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update for the jacks

update for the jacks

Overnight what’s the change in these two Clos St.Jacques?? Fourrier has less oak on the nose and also the palate – it’s like a veil has been lifted a little. The nose is now a little more floral with a savoury aspect replacing the juvenile oak. I would say that this is now on the […]

three jacks to start the week…

three jacks to start the week…

The first two wines were drunk last week with the legendary Vinotas in Beaune: 2000 Bernard Morey, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Embrazées Pale gold. The nose starts with plenty of brioche, slowly tightening and hardening and showing a little honey. The palate has some minerality and nice acidity, the finish is also not bad, but I’m missing […]

So many things (including Leroy!)…

Let me see; a wonderful dinner last night in the Hotel Adler. 12 different bottles of Domaine and Maison Leroy wines from 2004 to 1966. The 2004 ‘blends’ have been really hyped – vs the hype I was disappointed – but it will take me some while to write-up my pages of notes! The merchant […]

Glasgow Fun…

What a week! It started with a 4:15am alarm call last Friday and a flight to the UK, finally returning late Thursday night. In between there was the wine-pages.com superBOWL in Glasgow where one or two bottles were consumed, actually about 500 in one day by less than 70 people! Of-course that was on the […]

the farnsburg offline – May 2004

the farnsburg offline – May 2004

There was no official scribe – so as I’d apparently managed to write something down for most of the night – I was deployed. Eleven lucky souls arrived late-afternoon Friday at Farnsburg – a restaurant and guest-house with a bit of a wino reputation… plus buffalo in the fields. Eleven turned out to be a […]

Marvellous Montrachet

Do you think that three bottles was too much(?) I have to say my first tasting of the fabulous Montrachet from our old friends in Vosne-Romanée left an indelible mark on my palate – or at least on the ‘poor’ Echézeaux that followed it – more info on this tasting in July’s Burgundy-Report.

East London

I had a really great Tuesday this week. It started with the first of two opportunities to taste the new release from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the 2001’s. This was courtesy of Corney and Barrow at their splendid new home close to the Tower of London. More about the wines in due course in […]


The Devonshire Arms. That Sunday lunch was going to be a real treat was instantly confirmed as I tucked into the amuse bouche; a tiny Shepherds Pie! Of course the 2000+ bin wine selection – a ‘tome’ roughly as thick as a breeze block – had already whetted the appetite and I chose a half […]

Tasteless Wine

The traditional Christmas cold is upon me, but this year it is not the normal opportunity to waste nice bottles that you can’t taste. It seems that this year I can still taste and sniff – I just cough afterwards! Have a great holiday period.


Last week I enjoyed a nice Japanese lunch with Mr Martin and Mr Goode where we put the world to right and I drank tea – funny old world. Then the dastardly Mr Martin encouraged me to buy a bottle of 1991 Chambolle-Musigny – that was corked – bugger!

Dinner in Glasgow

Well, not only did they let me into the UK, they even let me into Scotland too. Seems there’s also a chance for me to go home on Sunday – so that was nice! Last night there was a trace of indulgement – 1* Michelin Restaurant – Braidwoods – just beautifully cooked food with lovely […]


I’m sat in the departure lounge of Basel airport – without my passport (don’t ask) but it looks like the Brits will still let me in – be a shame if not, I’ve 10 bottles of Griotte-Chambertin for a tasting for up to 40 people at wine-pages.com’s SuperBOWL 2003 event in Glasgow – I suppose […]

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