Chateau Cantelys 2001

90 points

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux. 13%

Quite a find. I know nothing about this chateau, it’s one to watch out for. I bought this from a tourist sort of shop/wine bar in Liverpool. Which leads me to think its price in a normal shop when it was released must have been very low.

Great olive and dry chocolate Graves character with a touch of coffee oak that reminds me of Ch Du Tertre. Very good wine flavoursome dry characterful. Drink now until 2015.

Ostler Caroline’s Pinot Noir 2006

88+ points

Waitaki Valley, Otago, NZ. 13%

Dark wine. Dense and rich. Not charming. A masculine style of Pinot.

A bit dumb for a kiwi Pinot that’s 4 years old. I suspect it will emerge and deserve even higher points but to be honest I don’t have enough experience with NZ Pinot Noir and how they age so I could very well be wrong and this is all you will ever get. Hedge your bets either drink now or in 2-3 years time.

Rosecreek Pinot Noir 2007

80 points

Martinborough, New Zealand. 13%

There is some nice fruit somewhere in the blend here but also some green skin character. On a positive note however there are none of those rose sweet flavours of cheap Pinot from good regions.

M. Chapoutier La Sizeranne Hermitage 2003

88 points

Northern Rhone, France. 14.5%

Different nose to the 2001 raisins and a smidge of marzipan. Shows the 2003 vintage but not over the top. I certainly would not have guessed it was 14.5%. This is good dry table wine, I have a slight fear that these flavours could be a bit fatiguing with age (the wine not the drinker’s) but I could be wrong. Anyway no reason not to drink now.