After the tasting last week I thought I’d serve up a couple of previously tasted wines for Geoff to knock out of the ground but it didn’t work out quite like that.

First we tried Vina Tondonia Reserva 1993 (WS £25, 12.5) from Lopez de Heredia in Rioja. A few months ago we drunk another wine from the same maker and enjoyed it greatly. Very old school and a unique taste. Unfortunately the nose – which is usually a giveaway –  had a persistent cork taint which was slow to fade. In addition the nose was not as idiosyncratic as before. The wine was old gold, bright and clear in appearance with a fabulous acidity offset by some vanilla. Lots of savoury depth, albeit with no fruit left. A fascinating 22 year old but the various factors mentioned above made it hard to spot.

Secondly another retasting – 2001 Pommard Clos des Epenaux from Armand (WS £48). When tried nearly two years ago we thought this ‘rustic’ and possibly too young. On Friday, as before, the pinot nose and taste was muted, albeit recognisable, and the rusticity had gone leaving a smoky savoury note. A pleasant wine but, to repeat myself for the millionth time, a New World pinot at the same price would be a much better, indeed stunning, drink.

So, the tasting didn’t quite work as intended. Over to Geoff.


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