A slow start

The first general drinking entry from my stay in Burgundy. This is what we drank on the Saturday of our arrival.

Grüner Veltliner Ried Lamm 2000, Brundlmeyer

Ripe, powerful nose of white pepper and alcohol. Why do all these Austrian winemakers strive to show how ripe they can get their grapes? Big, weighty palate, but it has good acidity and a nice mineral character. Nice, but a bit hot on the finish.

Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Demoiselles 2000, Michel Colin-Deléger et Fils

Smells rather tired to me; quite oxidised. It has an odd aniseed character. It is quite tired and just a bit odd.

Verdelho-Bual Meio Seco Reserva, Barbeito

A strange Madeira in that it is made from a blend of noble grapes. Reasonable, but lacks the excitement and life of Barbeito single casks. Just a bit dull.