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weekend wines – week 36 2017

weekend wines – week 36 2017

A little harvest (if not wine!) pause, with friends who were visiting, in Pommard. 2013 Gilles Bouton, St.Aubin 1er En Remilly Starting a little toasty – slightly reductive – becoming more open and prettier with air. Good line and even a little minerality here. A modest but tasty wine with a little finishing sweetness. Tasty. […]

weekend wines – week 35 2017

weekend wines – week 35 2017

2013 Alain Geoffroy, Chablis 1er Vau-Ligneau A modest depth of colour.The nose is fresh but also deep and tropical – certainly a little botrytis here. Mouth-filling, fine, sweet, indeed melting acidity – that’s classic Chablis – the sweet pineapple and slightly oily texture is a little less Chablis. Just fabulously delicious wine, yet, not quite […]

louis chenu’s 2015 aux clous

louis chenu’s 2015 aux clous

2015 Louis Chenu, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Aux Clous Ooh – what an aromatic wine! The nose actually tightens with a little aeration, but the palate just gets broader and longer. The nose reaches equilibrium with a macerating cherry – but soft, without a sharp acid edge. In the mouth it’s as aromatic as the nose started […]

1996 thomas-moillard corton clos du roi

1996 thomas-moillard corton clos du roi

1996 Domaine Thomas-Moillard, Corton Clos du Roi This was a virile, impressive, painfully young wine when first purchased – but it was always a thrilling ride. Today it’s as virile and acid-pointed as it ever was, it also seems to have a thicker, more viscous texture and concentration too. The problem with this wine, though, […]

a 2005 chambolle wow

a 2005 chambolle wow

The last wine I opened was a great wine for the vintage – 2007. But there are decent vintages and great vintages. This ‘mere’ villages wine from the very epicentre of greatness in the great 2005 vintage is easily the better of that 2007 today – despite the rarity of that wine… I feel slightly […]

Weekend wines – week 34 2017

Weekend wines – week 34 2017

2010 Nicolas Rossignol, Savigny les Beaune 1er Aux Fourneaux The last Bourgogne was deep and structured with a little oak – yet drank very quickly. This wine simply ticks all the boxes, and the bottle is empty quicker than you expect. Quite a deep colour. The nose is wide, with a faint accent of spice […]

2010 nicolas rossignol, l’héritière expression

2010 nicolas rossignol, l’héritière expression

You have to to search for the appellation here, but in small letters there’s Appellation Bourgogne Controlée. 2010 Nicolas Rossignol, l’Héritière Expression The nose starts with a little spice and plenty of reduction – together you would be forgiven for thinking that it’s oaky – though there’s some of that too! I gave this wine […]

do you smell corks?

do you smell corks?

My advice, is that advice, like exercise, is not absolute – it’s about what works for you. I’ve more than once read articles from (let’s call them) opinion-formers, who state quite categorically that cork sniffing has absolutely no use, and is, charitably(!) nothing more than an affectation – I beg to differ. It’s not 100% […]

michel lafarge’s 2005 beaune grèves

michel lafarge’s 2005 beaune grèves

2005 Michel Lafarge, Beaune 1er Grèves Following the 2005 DF Volnay from yesterday, here is my other goto 2005 for gauging how those tight 2005s are performing – I started with a full case of each, bought for precisely this exercise. If the Volnay was showing good signs of blossoming, this remains very-much on a […]

dubreuil-fontaine’s 2005 volnay…

dubreuil-fontaine’s 2005 volnay…

Ignoring for a moment that this wine is in my glass, for two other reasons, I’m happy to see that this wine has become very tasty – 1) because it’s always been a very tight wine and 2) that it hopefully augers well for all those other ‘tight’ 2005s! 2005 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Volnay Such a bargain […]

weekend wines – week 33 2017

weekend wines – week 33 2017

Dinner with friends on Friday, so no note-taking, just a ‘hazy’ memory jotted down a couple of days later… The house prosecco got the evening moving before changing gear with Chandon de Briailles’ 2007 Charlemagne which was golden coloured, smelled a little of oak, nuts, honey. The mouth showed power, muscle and again a little […]

rebourgeon-mure’s 2010 pommard 1er clos micault

rebourgeon-mure’s 2010 pommard 1er clos micault

2010 Rebourgeon-Mure Pommard 1er Clos Micault Last time out, this was so über-delicious that it bested the domaine’s 2010 Grands Epenots, since then it has tightened a little, though it’s still a fine and moreish wine, just not quite at the same peak of drinking as before. The nose remains bright, berry red-fruited, with just […]

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