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2 (assorted) echézeaux…

1998 François Lamarche, Echézeaux A fresh, intense nose with a very good fruit flavour but it quickly becomes ever-more herbal – borderline unpleasant. Plenty of modest rasp from the tannin – but the grain is clearly fading. A bit of bitter herb in the finish too – eventually a noticeable TCA flavour in the finish […]

1998 clos napoleon…

1998 clos napoleon…

What’s the old saying? – Buy in haste, repent at leisure – for a long time I had thoughts along those lines about this wine. Of-course time is often a healer, and that seems to be the case even for Fixin in the most astringent (tannins) of vintages: 1998 Pierre Gelin, Fixin 1er Clos Napoleon […]

only bottles, no writing…

only bottles, no writing…

Yes, the house-moving has been a bit of a pain, but just to prove that I haven’t also been avoiding refreshments…

99 volnay clos des ‘xxx’

99 volnay clos des ‘xxx’

Age shows the difference! My two wines from the Elégance de Volnay: As young wines, i.e. the first year or two from release, this Potel was qualitatively on the same level as the Lafon Santenots and the d’Angerville Clos des Ducs – I really can’t say that anymore. Today the Potel is wild, complex and […]

the ‘not just’ la romanée tasting last friday…

the ‘not just’ la romanée tasting last friday…

Something of an honour; 72 wines from the domaine of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair, commemorating 200 years since the family established their presence in Burgundy. There was also a brilliant music concert in the evening (including a 302 year-old Stradivarius) followed by dinner, prepared by Pascal Barbot and his team from the 3-star restaurant in Paris, l’Astrance. […]

last saturday’s blind burgundy extravaganza!

last saturday’s blind burgundy extravaganza!

I get together with a couple of friends once every 6 months or-so, and last weekend we drank (blind) a lovely selection of wines – a modest 12 bottles with good food and good company! The first wine was mine. The Jadot was a 2010 but already with oxidised notes – we cut it some […]

a great weekend selection…

a great weekend selection…

A lucky selection – and that was just the house wines for the weekend! 2010 Buisson-Charles, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Medium, medium-pale colour. Pretty, if modest red fruit aromas. Here is a slightly sweet and completely delicious wine – very modest weight and intensity, but it does what it does, excellently! Rebuy – Yes 2008, Joseph […]

monday – it must be a chablis day…

Lake Zürich

Gathered together in Zürich for a nice group tasting – blind of Chablis. I’ll write the notes soon, but there was more than an occasional whiff of oxidation – unfortunately…

grèves vs le chapitre – and the winner is….

grèves vs le chapitre – and the winner is….

1998 Louis Jadot, Beaune 1er Les Grèves A ‘maison’ wine – as there’s no hint of ‘domaine’ on the labels. And this time not corked! The nose is a little herby but there’s a deep, dark-red fruit on the nose too – good focus, though it’s just a little raucous/rustic. In the mouth it’s similar […]

ultra-orange wine…

ultra-orange wine…

No, not a lecture on ‘off-wine’ – well not in an ‘orange direction’ anyway. I expected maybe one glass from the Puligny, but fortunately it was on fire, because the 98 Beaune Grèves that I had planned to follow was corked. I open all 1990s wines with a certain (cork) trepidation as it was a […]

monday 2010s – one corked one not…

monday 2010s – one corked one not…

Two 2010s but unfortunately the first – the Talmettes – was heavily corked… 2010 Hervé Murat, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Le Clos Duc Medium, medium-plus fruit. A dark and herby nose – but with brilliant flashes of fine, dark-red fruit – the herb isn’t so great, but the fruit is. This is supple and […]

04 de vogüé and 12 comte liger-belair

04 de vogüé and 12 comte liger-belair

Dinner in Caves Madeleine yesterday, and generous diners wanted to open the 2004 de Vogüé – so I naturally had to find something to pique interest too. Not a bad pair of after-dinner bottles.. 2004 Comte Georges de Vogüé, Bonnes-Mares The 2005 of this is magical, but less fortunately this shows in a classic 2004 […]

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