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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 […]

weekend corkscrew work – week 12 2018

weekend corkscrew work – week 12 2018

A weekend away, not control over the glassware. The whites showed great, less-so the reds… ​2009 Alex Gambal, St.Aubin 1er Murgers des Dents de Chien Half golden. The nose starts with a toast, ends with a riper fruit. In the mouth this has youth and freshness – much more-so than I would have expected – […]

two mid-week-ers

two mid-week-ers

​ 2005 Cornu, Savigny Les Saucours I haven’t popped one of these for about 10 years – maybe a little more – but I’ve a distant memory of it being very good! Not the deepest colour for a 2005 but still plenty. The aroma is of a fine and frank red berry fruit. Lots of […]

weekend corkscrew work – week 11 2018

weekend corkscrew work – week 11 2018

2013 Olivier Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet A faint, slightly reductive, toast on this nose – the depth hinting at a little grapefruit – which becomes more and more overt with aeration and as the toast fades. Fresh but with a melting width over the palate rather than direction. The flavour is of slightly sweetened grapefruit and has […]

finishing the grands jours with the paulée in marsannay

finishing the grands jours with the paulée in marsannay

We finished the the week of the Grands Jours with the Paulée de Marsannay. The last time I went (2014 I think) I’m sorry to say it was a very boring affair, the combination of a very ‘quiet’ table and an interminable ‘presentation’ by Jonathan Nossiter – whose speech was (seemingly and thankfully) prematurely terminated […]

weekend corkscrew work – week 10 2018

weekend corkscrew work – week 10 2018

Friday’s last tasting was with a domaine heavy on Volnay – 11 bottles tasted – ‘Please take something with you, we are also going to have to find people to drink these now that they are open’ – hence the couple of Clos de la Chapelles – notes to follow in my March report, after […]

a cheeky mid-weeker…

a cheeky mid-weeker…

Despite being shaken up in a van on Tuesday, not bad at all… ​ 2005 des Croix, Bourgogne Pinot Noir A satisfying ‘pop’ as the cork comes out. Still plenty of colour. The nose with a trace of reduction, but the fruit is also deep. Finally this wine has some secondary flavours – this was […]

weekend corkscrew work – week 9 2018

weekend corkscrew work – week 9 2018

Oedoria, Cremant, Extra-Brut From the Cave Cooperative of that name in Beaujolais, made with chardonnay. A modest but pure nose. Plenty of slightly rustic bubbles – it gets better with air as the CO2 calms. The flavour is excellent, wide and with a fine purity – totally sans artifice. This is very good stuff. ​ […]

week 8 2018 – weekend wines

week 8 2018 – weekend wines

Friday night with some of the Commanderie de Calgary saw 2x 2015 whites and a 2014 red. My short recollections are that we started with a Lamy St.Aubin 1er Clos de la Chatenière which was taut and fine – very lovely wine. The second was Alex Gambal’s St.Aubin 1er Mugers des Dents du Chien which […]

week 7 2018 – my weekend wines

week 7 2018 – my weekend wines

I got home from Beaujolais late on Thursday. On Friday we went to meet with friends who stay in Mürren for a few days each year. I havent skied for nearly 3 years, and given Friday’s rain at 1,600 meters, not to mention the slushy snow and poor visibility, Friday definitely wasn’t going to be […]

week 6 2018 – my weekend wines

week 6 2018 – my weekend wines

A great start and middle, then… ​ 2012 Le Grappin, Savigny-lès-Beaune Hmm – high tones, dark fruit and a fine width of aroma. This wine fills the mouth with freshness and dark sour cherry fruit – it’s mouth-wateringly delicious and that’s before it adds another creamy dimension in the mid and finishing flavours. Pure, intense, […]

​ week 5 2018 – my weekend wines

​ week 5 2018 – my weekend wines

Sneakily extending this year’s ‘Cremant January’ into February. Gilles et Romain Collet, Cremant de Bourgogne Of-course, ‘Cremant de Chablis’ with wine from the 2015 vintage. Like the recent wine of Clothilde Davenne, a simply delicious nose of ripe mirabelles – but still with freshness and deliciousness. Loved this. Rebuy – Yes Louis Bouillot, Cremant de […]

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