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1996 thomas-moillard corton clos du roi

1996 thomas-moillard corton clos du roi

1996 Domaine Thomas-Moillard, Corton Clos du Roi This was a virile, impressive, painfully young wine when first purchased – but it was always a thrilling ride. Today it’s as virile and acid-pointed as it ever was, it also seems to have a thicker, more viscous texture and concentration too. The problem with this wine, though, […]

2017 harvest – 31 august

2017 harvest – 31 august

Really the most important thing to note is that yesterday was a hail-free day. I believe that some of the hail canons were lit in preparation but were not, in the end, required. Still, there was 25mm of rain in some places – it’s certainly a more overcast and cooler day for harvesting today, with […]

2017 harvest – 30 august

2017 harvest – 30 august

Erwan Faiveley has been advertising his up-comng harvest on LinkedIn of all places – and as you can see (right) having a little fun on the way too! Yesterday, the 29th, saw Coche-Dury picking a trio of Meursaults: Perrières, Genevrières and Chevalières (Armand Heitz is bringing in his Perrières today) – but it was a […]

a 2005 chambolle wow

a 2005 chambolle wow

The last wine I opened was a great wine for the vintage – 2007. But there are decent vintages and great vintages. This ‘mere’ villages wine from the very epicentre of greatness in the great 2005 vintage is easily the better of that 2007 today – despite the rarity of that wine… I feel slightly […]

adieu arak…

adieu arak…

I’ve had the fine fortune to have visited the estate of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair and family since 2004, that year to taste 2003s and then every vintage since. An ever-present in this time, has been the family dog – Arak – a large-boned and very noble, almost aloof Weimaraner – pic (right) from the family. This […]

Weekend wines – week 34 2017

Weekend wines – week 34 2017

2010 Nicolas Rossignol, Savigny les Beaune 1er Aux Fourneaux The last Bourgogne was deep and structured with a little oak – yet drank very quickly. This wine simply ticks all the boxes, and the bottle is empty quicker than you expect. Quite a deep colour. The nose is wide, with a faint accent of spice […]

it’s (practically) here – burgundy’s 2017 harvest time – 3, 2, 1, go!

it’s (practically) here – burgundy’s 2017 harvest time – 3, 2, 1, go!

The weekend was stormy in many parts of France, some wine-growing areas had hail – Champagne for instance – fortunately none was reported in Burgundy, in fact many producers were happy to see a little rain. A few early pickers were already in the vines last week – Olivier Lamy for instance attacking his young-vine […]

2010 nicolas rossignol, l’héritière expression

2010 nicolas rossignol, l’héritière expression

You have to to search for the appellation here, but in small letters there’s Appellation Bourgogne Controlée. 2010 Nicolas Rossignol, l’Héritière Expression The nose starts with a little spice and plenty of reduction – together you would be forgiven for thinking that it’s oaky – though there’s some of that too! I gave this wine […]

do you smell corks?

do you smell corks?

My advice, is that advice, like exercise, is not absolute – it’s about what works for you. I’ve more than once read articles from (let’s call them) opinion-formers, who state quite categorically that cork sniffing has absolutely no use, and is, charitably(!) nothing more than an affectation – I beg to differ. It’s not 100% […]

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