These three lovely wines were brought round by guests. The best sort of guests. The Leflaive Pucelles was served blind, and in a stroke of lucky intuition, I guessed it as very fine white Burgundy, a Leflaive, and Pucelles. But I got the vintage wrong: I called it 2002. This sort of guesswork looks great and everyone forgets the time you get it wildly wrong. It’s like the occasional good golf shot – it’s all you need to keep you going. I loved the Wetzer. And the 80 year old white Port was just an amazing treat. I do like wine.
Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2000 Burgundy, France
Tasted blind. Very fine with notes of toast, citrus and pear fruit with a distinct mineral dimension. Some smooth white peach fruit. Very broad but with amazing focus and fine, bready, toasty notes. Real finesse, with just a hint of mineral reduction. Sensational stuff. 96/100
Wetzer Kékfrankos 2012 Sopron, Hungary
Fresh, pure, bright raspberry and black cherry fruit. A vivid, vital wine with lovely purity to the fruit, as well as a bit of tannic grip. Lovely acidity here. 93/100
Kopke White Colheita Port 1935 Douro, Portugal
21.5% alcohol. Amazing stuff. Powerful, spicy citrus fruits, orange peel and spice. Nuts and lemons, with iodine and hazelnut characters. Wonderfully complex and fresh with the sweetness perfectly balanced by keen acidity. 96/100