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beaujolais – bbb – easy-pizay…

beaujolais – bbb – easy-pizay…

Looking towards the Côte de Brouilly from Pizay (Morgon) Tasted today at Bien-Boire-en-Beaujolais A quick-fire 43 bottles, starting with a section of new stuff from domaines that I largely don’t know, followed by some ‘old stuff’ from a mix of known and unknown domaines. I see that Jamie, who was there the day before, has […]

weekend part 1 – week 14 2018

weekend part 1 – week 14 2018

​ 2005 Marchand-Grillot, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Perrières Hmm, drunk directly following the Chenu there’s more concentration, intensity and vibrancy of flavour. The nose starts with some old oak notes that quickly fade, then there are flashes of pure-fruited brilliance but also an intermittent Brett note. The latter only ever gets slowly worse. So I drank this […]

‘foreign’ wines that have passed my lips…

​Tasted last month, a small New Zealand session: 2015 Rippon, Riesling A lovely nose – open and inviting. Fresh attack, direct, a little mouth-watering sweetness and perfumed finksh. Lovely. 2013 Rippon, Pinot Noir Smells of some whole-cluster – round and attractive. Mouth-filling, a little astringent, but long flavours of freshness and interest. 2013 Rippon, Tinkers […]

mid-weekers…

mid-weekers…

​1997 Nicolas Potel, Volnay This nose starts a little bulky but given time it opens – becoming an absolute belter! – really complex, alluring and a little floral too. The palate like the nose, also starts a little bulky – monolithic even – the acidity is a little forward and unbalanced. Unlike the nose, these […]

weekend corkscrew work – week 14 2018

weekend corkscrew work – week 14 2018

A little late out of the blocks – so more of a reminiscence than real notes: 1998 Christian Adine, Chablis 1er Montmain Not a name that I know, half-blind (I knew it was Chablis) the aromas shouted 2008 to me – but it was a 1998! From magnum, but still in a beautiful condition – […]

guy castagnier’s 1999 clos de la roche

guy castagnier’s 1999 clos de la roche

1999 Guy Castagnier, Clos de la Roche Having tried the 97 and 98 in the last 10 days it seemed only fair to open one of these 99s too. I bought a couple of 6-packs way-back-when, and I may have already finished one of them – this the first from the next case. The nose […]

weekend corkscrew work – week 13 2018 – part 2

weekend corkscrew work – week 13 2018 – part 2

I think it’s important never to be under-wined. For that reason, given 7 of us, I thought 3 magnums plus two bottles should have been enough – but it seems we were a sober lot – one bottle of white was only half drunk – though it was anyway time for the reds – and […]

weekend corkscrew work – week 13 2018 – part 1

weekend corkscrew work – week 13 2018 – part 1

​ 2007 Alex Gambal, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes The nose starts with a little reduction – the flavour too – but it doesn’t need much time to dislodge that. There’s not the same concentration as the 2006 Marechale from mid-week, but there is a more open, airy, and complex bright flavour/aroma package here. Today this […]

another 2006 – mugnier’s nuits 1er clos de la marechale

another 2006 – mugnier’s nuits 1er clos de la marechale

2006 JF Mugnier, Nuits St.Georges 1er Clos de la Maréchale ​What a rubbish cork – so spongy that the worm of the corkscrew pulls right up through the middle – at least I could put a straw down the middle! Deep dark fruit on the nose though modest in intensity – aeration adds width and […]

lafon’s 2006 monthelie les duresses…

lafon’s 2006 monthelie les duresses…

2006 Comtes Lafon, Monthelie 1er Les Duresses The nose and also the rest of the wine began rather unauspiciously – aromas of meat and a burly, unfriendly flavour profile. Three hours brought some modest reprise – if I opened another, I’d put it in a decanter. ​The transformation on day two (overnight in the fridge) […]

tastevinage v101 – the results

You may have noted some pictures of snow in this dairy, and for that reason I missed this 101st Tastevinage tasting. But for those of you who follow them, here are the wines that ‘won’ Tastevinage labels last Friday. 557 wines were presented to 220 tasters, and 181 wines were deemed good enough. You can […]

the doctor’s baby ruchottes – fragrant, beautiful wine

the doctor’s baby ruchottes – fragrant, beautiful wine

A wine made from the produce of young vines in Ruchottes-Chambertin. The domaine replanted half of their 0.64 hectare Ruchottes-Chambertin parcel in 2000, the original vines had been planted in 1950 but were not very productive. So this ‘Gevrey-Chambertin’ was the first cuvée of the new vines – from the ‘traditional’ third flowering. In the […]

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