Incidentally I just accidentally opened a bottle of Pol Roger 2002 thinking it was something else.
I was amazed at the depth and complexity and only once I’d looked at the label properly did I realise quite why I’d thought this was so good. Sadly we are going to have to finish this bottle this evening rather than keep it for the special occasion for which it was intended. Hopefully my daughter won’t be concerned with why we have 5 bottles her birth-year champagne instead of 6…!
Happy new year everyone! We’re coming to the end of our trip to New Zealand, spending the last few days in Auckland before the flight home.
After reading about Black Estate Home Chardonnay on Jamie Goode’s blog a few days ago I picked up a bottle in the supermarket and we had some before an embarrassingly early night (8.30pm)- it was delicious. Good balance between oak, fruit (citrus and tropical) and acidity, and very drinkable.
We’ll celebrate again at UK time New Years- 1pm for us here. All the best for 2018!
As @Jonesy has already said after his “accidental” opening, the Pol Roger 2002 was a delight. Lots of yeast, bread & biscuit and a medium length crisp apple finish - think Granny Smith.
We opened both of the D’arenbergs and served with slow cooked lamb shank. Both decanted for 60-90mins. Both were wonderful. The Dead Arm remains quite youthful with lots of red berries, cherries and some pepper and violets. The Coppermine Road was in a great place. Wonderfully smooth with great balance of black currant fruit, some savoury notes, smooth tannins and a dry finish.
I have 3 more of each of these and can’t see there’s any hurry to drink them up.
Last year I shared a friends 1998 Dead Arm. Not generally an Aussie Shiraz buyer, but a big admirer of this wine and as far as I can see it goes on for years. Well priced for its superb quality and staying power.