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happy holiday season – i’m back in january!

happy holiday season – i’m back in january!

pearls before breakfast

It’s now a relatively old piece of work – April this year – but I just read it for the first time today. It’s relatively long for an ‘internet-piece’ – you will need 10-15 minutes – but I recommend it to anyone. Somehow uplifting and and at the same time a sad comment on the […]

2005 remoissenet santenay 1er

2005 remoissenet santenay 1er

Bouyed by my recent visit to the domaine I bought a few 2005’s for ‘testing’. Unfortunately the onset of a head-cold left me only with an impression of nice texture and balance but little in the way of a flavour profile. Seems a decent buy, but I shall have to come back to this one […]

gmo wine?

gmo wine?

From Saint-Amour to Viagra Why should sauvignon blanc be stuck with boring old gooseberry and cabernet sauvignon with cassis? Genomics could beget some novel wine flavours and combinations to ensure the wine really does go with the food: pinot noir with cranberries, pork, and sage and onion stuffing, perhaps. Tales of Frankenstein wines…

voillot volnay fremiets – 2005

2005 Joseph Voillot, Volnay 1er Fremiets Medium colour. A deep, soft, faintly chocoloate covered fruit greets your nose – wide and quite impressive. Fresh, lithe and showing a very nice and subtle extra dimension in the mid-palate that flows into the finish. Background tannins are well covered and finely grained. This is very, very nice. […]

a day out…

a day out…

A ‘high-level’ team meeting yesterday for Christmas. It entailed eating pizza at 3,000 metres – a nice pizza it was too!

saturday night ‘quick-notes’

Saturday night was enjoyed with neighbours – I mainly poured ‘house favourites’ and whites too as dinner was a little spicy. First was a rosé bubbly from Alsace – a little too sweet and confected. Next was a the first bottle from a 6-pack of 2005 Puligny 1er Les Champs-Gain from Mischief and Mayhem; significantly […]

voillot 05 volnay 1er vieilles vignes

2005 Joseph Voillot, Volnay 1er Vieilles Vignes Medium colour – a little darker than Voillot’s Brouillards. The nose has some inelegant powdery fruit and hints of sulfur, faint black shades and occasional glimpses of lovely pure fruit. It needs a lot of time – in fact overnight – and the nose cleans up considerably, turning […]

2005 tollot-beaut, chorey-lès-beaune

2005 Tollot-Beaut, Chorey-lès-Beaune Quite deeply coloured. The nose is deep, broad and significantly oaked – but it’s rather impressive and fun too relative to the price and appellation. Directly after the Voillot Rugiens there is similar density but nothing close to the clarity, focus or intensity – but then we’re at 40% of the sticker […]

notefinder update

notefinder update

Last update of the year to the NoteFinder of all tasting notes from bottled wines. Now over 200 wines from 2005. I hope it’s of use. Cheers

2005 voillot pommard 1er rugiens

I think it’s a measure of the 2005 vintage and the early slumbering of many cuvées from this vintage that, of the three bottles of Joseph Voillot 05’s that I’ve opened, my enjoyment has been inversely proportional to the Burghound scores. Below is a 92-95 monster – NOT – it’s understated, very well made and […]

holland

I had rain for most of last week – a short window of dryness for the daylight hours in Amsterdam on Saturday – a deluge of rain in the evening and (shock!) blue sky yesterday. Interesting thing about Amsterdam; whereas most capital cities are defined by the massive numbers of ‘Macdonalds’ eateries, Amsterdam is different […]

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