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1998 Denis Mortet, Gevrey-Chambertin

1998 denis mortet gevrey-chambertin

I’ve opened one of these almost every year since release – it’s rare that I buy a 12-bottle case, but occasionally ‘research’ is important! Frankly, due to the oak treatment this has been a roller-coaster ride. Last year I didn’t think so highly of the wine, the year before, perhaps, being it’s peak – yet […]

Charles Thomas Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Malconsorts

2x charles thomas vosne-romanée 1er malconsorts

Ha! Someone, probably me, had put these two bottles out of sight in the cellar – perhaps with the aim of prolonging their stay – but that was thwarted! Frankly both are rather tight so that today their delivery of drinking ‘pleasure’ is curtailed, yet both are well put together, have decent concentration and no […]

offer of the day – jadot 2007…

DOMAINE LOUIS JADOT 2007 VINS BLANCS CORTON CHARLEMAGNE 75cl 124.00 Swiss francs CHEVALIER-MONTRACHET Les Demoiselles 75cl 329.00 MONTRACHET 75cl 399.50 VINS ROUGES BEAUNE Les Theurons 75cl 38.00 VOSNE-ROMANEE Les Beaux-Monts 75cl 85.00 VOSNE-ROMANEE Les Suchots 75cl 89.00 CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY Les Baudes 75cl 79.50 CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY Les Amoureuses 75cl 199.50 GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN Clos Saint-Jacques 75cl 109.00 CLOS DE VOUGEOT […]

Jean-Claude Bessin Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2005

jean-claude bessin chablis vieilles vignes 2005

2005 Jean-Claude Bessin, Chablis Vielles Vignes Pale yellow-green colour. The nose is fresh with sea-shells and an undertow of ripe melon-style fruit. Reasonably fresh and certainly intense in the slightly ‘padded’ mid-palate. Despite the padding it could only come from Chablis due to the mineral core that goes through the center. Pretty good acidity and […]

Jean-Philippe Fichet 2005 Bourgogne Rouge

jean-philippe fichet 2005 bourgogne rouge

2005 Jean-Philippe Fichet, Bourgogne Rouge Medium, medium-plus colour – actually a very bright red. Wide and round, quite fresh aromas with sweet fruit and bouquet-garni too. Today the acidity is bright, providing a slight metallic edge to the flavour, but it also pushes the mouth-watering flavours much longer. The texture is smooth and though the […]

Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er du Château

2006 bouchard père et fils beaune 1er du château

I sometimes have problems to appreciate this cuvée when released – for example I found the 2001 angular and lacking balance – I wouldn’t have recommended it, yet a few years later it was super – so, assuming it wasn’t an errant bottle, I was wrong. Here again, early on with the 2006 I can’t […]

two weekend bourgognes; leroy & barthod

two weekend bourgognes; leroy & barthod

Two more weekend wines that offer very high quality at their respective levels: 1996 Maison Leroy, Bourgogne Rouge Limpid, medium, medium pale ruby red – looks lovely in the glass. The nose is restrained yet finely transparent with clean strawberry, raspberry and cherry impressions. In the mouth it’s a delightful combination of lightness yet intensity, […]

offer of the day – bonneau du martray 2007…

CORTON CHARLEMAGNE BONNEAU DU MARTRAY CORTON CHARLEMAGNE 2001 75cl 105.00 Swiss francs CORTON CHARLEMAGNE 2006 75cl 119.00 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE 2006 150cl 243.00 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE 2007 37,5cl 56.50 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE 2007 75cl 109.00 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE 2007 150cl 223.00 I’m always looking for value – it comes from being a Yorkshireman – perhaps particularly so in the […]

a stroke of luck…

[No photos – to protect the innocent!] I was in London last Friday and it didn’t start all that well; a planned lunch with Neal Martin (he of the dark-side) and Linden Wilkie (The Fine Wine Experience) went awol – Neal (suffering jet-lag) and Linden (just suffering) both assumed the other had told me the […]

2008 harvest, lowest since 2003…

A bookend on 2008 from the BIVB: The 2008 Burgundy harvest is down 5.3 % on the 2007 harvest, and 4.4% against the average of the past five years. It amounts to the equivalent of 193 million bottles for a virtually unchanged production area (-0.2 %) of 27,626 hectares. With the exception of the small […]

a date in nuits…

A communiqué from Nuits for your interest: A first unique event : The most important Domaines of Nuits Saint Georges : Domaine Bertrand Ambroise, Domaine de l’Arlot, Domaine Ballorin & F., Maison Albert Bichot, Louis Bouillot – Crémants de Bourgogne, Domaine Jean Pierre Bony, Domaine Chauvenet-Chopin, Domaine Jean Chauvenet, Domaine Chevillon-Chezeaux, Domaine Robert Chevillon, Domaine […]

1999 Prieuré-Roch Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots

1999 prieuré-roch vosne-romanée les suchots

Some wines are impossible to encapsulate in a few words as they keep changing and developing in the glass – this is one such wine. 1999 Prieuré-Roch, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Suchots A medium-plus core of ruby-red that fades to a crystal-clear watery edge. The nose is wine – but not as most people know it! […]

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