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magnum report pt.5 (last)

magnum report pt.5 (last)

1999 Christian Clerget, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Charmes (From magnum) Medium-plus ruby-red colour. The nose starts very-much in a coffee/mocha vein, but bit-by-bit plums ever-more depth. Time takes the nose into a lovely core of tight, focused red fruit that eventually widens to give a redcurrant aspect – always my favourite. This has depth, intensity and an […]

a new manager at domaine bertagna

a new manager at domaine bertagna

Christophe Vial is the new estate manager at Domaine Bertagna in Vougeot, he will be assisted by the new vineyard manager Arnaud Lecoeur and cellarman Denis Rozat. For the last five years, Christophe Vial was cellar-master at Domaine de Montille in Volnay. He now takes over from Claire Forestier who left the domain in March […]

magnum report pt.4

magnum report pt.4

1993 Géantet-Pansiot, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Poissenots (From magnum) Deep ruby-red colour. Even at 13 years-old the nose still has some fall-out from the toasty oak of its youth; mixed with sweet, predominantly black shaded fruit and a little coffee – it takes some time in the glass to lose the oak, but it becomes ever-more […]

magnum report pt.3

1997 Mugneret-Gibourg, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Feuselottes (From magnum) Medium-plus colour. The nose is surprisingly meaty and spicy, opening ever-wider and at the same time denser red fruit and a more mineral, cedar note comes through. The palate is very fresh and interesting for a 1997 – no dodgy acidity here – though perhaps only medium-plus […]

icon bashing

It appears quite a strange hijack of a posting. I suppose it’s his house, so RMP can say what he likes, but it seems as if he’s undermining his new staffer David Schildknecht even before he starts, who will now (possibly) have to review the 2002 wines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti with one arm […]

magnum report pt.2

magnum report pt.2

1995 Dujac, Clos de la Roche (From Magnum) Medium, medium-plus ruby-red, and a little brighter than the 75cl bottle that I last opened. The nose takes time to get into it’s stride; starting with faint smoke and a slightly estery width, but there is an ever-sweetening and intensifying core of red fruit that eventually becomes […]

magnum report pt.1

The first from a magnum dinner – it will take me a few days to get them all to you… 2001 Ambroise, Bourgogne Blanc Medium yellow. The nose is quite reticent; sweet and creamy with well-absorbed wood and an almost sherbet top note. The palate is reminiscent of a 2004 with tight acidity that’s hardly […]

2001 ponsot morey st.denis

Tomorrow will kick-off the first of about 8 days of concentrated tasting; I start with a dinner with 12 super wines – all from magnum – then Tuesday will see a large Pommard tasting, Thursday and Friday I have visits at a number of domaines. Saturday sees yet-more 2004’s. I won’t have time to write […]

a much better gay

a much better gay

Despite an occasional whiff of something more like cork taint – though never on the palate – this wine is that very rare thing; a perfectly stunning example of a cheap burgundy – and to die for… 1999 Francois Gay, Ladoix Deep ruby red. The nose first shows toasty, spicy oak, straight high tones and […]

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