Lunch at Greg with Neal and Gareth, including some nice wines


Lunch at Greg Sherwood’s place (christening his new kitchen!). So it was Sunday, and we were off to Greg Sherwood’s gaff in St Margarets for some food and wine. It is probably close to the truth to suggest that when I accepted the invitation, I suspected that an extended lunch was in prospect. Joined by Gareth Birchley and Neal Martin, we ended up having a proper wine trade gathering, and some good bottles were opened.


Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru ‘La Forest’ 2013 Burgundy, France
Lively and keen with lovely acidity, and notes of minerals and lemons. Quite pure with nice density of stony citrus fruits. 93/100


Sadie Family Skurfberg 2012 Olifantsrivier, South Africa
Very lively, fresh and detailed with pear and citrus fruit as well as subtle nuttiness. Fresh considering the alcohol (14.5%), with nice fruit and a bit of fennel character. Such a lovely wine. 94/100

Cape Point Vineyard Isliedh 2011 Cape Point, South Africa
Complex, detailed and interesting with ripe apple, nuts and citrus, as well as a subtle vanilla streak. Very fine and expressive with complexity and some richer oxidative notes meshing well with citrus and mineral notes. 93/100

Kershaw Chardonnnay 2014 Elgin, South Africa
Lively and citrussy with lovely pear and spice notes, as well as some nuttiness. This is fresh with lovely mineral characters and some sweet fruit. Nice texture and depth with real finesse. 94/100


Maximin Grunhaus Riesling Abstberg Kabinett 1973 Mosel, Germany
Hint of mint on the nose and lovely liminess, with some honey and fine spice notes. The palate has lemons, mint, tangerine and a little sweetness. This is mature and delicious, and still very much alive. 93/100

Maximin Grunhaus Riesling Abstberg Spätlese 1973 Mosel, Germany
Fresh, lemony and pure with lovely honey and grapefruit notes, as well as some complex tangerine characters. Complex, textured and powerful with lovely density and nice grapefruit. So lively with appealing richness and some sweetness. 94/100


Château Calon Segur 1970 Saint-Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Sweet and a bit earthy with some berry fruits and a cedary edge. Quite ripe and warm with evident age. Has supple black fruits still and a mushroomy edge, but there’s finesse here too. 91/100

Uitkyk Carlonet Cabernet Sauvignon 1976 Stellenbosch, South Africa
Iodine, earth and spice with some herbs and mushrooms. Minerals and spice, too. Iodine and earth notes give away its age, but this is a good wine offering a lot of pleasure, and it fooled a few of us into thinking it was old Bordeaux. 92/100


Rene Engel Vosné Romanée 1er Cru Les Brulées 2001 Burgundy, France
Earthy and iodine notes with some savoury spiciness under the cherry and plum fruit. Juicy and focused with nice lemony acidity and subtle herby notes. Expressive. 93/100


Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Combe aux Moines Vieilles Vignes 2007 Burgundy, France
Warm herbs and spice with some earthy edges to the bright cherry and plum fruit. Sweet black cherries here with nice density and texture, and a lively finish. 93/100

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