Wine Tasting: Fine wines - November (1st Nov 1996)

An assortment of interesting new arrivals.

1. 1993 Pascal Puligny Montrachet Folatieres

1st Nov 1996 GBP20 Burgundy Table White

Alcoholic, fatty nose of toffee apples and cream.
Soft and full-bodied with rounded, sweet gooseberry and floury apple fruits. Aromatic with a fairly light finish.
Good drinking soon.

2. 1993 Hugel Gewurztraminer Jubilee

1st Nov 1996 GBP14 Alsace Table White

Bright with a green tinge.
Aromatic, fatty, alcoholic nose.
Rich and alcoholic with oily/buttery flavours, well-balanced and aromatic with good acidity and a long finish. Medium-dry but very rich.

3. 1989 Montana Riesling

1st Nov 1996 GBP7 Marlborough Table White

Deep, bright gold.
Honeyed nose with some oak - starting to show petrol aromas.
Medium sweet, with rich, ripe fruit, honey and petrol flavours and a toasty, mature style.
A very good match for spicy, oriental foods and room for development.

4. 1994 La Jota Viognier

1st Nov 1996 GBP16 USA Table White

Restrained, aromatic nose with plenty of alcohol.
A gorgeous, mature mouthful of aromatics, resin, wood, peaches, cream and nutmeg.
Very well balanced with a long finish - almost a Fino tang at the end.

5. 1991 PJA Hermitage Chapelle

1st Nov 1996 GBP25 Rhone Table Red

Forward, accessible nose of violets, hung beef, vanilla - a touch of volatility that I would normally associate with red Burgundy.
Full bodied and soft, with velvety texture, flavours of dark chocolate, earth and tar, good bracing tannins and a long warm finish. Wow!

6. 1995 Aubuisieres, Domaine des Vouvray Marigny Moelleux

1st Nov 1996 GBP17 Loire Dessert White

Rich, toasty, honeyed quince nose.
Very concentrated, ultraripe, honeyed flavours with notes of hay.
Still very young, but complex and showing very nicely.
A classic Chenin Blanc!

7. 1990 Sigalas Rabaud Bordeaux

1st Nov 1996 GBP30 Bordeaux Dessert White

Quite restrained nose with nutty aromas.
Superbly concentrated but elegant, with honeyed fruit and some oak.
Well balanced and drinking now.

8. 1986 Chambers Old Vine Muscadelle

1st Nov 1996 GBP26 Australia Fortified Other

Rich 'Oloroso meets Madeira' nose of burnt rubber, toasted raisins and nuts.
Rich and piercing, with flavours of molasses, nuts, raisins - amazingly concentrated.
A must for all lovers of sweet, fortified wines.

9. 1994 Caymus Sauvignon Blanc

1st Nov 1996 GBP8 USA Table White

Fresh, ripe fruits on the nose - needs time to open out.
Fat and fleshy in the mouth with flavours of gooseberries, kiwi fruits, blackcurrant leaves and nuts - sensational.
Good rounded drinking now.

10. Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvigon (Vintage Unknown)

1st Nov 1996 USA Table Red

(Tasted blind)
Opaque and young in appearance.
Forward nose of pepper, spice and violets.
Rich, soft and velvety in the mouth, flavours of spices, capsicums and oak. Massive extraction with plenty of tannin and alcohol.
A bit over the top at the moment but should develop very nicely over the next 4 to 5 years.