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roger belland 2006 bourgogne pinot noir

2006 Roger Belland, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Medium colour. The nose has wide, slightly alcoholic top-notes that mix with a little spearmint and narrows to a base of dark red fruit. In the mouth the fruit has a nice sweet dimension, but the acidity is just slightly in the ascendant providing a sour, perhaps for some […]

antonin guyon 1998 corton-charlemagne

antonin guyon 1998 corton-charlemagne

Guyon make a powerful Charlemagne that has often brought me great joy, but my last bottles of both 2000 and 2002 brought instead oxidised wines. Frankly this has been hanging around in the refrigerator for almost six months as I couldn’t face opening another oxidised grand cru – but like an early Christmas present… 1998 […]

jadot 2001 gevrey clos st.jacques

I was a bit concerned before I even poured the wine – the cork was a nightmare to remove; welded into the neck, the second half (!) needing both ah-so and screwpull-worm in the manner of a 1970s wine – except I was having to tug more. 2001 Louis Jadot, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos St.Jacques The […]

2004 rené engel grands-echézeaux

2004 rené engel grands-echézeaux

The back label of this bottle, Philippe Engel’s last vintage, has a poem from William Blake to toast him. 2004 Rene Engel, Grands-Echézeaux Medium ruby-red – I caught myself admiring the late-evening sun as it beautifully reflected through the glass. The nose is not immune to the vintage character; it starts at an encouragingly low […]

duds (footie & trapet latricières)

duds (footie & trapet latricières)

I just knew the football would turn out badly after I opened this hideously corked bottle. A 1998 Antipodean shiraz served as a less than adequate replacement, much like the bunch of people who were supposed to be England footballers…

luncheon bottles…

I needed to ‘get my hand in’ after a few wine-less days. What better than a long chat with a bunch of wine-centric people(?) My recollections, 24 hours later… 2002 Raveneaux, Chablis 1er Vaillons A relatively deep gold though there’s nothing amiss on the nose; which is a little dense but like the skin of […]

henri boillot 2001 corton-charlemagne

henri boillot 2001 corton-charlemagne

2001 Henri Boillot, Corton-Charlemagne My last two bottles showed a hint of oxidation, so here’s the last one of six. Medium gold – it seemed lighter on pouring. The nose has no obvious oxidation, rather caramel and toffee over sweet fruit. Soft textured with understated acidity. Versus its youth there’s an understated intensity and equally […]

j-m boillot 1995 pommard 1er jarollières

j-m boillot 1995 pommard 1er jarollières

1995 Jean-Marc Boillot, Pommard 1er Les Jarollières The last bottle of this didn’t show brilliantly, hopefully this does a little better. The colour has a much older, browner caste than I expect for a ’95. The aromas are not promising; quite beefy and hint bretty – I’m not really looking forward to putting it in […]

chocolate bunnies, decanter, 02 charlemagne & 88 chambolle charmes

chocolate bunnies, decanter, 02 charlemagne & 88 chambolle charmes

That’s it, enough chocolate for today; 120g of ‘Grand Cru Croquant’ Easter rabbit – a nice 70% ‘Cacao Hispaniola’ – and very nice too, particularly with 5% tiny almond nougat pieces adding a crunch to the texture. The more industrial chocolate of a Lindt bunny awaits – maybe tomorrow! Anyway a few things in this […]

d’angerville 2001 volnay 1er clos des ducs

d’angerville 2001 volnay 1er clos des ducs

There was hail in Volnay in 2001 – some producers declassified their best wines – I don’t remember how badly d’Angerville’s Clos des Ducs was affected, if at all, but this is not up to their usual overachieving standard – I respectfully suggest that it was also a candidate for a different label… 2001 d’Angerville, […]

a dinner in the château!

a dinner in the château!

Thursday night and it’s dinner in the Château du Clos de Vougeot, but before dinner, 40 grand crus to taste from the 2008 and 2002 vintage. It’s the second time I’ve been invited – I know, I’m a very lucky boy. Perhaps I’m also a bit more humble than one heavily accented voice I heard […]

two blind dinner wines…

1994 Chandon de Briailles, Corton (Blanc) Rather deeply coloured, but a sniff shows that there is no overt oxidation. The nose has impact and power and reminds me very much of (a previously drunk) 83 Giroud Corton-Charlemagne, there is power and impact and some melting cream and lanolin in the background – I leave my […]

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