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  • NV Domi Moreau Champagne Cuvée d' Argent

    Drunk to accompany chocolate cake. Very indulgent!

    Light bronze colour. Lively small bubbles.
    Maturity on the nose, stewed pears, melted butter (bottle brought by a friend, so no idea how old it is).
    Palate is rich and quite full. Apricots, pineapples. Good acidity, well balanced. Moreish.

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  • 2005 Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon

    Tasted at Three Borders Wine Group, Hampshire, UK. We enjoyed a vertical tasting of Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, tasting six vintages from 2012 to 2005. This case was made available in the UK through The Wine Society and the wines had recently been shipped from the winery.

    These notes feature the note on all 6 vintages:

    2012: Decanted one hour as recommended. This has a dash of petit verdot. This bottle was expected to be one of the best, but sadly was slightly oxidised with a metallic taste and no fruit. It was drinkable. The colour was medium plum. The palate was earthy, mushrooms, veggie. Not good.

    2011: Decanted one hour as recommended. Dark plum colour. Fully mature and ready to drink. Rich and silky. Blackcurrants. Smooth. Good.

    2010: Opened one hour before tasting. Dark plum with browning at edges. Rich, chocolatey, full and long. Good.

    2007: Cork broke (but that was probably my fault), so decanted and filtered. This has some cabernet franc and merlot. Dark plum colour, slightly cloudy. Menthol nose, perfumed. Rich, full and well balanced. Drinking well. Good.

    2006: This vintage was tasting very well. The palate has a sweetness about it, tending to port like. It's fresh, medium purple. Lots of blackcurrant fruit on the palate. Very good.

    2005: This vintage does not bear the Reserve label, because that wasn't introduced until the following vintage. We had saved the best till last! Still remarkably young looking, lots of blackcurrant fruit, plenty of tertiary flavours showing. This had also developed a sweetness, becoming almost port like in style. Excellent!

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  • 2006 Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

    Tasted at Three Borders Wine Group, Hampshire, UK. We enjoyed a vertical tasting of Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, tasting six vintages from 2012 to 2005. This case was made available in the UK through The Wine Society and the wines had recently been shipped from the winery.

    These notes feature the note on all 6 vintages:

    2012: Decanted one hour as recommended. This has a dash of petit verdot. This bottle was expected to be one of the best, but sadly was slightly oxidised with a metallic taste and no fruit. It was drinkable. The colour was medium plum. The palate was earthy, mushrooms, veggie. Not good.

    2011: Decanted one hour as recommended. Dark plum colour. Fully mature and ready to drink. Rich and silky. Blackcurrants. Smooth. Good.

    2010: Opened one hour before tasting. Dark plum with browning at edges. Rich, chocolatey, full and long. Good.

    2007: Cork broke (but that was probably my fault), so decanted and filtered. This has some cabernet franc and merlot. Dark plum colour, slightly cloudy. Menthol nose, perfumed. Rich, full and well balanced. Drinking well. Good.

    2006: This vintage was tasting very well. The palate has a sweetness about it, tending to port like. It's fresh, medium purple. Lots of blackcurrant fruit on the palate. Very good.

    2005: This vintage does not bear the Reserve label, because that wasn't introduced until the following vintage. We had saved the best till last! Still remarkably8 young looking, lots of blackcurrant fruit, plenty of tertiary flavours showing. This had also developed a sweetness, becoming almost port like in style. Excellent!

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  • budh says:

    10/15/2021 3:10:00 PM - Keith & Liz, thanks for the note. i didn't realize it was #1,000! I haven't been posting many notes over the last 5 years, but my lyme disease finally seems to be in remission, so I've been drinking more recently. Not doing much buying - just working my way through old inventory. Finding lots of oxidized whites that were meant to have been drunk earlier. But lots of nicely aged reds at this point. �� Best regards!

  • rwpalmer says:

    2/22/2020 1:38:00 AM - Hi Keith, as virtual neighbours I am interested to read of your wine group. Thank you, I will check it out. Roger Palmer Wilts

  • Keith Cooper says:

    10/27/2015 5:15:00 PM - Bud/Robert, great to meet you as well. Keep in touch. Keith

  • budh says:

    10/27/2015 12:40:00 PM - Keith, Very nice meeting you and Liz in Portugal. CT is a nice tool/vice to have in common! Saude! Bud/Robert

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