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comtes lafon 2008 monthélie les duresses

comtes lafon 2008 monthélie les duresses

2008 Comtes Lafon, Monthélie 1er Les Duresses There’s a bit of texture from some dissolved CO2 – I make a quick impression of a racing driver, there’s a ‘phut’ from the end of the bottle (as I remove my finger), and we can carry on. Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has a little of that stewed 2008 cabbage impression but’s completely dispersed by a quick swirl – revealed is a dark cherry fruit surrounded with a biscuity note. In the mouth this just lovely – nicely intense dark fruit with a beautiful acid lift in the mid-palate, only just ripe – picked à point! With the lift of acidity, there’s also a flash of frank red fruit. Decent texture with a little furry tannin, finishing [....]

top tipple…

Second bottle of this yesterday evening – just lovely…

clerget 1997 meursault chevalières

clerget 1997 meursault chevalières

This wine was a great match to a steaming plate of curry! Although the colour looked quite light through the bottle-glass, it was concerningly deep in the glass – yet, in the end, the colour was an indicator of, well, nothing in particular. A very enjoyable bottle! 1997 Yvon Clerget, Meursault Chevalières Quite a deep golden colour. The nose has a faint nutty sweetness, a little crystallised lemon too. Quite fresh and direct with a typical Chevalières minerality that also remains the dominant note in the finish. There’s almost a sorbet-like aspect to this wine – lemon, like the nose with good intensity too – and I have to say that I’m enjoying it very much. Rebuy – Yes

2009 dufouleur frères nuits st.georges…

2009 dufouleur frères nuits st.georges…

2009 Dufouleur Frères, Nuits St.Georges Medium-plus colour. The nose is deep with a little roast dark cherry. In the mouth there is texture, concentration and a dark, tasty intensity – particularly in the mid-palate – this is rather good! The dark flavours hang around really well, just accented with a little tannic bitterness. That tannin has a little grain if you search long enough and I suppose some of the dark flavour elements may have barrels at their base, but this is wine that seems to talk about – wine. Good stuff! Rebuy – Yes

a chambolle repast…

a chambolle repast…

Sometimes things all come together – or perhaps, better said, all at once. I could have split this over three separate posts but why(…?) I’ve just loved the working my way through the first edition of ‘wine magazine’ Repast. I usually have a long line of ‘worthy’ books to work my way through, but rarely do I just sit their chuckling-away, having to read out passages to all and sundry – but this is just such a publication. Written by Jeremy Holmes, an Australian wine importer, together with his wife and photographer Heidi. Just over 160 pages are filled for your entertainment, not just with words but images of mouth-watering dishes. Actually you could knock-off the whole thing in a couple of hours – but [....]

A Vineyard in My Glass, Gerald Asher (2011)

A Vineyard in My Glass, Gerald Asher (2011)

Published by UCP. Buy from Amazon. I’ve had this book ‘waiting in-line’ for a while now, but what a lovely introduction to the writings of Gerald Asher it is. Although the book was published only last year, the vast majority of the short essays were originally published in the 1980s and ’90s when Asher was a ‘house writer’ for the magazine Gourmet. Largely the text is in the original form and then post-scripted by ‘x is now owned by y‘ updates, only the very last entry hails from recent times – a piece on ‘Rutherford’ which was originally published in the World of Fine Wine in 2010. Enclosed within the book’s 260 pages are 27 essays, split into three subject areas: France, Other European Wine [....]

want to get your hands dirty? :-)

Le domaine Buisson-Charles à Meursault cherche des vendangeurs pour une semaine à partir du 22/09. Logement+nourriture+ambiance = garantis! — Patrick Essa (@Patrick_Essa) August 30, 2012

derain @ st.aubin

Lovely profile by Bert of the St.Aubin grower, Dominique Derain…. And a very interesting discussion of ICONE therein!

2012 views…

Les vins blancs 2012 ressembleront je penseaux 2010 avec sans doute plus de finesse. La grêle a réduit les rendements, pas la qualité… — Patrick Essa (@Patrick_Essa) August 29, 2012 Not sure to what to make of hail, mold, and mildew. When fruit gets dropped you still can end up with stunning fruit that is still there — Ray Walker (@maisonILAN) August 27, 2012

thomas-moillard 1998 nuits 1er clos de thorey

thomas-moillard 1998 nuits 1er clos de thorey

1998 Thomas-Moillard, Nuits St.Georges 1er Clos de Thorey Medium-plus colour. Deep, dark, macerated fruit aromas, perhaps a little roasted with some coffee but slightly alcoholic notes too. There’s plenty of background tannin, but given the Moillard extraction techniques coupled to the early presentation of the vintage tannins, this is much better than I hoped. The fruit is quite sweet and like the nose slightly roast. Overall this is not bad – indeed it was an easy, if not particularly transparent, drink. Rebuy – Maybe

la gibryotte 2006 charmes-chambertin

la gibryotte 2006 charmes-chambertin

A bit of a step-up from the villages – or it should be – but this wine’s still not that much more expensive than father Claude’s domaine villages wine. 2006 La Gibryotte, Charmes-Chambertin Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is a little more mineral than the villages and shows plenty of wood spice too but the core is a very lovely dark, macerating cherry. In the mouth there’s a lot grainy texture – and that’s from the wood. The intensity is fine with a very nice supporting acidity, eventually the fruit comes too. Overall I find it too woody – after 5 years should be better balanced than this – there is lovely acidity, lovely fruit but marring, jarring, oak texture and finally a bitterness from [....]

there’s a lot of it about

It’s not “Gevrey-Chambertchang”, but… Les châteaux de Meursault et de Marsannay seraient vendus pour vingt millions d’euros à Olivier Halley, sans les vignes (et la Safer?). — Bernard Burtschy (@Burtschy) August 24, 2012

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