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2 x pv

2 x pv

That’s PVs, not PBs – older muscles keep finding a new route to blocking the latter – but the PVs were good medicines! 1995 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Ile des Vergelesses Good colour, not overtly aged. The nose begins in very attractive fashion, with a silky smooth width of spiced red fruit. Despite a good-looking and […]

weekend wines – week 32 2017

weekend wines – week 32 2017

Three super wines this weekend! 2014 Château Pommard, Pommard Clos Marey-Monge There’s no doubting the ambition here; a new bottle design (shape), and an impressively wide, if Screwpull unfriendly neck, then there’s the new label design. It doesn’t stop there, there’s the oak too: A good depth of colour, and a nose that’s creamily, spicily […]

mid-week, back in the saddle

mid-week, back in the saddle

Getting back into the swing of things: 2015 Louis Max, Rully Les Plantenays Well, there’s something of creme brulee nose here – attractive, yet I’m now anticipating plenty of oak. The palate retains a freshness and deliciousness, despite some padding – an oak augmentation to plenty of lemony action. Super in its oaked vernacular which […]

weekend wines – week 30 2017

weekend wines – week 30 2017

2012 Raveneau, Chablis 1er Butteaux I was lucky enough to drink the 2010 of this at Au Fils Du Zinc. in Chablis, last month, and it was open, ready and fabulous. This wine is also fabulous, but it’s a long-way away from being ‘ready.’ The nose is all rocks and citrus – it’s a great […]

a few wines chez domaine tortochot

a few wines chez domaine tortochot

I visited chez Tortochot in June, but putting everything together for my June report I see that there isn’t really enough content for its own published page – so here you go. Chantal wasn’t at the domaine so Beatrice took us through a couple of 16s in barrel then a small but perfectly formed group […]

1982 sauzet puligny

1982 sauzet puligny

1982 Etienne Sauzet, Puligny-Montrachet Of-course this is orange wine, but it’s orange for a reason – it’s 35 years-old. The nose has a toasty, reductive, biscuit-crumb and lanolin style – but there’s really no sherry-style oxidation here. In the mouth it’s actually large-scaled, in an almost overblown style, yet, as the shouted flavours fade, this […]

a mid-week malconsorts…

a mid-week malconsorts…

The last of my small cache – 3 excellent bottles and a less good bottle – the previous one. In this 2001 vintage Camille Giroud bought a couple of half-finished wines, post-malo, but still in barrel – both from the same source. The other wine was a single barrel of Romanée St.Vivant – of which […]

weekend wine – week 29 2017

weekend wine – week 29 2017

Of-course there were others, etrangers, but I thought I’d concentrate on this one. I bought a few of these at a Swiss auction a few years back – though I later stopped buying from the auction house concerned as there were too many ‘questionable’ bottles for sale. But this has always had GREAT potential – […]

grivot’s 1995 nuits roncière

grivot’s 1995 nuits roncière

I think it’s absolutely fair to say, that the combination of this surly (for a long time) vintage, plus the wine-making chez Grivot at this time, really don’t make for a salivating prospect, but: 1995 Jean Grivot, Nuits St.Georges 1er Roncières The 96 Lavières of last week was, save its ‘robustness,’ was rather unremarkable. This […]

girin 2013 l’ancestrale

girin 2013 l’ancestrale

Probably the best producer of straight Beaujolais… 2013 Domaine Girin, Beaujolais l’Ancestrale Quite deep colour. A nose that starts fresh but seems to body-build, taking on more aromatic volume and weight. The nose is quite nice, but the palate is even tastier than I’m expecting – wide, decently concentrated and with a little rigorous lick […]

weekend wines – week 28 2017

weekend wines – week 28 2017

This weekend, after the must try harder of last weekend – full marks! Even the 2009 ‘swissie’ was a lovely bottle! 2007 Camille Giroud, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Cazetiers Hmm – this was still too young when I last opened one – but no more! The nose deep, seemingly textured with dark and enticing layers of […]

freddy mugnier’s 1999 chambolle

freddy mugnier’s 1999 chambolle

1999 Domaine Mugnier, Chambolle-Musigny There was a time where I thought that half-bottles were useful for the cellar – a short-lived time, it must be said – and I bought a dozen of these halves. The first one or two were good, the rest were a disappointment. This is number 7, and it’s really the […]

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