Had a lovely dinner last night with Daniel Primack and Eric Solomon at 67 Pall Mall. We enjoyed some really nice wines, and these are brief notes from memory: I was too busy chatting to take notes (although I did manage one on my phone for the last wine). All three of us like to talk, and we come at wine from slightly different perspectives. We had lots of good ideas: I should have left a recorder running on the table. After all the wines, I worry that we’ve forgotten some of the best ones. I spent a lot of time browsing the wine list, and this is one of the very best (and definitely the cheapest) places to drink fine wine in London.
We began with the two wines above. First, Rodrigo Mendez Tras da Canda Caiño Blanco 2015 Rias Baixas, Spain. This is very taut and crisp with lovely purity and good acidity. Laser sharp and lovely. Then the unicorn Prieuré Roche 14 Roses 2014 Bourgogne, France. This is a deep coloured, concentrated rosé with bold, complex flavours. Just 1184 bottles produced.
On the list, this was hidden away a bit. It was listed as Ulysse Collin, but without the Perrières detail, and we really wanted that wine. So we were happy when it came! This is just lovely – our bottle was the 2012.
I recently reviewed the Daterra Viticultores wines on this site, and Daniel kindly brought along a bottle of the Azos da Villa 2015, which I hadn’t yet tried. This is an incredible wine: dark and brooding, but also elegant and refined. Served blind, we’d have guessed super-refined northern Rhone Syrah. Thrilling stuff.
And finally, off the list (thank you Eric), a wine that Daniel reckons is in his top 3 for the year. Normally, this would be a modest endorsement, but I know how well that boy drinks. And it was thrilling, textural, beguiling, still fresh, and just delicious.
Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champeaux VV 2007 Burgundy, France
Textured and bold with sweet black cherry and blackberry fruit. Concentrated and dense with a fine green note and some grainy structure. So ethereal and expressive with lovely fruit driving the palate. Beginning to enter its peak drinking window, but no hurry at all. 95/100
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