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june update

june update

Summer has appeared – with a vengeance. I was in the Côtes yesterday, and the temperature peaked just over 34°C in the latter half of the afternoon – today it was 35°. It’s the first really warm spell of the year, the last weeks were ‘average’ as far as temperature went; say 25°C. Things are […]

2005 maillard père et fils beaune

I’ve had a good run of ‘upper-end’ bottles, so now it’s time to have a modest week or maybe even two! I’ve not had a wine from this domaine before, and the label is not that inviting – it reminds me of bottles on supermarket shelves, but let’s see… 2005 Maillard Père et Fils, Beaune […]

1999 Frédéric Esmonin, Griottes-Chambertin

1999 frédéric esmonin griottes-chambertin

Did I mention there was also a Griotte to open? – well, it’s so long since I opened the Fourrier! Now I should also correct myself; Esmonin was one of the rare bottlers to say ‘Griottes’ rather than Griotte! An interesting trio these 99 Esmonins; the Mazy was smooth but full of concentration, power and […]

beaune 1er les cents vignes for sale

beaune 1er les cents vignes for sale

For sure it’s cheaper than the previous Puligny, but is it me – or does €75,000 sound rather a lot for 0.4 of an acre? Anyway: 3,94 ouvrées plantées en cépage Pinot Noir Age de la vigne : environ 40 ans Situation : Belle exposition sud-est Vigne présentant un bel état général Good luck with […]

a life uncorked, hugh johnson (2005)

This is quite a big book – not quite a coffee-table book, but close to 400 pages that have weighed down my laptop bag for 5 months or so. 5 months? Well, it’s a book that you can dip into, returning after 2 weeks absence is no loss… Frankly, I was expecting great things – […]

a vinexpo punch-up plus exclusive lighting

a vinexpo punch-up plus exclusive lighting

I have to be honest, this really made me laugh over my morning coffee – childish I know! Anna Sério, whose Italissima event is being held throughout the week in the grounds of a hotel by the lake close to the fair told decanter.com that she was injured in a confrontation with Vinexpo marketing director […]

frédéric esmonin 99 ruchottes-chambertin

1999 Frédéric Esmonin, Ruchottes-Chambertin Medium, medium-plus colour – paler than the Mazy. The nose starts quite dark and oaky – some dark toast notes that take at least 30 minutes to lift. Redder, less dense fruit is the result, though the dark oak slowly turns to make a nice coffee ‘coating’. Nicely balanced concentration with […]

frédéric esmonin 99 mazy-chambertin

The weather was quite warm, so first I opened the bottle, then I left it in the refrigerator for about 90 minutes – clearly it would start too cold, but would be teased to the right temperature in the glass. 1999 Frédéric Esmonin, Mazy-Chambertin Medium-plus colour, still with some last vestige of cherry-red. Right from […]

1996 Hospices de Beaune, 'Dumay' Corton

a corking corton

Did I say normal service would be resumed? Well Friday evening’s bottle didn’t quite go to plan – it was horribly corked… (I hope tomorrow’s Mazis fares better!)

a few foreign whites

a few foreign whites

Okay – I know that this is is the ‘big red diary’ and that these are whites, but nothing in this page’s title says where the wines have to come from… We’ve had a few sweltering days – really the first of the summer – and given that my last bottle of Deiss 97 Riesling […]

2005 fourrier gevrey 1er les goulots

I find it hard to open Fourrier’s bottles now – mainly it’s due to the capsules – or lack of capsules. Since the 2005 vintage the domaine has topped their bottles with shiny red wax, and that offers me two problems: one, the wax looks much too pretty to break; and two, wax normally shatters […]

‘wine magazine seeks discerning palates’

‘wine magazine seeks discerning palates’

Tong: Sounds like my kind of wine magazine – not full of adverts for cigars and wine ‘investment’ funds. I must get hold of a copy sometime. Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal, but it will revert to ‘subscription’ in a few days, so read it now!

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