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jean grivot clos de vougeot

jean grivot 1996 clos de vougeot

I admit that I rather fell out with the wines from this domaine following the release of the 1997 and 1998 vintages, wines with hair-raising tannins and little redeeming features to balance – or at least to stake a case for patience – but the 1995’s and 1996’s I always loved. A handy half-bottle provides […]

vintage 2008 update

“A month ago I wrote that August and September were the all-important months in making the quality of a vintage. Well, August is almost done and to be honest, it has been grim – about 2ºC cooler, and already 40% wetter, than average. Thank goodness the forecast is perfect for at least the next week.” […]

christophe pacalet 2006 chiroubles

christophe pacalet 2006 chiroubles

2006 Christophe Pacalet, Chiroubles Medium-plus cherry-red. Beaujolais aromatics, but in the best sense – fruity but with a serious and quite dense core. Soft velvet across the tongue. Raised red fruits – a little plum – perfect acidity and a slightly savoury edge to the fruit-driven finish. Very tasty wine – of which I drank […]


olympic footnote

Vincent Laforet’s image stolen from this super Newsweek page. Congratulations to China; they certainly had no cash/personnel resource issues for the Olympic Games, but that’s not the same as delivering, and they delivered! Sport was the clear winner – apart from Taekwondo maybe… What about human rights? Well frankly ‘the west’s’ higher ground is very […]

two chambolle-musignys

2006 chambolle-musigny from arlaud and lignier-michelot

Chambolle still has many nice wines in 2006, but at the villages level, there is clearly not the density to be found from the 2005 vintage. That said, I continue to buy a number of tasty, balanced wines – one of these two made it into the basket, the other not. I literally found this […]

burgundian weather…

Decanter: “The 2008 Burgundy harvest will be smaller than last year, following a poor fruit set and hailstorms in the region. Although insiders say it is too early to judge the quality of the vintage, regional trade body, the BIVB, said fruit set had been adversely affected by a cold and wet spring. “ Of-course […]

offer of the week

The 2007’s of Henri Boillot – excellent as I expect them to be, at these prices I do not expect to buy more than a few ‘halves’ for testing… VILLAGES BLANCS MEURSAULT 2007 37,5cl 29.00 Swiss francs MEURSAULT 2007 75cl 54.00 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 2007 37,5cl 30.00 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 2007 75cl 56.00 PREMIERS CRUS BLANCS MEURSAULT Les Charmes […]

2006 roulot bourgogne aligoté

2006 Roulot, Bourgogne Aligoté Maybe it was because I was just back from a 10 mile run, but this is/was a wonderfully refreshing drink. Soft and high-toned. Perfect balance and reasonably concentrated in the mouth – the acidity plays wonderfully across the tongue. On the negative side it’s rather simple for its price-tag – I […]

guy breton morgon p’tit max 2005

guy breton morgon p’tit max 2005

2005 Guy Breton, Morgon – p’tit Max Medium, medium-pale colour. A high toned, slightly volatile nose. In the mouth that hint of volatility remains but the mid-palate shows a nice depth and also good texture. Reasonably well balanced with little overt tannin, but at best, an okay wine. Rebuy – no

marchand-grillot gevrey champerrier vignes centenaire 2005

marchand-grillot gevrey champerrier vignes centenaire 2005

This villages wine costs the same as the producer’s premier crus – why? – the words ‘vignes centenaire’ give the game away… 2005 Marchand-Grillot, Gevrey-Chambertin Champerrier Medium, medium-plus colour. A somehow silky nose the starts with chocolate then higher-toned herbal aromatics over a tight red-fruit core. Good fat in the mouth and fine texture, the […]

bordoverview ++

Nice Burgundy visit reports from this Bordeaux-centric site… And is it April the 1st?

beaujolais plastique…

“This year, Boisset Family Estates is the first winery ever to announce that all Beaujolais Nouveau wines imported to North America will be packaged exclusively in lightweight PET plastic bottles,” Here. Comments to follow… Maybe my title sounds a tad negative, but given that I see this in a generally positive light, it’s not really […]

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