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Rebuy – Maybe (2007)

2005 remoissenet santenay 1er

2005 remoissenet santenay 1er

Bouyed by my recent visit to the domaine I bought a few 2005’s for ‘testing’. Unfortunately the onset of a head-cold left me only with an impression of nice texture and balance but little in the way of a flavour profile. Seems a decent buy, but I shall have to come back to this one […]

domaine robert-denogent

domaine robert-denogent

Domaine Robert-Denogent is a domaine whose wines I’d never tasted. Given that they also lie outside the ‘true’ Côte d’Or – way out in Pouilly-Fuissé – I’ve never felt the need to travel that far afield. But a couple of weeks ago I had the chance to taste, and the wines were really excellent – […]

ouch – potential p.ox from a benchmark wine

ouch – potential p.ox from a benchmark wine

Thursday was just your average evening: me gatecrashing a dinner in Beaune with 3 former ‘harvest (07) mates’, plus two winemakers and someone ‘ITB’ (in the business) from Australia… Prompted by an earlier Henri Boillot bottle that was more than a little tired I had decided that I had to open a 2001 Corton-Charlemagne. I […]

damoy chapelle-chambertin 1997

damoy chapelle-chambertin 1997

A nice piece from Eric to start us off. This is the last note from my small sojourn into the world of 1997’s – I’m sure that’s probably enough for this year – so tonight I begin dipping into the younger 2004 and (mainly) 2005’s that are newly populating the cellar. But back to the […]

1997 clos des lambrays

1997 clos des lambrays

1997 Lambreys, Clos du Lambreys A forward nose, leafy, tobacco. The palate is subdued, relatively balanced but shows a nice little burst of interest in the mid-palate before fading. It’s quite nice, but not more. Rebuy – Maybe

jean grivot 1997 vosne suchots

jean grivot 1997 vosne suchots

1997 Jean Grivot, Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots A wide, slightly diffuse, earthy, mineral nose with fruit shaded to the red. Some reasonably fresh notes that overlay a dense, tight core – almost separated from the rest of the wine – comes together more in the glass. Some grainy tannin and a reasonably long finish. This is […]

by the skin of its teeth – a 99 chablis

by the skin of its teeth – a 99 chablis

1999 Denis Pommier, Chablis 1er Côte de Lechet Cuvée Vieilles Vignes. Worryingly deep colour. The nose, however, is restrained, waxy and showing only the merest suggestion of oxidation – in short it’s a nice, older and ready wine. The palate is balanced and mineral, without showing obviously mouthwatering acidity. The old-timer’s oxidation is there on […]

1998 drouhin beaune clos des mouches

1998 drouhin beaune clos des mouches

1998 Joseph Drouhin, Beaune 1er Clos des Mouches Medium ruby-red colour. The nose is soft, wide and red – perhaps with a hint of mint to go with many layers of fruit. In the mouth there is plenty of ripe, red-shaded fruit which shows an excellent length – I do, however, find the acidity sticking […]

1999 clos des cortons faiveley

1999 clos des cortons faiveley

The first from a six-pack, opened one hour before pouring: 1999 Faiveley, Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Medium-plus ruby-red. Faint higher tones over mineral coated pure red cherry that plums a good depth if not much width – give it another hour and there’s a lovely piercing red note. In the mouth it starts narrow, […]

bouchard père 05 mercurey

2005 Bouchard Père et Fils, Mercurey Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose is high toned and very, very pinot with a faint oaky undertone. The palate is fresh with a faint astringency coupled to some grain from the tannins. Not so dense, but flavour-packed, though perhaps the acidity is just a little to the fore. […]

98 antonin guyon, corton clos du roy

98 antonin guyon, corton clos du roy

1998 Antonin Guyon, Corton Clos du Roy Medium ruby-red colour. The nose is wide and quite forward, some diffuse higher tones and faintly spiced red fruit. The palate is lithe and muscular, good acidity too complimenting tannin that’s forward, but ripe and well under control. There’s a small burst of intensity before the finish – […]

04 château crée, santenay

04 château crée, santenay

2004 Château de la Crée, Santenay Clos du Château A ‘monopole’ I never heard of. Lots of attention has been made to the upmarket packaging, but how do the contents reflect the producer’s aspirations? Medium-pale ruby-red colour – looks older than the label suggests. The nose shows plenty of medium-toast, deep oak, above is a […]

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