- 1999 Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin Clos Napoleon 1er Cru - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Fixin (10/16/2006)
23,40€; 13,5%. Gelin's Monopole. Typical lightish colour. The nose is rustic, earthy (like baked brick) and vegetal, yet it also has very ripe fruit and typically red toned (cherry?) berries. But it also has a darker tone to it - almost reminding me of the plumminess of Pomerols! The palate is dry and rather more tannic than I usually find with Burugndy, with a minerality bordering on the metallic. This is a very attractive, rustic wine. I think I'll go and buy a couple more. Attractive now, but I think it can only get better.
- N.V. Valdespino Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Don Gonzalo Viejo Oloroso 20 Years Old - Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (10/16/2006)
23,59€; 20%. Brown. A rich and deep scent of rancio, nuts, earth and chalk - typical for the type and lovely. The palate has the faintest touch sweetness, but with lovely high acidity and richness. Incredibly long and deep. Lovely.
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