Dinner with Philip Tuck MW: three near perfect wines

I share some of my best bottles with Philip Tuck who has a great appreciation of wine, especially Burgundy. He works for Hatch Mansfield who represent Louis Jadot in the UK and supplied the first of the wines below. 

Corton Charlemagne 1996 (Louis Jadot)*****  

Fine, lemon-gold colour; taut, minerally, quite powerful, very fine balance and fresh acidity, lemon butter flavours, restrained, beautifully integrated with perfect poise and finesee. Still remarkably fresh and taut after nearly 13 years. 19.5

Chambertin Clos de Beze 1995 (Armand Rousseau) ****/*****

Lovely youthful centre, just starting to show age on the rim; fine, ripe, quite rich and masculine in style, not as fragant or aromatic as I would have expected but opening up to reveal ethereal qualities after an hour and a half in the glass; fine concentration form old vines, firm tannins, tight knit with a touch of spice, very good depth, still young with room for development. Very refined. 18.5

Wehlener Sonnenhur Auslese (J.J. Prum) *****

Pale lemon to water-white rim; very fragrant, perfumed, floral, lime and grapefruit aromas, open, perfect; lovely racy, minerally, lemon and lime flavours, so fresh and refreshing, steely and minerally on the finish. The ideal wine for a spring evening.  19 


19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)

17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)

15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)

13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)

10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)

8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)

Below 8 Faulty