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Rebuy – Maybe (2006)

three christmas wines (fevre m-gibourg mugnier)

Christmas lunch was a long, leisurely affair. First we took the 2002 Fevre Chablis Bougros as an aperitif, then with food took two Piesporter Goldtropfchens – a 2004 and a 2003 from St.Urbans-Hof – then a couple of new reds: 2002 William Fevre, Chablis Bougros Pale golden. The nose is a pungent mix of faint […]

jadot 2004 clos des ursules

jadot 2004 clos des ursules

2004 Louis Jadot, Beaune 1er Clos des Ursules Medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose is deep, soft red fruit, more berry than cherry – just a little high-toned estery aspect too. Sweet fruit, packed with effusive acidity and tannin showing a little grain. The overall aspect is just missing a little 1er cru intensity and the […]

hotels and wine – a surprise

Tonight I deserve to eat and drink badly (actually I tend not to drink badly – I prefer to abstain!); I’m alone in a hotel and a colleague has given me the name of two good restaurants – the thing is (without a driver) I’m far too lazy to arrange taxis in each direction – […]

pierre gelin fixin clos napoleon 98

The last time I had one of these was at least 3 or 4 years ago, and probably a 1996 – but I do remember liking the wine! In September I took a ‘flyer’ and managed to land a reasonably priced case at auction; here’s the chance to see what kind of mistake I made! […]

clos frantin vosne malconsorts 03

clos frantin vosne malconsorts 03

2003 Domaine du Clos Frantin, Vosne-Romanée 1er Malconsorts Medium-plus cherry-red colour. A deeply ripe red-fruit nose; it flirts with being porty but just-about avoids this tragedy – though I’m concerned that with time it might fall from the tightrope it currently walks. The palate is soft and concentrated with a burst of tannin in the […]

antonin guyon 2002 aloxe

antonin guyon 2002 aloxe

2002 Antonin Guyon, Aloxe-Corton 1er Les Fournières A good medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose starts full of minerals and sweet red cherry, slowly becomes a little higher-toned and diffuse, the remaining drops in the glass, however, have a quite lovely smell. The palate is quite intense and pure – red-fruity – quite fresh too. The […]

pommard #15

pommard #15

A very ‘competent’ wine that needs a little more ‘soul’: 1996 Comte Armand, Pommard 1er Clos des Epenots Medium-plus colour. A wild and impressive nose at the start; oak, a little blood, interesting width, but slowly the oak becomes a little more dominant and the joy fades. Much more subtle entry than the Lejeune Rugiens, […]

a clos du tart and a chevalier-montrachet

Enjoyment tinged with disappointment: Two top wines, if I hadn’t seen the labels I would have enjoyed them very much, but I did – one in retrospect was disappointing: 1999 Clos de Tart Medium, medium-plus ruby-red core edging to a salmon pink. A nose of minerals edged with soft red fruit and the faintest trace […]

pommard #9 + a 2004 delivery

pommard #9 + a 2004 delivery

#9 of my pre-Christmas Pommard odyssey 2000 J-M Boillot, Pommard 1er Jarollières Medium, medium-plus ruby-red colour. The fruit on the nose is just as sweet as the previous Rossignol, but it’s darker coloured at the edge with a red core, faint coffee too – very fetching! Less ripe palate than the Rossignol – almost mouth-puckering […]

pommard #8

#8 of my pre-Christmas Pommard odyssey 2000 Nicolas Rossignol, Pommard 1er Les Jarollières Medium ruby-red. The nose is an interesting mix of high-toned floral elements over an intitially diffuse base of sweet fruit – then I got something more like rubber – others said shitake mushroom! Lovely ripe fruit on the palate, still forward tannin […]

pommard #7

pommard #7

Wine #7 of my pre-Christmas Pommard odyssey 2003 Domaine Leroy, Pommard Les Vignots Deep cherry-red – only slighty paler than the 03 Dugat-Py. The nose is rounder and more forward than the D-P, just a little reduced at the start but there’s lots of disparate complexity. Somehow the palate is also less ‘together’ than the […]

pommard #6

#6 of my pre-Christmas Pommard odyssey 2003 Dugat-Py, Pommard Le Levrière Deep cherry-red. High tones over a dense fruit core; initially a little diffuse this tightens and gives a chocolate edge. Very, very impressive concentration with just about enough acidity to carry it and its sandy textured tannins into the finish – those tannins are […]

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