UK, Italy and France were on the table.
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009: Very fine and elegant on the nose, sleek and bracingly crisp on the palate (fortunately the base wines go through 100% malolactic). It tastes more like a Blanc de Blancs than a blend (55% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Noir, 19% Pinot Meunier). Better with food than on its own, wonderful with fine Mortadella with Sicilian pistachio.
Arnaldo Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco 25Anni 2009: Deep and dark on the nose, with wild blackberries, spices and toasted notes, violets and leather. On the palate there is great, vivid, dense, matter with a bit too much wood at this stage. Although big, it remains fresh and not over-the-top.
Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2011: Great focus and freshness. It combines purity and layered complexity. Offers tropical fruits, marked botrytis notes, ginger and vanilla cream. Too young, yet delicious now.
Happy New Year!