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premature oxidation of white wines

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 […]

3 bottles – only a modest return…

3 bottles – only a modest return…

2014 Domaine Gueguen, Chablis 1er Vosgros This wine is burly yet impressive – there are flashes of fine flavour and aroma too, but compared to the domaine’s Vaucoupin (here) this is a longer-term prospect – you should wait 2-3 years I think. This, today, and good as it still is, is simply not in the […]

pre-weekend p.ox

pre-weekend p.ox

Following the bad 05 Caillerets, I decided to keep with a 2005 theme before the start of the weekend – with mixed results: 2005 Jomain, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Combottes Not just deeply coloured and ‘over-the-borderline’ oxidised, it was corked too! 2005 Jomain, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Perrières A little lighter in colour than the last wine – if […]

shame – 2005 puligny caillerets…

shame – 2005 puligny caillerets…

Well my last 2005 (Bougros) was just sooooo good, that having also found a bunch of these (2007s too!), I decided I had the right material for Wales vs Portugal… 2005 Mischief and Mayhem, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Caillerets Ouf – now that’s deeply coloured… The nose rotates between states of apple cider, a vendanges tardives […]

where was the p.ox?

where was the p.ox?

Yes, I know that we were lucky girls and boys, but 14 whites were opened and appraised (drunk!) last night in Zürich – and we were all very happy bunnies. 13x Meursault and one ‘pirate’ a Puligny! Hardly an oxidative note – save a couple that smelled of cider, but didn’t taste like that! Generally, […]

p.ox? or the disturbing whiff of the emperor’s new clothes…

p.ox? or the disturbing whiff of the emperor’s new clothes…

A picture whose orign I would cite, but it’s been on my hard-drive for so long I can’t remember! Anyway, p.ox, Aussie-style… This piece, posted yesterday by Tyler Coleman on Winesearcher is at first glance a ‘holding story’ about p.ox; one that keeps (justifiably) the story in the (wine-)public conscious, and perhaps brings a new […]

va-va-va-vaillons….

va-va-va-vaillons….

The other day, from a retailer’s sale selection, I could buy 4x Chablis Vaillons spanning the 2007-2010 vintages – so why not! Here are the first two (not an auspicious start!)… 2007 Domaine Servin, Chablis 1er Vaillons The cork smelled fine, but what happened to the colour? – deep, almost amber. The nose hasn’t a […]

offer of the day – henri boillot 2011s…

VILLAGES BLANCS 2011 BOURGOGNE Chardonnay 75cl 20.00 (Swiss francs) MEURSAULT 75cl 39.00 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 75cl 42.00 PREMIERS CRUS BLANCS 2010 MEURSAULT Les Genevrières 75cl 79.00 (68.00) MEURSAULT Les Perrières 75cl 79.00 (69.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Clos de La Mouchère 75cl 72.00 (68.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Les Caillerets 75cl 75.00 (69.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Les Pucelles 75cl 78.00 (72.00) GRANDS CRUS BLANCS 2010 […]

2009 denis bachelet gevrey 1er les corbeaux

2009 denis bachelet gevrey 1er les corbeaux

2009 Denis Bachelet, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Corbeaux Medium, medium-plus colour. Wow: There’s a strong smell of pyrazines on the nose – blind, I’d probably lose my house pronouncing this as a 2004. The flavour is likewise corrupted. This seems very stable in the glass, and it’s not for me. Rebuy – No

decanter and ‘early onset oxidation’…

decanter and ‘early onset oxidation’…

I just did something that I haven’t done for years – I bought a copy of Decanter. Intruiged by the summary of their story on the Decanter website I decided to see what passes for cutting-edge wine journalism. First I have to say that the magazine is more impressive than the website – but what […]

now all the world’s interested in p.ox…

Well maybe not all the world, but after Decanter’s recent piece, Jay McInerny is at it in the Wall Street Journal too. Nothing new of-course, just that the story is now trickling out into a more mainstream audience – in a way it’s surprising it’s taken so long…

decanter: white burgundy ‘unreliable’…

The shock!!! It is fair to criticise how long it’s taken, but as they say ‘better late than never.’ I believe there’s a wider discussion of this subject in the magazine; unless you have a problem selling your white burgundy – and today it’s about managing expectations – this wider discussion in the ‘generalist’ wine […]

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