Fournier, Thierry Brut Reserve

87 points

Champagne, France.

Very good quality for a low price (bought in French hyper-market). Great grower Champage. Highly recommended for the price.


Chateau Suduiraut 2002

93 points

Sauternes. 13.5%

Don’t drink with desserts. For the first few nights I thought this was a bit tired, sweet but a bit hard and simple. Lacking creamy lanolin, bortrytis, just not quintessentially Sauternes. Then on the 3rd night I paired it with sardines cooked in olive oil, lemon juice, shallots and capers. What a transformation.

And the wine clearly wasn’t oxidized as it drank well over the next 3 nights (under winesave argon).

Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2002

88+? points

Pauillac. 13%

2002 was a vastly better vintage than is generally thought but only on the left bank Cabernet oriented vineyards. Yet this is pretty green. OK a green seam is part of the GPL style. I’m not sure if this is going to be a lean long distance runner or whether it deserves the damning with faint praise that a number of critics (eg Parker) have given it. My money is on this turning out better than expected. It’s dark, in no way extracted and the estate has the pedigree.

At the moment leave it. Buy it if you see it priced low (as I did) you can easily pay double or three times as much for younger vintages. Have faith.