After recovering from an early June cold and hay fever bout, it was nice to have some wine again.
2005 Huet Clos du Bourg Demi Sec
I was excited to taste this but it started very diffuse and quite shy aromatically, as detailed by SFJoe in his review of the 05s from Angers. Over time (especially 24 hours) it picks up shining deep minerals, which is nice. It also gets a bit more expressive on the palate, spicy, juicy and all, but it seems like it still needs to sort itself out. Good juicy lusty mineral prospects however.
2003 Rustenberg John X Merriman
South African Bordeaux blend for those who don't know (which was me before purchase), and to my tastes it is certainly acceptable, decently firm red fruits buttressed by ample tannins. But a bit too much oak and not distinct enough to warrant re-purchasing. Oh well. I bought it as Jay Miller seemed so keen on it and then it caught my eye in the shop, but, different mileage for different folks alas..