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Rebuy – No (2009)

2006 gaston et pierre ravaut ladoix les carrières

2006 Gaston et Pierre Ravaut, Ladoix Les Carrières Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose soars with beautiful raspberry and blackberry notes – it’s a peach – or maybe that’s confusing! There is some sweetness of fruit, nice texture and a significant length, but to be honest after a number of successful vintages in my cellar, this […]

1998 robert arnoux vosne-romanée

1998 robert arnoux vosne-romanée

1998 Robert Arnoux, Vosne-Romanée The last bottle of this was very good, and only drunk around two years ago, this bottle is not to the same standard. This one has a little volatility – slight cola – and some meaty aromas. The acidity is slightly lifted and there’s still just a hint of astringency showing […]

fourrier 2001 chambolle-musigny

This wine was gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous on release. I would go as far as to say, that until the 2005 vintage it was easily one of the tastiest villages wines I’ve ever had the good fortune to buy. It wasn’t, however, all plain-sailing for my selection of 2001 Fourriers; my first Petits Vougeots was reductive […]

2003 marc colin st.aubin 1er en remilly

A surprisingly drinkable wine, if in a vintage style that doesn’t appeal (to me…) 2003 Marc Colin, St.Aubin 1er en Remilly Medium-plus golden colour. The nose is slightly tropical, and certainly ripe. In the mouth there is a roundness of shape and okay acidity – the mid-palate flavour has a good extra dimension that goes […]

1995 dujac morey st.denis

Ignoring for a second 2004, 1995 is the red vintage from recent memory that disappoints me the most – this wine is something of a poster-child for the vintage – it’s just not as good now as it was 5 years ago. The slightly hard personality is becoming more and more reminiscent of the 1994 […]

return of the green meanies – from a white 2004…

return of the green meanies – from a white 2004…

Until I opened this bottle the concept of the green meanies (coccinelle, mirepoix, green, can’t smell anything or whatever suits you) was merely anecdotal to me in the context of white burgundy, and that despite such a luminary as Christophe Roumier telling me they were there for all to find. Anyway, until now I never […]

1998 jean-marc boillot puligny-montrachet

After the ’98 Fevre, I thought it safe to pull out another – if you have any of these, I suggest you drink them quickly. Perhaps I’ll pull out the last of my ’98s – I have a Jadot Charlemagne somewhere. I hope that this informal trio (Fevre, JM Boillot & Jadot) don’t become the […]

nicolas potel 98 romanée saint vivant

When last in Nuits I mentioned I had this wine the cellar and was informed by the Potel-team that I should probably open it as they had problems with the corks and 50% of the bottles were off. I had but one in the cellar so decided to pop the cork – it looked and […]

2000 bouchard père chablis 1er montmains (p.ox)

2000 Bouchard Père et Fils, Chablis 1er Montmains

2000 Bouchard Père et Fils, Chablis 1er Montmains Just a little darker than last week’s 02 Perrières, but frankly nothing more than a medium gold – no alarm bells. The nose is deep, a little exotic and not really hinting of oxidation, more about toffee-edged fruit – not exactly Chablis-esque, but way-ahead of the Perrières. […]

the loss of a faithful old friend… (p.ox)

2002 Bouchard Père et Fils, Meursault 1er Les Perrières

I’d heard rumours of its demise, but only now have the rooks come home to roost (chez moi). The wine retains an overly optimistic young hue given that both the aromas and flavours are coloured by oxidation – this wine has passed. I will drink my last bottle over the weekend; either to enjoy or […]

a corking corton

1996 Hospices de Beaune, 'Dumay' Corton

Did I say normal service would be resumed? Well Friday evening’s bottle didn’t quite go to plan – it was horribly corked… (I hope tomorrow’s Mazis fares better!)

arnoux 1997 vosne 1er les reignots

1997 Robert Arnoux, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Reignots

1997 Robert Arnoux, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Reignots Starts with dark, slightly dirty oak and some forest floor – slowly the forest floor fades to leave the oak and a slight roast coffee ground plus much fainter, greener herbal note – there is a little spiciness, but this is interesting, rather than captivating . Some sweetness […]

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