Dinner with Jacques and Roz Seysses

Well, the first two bottles we had by the pool. I wanted to see what Jacques thought of Bannockburn as Gary Farr, the winemaker of Bannockburn, has done some vintages at Dujac.

Riesling Grand Cru Pfersigberg Vieille Vigne 2001, Bruno Sorg

Very much like Cuvée Frédéric Emile on the nose. Ripe fruit and concentration but restrained. Very direct and linear. Lovely complexity, though. Very long. Quite delicious.

Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg L31D 2003, Boxler

Delicious nose of ripe citrus fruit and minerality. Real depth of concentration here. Very stylish. Palate is utterly delicious with lots of fruit and real length. Very tasty stuff; I love it.

Pinot Noir 2001, Bannockburn

Some nice earthiness to the pure red fruit nose. Seems a hint of stalkiness is there as well. Soft palate, quite mature. Reasonably tasty. I could easily guess this as minor Burgundy if I tried it blind.

Shiraz 2000, Bannockburn

Spicy, peppery nose with soft ripe fruit. Palate is warm and peppery, quite Rhone-y too. I rather like this.