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weekend wines – week 38 2017

weekend wines – week 38 2017

Another week/weekend of 1997 research for the forthcoming Burgundy Report – but I managed to slip in another bottle… 2011 Domaine Albert Joly, Puligny-Montrachet Les Tremblots A little deeper colour than seems correct for such a (theoretically) youthful wine. Waxy lemon and a suggestion of caramel on the nose – but alive and attractive. Mouth-filling, […]

1996 hospices de beaune corton charlotte dumay

1996 hospices de beaune corton charlotte dumay

1996 Hospices de Beaune Corton Charlotte Dumay – Prosper Maufoux Hmm, a miserly cork – about 45mm worth – I expect better from my half-bottles! I had 4 bottles of this remaining from a whole case bought many years ago for a good price in Switzerland – but I’ve never seen anything even vaguely hinting […]

lafon’s 1992 monthelie les duresses

lafon’s 1992 monthelie les duresses

1992 Comtes Lafon, Monthelie 1er Les Duresses The last bottle was corked, but this is fine – unfortunately it’s my last. A wide, fresh and open nose with a depth of faintly spiced raspberry. The palate starts narrow – and like the nose, fresh. After a fine set of 1997 grand crus over the last […]

weekend wines – week 37 2017

weekend wines – week 37 2017

Some great wines – nearly all 1997s – but that’s the start for a write-up about the 1997 reds – 20 years on – to be published in my September report. But there was a lovely Ampeau too! 1995 Robert Ampeau, Meursault 1er La Piece Sous la Bois The nose is deep and slightly toasty, […]

weekend wines – week 36 2017

weekend wines – week 36 2017

A little harvest (if not wine!) pause, with friends who were visiting, in Pommard. 2013 Gilles Bouton, St.Aubin 1er En Remilly Starting a little toasty – slightly reductive – becoming more open and prettier with air. Good line and even a little minerality here. A modest but tasty wine with a little finishing sweetness. Tasty. […]

weekend wines – week 35 2017

weekend wines – week 35 2017

2013 Alain Geoffroy, Chablis 1er Vau-Ligneau A modest depth of colour.The nose is fresh but also deep and tropical – certainly a little botrytis here. Mouth-filling, fine, sweet, indeed melting acidity – that’s classic Chablis – the sweet pineapple and slightly oily texture is a little less Chablis. Just fabulously delicious wine, yet, not quite […]

louis chenu’s 2015 aux clous

louis chenu’s 2015 aux clous

2015 Louis Chenu, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Aux Clous Ooh – what an aromatic wine! The nose actually tightens with a little aeration, but the palate just gets broader and longer. The nose reaches equilibrium with a macerating cherry – but soft, without a sharp acid edge. In the mouth it’s as aromatic as the nose started […]

1996 thomas-moillard corton clos du roi

1996 thomas-moillard corton clos du roi

1996 Domaine Thomas-Moillard, Corton Clos du Roi This was a virile, impressive, painfully young wine when first purchased – but it was always a thrilling ride. Today it’s as virile and acid-pointed as it ever was, it also seems to have a thicker, more viscous texture and concentration too. The problem with this wine, though, […]

a 2005 chambolle wow

a 2005 chambolle wow

The last wine I opened was a great wine for the vintage – 2007. But there are decent vintages and great vintages. This ‘mere’ villages wine from the very epicentre of greatness in the great 2005 vintage is easily the better of that 2007 today – despite the rarity of that wine… I feel slightly […]

Weekend wines – week 34 2017

Weekend wines – week 34 2017

2010 Nicolas Rossignol, Savigny les Beaune 1er Aux Fourneaux The last Bourgogne was deep and structured with a little oak – yet drank very quickly. This wine simply ticks all the boxes, and the bottle is empty quicker than you expect. Quite a deep colour. The nose is wide, with a faint accent of spice […]

2010 nicolas rossignol, l’héritière expression

2010 nicolas rossignol, l’héritière expression

You have to to search for the appellation here, but in small letters there’s Appellation Bourgogne Controlée. 2010 Nicolas Rossignol, l’Héritière Expression The nose starts with a little spice and plenty of reduction – together you would be forgiven for thinking that it’s oaky – though there’s some of that too! I gave this wine […]

do you smell corks?

do you smell corks?

My advice, is that advice, like exercise, is not absolute – it’s about what works for you. I’ve more than once read articles from (let’s call them) opinion-formers, who state quite categorically that cork sniffing has absolutely no use, and is, charitably(!) nothing more than an affectation – I beg to differ. It’s not 100% […]

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