Speeding up

Sunday’s general drinking saw an increase in pace. The football was on, I suppose.

Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg Cuvée St. Catherine l’Inedit 1998, Weinbach

Weighty nose, ripe and concentrated. Palate is weighty with good acidity and lovely fruit. Really concentrated, ripe and stylish. Great long finish. Lovely.

Clos St. Denis Grand Cru 1985, Domaine Dujac

Soft and earthy nose. Lots of soft fruit. Smooth, silky and soft palate. Really elegant. Good length. Very nice indeed.

Oloroso Viejo, Hidalgo

Aggressively dry. Strong flavours of preserved prunes. Really concentrated and full bodied. Quite nice.

Riesling Scharzhofberger Spatlese 1999, Egon Muller

Pure, focused nose of minerals, lime and petrol. It smells really lively. Utterly delicious palate of fruit, acidity and minerality. Nice and ripe. Great length. Completely lovely.

Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg L31E 2004, Domaine Albert Boxler

Really mineral nose with some lovely ripe fruit. The palate is nice and ripe, with good concentration and a great mineral character. Quite lovely.

Cornas Cuvée Prestige 2001, Domaine de Tunnel

Dense, thick nose of dark, ripe fruit and earth. It smells big and concentrated. The palate has very good structure and nice ripe fruit. Good length, too. It is rather nice, but typical, Cornas.

Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru Clos St. Jacques 1999, Domaine Sylvie Esmonin

As far as fruit goes: Il y a du monde au balcon! It also has a nice minerality and good structure. It was really lovely, a terribly good premier cru.