Mature Rioja (The Medlar, London): Pale straw. Quite fresh with a touch of rounding that accentuates with air. Initially feels quite Chardonnay rich, though it opens and rounds in the glass. Served blind this feels like 02 or possibly a fuller 04. Surprisingly approachable for Lanson. Works nicely as an aperitif but could carry in to food. ****
Just sat and enjoyed listening to Vivaldi so no notes other than nice vintage expressing age, texture, full mouth feel, brioche and citrus flavors. Very nice. Sometimes I just have to sit back relax and enjoy the forest beyond the trees.
NobleRottersSydney - Christmas Lunch 2012 (Geoffrey's place): [cork, 12.5%] Developing, yeasty nose. Bright toasty flavours, plenty of yeast influence; a touch cheesy in its flavours; seems very chardonnay dominant. Medium bodied, with plenty of acid still, it has medium-sized bubbles and a medium length finish. Good, if not quite to the standard I recall of the 1999 and 1996.
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