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Just SO… The functional elegance of this rarefied speak is uniquely captured in one of its most inconspicuous words: “so.” This isn’t “so” the intensifier (“so expensive”); it’s not the “so” that joins two clauses. This is the “so” that introduces a sentence, as in “So as we can see, modified Newtonian dynamics cannot account […]

an evening aside

I’m too busy typing other things right now, but Alex Gambal’s 2005 Chambolle 1er Charmes is really delivering tonight!

more travel – this time paid

more travel – this time paid

Days of meetings and customer visits whilst avoiding tidal waves of reorganisations back at home – all will come to roost eventually. I spent yesterday evening with a glass (or 2) of chardonnay in a pub while watching football – I don’t drink beer, but white wine by the glass in a pub is usually […]

already writing a list to santa?

already writing a list to santa?

You know you wants it! [Gollum] “The Angelshare single-bottle cellar that special bottle of wine in its own temperature and humidity controlled time capsule for that special occasion in the future, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation or other significant event in your life or of those closest to you. The compact dimensions and elegant, […]

rounding up…

rounding up…

Seems a while – well I suppose it is – but here’s a round-up of the last days in London and thereabouts. Wednesday evening started with 13 burgundies – unlucky for us as it should have been 14 but we had a corked 1993 Dujac Gevrey Combottes – though 13 interesting wines from 14 is […]

odds and ends

odds and ends

Been away a few days, mixing skiing and a bad back (hexenschuss) – it was actually easier to ski than walk – but no moguls! There will be little new material here in the next days, but quite a lot of research: dinner with likeminded souls tomorrow, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2005’s on Thursday, a […]

2005 des croix bourgogne pinot noir

2005 des croix bourgogne pinot noir

I couldn’t resist it, yesterday I opened up one of my wines of the year from last year and was very happy with the result. Equally priced is another of my wines of the year last year and I just had to pull the cork! David Croix suggests aeration as the wines are bottled with […]

2005 potel-aviron morgon côte du py (v.v.)

2005 potel-aviron morgon côte du py (v.v.)

I’m amazed by the transformation that 12 months in bottle has achieved. Last tasted, this was a tannic brute with an apparently modest finish but tons of potential (read: fireworks). Today its rather smooth, still concentrated and the finish is no-longer overwhelmed by what went before… 2005 Potel-Aviron, Morgon Côte du Py VV A broodingly […]

2005 ardhuy vosne 1er chaumes

2005 ardhuy vosne 1er chaumes

2005 d’Ardhuy, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Chaumes Medium cherry-red. You are greeted by wide, concentrated and bright nose, faintly alcoholic with red and black fruit and a gradually developing creamy background – perhaps a hint of green pepper is the only clue to ‘vosne’. Lovely texture and concentration, the tannins are completely enveloped by the ripe […]

98 hospices charlemagne from paul reitz

98 hospices charlemagne from paul reitz

From the outset, this wine didn’t really have a lot going for it; a critically unloved vintage for whites and the éleveur a bulk supplier to French supermarkets – lastly the ever-present shadow of p.ox. On the other hand, the label of a wine from the Hospices and I picked it up very cheap (obviously […]

that’s going to take some sorting in the cellar!

that’s going to take some sorting in the cellar!

I visited the Côte d’Or today – it was cold, windy and grey. I took my camera, but only took one picture of an interesting doorway in a vineyard wall – okay, two pictures, the first was blurred! I know, therapy beckons… Of more importance was my yearly bottle round-up: the major issue with a […]

the london times – a lesson in how not to spell!

the london times – a lesson in how not to spell!

I hope Jane MacQuitty will be giving her editor a good kicking 😉 You might as well read the article now – the errant headline remains…

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