An evening through the Loire valley (Imperial Treasure SPD, Paragon): Our last flight of the night was a pair of Huets (blinded). My 2nd-time having this wine (first was during Sean's b/day dinner). I thought it was "unreal" then; Its still unreal this time - so so young, as if it's never aged at all. Some smoke, yellow-fruits on the nose. On the palate, high acidity and some green apples... but I don't find it quite as complex as the Dagueneaus. I wonder when will be the right time/window to drink this? Anyway, it's always a treat to be able to taste a well-kept old wine...
Difficult to describe this wine. Not at all unpleasant but strange. Perhaps I don't have much experience with Chenin Blanc. Golden yellow colour and clear. Blue cheesy nose. Very little fruit on taste. Acid predominates but not overwhelming. Medium finish. I think it's not doing too bad for a wine this old.
An Offline for Luke (28-50, London): Deep, slightly dull gold. Very full, pungent nose. Oaty, appley. Quite spritzy on the attack, an astringency too. Grabs one by the throat. Lots of freshly cut green apple, and a slightly cider vinegar note too, through the middle and finish. Not much weight/development/complexity through the middle. Searing acidity. Hmm 50 years too late or just not my thing? * for historical interest.
Occupy Spoof comes to town. (Joe's.): Perhaps the most severe bottle I've tried so far. It was really tough to get past the searing acidity in this one as it took S & M to a whole new level. It was a tough vintage and it's plain to see that ripening was a real issue. Some quince, orange fruit, hints of nuts and mineral are there, but they're a little too scared that Mistress Acidity will dress them up in black leather, will stick a red ball in their mouths and will begin cracking whips to really stick around. Still, there's a little pleasure mixed in with the pain... Low B-.
BR 2009 Bordeaux En Primeur Tasting (London): Amazingly fresh. Great complexity, almost like the hypothetical love-child of a Chabls Grand Cru and a top white from Pessac Leognan. Mouth-watering acidity helps focus the carousel of complexity. Supremely intense, balanced and long. A special wine.
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