2005 FIEFS DE LAGRANGE du Château Lagrange Saint Julien
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Big and dark, compact and smooth but then rather burly, but not all that expressive for now. All there, but a bit if a sleepy bear for now, gr... ( more info )
2005 CLOS ABELLA Bodegas Marco Abella
A similar blend of Garnacha and Cariñena to the Mas Mallola (with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah), but from the oldest and best vines of the estate. Aged entirely in French oak barrels (... ( more info )
2005 CHÂTEAU POUJEAUX Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Moulis-en-Médoc
Very much in the Poujeaux style (quite loose-knit and soft) and a successful Poujeaux at that, bready fruit and good clinging length in the juice, if no very striking structure.
2005 DOMAINE DE LA BON GRAN Cuvée Levroutée Mâcon Viré
"Levroute" is a Mâcon dialect word meaning "the colour of the hare", a reference to the deeper colour of grapes starting to show the effects of noble rot.
2005 CHÂTEAU BEAUREGARD Pomerol
75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. Very pretty, with power in reserve. Lovely sweet fruit, blackberry and apple jelly, joyously ripe and pure, long in the freshest aromatic way
SANDEMAN 30 Year Old Tawny
Sandeman is a regular Decanter World Wine Awards Gold- and Trophy- winner for its supremely refined tawnies. This has lovely lifted aromas and flavours of chocolate-covered sultanas and orange pe... ( more info )
2005 SCRIO Syrah Le Macchiole
One of the lighter vintages of Scrio Syrah, and yet still impressive with notes of mint, chocolate and dark fruit.
Tasting fabulous. After decanting, the weight of fruit builds to an impressive level for a wine of this age. This is drinking beautifully. Complex with elegantly layered nuances of spice, red fru... ( more info )
2005 TAITTINGER Comtes de Champagne Brut
Bright yellow. Vibrant pear and melon aromas are complicated by suggestions of ginger, brioche and smoky minerals. Dry, smoky and precise, offering intense orchard and pit fruit flavors that gain... ( more info )
Josh Raynolds, Vinous