New Horizons
Rodney Shaw


1. Chanson Meursault, Burgundy, 2004
Light golden yellow. Lovely zing - a hint of acid drops. Good fruit; apple, butter, almond. The oak will mellow into it.  Not as big and rounded as you'd expect from a Meursault but very nice at 20. I wouldn't pay 39 for it though. 13.5%
39, was reduced to 20 on O'Briens sale

2. Springfield Estate, Robertson, Methode Ancienne, 2002
Served blind. Deep green-yellow. Very buttery and oaky. Riesling on the nose but Chardonnay in the mouth. Too zingy and over the top for me, although very nice. 14% alc.
28 from Searsons, but 20 in the sale

3. Baron de Bachen, Tursan, France
Very intense nose followed by a huge burst of fruit and nettles. A long finish. Oak not intruding.  A food wine and very good; a buy at sale price. Owned by Michel Gerard, a three-star Michelin chef. Cepage Baroque; Petit Manseng, Sauvignon. 13%
26.50 reduced to 17.50

4. Chateau Haut-Bages Averous, Pauillac, 1998
Mid-red with a rich fruitcake nose; a bit woody. Still quite tough, good fruit, lots of wood.  Will it last? This is the second wine of Ch Lynch-Bages. 13%
39.95 reduced to

5. Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac, 5eme cru classe, 2002
Lovely brown-edged, crystal clear dark red. Nice nose of violets. Wonderfully fruity but with a sharp edge.  Frank Searson called it "taut and nervy" - a great description. 73% Cab Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cab Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.
65 on the shelf, 39.95 on sale

6. M. Chapoutier 'La Bernardine' Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2004
Light red with a lighter rim. A bit dumb, somewhat drying in the mouth. Has potential but astringent. 100% Grenache, 14.% alcohol.
Oddbins 30.49;
24.39 on sale

7. Domaine les Gouberts, Gigondas, 1998 (Magnum)
Mid to dark red. Huge nose; smoky. Loads of fruit, very spicy, zingy, long finish. Very nice, certainly demolished the Chateauneuf on quality and is a little cheaper. 13.5%
Terroirs 59.50 reduced to 43.50 per magnum

8. San Felice, Brunello di Montalcino Campogiovanni, Tuscany, 2001
Garnet. Lovely nose with a hint of farmyard. Warming, good acidity, silky, classy blackberry flavours lading to a long, bitter finish. Gorgeous. 100% Sangiovese clone from about 25 miles south of Siena. 13.5%. Yum!
O'Briens 35 reduced to

9. Majella Shiraz, Coonawarra, S. Australia, 2003
Dark red, lovely clean nose. Eucalyptus, mint, fruit, spice, soft tannins, vegetal. Lovely but a bit fiery; the 14% alcohol is showing through.
Oddbins 21.99 reduced to 17.59

10. Castelnau de Suduiraut, Sauternes, 2002
Leggy, sl. brown yellow. Very fresh, spicy, tropical fruits. In the mouth a huge burst of citrus followed by honey. Lovely. Buy! This is the second wine of Ch. Suduiraut and is 90% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc.
O'Briens 25 reduced to 19.95

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