incredible fruit underpinning everything else. Happy weekend everyone. #beaucastel #chateaudebeaucastel #chateauneufdupape #rhonewine
Beaucastel 2001. A great vintage for this wine. Massive fruit backbone and a long life ahead, needs ideally another ten years. Even better potentially than the '90, this wine is all about balance and, again the incredible fruit underpinning everything else. Happy weekend everyone. #beaucastel  #chateaudebeaucastel  #chateauneufdupape  #rhonewine 
Dönnhoff's wines are always great and this is no exception. From the superb '05 vintage it has immensely pure fruit and fabulous balance. As for fruit, it has them all and finishes with perfect acidity. #donnhoff #dönnhoff #riesling #nahe #niederhäuserhermannshöhle
1986 Cahors from Dom. de Vignals. Now softened but still with lovely fruit. Menthol, cherries, mushroom, leather and only 12.5% alcohol. It's a shame that so few wines from the south of France reach this age because the terroir really comes out with maturity. #cahors #domainedevignals #southernfrenchwine
1986 Cahors from Dom. de Vignals. Now softened but still with lovely fruit. Menthol, cherries, mushroom, leather and only 12.5% alcohol. It's a shame that so few wines from the south of France reach this age because the terroir really comes out with maturity. #cahors  #domainedevignals  #southernfrenchwine 
Bonfire tea. Fabulous Geordie banger co. sausages and cheesy potatoes. Oh and Pichard's Madiran from 2004 bought from The Wine Society. Superb, spicy, fruity and a great match. Happy bonfire night. #madiran #domainepichard #thewinesociety #thewinesociety1874 #bonfirenight #guyfawkesnight #thegeordiebangerco
Leoville Poyferré 2003. Simply a lovely wine. Concentrated, intense, great ripe fruit and so long. This vintage is turning out far better and lasting longer than many expected. We had it with roast guinea fowl and celeriac. Yum yum. #leovillepoyferre #bordeauxwine #leftbankclaret #stjulien
Leoville Poyferré 2003. Simply a lovely wine. Concentrated, intense, great ripe fruit and so long. This vintage is turning out far better and lasting longer than many expected. We had it with roast guinea fowl and celeriac. Yum yum. #leovillepoyferre  #bordeauxwine  #leftbankclaret  #stjulien 
This was one of the top wines from The Wine Society's tasting in Newcastle this week. Let it breathe for an hour and you have a world class wine at £17 for a half bottle. Fabulous oloroso, given time it loses the penicillin edge and is just complex, balanced and long. If you are a member, this is unmissable. #sanchezromate #jerezwine #sherry #oloroso #thewinesociety #thewinesociety1874
This was one of the top wines from The Wine Society's tasting in Newcastle this week. Let it breathe for an hour and you have a world class wine at £17 for a half bottle. Fabulous oloroso, given time it loses the penicillin edge and is just complex, balanced and long. If you are a member, this is unmissable. #sanchezromate  #jerezwine  #sherry  #oloroso  #thewinesociety  #thewinesociety1874 
Thalabert 1990. A great vintage for PJA, bought loads of this in the mid '90s and every bottle has been superb. Concentrated red fruits, spice, coffee and roast beef!Penultimate bottle sadly, this is one of the great value wines  of the world and stands as a tribute to Gerard Jaboulet. Incredible how the mini La Chapelle has aged. Lovely . Now back on form, perhaps better than ever. #pauljabouletaine #crozeshermitage #thalabert #carolinefrey
Thalabert 1990. A great vintage for PJA, bought loads of this in the mid '90s and every bottle has been superb. Concentrated red fruits, spice, coffee and roast beef!Penultimate bottle sadly, this is one of the great value wines of the world and stands as a tribute to Gerard Jaboulet. Incredible how the mini La Chapelle has aged. Lovely . Now back on form, perhaps better than ever. #pauljabouletaine  #crozeshermitage  #thalabert  #carolinefrey 
Wish summers were longer. #rhodes#summerholiday#
Almost 23 years old this Aussie Shiraz still has years ahead of it. Savoury and slightly sweet, a mixture of black and red fruits with cedar, eucalyptus pine needles, forest floor, blackberries, sloes and some oak. #baileyswine #1920sblockshiraz #shiraz #australianwine #victoriawine #1996shiraz
Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard 2001. Autumn is her and it's time for a big hitter. Super Syrah in a refined, complex style. Smoked meat, violets, truffles and red and black fruits. Long palate which fills the mouth Super. #cornas#thierryallemand #northernrhonewines
Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard 2001. Autumn is her and it's time for a big hitter. Super Syrah in a refined, complex style. Smoked meat, violets, truffles and red and black fruits. Long palate which fills the mouth Super. #cornas #thierryallemand  #northernrhonewines 
Dom de Raifault Chinon 1989  From The Wine Society. Wonderful old cabernet franc, fully mature with great grip and acidity. Super perfumed nose and a palate of mushrooms leather cherries coffee and menthol. Like an old Bordeaux obviously without the cab sauv bottom end. Oh and it's only 12.5%. #chinon #domaineduraifault #loirewine #cabernetfranc #thewinesociety #thewinesociety1874
Matallana 2001 from Ribera del Duero by Telmo Rodriguez. This wine has everything and will last at least another 20 years. Fabulous concentration, great fruit, sufficient acidity with well judged fine oak. Had it with chicken and black pudding cooked in sherry. Great match, great wine. #spanishwine #riberadelduero #telmorodriguez #matallana
Matallana 2001 from Ribera del Duero by Telmo Rodriguez. This wine has everything and will last at least another 20 years. Fabulous concentration, great fruit, sufficient acidity with well judged fine oak. Had it with chicken and black pudding cooked in sherry. Great match, great wine. #spanishwine  #riberadelduero  #telmorodriguez  #matallana 
Taken a long time to come around, the first few were not great. Last tasted ten years ago, the wine was closed and underwhelming. Now superb, complex and long, more Vouvray in its softness with the steely spine of Savennières. Sadly most of this will have been consumed far too early due to its reputation. Superbe #loirewine #cheninblanc #savennieres #njoly #closdelacouleedeserrant
Taken a long time to come around, the first few were not great. Last tasted ten years ago, the wine was closed and underwhelming. Now superb, complex and long, more Vouvray in its softness with the steely spine of Savennières. Sadly most of this will have been consumed far too early due to its reputation. Superbe #loirewine  #cheninblanc  #savennieres  #njoly  #closdelacouleedeserrant 
Fourcas Hosten 1983. Lovely soft old floral claret. Lasted well, especially this vintage which was also superb in Margaux. Went well with chicken but would be equally good on its own. #fourcashosten #listrac #listracwine #claret #bordeaux #1983
Gruaud Larose 1970. Still wearing its age very well. Lovely warm rich soft claret. Still fruity and long and showing black currant, earth, mushroom and cedar. Super stuff. Historic wines like this are such a treat as we all talked about what we were doing in 1970. #gruaudlarose #gruaudlarose1970 #stjulien #leftbankwines #bordeauxwine #cordier
So.... 1987, should be well past it, right? That's what I thought. This wine was very much still alive and the surprise wine at our old Bordeaux tasting last night. Vibrant red middle to a slightly brick red rim and a palate of black currants and old wood. Obviously not an exceptional claret but a testament to the terroir and winemaking of the chateau. Not a keeper but well beyond expectations. #pontetcanet #pontetcanet1987 #pauillacwine #pauillac #guytesseron #alfredtesseron #claret #leftbankwines #bordeauxwine
So.... 1987, should be well past it, right? That's what I thought. This wine was very much still alive and the surprise wine at our old Bordeaux tasting last night. Vibrant red middle to a slightly brick red rim and a palate of black currants and old wood. Obviously not an exceptional claret but a testament to the terroir and winemaking of the chateau. Not a keeper but well beyond expectations. #pontetcanet  #pontetcanet1987  #pauillacwine  #pauillac  #guytesseron  #alfredtesseron  #claret  #leftbankwines  #bordeauxwine 
Haute-Serre 1989 magnum Cahors. Now cherry red centre with fully mature brick red edge. Warm, slightly medicinal cherry nose with a similar palate which includes leather and old wooden barrels. At end of plateau, this is a lovely old wine which still has perfume and length. One for you @chrisjengland #hauteserre #cahors #cahorswine
Haute-Serre 1989 magnum Cahors. Now cherry red centre with fully mature brick red edge. Warm, slightly medicinal cherry nose with a similar palate which includes leather and old wooden barrels. At end of plateau, this is a lovely old wine which still has perfume and length. One for you @chrisjengland #hauteserre  #cahors  #cahorswine