2000 Ch Rieussec (Fargues, Sauternes) 13.5%
1999 Ch Coutet (Barsac, Sauternes) 13%
These were served as a pair (masked). The first wine had more of a copper colour, but with definitive Sauternes character – vanilla, cumquat, wax, honey, bitter orange and citrus rind. It seemed ripe, ready, and enjoyable. 2000 was a wet year with a small crop – 65% Semillon, 24% sav blanc, 11% muscadelle.
Drink to 2025, and 92 points
The second wine also seemed typically Sauternes, albeit with less overt acidity. Pale orange colour, melon and tropical pineapple were its key features. This was also ready, but in a subtler style than the first wine. Sound, correct but few thrills. 75% Semillon, 23% sav blanc, 2% muscadelle.
Drink now, 90 points
I (correctly) guessed both wines were from the mid to late 1990’s, and from “lesser” years.
2007 Fonseca Vintage Port 20%
Portugal. Luminous purple colour still; black cherry and fruitcake spices, blueberry jam, light nuttiness; liqorice, saline, bright with exuberant dark cherry. Combines fine tannins with crispness – obvious line of Portuguese varieties here. This is a super wine tasted very early in its evolution.102 g/l residual sugar entirely absorbed by the structural frame.
Drink to 2040, and 95 points.
15 y/o Henriques and Henriques Madeira Malvasia 20%
83 g/l residual sugar. Dark tawny amber colour; mocha, caramel, bourbon, roast nuts, orange citrus, ginger and malt. Its all there on the palate too, with typical Madeira bracing acidity. Fresh and hugely enjoyable. Once opened, the bottle can be kept for months.
Drink now, and 92 points