The Christmas Extravaganza
Mark Downes and Tom Kirley

1. Chablis, 1er Cru, “Beauroy", Agnes et Didier Dauvissat, 2010 
Pale yellow with a beautiful, mineral nose. Jellied fruit and marzipan.Toasty/smoky but no oak; dense fruit and nice acid bite. Long, jelly finish. Expect it to develop beautifully. (13%)
Corbally Wines €16.80 

2. La Croix Pouilly-Fuisse, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Robert-Denogent, 2008
Aromatic, full-bodied, grseat burst of mid-palate flavours of cream and fruit. Turkish Delight and fizz at the finish. Wow! From the La Croix vineyard in Macon; clay and mica schist, unusually. 18 months in Limousin oak.
Terroirs €60

3. M3 Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, Shaw & Smith, 2009
Fresh nose, some butterscotch or maybe rum and butter tofee. Beautiful. A ringer for a Burgundy. Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, barrel fermemnted. I'd prefer the Pouilly-Fuisse but not at the price. (13.5%)
Jus de Vine €30

4. Pie Franco, Cosecha,  Jumilla, Bodega Casa Castillo, 1998  
Huge nose, tarry nose, big fruit, puckering tannin. Hedonistic, someone said. I quite like this.  100% Monastrel fro a 7ha vineyard in a very arid region. 14.5% alc.

5. Craneford "John Zilm" Grenache, Barossa Valley, S. Australia
Served blind, together with the next. Both quite sweet. We decided on new world but were unable to guess the grape (I thought Nebbiolo).Grenache from 100 year old vines! Though I preferred it to the next they were two totally different experiences but sharing the intensity of old vine wines.
€22 but bought as a bin-end for €8.50

6. "Pegaso" Garnacha, Telmo Rodriguez, Castilla y Leon, Spain
Another big, rich wine with alcohol sweetness coming through. Decidedly old world. 70 year old bush vine pruned; hand picked and native yeast. 15% Check out their great labels.

7. Pieri Agostina, Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany,  2003 starHalf star
Not doing it for me; a bit overblown and lacking elegance. ome powdery tannins and decent fruit. A Sangiovese clone. 14%

8. Les Champeaux, Gevrey-Chambertin,  1er Cru, Lou Dumont, 2005 starstar
Deep colour - very deep for a Pinot - and lovely farmyard nose; warm. Ripe berries and cedarwood.Lively, savoury, full-bodied but still quite young; will improve for quite a long time. Wonderful. Managed by a Japanese former sommelier and his wife.  13.5%
Corbally Wines €41

9. Wither Hills, “Taylor River" Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2008 starstar
Absolutely lovely: though I would say that since I chose it. The back label says it all: "a wine that stands with it's arms folded".  Rich, powerful, complex. Brambly fruit and very structured. Very approachable now but in need of a few more years to bring it out properly. 14%.
Jus de Vine €26.99

10. Sonama Zinfandel, Seghesio Family Vineyards, 2010
Cool nose, beautifully rich and succulent
. Raspberry, briar. Lovely but a bit shallow. Has a bit of Petite Shiraz added. 15.5%

11. Dow’s Vintage Port, 1980 starstarhalf a star
Now this is what port should be like! Plum and raspberry, still some alcohol to burn off;, not yet fully mature and years to go after that. Rich, full, dry finish. Wonderful and at an amazing price. 20%
Juse de Vine €50 (€45 to club members)

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