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Hi, I'm a Master of Wine (MW) having passed in 1997. I am about to open a wine shop in DĂșn Laoghaire, Ireland, called The Wine Library and this is my wine blog. There should be no conflict of interest between my work with The Wine Library and the opinions expressed herein but I will do my utmost to be fair and responsible in my posts – please read my Who Pays article. I have worked in wine education, retail, and consultancy. From June 2013 until May 2017 I was the Retail Manager for The Wicklow Wine Company. I was a member of the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) from 2008 to 2014 and was also a member of the Events, Trips and Governance Committees Having had problems with potentially libellous comments from unidentifiable posters, I now require that if you post a comment, you must identify yourself properly or it won't be published. Please note that I do not review products or services on request so kindly don't ask. I value my independence and I believe my readers (few that they may be) do so also.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

1963 Taylor

Hi, a brief post tonight as I'm in a hot hotel room in Luxembourg and it's hard to sleep. Why am I in Luxembourg? Well, a good friend just turned 80 today and we went out for a lovely meal - myself and my sister Mary, Martin the birthday boy and his partner Cliodhna, plus two other friends of Martin, Jake and Diana. Our dinner was at the Jaegdschlaas, a very reliable restaurant - though not the best for vegetarians - where I had a lovely filet de cheval!
To drink, a 2006 Domaine des Entrefaux Crozes-Hermitage - a winery I know well and this was a beautifully balanced wine with classic "black olive" syrah characters with pepper and cherry. Quite youthful and showing very good ageing potential.

Last night we had a big party where Concha Y Toro's Casillero del Diablo 2007 red was served alongside the Cave de St Martin's 2007 Pinot Gris Cotes de Remisch. The red was good, the PG was lovely; both however were under cork and 4 out of 28 bottles were corked.

Tonight, we repaired chez Martin & Cliodhna where we opened a bottle of 1963 Taylor's - at least, that's what Martin said it was although there were no identifying marks other than on the wax seal. It was gorgeous - almost tawny in colour, with a lovely nose of soft, rich raisined fruit and some nuts, and a beautifully smooth palate. By the time we'd finished I didn't have the wherewithal to check the cork (which had crumbled anyway) but I'll take it as stated. Nice way to finish what has not been a good day for the Irish wine trade.

Jake had a good story about an Oxford dinner where one Fellow asked another about the new Bishop of Ely: "Nice man, but not a passing man!" was the response. Meaning, he spent too much time talking and didn't pass the port quickly enough!

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