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Rebuy – No (2006)

de vogüé 97 chambolle 1er

de vogüé 97 chambolle 1er

I shouldn’t really be drinking this wine. Although it’s produced from young vines (less than 25 years-old), those vines are located in Musigny, so 9 years is far to little time to allow for optimum development. I’ve previously drunk this wine 3 times; first time not so great, second time a super and fresh bottle […]

the bad and the good – chassagne

the bad and the good – chassagne

Two wines – both from Marc Morey. A 2001 that started very subdued and not so interesting, but ended up rather nice – however, I shall start with a worrying ‘turkey’: 2002 Marc Morey, Chassagne 1er MorgeotMedium-plus golden – certainly a worrying colour for one so young. The nose confirms quite a high level of […]

the bad and the good – 2004

the bad and the good – 2004

[Pommard-free posting!] Here in two bottles you can see the two faces of the 2004 vintage in the Côte de Nuits. It’s a rather extreme difference given that the bottles come from the same cellar, and slightly disappointng given that I still have 5 of each in my cellar, but I’m in no rush and […]

pommard #13

pommard #13

unlucky 13 – at least for my taste – I said two similar wines, different producers but similar result. Just see if you can swallow this: 1999 Dominique Laurent, Pommard 1er La Refène Deep ruby-red, this looks like a 2003. Unusual high-toned, estery aromatics. In the mouth this is much fresher than the Ambroise with […]

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 #12

pommard #12

(getting bored yet?) the first of two premiers of the same name, but wildly different, if still disappointing results: 1999 Ambroise, Pommard 1er La Refène Medium, medium-plus ruby red with just a little amber at the rim. The nose is spicy from oak that for a while hides the estery-edged fruit. The nose never really […]

pommard & côte d’or

pommard & côte d’or

Only a tenuous link in the post title – despite what it might look like! Tomorrow I head for a few days in the Côte d’Or, possibly for the last time this year, but with some good visits (I hope!) arranged. The weather has finally turned colder and we could have freezing overnight in the […]

magnum report pt.4

magnum report pt.4

1993 Géantet-Pansiot, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Poissenots (From magnum) Deep ruby-red colour. Even at 13 years-old the nose still has some fall-out from the toasty oak of its youth; mixed with sweet, predominantly black shaded fruit and a little coffee – it takes some time in the glass to lose the oak, but it becomes ever-more […]

2001 ponsot morey st.denis

Tomorrow will kick-off the first of about 8 days of concentrated tasting; I start with a dinner with 12 super wines – all from magnum – then Tuesday will see a large Pommard tasting, Thursday and Friday I have visits at a number of domaines. Saturday sees yet-more 2004’s. I won’t have time to write […]

savigny, michel gay

1999 Michel Gay, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Serpentières Medium-plus ruby-red. The nose is forward and deep but to my taste unfortunately pruney – though there is a core of red fruit. The wine is concentrated and well textured – there’s plenty of wine here, ripe and sweet but again there’s that rather blocky, pruney element in the […]

when the corks are okay – tollot-beaut & truffière

when the corks are okay – tollot-beaut & truffière

2002 Tollot-Beaut, Beaune Greves Deep cherry-red. The nose is quite super; a deep and forward mix of black and red cherry over subtly creamy oak. Depth, concentration and velvety texture, pushed by the mouthwatering acidity this is very long. There’s still a littly oaky bitterness on the finish, another 2-3 years and I think this […]

a corking saturday (tca, bonneau du martray & marc colin)

a corking saturday (tca, bonneau du martray & marc colin)

What do these bottles have in common? Well, they were opened 30 minutes apart and both were corked. I’d been looking forward to opening the Bonneau, so chose my birthday – the perfect example of Murphy’s Law, or as the Germans prefer to say; ‘Shit Happens’. Anyway, post Corton-Charlemagne, I decided to cleanse my palate […]

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