taste by flemming

Old & Rare

No, this is not about us, but about an extraordinary tasting on the final day of the IMW Symposium in Wiesbaden. Eight decades of wine history were discussed and tasted: over 70 year old Tawny Port from Taylor’s (especially bottled for the symposium); 1955 Gonzalez Byass Oloroso Sherry (also the year of the inauguration of the IMW); 1964 Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Auslese (a year in which the yields were so high, they had to use the outdoor swimming pool for some of the grapes); 1977 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon en magnum (this was the estate in California which won the Judgement of Paris in 1976); 1983 Tinganello from Antinori (in extremely heavy 3 litre bottles which needed to be decanted to be able to be poured to the 500 delegates); 1998 Vat Nr 1 Semillon from the larger-than-life Bruce Tyrell (thankfully for the MW prep team, under screwcap); 2004 Zuccardi Q Malbec (at a time when the Zuccardis were still using some oak rather than the current ubiquitous concrete) and finally 2014 Gusbourne Prestige 51N sparkling (definitely the future for English viticulture). A unique and historic tasting which I was proud to organise.