Why Big Red Diary?

marchand-grillot, Gevrey-Chambertin Jouise 2005

Having enjoyed the 2005’s from this producer I bought a few more including a couple of little seen village lieu-dits. I expect tomorrow’s to be a little more special, though this is not bad either:
2005 Marchand-Grillot, Gevrey-Chambertin Jouise try to find this wine...
A rarely seen villages name on this label. The colour is rather deep, as is the nose; dark, very faintly oaky cherry with a width of higher tones, as it warms there’s a latent hint of undergrowth. Poised, super acidity and a lingering, mouthwatering finish. There’s not the impact or intensity of the higher M-G wines, but this is a fine villages. So-far, up and down the range I’m very impressed by this producer – but okay, it’s ‘only’ the 2005 vintage…
Rebuy – Yes

remoissenet 2005 morey 1er clos des ormes

Obviously made in quite a reduced style – so open an hour before drinking or dunk the contents of your bottle into the decanter.
2005 Remoissenet, Morey St.Denis 1er Clos des Ormes try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is rather deep, showing macerating dark-skinned cherry and just the faintest of dark oak is perfectly melded to it. After 10 minutes it smelled quite reduced, but another 10 minutes on it was clear. In the mouth there’s deep fruit and of understated intensity too – again the last accent is dark oak, but it’s not much and it’s a young wine. The acidity is good, and frankly the only negative is the slight spritz for the first 30 minutes it was open – after that it got better and better. The tannin is buried and the length is very good. I remember it not being not so cheap, but the quality is self evident. Leave a year+ to reduce that oak flavour…
Rebuy – Yes

david duband 2005 morey 1er clos sorbé

2006 David Duband, Morey St.Denis 1er Clos Sorbé try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus colour. Wide and high-toned aromatics, meaty and spicy but with more limited depth. Plenty of tannin, but it’s ripe and has a only a little astringency. The rest is well balanced and shows quite classy fruit with good complexity that’s judiciously edged with dark oak. From a density perspective, there’s less material here than many village wines from 2005, but it remains a good wine. Leave a year or two to let the tannins fade…
Rebuy – Yes

quality calling…

After more than 5 years of people asking, I finally got round to ordering some ‘calling cards’.

I have to say, credit where credit is due; the quality is excellent – real letterpress printing – and the people and communication were first class. Mandate Press – look them up!

Heading for a long weekend walking in the mountains – back Tuesday – probably!

2005 fleurie ‘printemps’- yvon metras

metras fleurie printemps 2005

2005 Yvon Metras, Fleurie Printemps try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus cherry red colour. What to make of the nose? Wide, fruit driven, definitely not pinot noir, but a rather fecund, almost dirty edge to the creamy summer-fruit nose – there is freshness and personality in spades – it’s sort of reduced but not… In the mouth it delivers less than the nose, but is smooth, balanced and just maybe there’s a bit of that ‘dirty’ thing going on in the mid-palate too. It’s Fleurie, and your grandmother may not like it, but I think it’s great. I think it’s even greater when I see the price!

andrée taupenot 1989 pommard 1er epenots

I’ve no info on the domaine, but please fell free to inundate me with stuff! Anyway, this is the first of a couple of bottles I picked up…
1989 Andrée Taupenot, Pommard 1er Les Epenots try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-minus colour – some amber at the rim. The nose starts with fungus and undergrowth to be replaced in short-order by dense, chocolate coated red fruits. The acidity starts a little pronounced, but also that slightly discordant note quickly fades. It’s fresh with a lovely burst of flavour in the mid-palate and still a rasp of tannin too. Good length. It has a hint of the rustic, but was devoured – a super bottle.
Rebuy – Yes

the mariani column, the dalai labrador and snail porridge


des perdrix 2005 vosne-romanée

domaine des perdrix vosne romanée

My experience of this domaine rests only on a few mid-age bottles from the 97-98 era, and all were woodier than I liked. This wine shows a very different face…
2005 des Perdrix, Vosne-Romanée try to find this wine...
Deep colour. Initially diffuse aromatics hinted at a spicy depth but also showed a little mustiness, over about 1 hour there is more focus and clarity offering-up clean black fruit and some minerality. Mouth filling, concentrated, then bursts across the mid-palate with typical Vosne flavours if far from subtle, but to good effect. The tannins are quite well mannered and the finish lingers with an element of oak flavour – but it’s the only woody note. Fresh and tasty, and without overt oak character, but more obviously in need of cellar time than many.
Rebuy – Yes

morning call

zebra finch

I’d never heard anything quite like it, and despite there being (still) several minutes of the morning left, I decided to get out of bed and check.

In the garden was this very pretty and wonderfully vocal zebra finch.  I presume it had escaped from its cage and would not be long for a world without hand feeding – even in summer – but it made (the last few minutes of) my morning…

offer of the week

William Fevre – and they’ve come a long way since the 2001 vintage – the price too, it’s just over double:

CHABLIS Montée de Tonnerre 2007 37,5cl 22.00 Sfr
CHABLIS Montée de Tonnerre 2007 75cl 39.50
CHABLIS Fourchaume Vignoble Vaulorent 2007 75cl 55.00
CHABLIS Valmur 2007 75cl 79.00
CHABLIS Bougros Côtes de Bouquerots 2007 75cl 79.00
CHABLIS Les Preuses 2007 75cl 79.00
CHABLIS Les Clos 2007 75cl 89.50

changes at christies

From Decanter:

Christie’s is set to announce the departure of its long-standing head of wine auctions in the US.

Christie’s vice president Richard Brierley has returned to the UK after nearly eight years running the auction house’s North American division.

Brierley, a British subject, will now oversee preparations for the yearly Hospices de Beaune auction in France, alongside Christies’ long-running Burgundy specialist, Anthony Hanson MW.

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