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a few weekend wines…

a few weekend wines…

What a really great set of wines this weekend – and really, I just can’t choose a favourite – sorry! The 1990 Penley Estate was big, powerful and really on form. The 2009 Jean-Marc Pillot was weighty and flavour-packed but with plenty of cut and freshness – actually a great foil to the Penley estate. […]

tada!

tada!

My first day back home after a two week break – and my first job? – the grass! My second job will be adding a few notes here on some lovely wines during my travels 😉 Tomorrow back to Beaune, I’ve 9 appointments in the Mâconnais on Wednesday and Thursday – that should be enough […]

r.i.p anne-claude leflaive

It was reported that Anne-Claude Leflaive died during the Easter holidays – Jeremy Seysses being the first to publicly relay the news as far as I know. Purely by chance, I drank her 2011 Mâcon-Verzé the day before – and it was perfectly delicious. Within 2 hours of Jeremy’s tweet, I was asked by one […]

magical castles (on the heathrow flightpath…)

magical castles (on the heathrow flightpath…)

And Liz was at home…

a yorkshire lunch

a yorkshire lunch

Tuesday 14th April @ Sous le Nez in Leeds A few old pals got together; 3 from Yorkshire plus a proud Lancastrian and an innocent bystander from Switzerland! We didn’t have a theme, and I was handicapped by only having the wines that I thought might be ‘useful’ during our stay – still – not […]

malham cove…

malham cove…

About 40 minutes after the hail! All the seasons in one day in Malham – of-course!

bolton abbey / devonshire arms

bolton abbey / devonshire arms

The Devonshire Arms is a very nice location and with a great restaurant and cellar too – and the occasion? – a birthday. Our usual sommelier was absent and so half of the bottles I outlined couldn’t be found(!) but the service and friendliness remained impeccable. For the record, the very well priced Mugneret-Gibourg 1999 […]

whitby, mainly…

whitby, mainly…

But with a hint of Robin Hood’s Bay and a suggestion of Filey…

one or two(!) weekend wines…

one or two(!) weekend wines…

A bit of a corky weekend, unfortunately! 2009 Alex Gambal, Bourgogne Chardonnay – Actually quite a good bottle. Powerful and ripe à la 2009s but with balance and lots and lots of flavour – yum! Rebuy – Yes 2010 Gilles Bouton, St.Aubin 1er En Remilly – Fresh clean, citrus nose. Lovely in the mouth – […]

today, more mâconnais – a-go-go…

today, more mâconnais – a-go-go…

a busy day in the mâconnais…

a busy day in the mâconnais…

As you can see, today was quite busy:

patchworks, repeats and aubert…

patchworks, repeats and aubert…

The 18-20°C of the last days has disappeared under the clouds and the spitting rain today – about 5°C for the record. But the vineyards still have that great patchwork impression as the different domaines plough – or not, and prune – or not, at their own pace. The lunchtime menu du jour contained andouillettes […]

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