1989 La Fontaine Chenin Blanc
Sec, Vin de Pays de Haute Vallée de l’Aude
Very pale straw. Good nose, with quite a bit of sweet fruit. Nice attack.
Rather messy finish. Good length. Bit hard. 83/100 (£50.99/12)
1989 AC Saumur Blanc, Cave des
Vignerons de Saumur (St-Cyr-en-Bourg)
(Chenin blanc). Rather unusual nose – a bit confused. A bit messy.
Essentially similar to the La Fontaine, but less well defined and muddier.
1988 La Gamage, AC
Entre-Deux-Mers, Union Saint-Vincent à St Vincent de Pertignas, 12%
A nice pale gold colour. Very grassy nose. Nice attack. Good length. But
rather unexciting. 82/100 (£47.99/12)
1988 L’Espalier Sauvignon
Blanc Semillon, AC Bordeaux, Cave d’Espiet
Pale, clear colour. Good fruity nose. Decent stuff. 83/100 (£49.75/12)
1988 Bergerac Boisé, AC
A nice young colour, but not too attractive. Very undeveloped, raw nose.
Sharp attack. Very over-tannic. It’s going to be ages before this is
drinkable and I don’t think it has the fruit to last that long. 74/100
1988 AC Bergerac, Union de
Viticulteurs de la Dordogne à St Laurent des Vignes.
A lot thinner appearance, but probably a rather nicer colour. Good palate,
with good length. Pleasant. 83/100 (£79.99/12)
1989 AC Beaujolais Villages
Nouveau, André Ronzière
From the Brouilly area. A good pale strawberry colour. Really nice nose,
with very pleasant gamay fruit. Not bad on the palate: good, fruity, easy
drinking, but with some character. 84/100 (£49.99/12)
1989 Syrah Primaire, Vin de
Pays des Côtes de Thongue
Very young appearance. Thin nose, with only a bit of slightly peppery
fruit. Nice, dry attack. Quite a bit of tannin. 83/100 (£29.95/6)