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Sunday Night In

Managed to catch up with a dear old friend passing through town.  His generosity of opening rather glorious older Bordeaux pushed the ante for me to bring some decent stuff.

We started with an Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett 2005 Zilliken, which was drinking beautifully.  It had a lovely charming, creamy, ripe apple nose and a brilliant balance and depth of fruit.  It seems in a perfect place and I don’t see the point of ageing this longer.  A great advert for the quality of the 2005 vintage.

 

As my host is a massive Bordeaux man, I decided to stick to Burgundy and Barolo.  The Charmes Chambertin 1969 from Drouhin instantly showed that it was a bottle which defied it’s external looks and had clearly been well cellared.  The nose on opening was clean and reticent but the faint Pinot character was promising.   The Barolo Ris 1947 Borgogno was anything but reticent on decanting and showed an explosive bouquet of mushrooms, tea and tar.

The Charmes seemed a bit of a tease with the nose remaining shy in the glass whilst the palate was fresh and had decent balance but lacked a bit of soul and texture.  Sadly the bottle stayed the same after an hour and a half in the decanter.  It was a pleasant drink but failed to deliver excitement.

The Barolo, on the other hand, was a complete show off.  A very hedonistic, sweet Barolo which defied it’s 66 years of age.  It had low acidity and soft, rich, cinnamon spice fruit.  What a gorgeous drink!  It stayed like this for about an hour and then the fruit started to fade and it became a touch flat and sickly.

A top Sunday night in!

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