After a wonderful day with visits to the vineyard, cellar and tasting lunch it was time for dinner at La Maison d’Olivier Leflaive. Again, of course, marvellous food and wines. The 2012 Olivier Leflaive Volnay Premier Cru Santenots quickly became my favourite with its dark red colour, aromas of strawberries and cassis as well as slightly hints of spice. Can’t get much better than this...
It had been a long wait, but very much worth it. 2007 d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz definitely lived up to the rumours. Deep, dark red-purple colour. Plenty of dark chocolate, liquorice and blackberry fruits ending with rather balanced tannins.
When I started my love affair with wine (i.e. tasting, learning and collecting) I got the advice to buy fine NV champagne and store them for a couple of more years before popping the cork. An excellent advice which has given my wonderful moments drinking superb champagne.
This particular bottle had a lively frothy bead with white cherries, apricots and some minerals ending with a both spicy and fresh finish.