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Inching along with details

Well, the end of 2008 is closing in on us and I am pushing to get more things checked off the list for the project. We’ve been busy getting passports in order for our five month old daughter, registering the company with the CFE in France, and setting up visas. It’s really the To Do […]

domaine leflaive: a path to follow

Domaine Leflaive: A Path to Follow from Wilson Daniels.

happy year-end and turkey etc….

Hopefully the turkey is not one of your carefully planned bottles 🙂 Back sometime soon!

charles thomas corton clos du roi

2001 charles thomas corton clos du roi

2001 Charles Thomas, Corton Clos du Roi Medium, medium-plus colour. A nose of macerating cherries, slightly alcoholic but focused. Full in the mouth with concentrated fruit and equally concentrated, reasonably fine and ripe tannin. Very nice fruit that hints at an extra creamy dimension and lovely acidity. This wine has plenty of muscle and I […]

louis latour aloxe corton 1er chaillots

louis latour 05 aloxe-corton 1er chaillots

2005 Louis Latour, Aloxe-Corton 1er Les Chaillots Medium colour. Limited high tones but decent depth of sugary red fruit. Medium density, slightly astringent but very fine tannin plus a super expansion of fruit in the mid-palate. This is surprisingly long, though much of that flavour is slightly bitter oak-juice. It’s far from seamless but it’s […]

burgundy cited in air-rage attack…

Here.

bouchard pere et fils mercury - new label

not for label drinkers – bouchard’s 2005 mercurey

Definitely not for label drinkers… When this arrived I wondered if the beige label design was for a particular market or distribution channel, but it seems that all the Bouchard bottles are now wearing such livery. I know that the old/outgoing labels were far from the height of design extravagance, but if a change was […]

pierre guillemot savigny-serpentières 1er cru

pierre guillemot savigny-serpentières 1er cru

2005 Pierre Guillemot, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Sepentières Medium, medium plus colour. The nose needs about 1 hour before it starts to become interesting; always clean but initially inconsequential, it gradually acquires gravitas with quality red fruit over a faint base of coffee. The palate starts quite roughly – carbon dioxide is to blame. Like-wise an hour […]

two 2001 malconsorts – one was definitely mal

I decided to open this pair over the weekend; both négociants, but in this case the Thomas is a ‘domaine’ wine – these are the vines which are now exploited by de Montille. Unfortunately I didn’t have a bottle of the Clos Frantin wine handy as their 01 was early in the Bichot renaisance and, […]

thierry mortet

05 thierry mortet gevrey-chambertin

2005 Thierry Mortet, Gevrey-Chambertin Medium colour. None of the lovely fruit notes of the 2004, rather a darker, quite sumptuous effect. Dense, but it’s a cushioned concentration and there’s super depth of creamy fruit. completely buried structure today. Lovely, though it will be a long wait for complexity… Rebuy – Yes

04 thierry mortet gevrey-chambertin

04 thierry mortet gevrey-chambertin

The garden looked pretty with snow, so I pulled out a hearty, warming 2004 – oops, should have been the 2005. Never-mind. I can open that at the weekend.2004 Thierry Mortet, Gevrey-Chambertin Medium colour. The nose has more than a hint of 2004 about it, plenty of high-toned cedar but a quick swirl displays the […]

experimenting with harvest dates

A bit of fun from David Clark – will be interesting to follow….

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