Nicos and I met for dinner at Noize last night. We agreed that he bring the whites and I bring the reds. The first wine was the highlight of the evening and was sensational. It was a 1964 Meursault Charmes, see the picture below. I will let Nicos explain a bit more about it. The colour was deep golden, delivering a smorgasbord of hazelnuts, nougat, praline, mocha, coffee, truffles, then menthol, fennel bulb and wild herbs, then later apricots. The wine had a superb texture, vibrancy and overwhelming richness of a Grand Cru, and will easily last another decade. Next up was a Dr Burklin-Wolf Wachenheim, Kirchenstuck, Spatlese, from 1971. This wine was initially cocooned then began to unfurl with caramel notes, honey, apricots, and tropical fruits, underpinned by fine acidity. Played out in lower key than the Meursault, but a lovely wine nonetheless. The first red was the Calon Segur 1970. It was like walking into an old country house or an old church with carpet bag, old leather sofa, pew cushion, mouse droppings and similar tertiary notes, and a smoky spiceness on the mid palate. It has an old fashioned austerity and buttoned down claret correctness that I find so alluring but others less so. It went ever so well with the lamb main course. The last wine and the youngster was a bottle of Tignanello 1985 which I picked up at auction very recently. It is a wine I love. However this bottle had an oxidative note that we couldn’t get past and got worse as the evening progressed. The cork was very dry. I hope the rest of them are OK. Still three out of four hits isn’t bad for wines averaging 45 years of age.