The Vintage Club Summer Tasting 5 July 2014

Venue Chez Mills Bloomfield Avenue Bath


Mike Selig, Caroline Ellis, Mark Masento, Benita Sabharwal, Andy Ridge, Vin Madden, Gareth Barker, Georgina Watson,  Kevin Wetherell, George Wickham, Ed Kay, Philippa Nason, Guy Nason, Quentin Lambert, Regina Lambert, Roger Jardine, Bethan Evans, Gareth Birchley, Sarah Randall

White Wines

Paul Blanck Alsace Gewürztraminer 2013

Alsace Gewurztraminer L Blanck 2013                                                                    Georgina                             £15.50

Sweetish, dolly mixtures, sweet cigarettes, cider, pear, creamy, tropical, apricot, not too in your face! 

Some thought Viognier others Gewurz


Billaud-Simon Montée De Tonnerre Chablis Premier Cru 2010

Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnere 2010  F&W                                                 Caroline                               £18

Bit lively, attack of kernels, wood smoke, steely, flinty, not massive acidity, nettle, creamy oak.

Loire Sauvignon? But finally Chablis


Reichsrat Von Buhl Deidesheimer Herrgottsacker Riesling 2011

Deidesheimer Hergottsacker Riesling Trocken Rflz 2011 Von Buhl           Benita                                   £28

Hint of vanilla, ice cream, limey, good acid balance, Ed Gewurz? Restrained Riesling.


Hugel Alsace Pinot Gris 2011

Alsace Pinot Gris ‘Hugel’ 2011  Wine Society                                                      Bethan                                 £23

Too aromatic to be chardonnay, sweet entry, ripe, good acidity not as spicy as Gewurz but of that type


Au Bon Climat Hildegard 2010

Au Bon Climat Hildegard 2010 Central Coast California                                  Kevin                                     £28

Quintessentially oaky, banana custard, vanilla, good balance, limyness, not subtle enough to be French, lacks elegance, a little short. Odd cepage Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Aligote


Cannonball Sonora County Chardonnay 2012

Cannonball Sonoma County California 2012                                                        Quentin                               £16

Cream soda, short, lacks middle, saltiness, vanilla, New world Chard

Lynch Bages Blanc 2009

Ch Lynch Bages Blanc 2009                                                                                           Steve                                    £30

Body shop slurper(?),ohh!, floral, orange flower, apricot yoghurt, orange ice cream, amazing, different, impossible grape variety, fruit party in my mouth, Auslese? Sem Sauv


Pouilly Fuisse 2011                                                                                                         Ed                                           £18

Creamy and full, quite nice, new Zealand, high acidity and alcohol, Chard Old World French


Erdener Herrenberg Spätlese 1995

Erdener Herrenberg Spatlese 1995 Germany                                                      Mark                                     £15

Raisins, tyres burning rubber, lemon, low alcohol, delicious, goes well with curry, acidity, old world


Yves Cuilleron Viognier 2011

Yves Cuilleron Viognier 2011 magnum                                                                  Gareth                                  £12

Good balance, apricots, not bone dry, many guessed Viognier


Winzergenossenscha Mosel Riesling Auslese 2006

Winzergenossenschaft Mosel Riesling Auslese 2016 magnum                   Mark                                     £15

Very yellow, petrolly, Germanic, quite good for Mark, lovely,  not that sweet


Grande Millesme Brut Gosset 2004  Champagne                                              Gareth                                  £51

Good mousse, apples, biscuit, complex defo vintage, about 10 years some said older – great palate cleanser





Wines  Reds


Chambolle Musigny 2007 Co-op Fine Wine                                                         Mark                                     £14

Lovely pinot smell, red cider, farmyard, bit dried out , lacks middle, faded, past best


Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2006

Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d’Alba Sandrone 2006                                                    Roger                                    £53

Muscat and dates, sweet dried fruit, dark cherry, figgy prunes, Italian great stuff


Beaunes 1er Les Greves  Dom Maillard 2010 GWW                                         Gareth Barker                   £33

Stinky good, farmyard, not Italian, many thought NZ good weight for Red Burgundy


 Vieux Telegraphe La Crau CNP 1995                                                                       Vin                                         £££

Medicinal, old savoury, coal tar, TCP, sweaty saddle, licorice, legs on legs ?, old Claret Roger fooled us old Rhone.


ChangYu Pioneer Dry Red

Chang Yu Pioneer                                                                                                            Mike                                      £6

Offering from recent trip, raw potatoes, paella, green pepper, bit of tree, green, corked?

Batailley Grand Cru classé Pauillac 2009


Ch Batailley 2009  magnum                                                                                         Quentin                               £32

Defo French, pleasant fruit, opened up, soft, ripe, not tannic, very easy, approachable drink 2014 -2020


Jean Grivot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2001

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru Jean Grivot 2001                                                       Mike                                      £££

Older than last one, savoury on nose, good weight, dry finish, some fragrance , femininity, attar of roses


Umani Ronchi Fonte del Re d'Alba Lacrima di Morro

Fonte del Re d'Alba Lacrima di Morro Umani Ronchi  GWW                        Andy ?                                  £15

Astonishingly purple, parma violets, ripe fruit, Montepulciano-esque    


Barolo (?) Prunotto 2009                                                                                              Guy                                        £££

Roses aroma, licorice, light nebbiolo, tannin on finish, quite elegant


Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Red 2005

Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate 2005                                                               George                                 £75

Coconut, American oak, mint, very dark, very conc fruit, another fruit party, wonderful


Morgenhof Estate Red 2004

Morgenhof Estate Stellenbosch 2004                                                                     Sarah                                     £40

CS 65%, M 25%, Malbec 6%, CF 4%

Very claretty but more ripeness, great balance and presence, origin stumped us best SA I have ever had


Brokenwood Hunter valley 1998                                                                              Steve                                    £££

Sweet ,earthy, good balance and weight, old worldly, something odd or missing – not one of SM best but

a privilege to try – need more H of G


Niepoort Redoma Douro Tinto 2010


Great tasting 12 + 12 – barely a poor wine, every tried to make a link to theme


Faves White Lynch Bages and Ch Batailly


Wines Gareth

Good to see the Big G, but he was quite late, so he had a little section all to himself.


Gosset Champagne Grand Millésimé Brut 2004


M Masento 8.7.14