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chambertin…. (1998 – camus)

chambertin…. (1998 – camus)

Camus have long been an easy target for the pooh-poohers, but this is really on another level vs the Lambrays of yesterday, for less money… 1998 Camus, Chambertin The nose takes just a little while to take its coat off, but it has a real floral perfume – and quite a rare one – lavender […]

the last lakes and hills for a couple of weeks!

the last lakes and hills for a couple of weeks!

Yesterday, walking above the Thunersee (Lake Thun), the last pic of the Jungfrau from Interlaken…

inconsistent lambrays 2000…

inconsistent lambrays 2000…

The performance of the (half-dozen) 2000 Lambrays I bought en-primeur have been all over the map. The last was bretty and old, the one before that was drinking perfectly – and this? Well, if anything, it’s almost too young! 2000 Clos des Lambrays A good, deep, colour – showing some age. The nose is fresh, […]

2010 chassagne vergers + 1998 fixin napoléon

2010 chassagne vergers + 1998 fixin napoléon

This Fixin has, for a long time, been sub-optimal in terms of approachability, but it seems to have turned the corner now, albeit with this bottle bringing a little extra something that was unwanted. 1998 Pierre Gelin, Fixin 1er Clos Napoléon Medium, medium-plus red colour – not a very mature colour but still with some […]

yesterday on the vierwaldstättersee…

yesterday on the vierwaldstättersee…

Two hours on-board ship from Lucerne to Treib (Tribe) for the tastiest fresh fish you will ever try, then back again!

Weekend 31 – some wines…

Weekend 31 – some wines…

2008 Sylvain Pataille, Bourgogne Le Chapitre Medium plus colour. What a lovely nose – almost a coal-style mineral impression, and a fine red fruit edged with reduction. Fresh, mouth-filling, growing in intensity – really growing! This has a lovely texture and lots of flavour complexity. It’s really a beauty, holding onto a good note in […]

more weekend lakes…

more weekend lakes…

Shot with my phone, so obviously none of them are straight 😉 Still – Estavayer-le-Lac – very nice!

2x chassagne

2x chassagne

Typical – perfect condition for this, the last white from my case of 08 Pillots – but the one with my least favourite profile due to the riper fruit and vanilla, still, rather a tasty wine. Can’t win them all… 2008 Paul Pillot, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er La Grand Montagne Hurrah – yellow colour! The nose is […]

more hills and lakes…

more hills and lakes…

Yesterday was the Niederhorn (‘neederhorn’) – gorgeous views and mountain goats. We’ve a few unsettled days now, but it will be nice again next week, when more hills will attacked!

great reds but more p.ox too…

great reds but more p.ox too…

I wasn’t really picking on M&M in the last couple of weeks, it’s only that their bottles were close to hand. The Pillot that follows was still fabulous a couple of years ago, but not today… 2008 Paul Pillot, Chassagne-Montrachtet 1er Les Caillerets Bottle #1: Dark colour – oops. The nose has a kind of […]

a hilly day…

a hilly day…

Sorry Beaune, but this is really my most favourite place – even when there’s no snow!

weekend 30 – 3 bottles with a better return

weekend 30 – 3 bottles with a better return

2007 Mischief & Mayhem, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Caillerets On pouring in the kitchen, the dark colour hard my heart sinking (once more) but outside in the garden, it was clear that this remains yellow not golden – even if dark yellow! The nose actually has a reductive twist and some exotic yellow fruit. In the mouth […]

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