(2017) Richard Geoffroy used the highest ever proportion of red Pinot Noir wine in this blend, 27%, making it a decidedly meaty, Burgundian Champagne, with truffle and forest floor, vinous with red berry fruit. That welterweight of flavour slightly butts up against the acidity at this stage for me, tannins too against grapefruit, suggesting perhaps that a few years in the cellar will do this no harm.
(2017) The fabulous toast and opulent depth that DP pulls out of the bag vintage after vintage - and after nine years of ageing of course - shines through, seductive coffee and chocolate notes underpin flashing bright fruit, a tinge of green herbs, then brioche on the palate, the thrilling blend of richness and layered texture with rapier-like, electrically-charged acidity.
(2017) R.D. standing for 'Recently Disgorged', that means this wine spent over a decade on the lees, and is a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend. Fabulously meaty and nicely developed toastiness on the nose, a touch of truffle, then the palate has equal chewy richness, a strong mousse, and yet hallmark Bollinger freshness because of the line of acidity. An excellent wine, drinking really well now, but no reason to hurry it.
(2017) A surprisingly high, almost marzipan-like note to this, a touch of elderflower and lightly tropical fruit character is quite arresting. The palate has a Brazil nut roundness, open and charming, easy to appreciate, but it does finish with exemplary freshness.
(2017) Lovely yeasty, biscuity character here, toasty but pin-sharp, just blazing with sheer Chardonnay fruit with that hint of creaminess. Lemon pithy and dry, it's a¬† savoury style with some grapefruit intensity, lovely balance and terrific length. Certainly plenty of cellaring potential here too.
(2017) Fabulous nose; much more open and giving than the 2002 vintage was at the same stage, complex but terribly pure and fine. The palate ha a certain nuttiness, a Cox's pippin English apple quality, but quite dazzling acidity, the mineral quality so long and fine.
(2017) Lemony freshness and ultimate delicacy here, just dazzling and rather fabulous, hints of buttery brioche add roundness and a touch of pleasing softness, but it's the filigree acidity and freshness that drives this.
(2017) This organic Nero d'Avola from Sicily is immediately striking because it comes in a tall 'flute' bottle more commonly seen on aromatic white wines. It is dark and powerful stuff, almost syrupy and balsamic in its aromas, but a welter-weight of spicy berry and plum fruit too. The palate is bold and ripe, with plenty of tannin and textural fat in the mouth, a wine with a bit of real heft despite that sweet opulence of the fruit. Good value, especially for Daily Drinker members at ¬£8.10.
(2017) A wine from Pened√®s in northeast Spain that strikes the red wine mood of the moment: crisp, moderate in alcohol (12.5%), and racy to the nth degree with no oak that I can detect, but a profusion of savoury, dry berry fruit and plenty of dry, tangy acidity and tannin. It's made from the indigenous Sumol variety, and majors on that liquorice, edged, tight and mouthwatering leaner style that offers such a contrast to 'blockbuster' reds. Are the tannins too rustic? Too much? Well, I enjoyed it's style.¬† Daily Drinker members pay ¬£12.15 per bottle.