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Hosanna!!!

I don’t do this very often, but what about a bit of blind Bordeaux tasting? We have twelve wines; multiple vintages of the Pomerol Château Hosanna before us, arranged into four flights of three – but each flight containing a ringer, or as they say in Switzerland, ‘a Pirate’! We know the identities of each wine in the flight but don’t know which is which, scoring is mandatory and out of 20. Let’s see… Flight 1: Containing 1999 and 2007 Hosanna plus 2002 L’Eglise Clinet Wine 1. Medium-plus colour. Oldest colour of the three wines. The nose is top-to-bottom interesting, with a hint of cream though also a powdery fruit that borders on ‘musty’. Time in the glass clears the must and adds dark plum [....]

fwob…

Not the worst ‘critique‘ (good thing!) but one I’d been waiting a while for…

Clos des Mouches L’Ouvrée des Dames

Clos des Mouches L’Ouvrée des Dames

…symbolic of femininity and also the transmission of know-how from woman to woman, to design a unique jeroboam wine label as well as a custom made piece of furniture… Beauty will be in the eye of the beholder!

fourrier 2007 morey st.denis clos solon

fourrier 2007 morey st.denis clos solon

To be honest, I’ve pretty much given-up buying the wines from this domaine – such is the market demand that prices have skyrocketed in the last 10 years. The Clos Solon was traditionally something of a bargain, and whilst it might not have increased in price by the same number of multiples as the domaine’s Clos St.Jacques or Griotte-Chambertin, this is the last vintage I bought. But it’s still a great wine… 2007 Fourrier, Morey St.Denis Clos Solon VV There’s plenty of CO2 to purge from the bottle, you can even ‘smell’ it, so the bottle is shaken 3 or 4 times to release some of it, then rested a couple of hours. The colour is just a little more than ‘medium’ in depth, the [....]

a good dinner…

a good dinner…

Yesterday evening we had the good fortune that some ‘wine friends’ were in town for dinner. Just to give an impression of the wines, we started with an apero of 1979 Thevenot Meursault-Goutte d’Or, I’ve had better bottles as there was a bit of persistent (but faint) musty oxidative note, but overal good sucrosite and tasty enough. With dinner we started with a 1999 Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet, this was in great shape – a quite powerful wine but balanced and tasty, even if the finish was not particularly long. The 2010 Ramonet, Chassagne 1er Les Ruchottes that came next was really a beauty; balanced, intense, complex and with a beautiful lingering flavour. Our first red was a (decanted) 1990 Comte Armand, Pommard 1er Clos des Epeneaux [....]

birthday bottles…

birthday bottles…

Not a dud amongst them – lovely…

1961 corton-andré clos de bèze

1961 corton-andré clos de bèze

This wine had very little going for it. Corton-André – hardly a name to search out. A large ullage – the angels certainly helped themselves to a large glass. A corroded capsule, and then to add insult to injury, the cork with only the lightest of touches, falls into the bottle. UPDATED: 1961 Corton-André, Chambertin Clos de Bèze An impressively deep colour – amber at the rim, but certainly no brown – looks rather glossy in the glass too. The aromas are almost overpoweringly of saddle leather, perhaps polished wood and a faint undertow of mushroom. Those notes largely influence the flavours too, yet this wine has silk and weight plus a beautiful acidity. I can only be sure about this wine with extended aeration [....]

visiting pommard?

visiting pommard?

For those in the neighbourhood, Pommard is opening its doors on the 20th and 21st October. Amongst other activities there is an ‘open house’ for tastings at lots of domaines on Sunday 21st – see here.

offer of the day – henri boillot 2011s…

VILLAGES BLANCS 2011 BOURGOGNE Chardonnay 75cl 20.00 (Swiss francs) MEURSAULT 75cl 39.00 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 75cl 42.00 PREMIERS CRUS BLANCS 2010 MEURSAULT Les Genevrières 75cl 79.00 (68.00) MEURSAULT Les Perrières 75cl 79.00 (69.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Clos de La Mouchère 75cl 72.00 (68.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Les Caillerets 75cl 75.00 (69.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Les Pucelles 75cl 78.00 (72.00) GRANDS CRUS BLANCS 2010 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE 75cl 99.50 (98.00) CRIOTS BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 168.00 (159.00) BIENVENUES BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 189.00 (178.00) BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 249.00 (235.00) CHEVALIER-MONTRACHET 75cl 359.00 (349.00) MONTRACHET 75cl 448.00 (399.00) VILLAGE & PREMIERS CRUS ROUGES 2010 VOLNAY 75cl 39.00 VOLNAY Les Caillerets 75cl 69.00 (66.00) POMMARD Les Rugiens 75cl 69.00 GRANDS CRUS ROUGES 2010 CLOS DE VOUGEOT 75cl 105.00 (98.00) BONNES MARES 75cl 169.00 (159.00) CHAMBERTIN 75cl 169.00 (159.00) 2011 [....]

1972 chassagne morgeot from gagnard-delagrange

1972 chassagne morgeot from gagnard-delagrange

They say that the past is a foreign country – well I hope not too foreign! Versus 40 years ago, the winemakers and vignerons may do ‘almost everything’ different now, but if our modern wines can deliver as much pleasure as this, we will have been well-served. 1972 Gagnard-Delagrange, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Morgeot Barely medium colour. The nose starts with a sweet strawberry jam before building a little struck match – there is width and interest – in a word ‘satisfying’, in two ‘very satisfying!’ There is just the right amount of ‘fat’ to the texture given the fine, smooth acidity – should you wish to search, you can still discern a faint but fine-textured tannin. The sweet fruit has a high-toned impression – plum-skins plus [....]

today’s reading…

Nice article, though you might now take exception at describing DRC as ‘new’ to Corton as they’ve just harvested their 4th vintage (mere detail…) [Archived] Oh! And have you seen the speed of those new harvesting machines? HERE

michel juillot 1990 corton-perrières

michel juillot 1990 corton-perrières

1990 Michel Juillot, Corton-Perrières Medium, medium-plus colour at the core, lightening towards the rim. The fruit on the nose has a baked impression that seems a bit unruly if you swirl but has a nice florality if you you’re less energetic! After an hour-or-so, the nose becomes a little brighter and spicier – it’s quite engaging! On the palate there’s a depth of flavour and good intensity too. I like the general balance but it’s best not to search out the tannins, because if you find them there’s a little astringency and bitterness to them – drink normally and you’ll hardly notice. The finish is reasonably long and quite subtle. Tasty enough wine but with the combination of ‘grand cru’ and 1990, you (I) would [....]

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