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2009 Summer Burgundy Report

The Summer 2009 Burgundy Report is now available. Enjoy and have a nice weekend…



The occasional thing may seem a bit ‘flakey’ around here and maybe for the next few days as I (piece-by-piece) update the site’s structure. A slightly different design which currently looks okay in internet explorer (7) but is less than perfect in Firefox, I expect it will be about 2 weeks before everything is bedded […]

2006 Christian Clerget, Chambolle-Musigny

2006 christian clerget chambolle-musigny

I’ve always considered Christian Clerget an up and down performer. I’ve had great bottles of his Chambolle 1er Charmes and his villages Chambolle too, but equally I’ve had dreary bottles of both. Lert’s see how this stacks up: 2006 Christian Clerget, Chambolle-Musigny Medium, medium-plus colour, yet relatively deep for a villages Chambolle. Soft, but well-defined […]

2006 alain jeanniard gevrey-chambertin

2006 Alain Jeanniard, Gevrey-Chambertin Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose and indeed the flavours show some reduction so I made a quick double-decant, within 10 minutes all was fixed. Not so obviously Gevrey, but there’s nice red cherry with some darker fruit and savoury hints – eventually a lovely redcurrant impression. Balanced acidity and decent depth […]

lvmh: -41% profit for wine and spirits

lvmh: -41% profit for wine and spirits

Comparing the first half of 2008 with the same period this year, we can at least deduce that people are not drowning their economic worries in Hennessy, Krug, Moët or Yquem. Apparently LVMH say that their profits increased “tangibly” in the markets where they control their own distribution, such as ‘owned’ shops like Louis Vuitton: […]

Weekend wines.

a heavy weekend… (2)

2001 Truffière (Vincent Girardin), Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Caillerets Medium gold. The nose majors on a residue of toasty oak and fainter gun-flint aromas. The bottle lasted under an hour, but was actually becoming less interesting with time. After the younger wines of the previous day, this is significantly more mineral and wiry framed. Good acidity […]

“sour grapes”

Remember this? That was June 2008. Well now we have the following: Wine buff sues after being accused of a vintage rip-off Among wine connoisseurs, Michael Broadbent reigns supreme. The 6ft tall, pinstriped oenophile, who launched the peerless Christie’s wine department in 1966, has spent a lifetime travelling the world tasting fine vintages, keeping notes […]

2x 2006 Clos de la Roche

a heavy weekend…

I shouldn’t really call a weekend with dear friends ‘heavy’ I suppose, that said, I (the four of us actually) managed to empty the equivalent of 9 bottles in 2 evenings. I think there was some beer too, but I expect that that doesn’t count! Generally the wines were pretty good, but one fell to […]

alain jeanniard 2006 morey st.denis vieilles vignes

I’ve not had many from this domaine which is sited just towards the top of the village on the (vineyard) road into Clos St.Denis, finally I picked up a couple of bottles. 2006 Alain Jeanniard, Morey St.Denis Vieilles Vignes Medium, medium-plus colour. Lovely depth and Morey character to the nose – nice red fruit with […]

TONG – a wine magazine

TONG – a wine magazine

TONG – note, that this was a promotional copy, so I’m honour-bound to say nice things – right? Yeah-right, just like here 😉 It’s worth pointing out, that I’m drawn to things that have been ‘designed’, or perhaps I should say that I’m drawn to things that have not just been made to look good […]

2007 chézeaux/ponsot griotte-chambertin

I’m rather hooked-in-to this wine just now – maybe I’ll write something eventually… 2007 Chézeaux/Ponsot, Griotte-Chambertin Medium cherry-red. The nose starts with a burst of enthusiasm, tightens for a couple of minutes, then relaxes; although it’s not so wide there is a wonderful depth of dark, close to raisined, fruit – eventually the aromas fill-out, […]

2006 Albert Bichot, Latricières-Chambertin

2006 albert bichot latricières-chambertin

When tasting through Bichot’s 2007s, of the grand crus one stood out as different; lighter red, less obviously intense than the others – that was the Latricières-Chambertin. Well there’s a thing, the 2006 is like a pea from a pod. This is a cheaper bottle than the recent Parent Pommard 1er Rugiens, but is it […]

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