Looks like everyone drank some pretty fabulous things over the festive period! I hope you all had great Christmases and are having a good start to the new year.
Vinous highlights for me were 2016 Mont Redon Lirac, 2011 Ulysse Pauillac and 2017 Chave ‘Circa’ Blanc with the turkey on Christmas Day; 2003 Chateau Musar and 2011 Exhibition Rioja Reserva with roast lamb shoulder on Boxing Day - followed by another glorious bottle of Herbel Reverie with the Christmas Pudding.
I also opened my first bottle of the Weinert Carrascal Assemblaje Especial. Definitely ready to drink now, but I’ll probably wait a few months before the next. It’s a really interesting drop - still plenty of fruit but with loads of tertiary flavours on top. For me t’s a wine to savour on its own, rather than with a meal.
The standout overall was probably this, which was opened at the family gathering on Christmas Eve. I’ve definitely never drunk anything with this much age on it before. You could still pick up some bright red fruit, but most of all it tasted like Christmas Pudding. In a good way. Absolutely gorgeous!