Just got back from quick walk after work in the countryside with my 9-year-old daughter Isabel and my two dogs, Archie and Annie. The weather is a bit variable at the moment with sunshine as well as showers. It’s a big change from last week when it was like July. It was in the low 90s during the afternoon and high 70s at night.
The vines look great. They are full and vigorous. The wine producers I have been hanging with say that their vines are three weeks in advance. The flowering is over and a good crop is on its way. I keep reminding them that it’s early days. A lot can still happen. But Tuscany has had a lot of good luck since the rainy 2002 and boiling 2003. The 2004 looks to be outstanding, maybe even classic, while 2005 looks to be very good to excellent quality. The 2006 is said to be the new 1997—the benchmark year for the region. But I have to try more wines from barrel.
As I said before, early days but things are looking up for Tuscany.
I was looking through my tasting notes from the last two weeks and I noticed a 1989 Bordeaux that I drank on numerous occasions in Cannes during a weekend. And it was stupendous. My friend and producer Peter Lam sent it over from his cellar in London—1989 Mouton. If you have any, you are very lucky indeed. Also, I notice the note in our database is for a less than perfect bottle that I tasted in 2004. This was a better example and I tasted about 10 different bottles, non-blind, a couple of weeks ago. And they were almost all like this.
1989 Mouton: Dark color for the vintage and amazing freshness, with complex aromas of currant, mint, licorice and blackberry. This is not obvious at all! Full-bodied, with ultrasilky tannins and a long, long finish. So refined, with wonderful length. This has such amazing balance and style. I think it will be even better in four or five years from now. 95 points, non-blind.
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