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Slatebin Wine Club

by Tom Cannavan, 09/09

These notes come from a dinner held by Slatebin, a wine buying, investment and social club based in Edinburgh, and featured wines typical of those bought by the club on behalf of its members. Read more about the club in our profile of Slatebin.

Sparkling Wine

Champagne Hervieux Dumez, Brut Reserve NV
This wine is made by a small father and son grower, the bulk of whose production goes to Bollinger, but 3000 cases are bottle for Slatebin's Alastair Boogert. Lovely depth of flavour here, a toastiness and massively rich core, finishing with lots of lemony zest. Long, shimmering and delicious. 90/100.

White Wines

Domaine Long Depaquit, Chablis La Moutonne Grand Cru 2001
In magnum. Lovely slatey minerality, lots of smoke and schist but nuttiness too and a cool-fruited finesse. The palate is very dry, but has a clean, fresh lemony acidity. Long and delicious, with lovely pithy acidity. 90/100. See also all stockists on wine-searcher

Domaine Long Depaquit, Chablis La Moutonne Grand Cru 2002
In magnum. Tighter, more mineral than the 2001, with a similarely smoky, schisty quality. Tight palate too - youthful and one for ther future. Tight and lemony, with fantastic clarity. 91/100. See also all stockists on wine-searcher

Château Brown, Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2005
Lots of minerality here too, and whilst the oak is creamy and adds a vanillin layer, the purity of lemon and crisp, fresh apple fruit pushes through with great precision. 89/100. See also all stockists on wine-searcher

Red Wines

Domaine Clos Frantin, Grands Echezeaux 2002
Sweetly seductive nose, with some herbal and leafy, truffle character, but the solidity of the core of sweet berry and plum fruit is there. The palate is silky and seductive, with lovely texture and an enveloping palate of black fruits and sweet, damp earth. Long and really beautifully poised. 92/100. See also all stockists on wine-searcher

Artadi, Rioja Pagos Viejos 1999
Really ripe, menthol and cassis scented nose, with a youthful character, a certain meatiness, but the fruit solidity is there on the palate. This is chewy and savoury, with a sweaty edge to the cedary, ripe black fruit. High acidity too in a fairly striking Rioja. 91/100. See also all stockists on wine-searcher

Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol 1999
Qiite a serious, cedary, tight nose with lots of olive amd sinewy blackcurrant. Sweet cedar, a certain smokiness, and a savoury finish with supple tannins, and well-balanced acidity. Structured but easy to approach. 91/100. See also all stockists on wine-searcher