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Albert Bichot's Domaine du Pavillon Volnay 1er Santenots

06 domaine du pavillon volnay santenots

My last bottle for a few days I suppose – I also just cancelled some lovely visits in the Côtes for the next two days – why? The blocked nose and the coughing; not what many vignerons want in their cellar and it’s clearly not a great introduction on your first visit! This bottle tasted […]

1920's skiers about to race the murren 2009 inferno

still one piece…

Back from a ski-race weekend, and no bones broken – it wasn’t for the want of trying though! – however, spandex induced, higher-speed than anticipated, schuss errors are just part of a weekend’s fun! I would have easily achieved my target if I hadn’t had to go back 20 metres up the hill for an […]

tasmanian champers and hunter valley white bordeaux

It’s a purely Australian view, but this article did more than enough to make me smile: When I asked him why he’d changed the name of his Richmond Grove blend of chardonnay and semillon from Richmond Grove Pinot Riesling to Richmond Grove Semillon Chardonnay, he clarified the issue thus: “Pinot riesling doesn’t mean very much […]

notefinder updated…

notefinder updated…

Just to let you know that I’ve updated the NoteFinder database, so there’s nearly another 200 notes in there. There are now well over 300 notes each on 2005 and 2006 wines in bottle. Hope it’s useful! I’ll be away the next couple of days, so no updates and probably not many bottles either – […]

2 from giroud

When typing up the notes from some domaine visits I made at the end of last year, I spied a couple of notes that slipped through the cracks of my (apparently not watertight) system. This was a ‘by chance’ tasting when I popped into Camille Giroud to say ‘hello’, only to find a group of […]

Chemistry & Industry, 22 December 2008

resveratol again

It seems mandatory that the word resveratol must be accompanied by hype and pseudo science in any article – particularly when seen in any of the ‘wine press’. From Chemistry and Industry Magazine is yet another optimistic vignette, but at least there is some ‘real’ science content: “Resveratol in wine has been hailed as the […]

Chablis Grand Cru Moutonne, Long-Depaquit

06 chablis moutonne long-depaquit + girardin 03 charlemagne

2006 Long-Depaquit, Chablis Moutonne More of a tasting recollection as I’ve slept since drinking it! Medium-pale gold. The nose is classic seashore with a hint of savoury that could be an accent from a little barrel ferment. In the mouth there’s none of that blousy thing going on that some 2006’s show: it’s linear, mineral […]

a weekend on the piste

Just back from Klosters, trying to remember how to ski – better late than never I suppose as I’m ‘racing’ next weekend – in the Inferno Rennen in Mürren. Nobody mention lycra suits….

Thomas-Moillard Pommard-Épenots

thomas-moillard 2005 pommard 1er épenots

2005 Thomas-Moillard, Pommard-Épenots Medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose retains a consistently understated mix of the mineral, plus dark, deep red fruit. In the mouth it’s a powerful blend of intense fruit that peaks in the mid-palate, decaying with a creamy edge, and showing just enough tannin to poke it’s faint astringency through the blanket of […]

Alex Gambal's 2006 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses

alex gambal 2006 chambolle 1er les amoureuses

2006 Alex Gambal, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Amoureuses Started high-toned and diffuse – ouch, what’s happened here? – but 10 minutes in and the glass brings an ever-widening and ever-deepening palate of notes; deep, full, lightly sugar-coated cherries, swirling releases higher tones too – that’s more like it! In the mouth the first sip is also […]

Alex Gambal's 2006 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes

alex gambal 2006 chambolle 1er les charmes

What with the previously opened St.Aubin and a waiting Amoureuses, it’s looking like ‘gambal corner’ here, but I really do want the opportunity to compare the chambolles. The 2005 Chambolle Charmes was a stunner, so how does this compare(?) 2006 Alex Gambal, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes Medium, medium-plus cherry-red. A dense core of darkish cherry […]

cheval clark…

cheval clark…

(Domaine) David Clark has gone the whole hog (or should that be mare?) and started ploughing his recently acquired plot of Vosne-Romanée with horse power (no F1 jokes please). I expect he will be burying cow horns full of …. (whatever) next! “In many ways it is the logical next step in respecting the health […]

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