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    Bill S. Guest

    Default Lunch, Including 1920 Lafite

    Notes from a recent blind tasting lunch:

    2007 Gayda Cuvee l’Occitane – Languedoc/Roussillon blend of Marsanne,
    white Grenache, Roussanne and Viognier. Lots of flavour, decent fruit,
    not bad.

    1998 King Estate Pinot Noir Reserve – pinot nose and the right weight,
    with maybe a bit of excess ripeness in the nose, fruit only moderate –
    tired.

    1996 Finca Valpiedra Rioja Riserva – very good nose with big fruit,
    good colour, good fruit levels on palate, not too sweet, soft tannins
    and good length. No hurry here.

    1990 Ch. Les Ormes de Pez – oddly, RP has revisited wines he
    previously rated and downgraded them based on his recent tastings, but
    when I have tasted the same wines (notably this one and the 1970
    Latour) the wines are in fine shape. Not sure what is going on with
    his cellar sources, but it can’t be anything good! This wine showed
    as fairly dark with a very good nose of cassis and blackberry, with a
    bit of wood smoke, the tannins fully resolved, with good length.
    Drink now or in the middle term.

    2002 Ch. Cos d’Estournel – my first taste of this. Dark wine still
    with purple edges, very nice nose of fennel and currant with a hint of
    thyme, gobs of fruit but the tannins are quite soft now, so while it
    will age well, it is delightful right now.

    1989 Ridge Monte Bello – this was a fairly …well, crappy … vintage in
    Napa, and anything less than this would be pretty much a disaster, but
    this wine showed at least decently. Big warm nose with lots of fruit,
    it was rather Bordeaux-like, and the mediocrity of the vintage was
    manifested mostly in the shortness of the finish and lack of flavour
    definition at the end.

    1920 Grand Cru des Carruades – sadly this bottle was toast, but an
    interesting way to end the tasting. The vineyards at Lafite include
    areas on the plain, and that area is called Carruades. The terminology
    on this old label was used into the 1960s at least, but wine made as
    the second label is now called simply ‘Carruades de Lafite’.

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    JT Guest

    Default Re: Lunch, Including 1920 Lafite


    Thanks for the notes Bill

    2007 Gayda Cuvee l’Occitane – Languedoc/Roussillon blend of Marsanne,
    white Grenache, Roussanne and Viognier. Lots of flavour, decent fruit,
    not bad.


    In the UK, these S France artisan wines with Rhoney grapes are superb value
    and damn good wines . The Wine Society is really strong on them

    John T


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    Bi!! Guest

    Default Re: Lunch, Including 1920 Lafite

    On Mar 13, 2:07*pm, "Bill S." <wspo...@aol.com> wrote:
    > Notes from a recent blind tasting lunch:
    >
    > 2007 Gayda Cuvee l’Occitane – Languedoc/Roussillon blend of Marsanne,
    > white Grenache, Roussanne and Viognier. Lots of flavour, decent fruit,
    > not bad.
    >
    > 1998 King Estate Pinot Noir Reserve – pinot nose and the right weight,
    > with maybe a bit of excess ripeness in the nose, fruit only moderate –
    > tired.
    >
    > 1996 Finca Valpiedra Rioja Riserva – very good nose with big fruit,
    > good colour, good fruit levels on palate, not too sweet, soft tannins
    > and good length. No hurry here.
    >
    > 1990 Ch. Les Ormes de Pez – oddly, RP has revisited wines he
    > previously rated and downgraded them based on his recent tastings, but
    > when I have tasted the same wines (notably this one and the 1970
    > Latour) the wines are in fine shape. *Not sure what is going on with
    > his cellar sources, but it can’t be anything good! *This wine showed
    > as fairly dark with a very good nose of cassis and blackberry, with a
    > bit of wood smoke, the tannins fully resolved, with good length.
    > Drink now or in the middle term.
    >
    > 2002 Ch. Cos d’Estournel – my first taste of this. Dark wine still
    > with purple edges, very nice nose of fennel and currant with a hint of
    > thyme, gobs of fruit but the tannins are quite soft now, so while it
    > will age well, it is delightful right now.
    >
    > 1989 Ridge Monte Bello – this was a fairly …well, crappy … vintage in
    > Napa, and anything less than this would be pretty much a disaster, but
    > this wine showed at least decently. Big warm nose with lots of fruit,
    > it was rather Bordeaux-like, and the mediocrity of the vintage was
    > manifested mostly in the shortness of the finish and lack of flavour
    > definition at the end.
    >
    > 1920 Grand Cru des Carruades – sadly this bottle was toast, but an
    > interesting way to end the tasting. The vineyards at Lafite include
    > areas on the plain, and that area is called Carruades. The terminology
    > on this old label was used into the 1960s at least, but wine made as
    > the second label is now called simply *‘Carruades de Lafite’.


    Thanks for the notes. I would concur with your comments on the '02
    Cos. Lot's ahead but tasty now.

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