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françoise & denis clair, saint aubin 2004

françoise & denis clair, saint aubin 2004

These producers have invested in a very nice new ‘livery’ for their 2004’s – much more elegant than their niaive predecessors. 2004 F & D Clair, St.Aubin 1er Les Murgers des Dents de ChienMedium yellow. The nose fresh, just a little savoury and spicy against that citrussy 2004 feel. Medium-intensity with very good acidity and […]

hotels and wine – a surprise

Tonight I deserve to eat and drink badly (actually I tend not to drink badly – I prefer to abstain!); I’m alone in a hotel and a colleague has given me the name of two good restaurants – the thing is (without a driver) I’m far too lazy to arrange taxis in each direction – […]

pommard #18

pommard #18

Just to keep you on your toes, I though I should try and slip through another Pommard. Very good it was too! 2003 Louis Boillot, Pommard 1er Les Croix NoiresMedium-plus cherry-red. The nose is wide, eventually high-toned, complex and interesting – provided you keep it cool, otherwise it (like many 2003’s) becomes quite diffuse. Very […]

pierre gelin fixin clos napoleon 98

The last time I had one of these was at least 3 or 4 years ago, and probably a 1996 – but I do remember liking the wine! In September I took a ‘flyer’ and managed to land a reasonably priced case at auction; here’s the chance to see what kind of mistake I made! […]

clos frantin vosne malconsorts 03

clos frantin vosne malconsorts 03

2003 Domaine du Clos Frantin, Vosne-Romanée 1er Malconsorts Medium-plus cherry-red colour. A deeply ripe red-fruit nose; it flirts with being porty but just-about avoids this tragedy – though I’m concerned that with time it might fall from the tightrope it currently walks. The palate is soft and concentrated with a burst of tannin in the […]

antonin guyon 2002 aloxe

antonin guyon 2002 aloxe

2002 Antonin Guyon, Aloxe-Corton 1er Les Fournières A good medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose starts full of minerals and sweet red cherry, slowly becomes a little higher-toned and diffuse, the remaining drops in the glass, however, have a quite lovely smell. The palate is quite intense and pure – red-fruity – quite fresh too. The […]

christies change gear for the hospices de beaune

It seemed to me that in 2005 the selling ‘machine’ of Christies (at theit first attempt) did not really get into full gear for the sale of the 2005’s; prices were average and the wines should be excellent – perhaps Christies needed to get into the swing of things. This year, for the 2006’s, the […]

cold-calling winesales

Something very strange happened last night – or unusual at-least. At ~7:30pm the phone rang; “it’s xyz-merchant in Germany, remember you bought a bottle of ‘xxx’ from us – I just wondered how it was?” Then through a serpentine road of compliments, brown nosing, dropping references to various producers he/they represent, he finally tried (manfully) […]

the bad and the good – chassagne

the bad and the good – chassagne

Two wines – both from Marc Morey. A 2001 that started very subdued and not so interesting, but ended up rather nice – however, I shall start with a worrying ‘turkey’: 2002 Marc Morey, Chassagne 1er MorgeotMedium-plus golden – certainly a worrying colour for one so young. The nose confirms quite a high level of […]

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