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Rebuy – Maybe (2009)

2006 faiveley nuits st.georges 1er cru pôrets st.georges

2006 faiveley nuits st.georges 1er cru pôrets st.georges

2006 Faiveley, Nuits St.Georges 1er cru Pôrets St.Georges I’d love to be able to recommend this wine (after all I bought some!) but today is not the day to tell you if it is, or will be, any good. Today it is a complete waste of money – aromatically dumb, narrow on the palate and […]

2006 seigneurs de bligny gevrey 1er clos du chapitre

My first Clos du Chapitre, bought from the shop of the co-op Cave des Hautes Côtes just south of the Beaune periphique for €26.99. Seigneurs de Bligny is a brand/label of the ‘Caves’. This wine, in theory, is a monopole but there’s no such designation on the label – I asked someone at the ‘Caves’ […]

2004 jadot volnay 1er clos des chênes

2004 Jadot, Volnay 1er Clos des Chênes Medium, medium-pale colour. The nose was largely absent for the first few minutes, only a slightly dense impression. Slowly it opens, eventually delivering wide, high-toned perfume that is clearly edged with the 2004 character – but here it’s character, rather than the oppression it delivers in many other […]

the rights and wrongs of a base pricepoint

the rights and wrongs of a base pricepoint

Pinot noir is a tough mistress, if you want good behaviour, you have to pay – and frankly may still not get the behaviour of your hope! Regional wines, ‘Bourgognes’, made by ‘small’ producers often have the same level of care and attention both in the vineyard and in the cellar that is devoted to […]

06 confuron-cotetidot bourgogne pinot noir

2006 Confuron-Cotetidot, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Medium cherry-red. Sweet, only slightly smokey stems, rather candied red/blue fruit. The palate is as sweet as the nose, with understated acidity. Occasional sips give a padded, slightly plush texture, but most show a mid-palate/tannins with a slightly astringent, sharp effect. Quite long finishing, but this far from a ‘together’ […]

07 bouchard père et fils mercurey

To be honest I think pricing is getting too high for such things. Basic Mercurey should not be significantly more expensive than a well-made regional wine – say plus 25% – this was double the cost of many regionals. It is intrinsically a very nice wine but my instinct tells me it’s poor value for […]

96 hospices de beaune corton cuvée charlotte dumay

A relatively inexepensive purchase of this case enables me to crack open a bottle every year or-so as a ’96 bell-weather. Whilst much better than last years bottle (which was corked!), and despite there being plenty to enjoy here, I’m a little disappointed to see a little oxidative flavour – but maybe it’s a phase […]

robert arnoux echézeaux 1994

1994 Robert Arnoux, Echézeaux Bought at the domaine back in about 2003. A cork that falls into pieces, but is rescued by the ‘ah-so’. Quite deeply, dark ruby coloured. The nose straight away shows a murky toasty oak that slowly fades to a sweetened dark, licorice-wrapped fruit. The texture is of velvet, melded to decent […]

07 michele et patrice rion chambolle 1er charmes

07 michele et patrice rion chambolle 1er charmes

2007 Michele et Patrice Rion, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes Medium cherry-red. The first sniff is of herbs – bouquet garni – slowly a depth builds that’s edged with vanilla, the fruit is never really dominant. Sweet, nicely concentrated, a leading edge of acidity that’s close to being balanced. A little oak flavour and quite a […]

07 lignier-michelot chambolle vieilles vignes

07 lignier-michelot chambolle vieilles vignes

2007 Lignier-Michelot, Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes Medium cherry-red. Rather more depth of toasty oak than I think necessary for a Chambolle – particularly a villages wine – it may have been okay for 2005/2006, but the precocious, friendly 07s just don’t need that much. There’s even a trace of reduction so I decanted; about an hour […]

deux beaux (monts that is…)

deux beaux (monts that is…)

2000 Hudelot-Noellat, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Beaumonts Medium ruby-red. The nose starts with musky, dark oak, a good thirty minutes is needed for most traces to fade leaving a nice, faintly spicy effect over red fruit – very pretty. Plenty of sweetness from red fruit that has a very nice depth. There’s still a lick of […]

2003 fourrier gevrey 1er combe aux moines

2003 fourrier gevrey 1er combe aux moines

This is a very, very good 2003, but it’s not really for me – at least not today. Only a few regionals that I’ve tried have so-far had the level of balancing acidity that I personally need. I’d planned to follow this bottle up with a Griotte or a Clos St.Jacques, but frankly why waste […]

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