AHB wrote: ↑
14:08 Tue 10 Dec 2019
Thank you George for organizing the tasting and the theme.
I enjoy opportunities to taste vintages in the way we did last night.
(A) vintage to be drunk sooner rather than later.
You crack me up alex. Just when I think I have you totally figured out, you throw me a dead wicked googly. Given that the unanimous (?) Opinion was the vintage is not something we need to knock gran out the way to secure, I figured you'd hold any you had until Redemption and see what happens.
As I require primary fruit to give a port top marks, I too will be depleting what 1991 I have (mainly 375s of the fonseca with some dow and graham). I missed the Morgan train by a few years, for 9 pounds , waive it in!
That no one has mentioned the nacional is itself damning. Thanks to W.S for contributing with a hattip to Daryl for ferryin. it tied the room together, did it not? I had initially feared a risk of a sighted tasting would be groupthink and in particular unwarranted praise of the nn. whereas the regular bottling exceeded my low expectations, the nn fell well short of.... some expectations. In particular, I associate the house style of the nn to be a "grippyness" a textured cheweyness in the mouth. This feature was not at all present on this occasion. At a noval evening a Berry's ages ago, c.s. All but disclaimed wines of this era. always a treat to drink due to scarcity, but on the merits this only serves to remind us that you leave your self little upside when you pay tipptytop dollar for wine. Though this price in bdx is table stakes for "serious" chateau.
Shout out to Nick a, an old fellow traveller from homepages - we were at opposite ends of the table but glad all seems well there. Ditto flash.
Deep vintage forn average night of port. There's a price and a place for that. But with the prices of 92s , this reinforces an early hypothesis that 2000 is the key vintage to own for consumption between 1970 and 2011. Ymmv.
Awesome seeing everyone. I was heroic just prior to this event when I made change for a fair maid at a nearby wineshop - a plug for laithwaits, soon to be gone forever from their longstanding lease by the thames. Bolly s.c. Was 32. A fair price, I dare say. Pol roger at 39 would have been my other choice. Their port selection is not robust. Two weeks left?!