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1998 denis mortet gevrey-chambertin

1998 Denis Mortet, Gevrey-Chambertin

I’ve opened one of these almost every year since release – it’s rare that I buy a 12-bottle case, but occasionally ‘research’ is important! Frankly, due to the oak treatment this has been a roller-coaster ride. Last year I didn’t think so highly of the wine, the year before, perhaps, being it’s peak – yet […]

2x charles thomas vosne-romanée 1er malconsorts

Charles Thomas Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Malconsorts

Ha! Someone, probably me, had put these two bottles out of sight in the cellar – perhaps with the aim of prolonging their stay – but that was thwarted! Frankly both are rather tight so that today their delivery of drinking ‘pleasure’ is curtailed, yet both are well put together, have decent concentration and no […]

jean-claude bessin chablis vieilles vignes 2005

Jean-Claude Bessin Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2005

2005 Jean-Claude Bessin, Chablis Vielles Vignes Pale yellow-green colour. The nose is fresh with sea-shells and an undertow of ripe melon-style fruit. Reasonably fresh and certainly intense in the slightly ‘padded’ mid-palate. Despite the padding it could only come from Chablis due to the mineral core that goes through the center. Pretty good acidity and […]

jean-philippe fichet 2005 bourgogne rouge

Jean-Philippe Fichet 2005 Bourgogne Rouge

2005 Jean-Philippe Fichet, Bourgogne Rouge Medium, medium-plus colour – actually a very bright red. Wide and round, quite fresh aromas with sweet fruit and bouquet-garni too. Today the acidity is bright, providing a slight metallic edge to the flavour, but it also pushes the mouth-watering flavours much longer. The texture is smooth and though the […]

2006 bouchard père et fils beaune 1er du château

Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er du Château

I sometimes have problems to appreciate this cuvée when released – for example I found the 2001 angular and lacking balance – I wouldn’t have recommended it, yet a few years later it was super – so, assuming it wasn’t an errant bottle, I was wrong. Here again, early on with the 2006 I can’t […]

two weekend bourgognes; leroy & barthod

two weekend bourgognes; leroy & barthod

Two more weekend wines that offer very high quality at their respective levels: 1996 Maison Leroy, Bourgogne Rouge Limpid, medium, medium pale ruby red – looks lovely in the glass. The nose is restrained yet finely transparent with clean strawberry, raspberry and cherry impressions. In the mouth it’s a delightful combination of lightness yet intensity, […]

a stroke of luck…

[No photos – to protect the innocent!] I was in London last Friday and it didn’t start all that well; a planned lunch with Neal Martin (he of the dark-side) and Linden Wilkie (The Fine Wine Experience) went awol – Neal (suffering jet-lag) and Linden (just suffering) both assumed the other had told me the […]

1999 prieuré-roch vosne-romanée les suchots

1999 Prieuré-Roch Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots

Some wines are impossible to encapsulate in a few words as they keep changing and developing in the glass – this is one such wine. 1999 Prieuré-Roch, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Suchots A medium-plus core of ruby-red that fades to a crystal-clear watery edge. The nose is wine – but not as most people know it! […]

charles thomas vosne-romanée malconsorts 2001

Charles Thomas Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Malconsorts 2001

Very much a Jekyll and Hyde performance from this wine, and the Jekyll aspect means I can’t endorse it – but Mr Hyde… 2001 Charles Thomas, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Malconsorts The replacement for my last TCA infected bottle. Medium-plus ruby-red colour. The nose is deep, slightly savoury, eventually full of beef stock though spicily wide […]

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