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Thinking whilst drinking is a prerequisite when tasting wine. Over – thinking however, results in the approach being too analytical and the enjoyment then diminishes. It is vital that one appreciates wine as a drink which accompanies a meal. A direct consequence of glorious gardening, micro climate, distinctive terrior, location and vintage variation, together with a minimum of sensitive and experienced handling.

It should not be seen purely as an investment, more as something to share with people who matter to you – it helps of course if they have some taste buds!

As for finding an occasion to open some bottles of good wine, abide by the words of Master Yoda “Do or do not – there is no try”


For those who require analytical comment: The wines were both exquisite in different ways: The Pontet being the better of the two, with deep blackcurrent fruit of excellent concentration, well balanced and still showing great colour with very little rim to core variation. The tannins were ripe but with good grip, and the finish was long and made you want to rapidly refill your glass.

The Talbot showed some browning at the rim – although still on the youthful side. The nose was more restrained and not as ripely lush as the Paulliac, the predominantly blackcurrant fruit was fading slightly,  acidity was evident and the tannins and overall structure of the wine was beginning to loosen.