Having not managed more than a beer as steam before Christmas it was time for a gathering and the venue was to be Planet of the Grapes at Bow Lane a great venue with proper grub, good glass and a very wine friendly attitude. There was no real brief on what to bring but we ended up with a nice selection. It wasn’t a night for making many notes so the below are more recollections than anything.

The whites

Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2005, V.Dampt – a wine I know well, oily and a complex, drinking well.
St.Joseph Les Granits 2007, M.Chapoutier MAG – a waxy wine of weight and structure, delicious with the food, a mighty effort for a hot year, impressive 
Clos du Papillon Savennieres 2006, Domaine de Baumard – really lovely and received very well all-round. Savennieres is such a good drink. 
Langhe Riesling 2012, Vajra – A first for me and a welcome one, an easy mellow feel, wonder how it’ll age? not that it needs to.
Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay 2009 – Really decadent number like a ripe vintage Meursault, not OTT but quite hedonistic.
Corton-Charlemagne 2011, Bonneau du Martray – Love this wine and showing well even now, well ahead of time.

The reds

Percarlo 2009, San Giusto a Rentannano – I love Percarlo but this needs time to mellow and for the oak to knit in, I just hope that does happen as the fruit is clearly very good.

Blagny Sous le Dos d’Ane 2002, Domaine Leflaive – The last vintage of this wine. A beautiful, delicate nose and then good rich but medium bodied palate, cracking.
Barolo 2007, Bartolo Mascarello – Showed very well, great estate in great form, quintessentially elegant Nebbiolo from a vintage where that was difficult.
Barbaresco 2010, Gemma – Interesting if to my taste a tad too dry, the 2010’s are great in barolo, may be less so in Barbaresco. Good with the steak.
Potensac 2003 – I was really impressed here, I’m not a 03 fan generally but this was more “good drinking Bordeaux” than it was an “03”.
Hermitage 2002, Chave – This has a nose to die for, such purity, it reminded me more of Rousseau than of Grenache.
L’Aurage 2008 – drinking beautifully in the degraded Mitjavile way.

The “others”

Gewurtztraminer SGN 2002, Clos St Landelin – I wish I’d made more notes here, I remember really loving it’s waxy but sweet texture and refreshing finish.

Mossy’s magic Ice wines – 3x200ml – Riesling, Vidal, Cab Franc – Very very sweet!
Fonseca 1997 – drank really well, still puppyish and young.
Delamain Pale “n” Dry – not sure I needed that but it was rather splendid!

Until next time…