Thursday’s Chablis comparison and other wines

Riesling Berncasteler Doctor Auslese 1998, Wwe. Dr H. Thanisch – Erban Thanisch

Nice and limey. Mineral and direct. Linear and citric. Pretty good.

Chablis Grand Cru les Clos 2000, J-P Droin

Quite nutty, a bit oxidised, but it seems mature rather than past it. Nice mineral palate. Good length. Pretty concentrated. Not bad at all.

Chablis Grand Cru les Clos 2000, Fevre

Very strong mineral nose. It has real focus, good acidity and nice length. It is a real step up from the Droin. Terribly good Chablis.

Chablis Grand Cru les Clos 2000, R et V Dauvissat

Very tight and linear. Very mineral. Perhaps a bit less concentration than the Fevre but it is a nice drink and very enjoyable.

Crozes-Hermitage 1995, Alain Graillot

Berry fruit and cheap cologne nose. Lots of fruit on the palate. Some real depth of character. Good acidity and nice length. A rather good Crozes.

Volnay Premier Cru 1999, Michel Lafarge

The nose is very pretty, lots of red fruit. A good mineral tang to it as well. Nice and elegant palate with plenty of fruit. Great minerality and lovely acidity. This is delicious.

Nuits St. Georges Premier Cru Clos des Forets St. Georges 1998, Domaine l’Arlot

Bright red fruit nose. It has some depth and real complexity. Stylish, too. Very good fruit on the palate. A very nice drink.

Amarone della Valpolicella Vigneto Alto TB 1997, Tomasso Bussola

Lawks, this is quite acetic. Really heavy and ponderous. The fruit is really congealed and rancid. No way, this is simply awful.