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january weekend bottles, part last!

january weekend bottles, part last!

2005 Roger Belland, Santenay 1er Commes I note a DIAM closure here – that must be one of the earliest. Belland’s wines, certainly the 05 and 06s started big, brash and impressive before becoming fainter and thinner – maybe that was a phase, because this is now quite impressive… Still deep colour. A deep, dark-fruited […]

january weekend bottles, part 2…

january weekend bottles, part 2…

Over a year ago when I tasted the 2013s chez Dufouleur Frères, it might well have been a root day; the wines really didn’t show very well, but they certainly did show a strong accent of dark oak – François-Xavier (FX) Dufouleur really wasn’t happy with the overall showing that day. When I tasted the […]

le corton 01 and 02…

le corton 01 and 02…

This week I re-acquainted myself with a couple of old friends; Bouchard’s Le Corton. Always a very well-priced cuvée but with a great a quality – I know this is young for Corton, but how are these two doing? 2001 Bouchard Père et Fils, Le Corton Hmm – a lovely nose of seemingly mature fruit, […]

a little lunchtime (older) chablis…

a little lunchtime (older) chablis…

Well, it’s so rare that anyone seems to drink anything more than 3 years old, I thought I might as well list them! Fortunately the vintage played right into my preference zone, the 2007s easily the best for me! Nice to see that these were all so fresh too! 2008 Domaine du Chardonnay, Chablis 1er […]

death in beaune and the first weekend bottles (of 2016)…

death in beaune and the first weekend bottles (of 2016)…

We  weren’t planning on being in Beaune over the new year holiday, rather we had the 31st planned with friends in Bern – but due to problems their end, this was postponed – so why not Beaune(?) Well the obvious answer (having now done it!) is that Beaune is completely dead! Walk around the Boulevard (periphique, if […]

one or two holiday bottles…

Dec 26

Just a modest selection that’s kept mind and soul together over the last days; but quickly going through (most of) them: 2001 Mugneret-Gibourg, Vosne-Romanée Really something of a modest disappointment – though consistent with previous bottles; fine bones, sleek, but modest, indeed dilute – not a patch on the flamboyance of its youth – at […]

a little something from the (last) weekend…

a little something from the (last) weekend…

Wines with friends on Saturday – that I mainly managed to finish on the Sunday! Just a few reminisces… The bubbles came from Perrier-Jouet, just the normal (gold label) NV, but this particular bottle was laid-up in the cellar for at least the last 6-7 years – the nose was okay but not the best, […]

pillot, engel, esmonin – thursday’s training for christmas!

pillot, engel, esmonin – thursday’s training for christmas!

Actually, even with help, I didn’t finish these, so I think the Engel and Esmonin will live on – for tonight at least 😉 2008 Paul Pillot, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Clos St.Jean Medium lemon yellow colour. A toasty reduction lasts about 5 minutes to be replaced by a fresh, bright yellow, slightly padded citrus fruit. Wide […]

varoilles and bruno clair – a bit of pre-christmas training

varoilles and bruno clair – a bit of pre-christmas training

Back in Switzerland and given that I’m not tasting 20 wines (plus!) per day, I really do have a thirst for opening things – surely it’s good training for Christmas too 😉 2002 Domaine des Varoilles, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos des Varoilles I though I had this in magnums – but not – it must be […]

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