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to trip, or not to trip – rosé style…

to trip, or not to trip – rosé style…

Château Pizay… I was invited to a ‘press trip’ by the syndicate of growers from Moulin-à-Vent, and normally I don’t make press trips – you would be forgiven for asking why(?) Okay, I’ll answer that anyway: The only previous ‘press trip’ that I’ve done, was to Chablis. I was one of five who were deemed […]

that’s what 5 hl/ha looks like

that’s what 5 hl/ha looks like

Pierre Vincent at Domaine Leflaive. Tasting 2016s this morning, there was this chance to see what a whole hectare of Montrachet delivered in 2016 – due of-course to the frost of 27 April. Six producers assembled all their grapes from 1 hectare of vines so there was enough to vinify. Here, in the second part […]

friday night – a double mikulski!

friday night – a double mikulski!

2015 François Mikulski, Meursault 1er Caillerets A deep and, of course, young colour. The nose is of simmering blueberry – it’s certainly enticing! The palate starts slow and narrow, getting wider and wider, slowly wider. A little fine-grained tannin and flavour leaching from your gums. There is so much more about this wine than the […]

tastevinage v100 – the results

tastevinage v100 – the results

For anyone who follows the tastings – or rather the successful wines – of the Tastevinage, the results of last Friday’s tastings are now available online. You can find them here.

weekend wines – week 39 2017

weekend wines – week 39 2017

2002 Louis Jadot, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Petits Monts Hmm – great aromatic volume here – obviously Vosne-spiced too. Supple concentration in the mouth, still a little tannic texture – good volume too – not pinched by any age or any tightness. Nicely finishing if now showing a more modest width. Tasty, moreish wine – Yum! […]

a perfect 100(th) tastevinage day…

a perfect 100(th) tastevinage day…

A beautiful day in the Côtes today – 26°C – and the vines are just starting to change colour. Better make the most of it, tomorrow is rain. Oh, and it will rain on Sunday too! Today was the 100th Tastevinage – I’m still mightily impressed by the tasting teams I’ve joined with – nothing […]

david clark’s 2012 côte de nuits villages vv

david clark’s 2012 côte de nuits villages vv

I felt fortunate at the time in managing to secure a mixed case from David from this, his last vintage – I think Berry Bros. bought-out just about his whole production! This is the first from that case, a mixed pack of 4 of these and 4 each of his Morey St.Denis and his Vosne-Romanée. […]

only 56 years age difference…

only 56 years age difference…

I suppose that given the title, you might be forgiven for assuming that sub-title could be ‘A Las Vegas Wedding!’ Boringly, this is actually about wine, but certainly not about boring wines… 1959 Maison Roger Moreau, Gevrey-Chambertin “Clos Saint Jacques” I bought a few of these at an auction in Switzerland – maybe 10 years-or-so […]

weekend wines – week 38 2017

weekend wines – week 38 2017

Another week/weekend of 1997 research for the forthcoming Burgundy Report – but I managed to slip in another bottle… 2011 Domaine Albert Joly, Puligny-Montrachet Les Tremblots A little deeper colour than seems correct for such a (theoretically) youthful wine. Waxy lemon and a suggestion of caramel on the nose – but alive and attractive. Mouth-filling, […]

1996 hospices de beaune corton charlotte dumay

1996 hospices de beaune corton charlotte dumay

1996 Hospices de Beaune Corton Charlotte Dumay – Prosper Maufoux Hmm, a miserly cork – about 45mm worth – I expect better from my half-bottles! I had 4 bottles of this remaining from a whole case bought many years ago for a good price in Switzerland – but I’ve never seen anything even vaguely hinting […]

lafon’s 1992 monthelie les duresses

lafon’s 1992 monthelie les duresses

1992 Comtes Lafon, Monthelie 1er Les Duresses The last bottle was corked, but this is fine – unfortunately it’s my last. A wide, fresh and open nose with a depth of faintly spiced raspberry. The palate starts narrow – and like the nose, fresh. After a fine set of 1997 grand crus over the last […]

weekend wines – week 37 2017

weekend wines – week 37 2017

Some great wines – nearly all 1997s – but that’s the start for a write-up about the 1997 reds – 20 years on – to be published in my September report. But there was a lovely Ampeau too! 1995 Robert Ampeau, Meursault 1er La Piece Sous la Bois The nose is deep and slightly toasty, […]

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