Bauduc Sauvignon 2012 aromatic, substantial, textbook Bordeaux blanc from Gavin Quinney; expressive and precise with a classical European sensibility. Very enjoyable.
Croix de Montceau St Veran 2011 ripe Maconnais chardie, a little underwhelming on firsty opening, it opens out with aeration. Ripe orchard fruits and fresh acidity - pleasant enough, but not compelling; a little roughness around the edges.
Finca Manzanos Rioja Crianza 2009 bramble and black-cherry fruit, vanilla spice, toasty-smokiness and fresh acidity; with a supple texture, it is dense, concentrated and intense - very enjoyable textbook Rioja with plenty of stuffing that feels like it can age further. Good. Also available from M&S.
Chateau Lacombe-Noaillac Medoc 2009 classic aged Medoc aromas of bell pepper and gamey-truffley aged leather; ripe blackcurrant fruit and coffee grounds, fresh acidity, savouriness and perfectly-ripe tannins. Another textbook example, if not as substantial as the Rioja; drinking nicely now and probably at its peak. It has a Brussels Silver and Jancis gives it 15.5.
All wines provided for review.
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