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    MY TOP 10 WINES OF THE YEAR 2016

     

    1.Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994​

    2. Ch Mouton Rothschild 1995

    3. Grahams Vintage Port 1955

    4.Charmes Chambertin, Grand Cru, 1964, Louis Jadot

    5.Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 1996, JJ Prum

    6. Château Clerc Milon 1990

    7.Vinedo Chadwick 2014

    8.Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles 1994, Domain Louis Jadot

    9.Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blanc 2000

    10.Blandy 1822 Verdelho

    I’m sure there are many others but these spring to mind having been my most recent memorable bottles.

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    Me

    Having graduated from Sussex University I started in the wine trade with Avery's of Bristol in 1986. Having worked here for probably far too long, the drive to pass the MW exams led me to work in a number of wineries in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, California and Italy. 

    I eventually returned to the UK in 1993 to help establish the "New" Hatch Mansfield with Mark Calver and Patrick McGrath MW, where I am currently the Wine Director.

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    Having graduated from Sussex University, Philip started his wine trade career at Avery's of Bristol. After five years, his drive to become a Master of Wine led him to various winemaking jobs in countries such as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, California and eventually Tuscany. He returned to help start up the "New" HMA in 1994. Other than his commercial responsibilities, Philip is also responsible for the staff's wine education. Philip passed the MW exam in October 1999 and currently sits on the MW Council.

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Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  6 Producers 

Louis Roederer Cristal 1996 (Magnum) Absolutely stunning nose of great complexity, enticement and elegance which evolved beautifully in the glass.  Still lean and elegant as you would expect from the vintage. Immensely satisfying with plenty of time to go although it is difficult to imagine how it can continue to improve.  For once a Cristal that exceeds expectations!. Impressive.  The bottles tasted were also excellent.  19.5

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Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  10 Wines  from  9 Producers 

"MY TOP 10 WINES OF 2016"

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Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  4 Wines  from  1 Producers 

"Moulin a Vent, Clos de Rochegrès Chateau des Jacques 2015. This is certainly one of the best young Beaujolais I have tasted. 19+.
Lovely deep colour with impressive depth at the core. Fine, almost regal nose for a wine made from the humble Gamay. Really very impressive complexity and refinement already with subtle spicy oak. Very fine grip on a long finish completes this very impressive package. "

1y 1m ago

Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  1 Wines  from  1 Producers 

"Graham’s 1955 vintage Port. Deeper colour than the ’63 although plenty of mahogany. Lovely complex, spicy lifted nose of Christmas cake and touch of cinnamon and tobacco. Scented an feminine. Hugely complex with perfect volatility for the fruit. Still impressive depth and real sweetness on the palate with seemed to last an eternity in the mouth. The spirit is clean and still integrated. This is perfect now and utterly delicious. Difficult to fault. 20."

1y 4m ago

Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  4 Wines  from  1 Producers 

"Moulin a Vent Clos de Rochegrès, Chateau des Jacques 2015.
This is certainly one of the best young Beaujolais I have tasted. 19+
Lovely deep colour with impressive depth at the core. Fine, almost regal nose for a wine made from the humble Gamay. Really very impressive complexity and refinement already with subtle spicy oak. Very fine grip on a long finish completes this very impressive package. "

1y 5m ago

Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  5 Wines  from  1 Producers 

"It is tempting to assume that a successful vintage for the red wines of Bordeaux will also result in a successful vintage in Sauternes but this is to simplistic a generalisation. Some vintages, such as 2005 are spectacularly successful everywhere in Bordeaux but this is comparatively unusual. It was a hot dry year with the cool nights so crucial to retaining acidity in the grapes. In contrast, 2003 has produced wines of more richness and amplitude that may age slightly quicker. This is probably the case for the reds as well. 2001 made up the triumvirate of exceptional but very different vintages at the beginning of the 21st Century with most commentators agreeing that its supreme balance and amazing concentration gives 2001 the nod over subsequent years. The intervening years were all challenging in their own ways but Suduiraut has lived up to its reputation of producing outstanding wines in the more difficult vintages by crafting spectacular results in both 2004 and 2002. As at Pichon, this has been achieved through rigorous selection in the vineyard and an often dramatic reduction in yields, illustrated clearly by the 5hl/ha for the Grand Vin in 2004 when 75% of the fruit was left on the ground."

1y 6m ago

Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  1 Producers 

"Château Pichon Longueville Baron Vintages 2000 – 2005
Three hyped vintages (2000, 2003 and 2005) and this hype is probably justified. All were hot ripe years but different in style despite all being very seductive and easy to appreciate when young such was their vibrancy of fruit.
The less hyped vintages of 2001, 2002 and 2004 are also considered very successful vintages at Pichon, largely through the improved vineyard management that Axa have introduced. All three years were classic in the true sense and full ripeness was achieved. Yields have been significantly reduced to an average of 35hl/ha which has in turn helped the grapes achieve full ripeness in the more challenging years. Yields prior to 1990 were in the region of 55hl/ha.
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1y 9m ago

Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  6 Producers 

"Château Lafleur-Pétrus 2005 / “You can smell the heat of the gravel here” remarked Edouard, and this wine did have a strange but attractive earthiness to it. Very tight again yet there is also a clear pluminess to the fruit as well as the floral vanilla tones from the new oak. Certainly youthful. Certainly great potential but somewhat disjointed and clumsy at the moment. Very Pomerol in style. Drink 2015 -2025. "

1y 9m ago

Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  3 Wines  from  3 Producers 

"Krug 1998 (Bottle, Magnum and Jero) Of the three sizes, the Jero was disgorged the most recently and was by far the youngest to taste with seemingly very little development. The Magnum was the most rewarding now and still a little disappointing despite this. There is no doubt though that the Jero will be the best bottle in time. 17.5"

1y 9m ago

Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  3 Wines  from  3 Producers 

" Louis Roederer Cristal 1996 (Magnum) Absolutely stunning nose of great complexity, enticement and elegance which evolved beautifully in the glass. Still lean and elegant as you would expect from the vintage. Immensely satisfying with plenty of time to go although it is difficult to imagine how it can continue to improve. For once a Cristal that exceeds expectations!. Impressive. The normal bottles tasted were also excellent. 98 points
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1y 9m ago

Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  6 Producers 

"Trotanoya 2001 / Deepest colour of all the 2001s. Slightly herbal and earthy with delicious purity and poise on the nose. This is all about bold black fruit and firm, backward unresolved tannins. Very impressive and classy yet still scented and elegant. Full bodied and gently voluptuous even. Fine grained fresh tannins on a beautifully balanced long finish. Lovely. 96 points
7.2 hectares of 38 year old vines. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc."

1y 10m ago

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