Last night with friends we trekked out to Sager+Wilde Paradise Row for some good food and a few bottles of wine. There's no corkage (if you ask in advance) on Mondays. We started with A William Fevre Chablis 1er cru Vaillons which was attractively mature and beautifully poised. The nose was redolent of crushed sea shells and oysters, while the palate was dry, subtly secondary, slightly lemony and long, finishing with a lick of chalk. There's just a bit more body than usual from the sunny 2010 vintage, but this is still a lean and mean Chablis. Tasting fully ready to go. **** Clos Floridene Graves blanc 2009 - what a difference a few years make to this wine. It has filled out, the colour has deepened, developed complex flavours, and the semillon component is now more in evidence. It finishes with a mineral twist. More of a food wine and slightly more fuller-bodied than the Chablis and not shown up by a good 1er cru either. Really delicious and superb value for what it is. ***1/2 nudging **** Chateau Giscours 2000 - just entering the drinking window this wine shows a quite exotic nose of tobacco and blackcurrant fruit with a twist of something like Asian spices. Long and fine-boned on the palate with good flavour intensity. The tannins are fine and ripe and beginning to soften. This is a beautiful claret. Clear **** And then the the scary one. The 10kg (I exaggerate only slightly) glass bottle was probably giving the game away. The Mira Winery Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir Carneros 2013 was a horror show. Dull, muddled and woody on the nose, and then over-ripe, over-oaked, over-extracted, and vastly over-alcoholic on the palate at 15.2%. For me, this was literally undrinkable. Pinot noir like this is one of the most unpalatable drinks known to man. I felt sorry for the person who had brought it (not a wine geek) - he genuinely expected it to be a good wine based on price and presentation.