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weekend wines – week 2 2018

weekend wines – week 2 2018

After sub-optimal performances from last weekend’s wines, it was nice to get into a good groove this weekend: 1995 Domaine Parent, Pommard 1er Les Pezerolles Rather lighter colour than, for whatever reason, I was expecting. Ooh – what a nose! A little sous-bois, and brooding, bloody fruit – what a charmer across the palate too. […]

weekend wines – week 1 2018

2004 Louis Jadot, Beaune 1er Clos des Ursules I bought a six-pack on release – this was awful young – how about now? Deep colour. The nose is a little wild – but deep – a little peanut (old pyrazine) and a darker fruit. Honestly hard to like. Plenty of volume in the mouth, dark […]

entering 2018 with 4x 2002s…

entering 2018 with 4x 2002s…

​ How to both end 2017 and start 2018? I think I’ll ‘uncork’ some 2002s… 2002 Domaine des Varoilles, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos des Varoilles Deep, some impression of dark oak, herb and eventually a silky dark fruit. Ooh, this has a lovely impact in the mouth – super volume combined with freshness – almost a […]

a lunchtime corton

a lunchtime corton

1997 Bouchard Père et Fils, Le Corton After a run of corked wines from the same case, here one that’s just right. Medium, medium-plus colour. A nose of pinched florals and spice above, and below a wider macerating-plum depth. A big wine in the mouth – with a leading wave of freshness followed by a […]

some christmas bottles…

some christmas bottles…

1997 Bouchard Père et Fils Le Corton My last bottle of this – during The September Report’s look at 1997s, 20 years on – was completely corked. This cork, looks fine but was as hard as concrete – still, had it protected not corrupted the wine this time? My first sniff I thought yes, but […]

gros frère et soeur’s 1995 grands-echézeaux

gros frère et soeur’s 1995 grands-echézeaux

1995 Gros Frère et Soeur, Grands-Echézeaux Now that’s an informative cork! From a small parcel of vines just behind the wall of the Clos de Vougeot, next to the vines of DRC. Much of the domaines vines were replanted between 1980-1995, this could be quite young vines, or… A spicy nose, open above, still with […]

benoit germain’s 1995 beaune 1er les teurons

benoit germain’s 1995 beaune 1er les teurons

It’s a little more than 7 years since I visited Benoit Germain in Chorey-lès-Beaune, and for the combination of great weather, great wines and Benoit’s shining personality, it was my favourite visit of the year. In some ways Bertrand de Villaine today reminds me a little of Benoit, but Benoit was more ebullient. It was […]

pierre boillot’s 1993 volnay santenots

pierre boillot’s 1993 volnay santenots

1993 Pierre Boillot, Volnay 1er Santentots This domaine/vines now being exploited by François Mikulski – this clearly the backend of the era where it wasn’t thought necessary to actually write ‘1er Cru’. The cork is shorter than yesterday’s Lafarge, but better as it wasn’t spongy and crumbly – and both bottles were bought at the […]

1993 lafarge volnay

1993 lafarge volnay

Back home in Switzerland and it’s snowing – I cleared the snow from the driveway this morning, but it’s already white again – maybe it’s better to find something for lunch! 1993 Lafarge, Volnay Vendanges Selectionée A spongy cork that didn’t come out in one piece – rather two – but the second part came […]

weekend wines – week 49 2017

weekend wines – week 49 2017

​ 1993 Jayer-Gilles, Nuits St.Georges Les Hautes Poirets A great, long, cork – my thanks for that! Deep colour – not too old-looking either. The nose is deep, almost exciting dirty, reeking of undergrowth, stems and old wood – despite how that may sound, it was fabulous – time (and air) brought more silk and […]

weekend wines – week 48 2017

weekend wines – week 48 2017

2015 Daniel Buland, Chiroubles Ooh – so deep, silky dark fruit – now that’s an invitation! On the palate this is almost syrup texture, wide, supple concentrated wine – enough balancing freshness. Delicious wine – it made a great sauce reduction from the last 3rd of the bottle too! Rebuy – Yes Then a big […]

a little gjpv tasting…

Tasted Friday 17 November in Ladoix… Back row: Charles-Édouard Drouhin, François Berthenet, David Cachat, François Ambroise. Front row: Alice Rion, Chloé Chevalier, Claude Nadeau. A little post-2017 Trophy tasting, afternoon de-stressing with ex-laureats of the GJPV Trophy: ​2016 Thierry Drouin, Macon-Vergisson La Roche 10.5 ha domaine, 5 generations making wine. 0.25 hectares, elevage in barrels […]

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