Hopefully it will pan out, Piob, as '98 in Chateauneuf was stellar. We opened a Ch de Beaucastel '98 on Saturday and it was sublime.
Dinner on Saturday stretched out over seven hours with some wine loving friends. We had a few interesting bottles...
Started off with an Albert Mann Gewurztraminer which was all spice and lychee
Followed by an '05 riesling grand cru from Ostertag - medium dry with beautiful florals and a hint of petrol
Reds began with an '04 Cote Rotie from Jamet which, while still young, was starting to sing with an earthy pepperiness
Moved south to the Beaucastel which was wine-of-the-night - great garrigue
Took a spin up to Burgundy with a bit of a clunker - Laurent Chambolle-Musigny les Charmes from '05
Finally killed a baby: '03 Heitz Martha's. It was great after a long decant but really didn't start to come together until the evening was almost over. Glad I have more of these...