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françois carillon’s 2011 puligny…

françois carillon’s 2011 puligny…

I really don’t know too much about how the two brothers have variously split up what was once, one of the finest addresses in Puligny – It/they didn’t appear in my book for the simple reason that whatever had been newly set-up had no track record at all. But this wine is a very tasty […]

weekend bottles…

weekend bottles…

Friends over for the weekend, so an extra couple of bottles: 2011 Domaine Masse Père et Fils, Givry 1er Champ Lalot – am ashamed to say that we drink this quickly and easily – it really supports that process 😉 I noted no P, just a wine of balance and ease – pretty enough! The […]

a little something from the weekend…

a little something from the weekend…

It was nice to have the counterpoint of one last glass from the Gérard Mugneret, before diving into the 2004 Pascal Lachaux, Clos St.Denis – this CSD, from the start had borderline P to my taste – sometimes it’s there, sometimes not. This particular bottle was a little reduced and this reduction never blew off […]

guy amiot’s 2011 chassagne vv…

guy amiot’s 2011 chassagne vv…

2011 Guy Amiot, Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles-Vignes I can’t put my finger on why, but I’ve always loved this label – sometimes the wine is less interesting – but not today, just! The nose is wide and high-toned yet also understated and quite pretty. Slightly anonymous entry, but the flavour builds through the mid-palate. In the end, […]

alain michelot’s 2007 les saint georges…

alain michelot’s 2007 les saint georges…

2007 Alain Michelot, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les St.Georges Herbs and warm plum fruit on the nose. Full and nicely round in the mouth, the acidity slowly developing through the core of the wine. Nice finishing flavour. Essentially ‘nice’ but not that special… Rebuy – Maybe

gérard mugneret’s 2010 vosne-romanée…

gérard mugneret’s 2010 vosne-romanée…

2010 Gérard Mugneret, Vosne-Romanée Plenty of colour here, roughly medium-plus. The nose begins with discretion; faint spice over a deeper note. With aeration the nose rounds out and adds a slight musk – it is very pleasant indeed. Right from the first sip there’s plenty of acidity, but like the nose, the flavours need time […]

at last, a genavrières..

at last, a genavrières..

There’s always a little excitement when you find something that you’ve never tasted before, and finally this year I came across a bottling of Morey St.Denis 1er Les Genavrières. This 1er cru is a constituent part of many MSD 1er blends, but apart from the Domaine des Monts Luisants and more recently the Le Moine […]

more weekend bottles…

more weekend bottles…

As always, I started with an old one, the ’92 Fixin Les Clos from D&V Berthaut – and what a bit of a stunner it was! An enveloping, warm strawberry nose was also reflected by the ripe fruit flavour and a smooth texture to boot. I have just one more of these – and happily […]

last weekend’s bottles…

last weekend’s bottles…

A modest, but very tasty set of wines that accompanied DVDs and popcorn (amongst other choice materials…) It’s nice to reflect on the diversity of wines; here the lovely Passetoutgrains probably cost not much more than 10 Euros, but (on a different price level) last night I was also able to taste (okay, I took […]

my weekend bottles…

my weekend bottles…

Sadly the ’59 Clos St.Jacques was just a bit too oxidative to be any fun but its replacement was altogether more interesting, concentrated, silkily textured and rather intense – the 2005 Dr.Georges Mugneret , young vines Ruchottes-Chambertin (a.k.a. ‘villages’ Gevrey-Chambertin) – yum – that was a wine to savour. To replace the Mugneret came the […]

1988 savigny champ chevrey from tollot-beaut…

1988 savigny champ chevrey from tollot-beaut…

1988 Tollot-Beaut, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Champ Chevrey Hmm, the sniff after removing the cork smells a bit cooked – maybe an hour in the refrigerator to give it a cool aeration. The nose now has a little soy sauce and meat and a darker slightly pruny depth – not magnificent, but still no turn-off – a […]

2008 maison romaine’s corton perrières…

2008 Maison Romaine, Corton Les Perrières Maison Romain is a side-line label for one man and his horse; the pair occasionally manage to get paid in grapes for ploughing between the vines, rather than in hard cash. The wine-making approach has been described to me as ‘natural’, and in this case at least, I would […]

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