J-M Boillot Puligny Montrachet 99 vs Penfolds Yattarna 2000

Similar price. Colour identical. The burg initially a tad pongy, but soon clean, med full, some minerality, even slightly sweet despite its 13%. Nice balance and length. Well developed. Not over complex. 92 pts. The Yattarna immediately tasted fresh, correct, varietal and quite heavily oaked. Med weight–not overdone. Well balanced but ultimately no real interest, and didn’t develop in glass. Quite a dissapointment.Burg was consumed and half the Oz left 85 pts.

Reynella Vintage Port 1975. Given by Stephen I think some 8 years ago (forgive me if actually from Byron). Tasted of cab and bitters (don’t know the actual vartietal make-up). Neither deteriorated nor developped in the sense again of no great complexity. Tasted disjointed–a red wine with some sweetness. A curiousity. 84 pts.

Roger Palmer


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