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Just SO… The functional elegance of this rarefied speak is uniquely captured in one of its most inconspicuous words: “so.” This isn’t “so” the intensifier (“so expensive”); it’s not the “so” that joins two clauses. This is the “so” that introduces a sentence, as in “So as we can see, modified Newtonian dynamics cannot account […]

offer of the day…

Plenty of expensive offers around right now, many are for 2007’s already, but here’s one today for 2006 that I passed on: COMTES LAFON 2006 18 MEURSAULT 75cl 109.50 Swiss Francs 24 MEURSAULT Clos de la Barre 75cl 119.50 6 MEURSAULT 1er cru Goutte d’Or 75cl 198.00 9 MEURSAULT 1er cru Charmes 75cl 219.00 2 […]

budburst + 2001 montagny 1er blanc buxynoise

budburst + 2001 montagny 1er blanc buxynoise

Ah, a warm weekend at last. So warm in fact that the vine in my garden started to burst its buds; that’s about five weeks later than the precocious Spring of 2007 – likewise it’s a more ‘normal’ Spring-time in the Côte d’Or – I’m looking forward to visiting in 2 weeks. Did I mention […]

ghislaine barthod 2001 and 2002 bourgognes

Clearly the 2005 bourgognes have spoiled us – intermediate age wines like these wither in the shadow of those 05’s – but like the recent Côte de Chalonaise, these really need to be judged in about another 3-5+ years time when they have started to show some more maturity. 2001 Ghislaine Barthod, Bourgogne Medium colour. […]

2005 gevrey-chambertin 1er clos des varoilles

2005 gevrey-chambertin 1er clos des varoilles

2005 des Varoilles, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos des Varoilles Medium-plus colour. The nose starts with a wild brambly black fruit – slowly goes deeper with faint caramel. Wide and intense – again with dark-hued fruit. Reasonably well-packaged tannin and very good length though the tannin resurfaces here. It’s still brusque and bruising in its intensity so […]

joseph voillot 2002 pommard les rugiens

2002 Joseph Voillot, Pommard 1er Les Rugiens Medium colour. Initially the nose is tight and thin, 10 minutes brings a savoury depth and faintly floral width. In the mouth it’s a narrow entry, the defining feature of this wine is it’s acidity – it’s slightly forward, but everything flows from it – soft texture and […]

ghislaine barthod 2002 chambolle fuées

I know that for years I must have been unlucky, but finally, a Barthod that impresses me! I wouldn’t propose that you drink it now, but… 2002 Ghislaine Barthod, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Fuées Medium-plus colour. A heavily perfumed nose, high floral tones and low tones of good fruity depth – takes quite some time to […]

meo-camuzet 1993 corton clos rognets

1993 Méo-Camuzet, Corton Clos Rognets I last opened one of these Méo’s about 3 years ago and it was a big wine, I expected nothing less tonight, but this was not bright in the glass. The nose started very earthy, then went through a mushroom phase before an understated red fruit impression. In the mouth […]

roulot meursault perrières

guy roulot meursault perrières 00

Dinner with a friend who can really cook, so some digging in the cellar was required. If I’m honest I was a little disappointed to be opening one of these, but following the relative disappointment of my 2001 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagnes, I decided I would rather enjoy my last Roulot young than be disappointed in […]

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