TN Anniversary Wines

It was our 35th wedding anniversary on Monday and we had a few friends round last Saturday evening. This was a great opportunity to have a "magnum night" -
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No formal TNs taken but just a few impressions -

Gaston Chiquet Blanc de Blancs d'Aÿ Grand Cru - I knew they had different disgorgement dates (left hand one was Jul 2015 and right hand one Feb 2017) but I've only just spotted that the labels and foil has changed. This is probably my favourite Champagne, have tasted many bottles, but this is the first time I've had it from magnum, and its all the better for it. The 2015 disgorged wine was a tad richer than the 2017 but both showed great depth and balance with a lovely sharp citrus finish from both. They could easily have gone for another 5-10 years. The magnums seemed to show more richness than the bottles do.

Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis 2014 - Crisp, clean pale green colour. In great condition with fresh, stoney fruit and a very dry, lime finish with some hints of chalk.

Domaine Michel Viré-Clessé Vielles Vignes "Sur le Chêne" 2007 - Golden tinges, with hints of oak on the nose. Lovely wine, probably at its peak/plateau just now. Honeyed, rich peach fruit with hints of vanilla and smoke. Lovely with smoked salmon.

Pago de Carraovejas Crianza 2003, Ribero Del Duero - 85% Tinto Fino, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. From a very hot vintage, this wine has calmed down a bit and is probably just at the start of its drinking curve. Deep cherry red colour. Ripe black and red currant fruits with a deep plummy flavour. Lingering resolved tannins on the finish. There's a lovely balance to this wine.

I found that wines seem to taste better from a magnum (the Chablis is the only one I haven't had from bottle) and they are a great novelty for non-wine geeks and were a source of a number of questions and conversations.
 
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