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Rebuy – No (2013)

ponsot’s 2011 alouettes…

ponsot’s 2011 alouettes…

2011 Ponsot, Morey St.Denis 1er Cuvée Les Alouettes Pretty crystalline fruit on the nose with just a faint note of P. Sweet and very pretty, with plenty of mouth-watering acidity. This is actually very, very tasty, despite… Rebuy – No

debray 2011 hautes côtes de beaune…

2011 Domaine Debray, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Hardly more than rosé colour – let’s see if that matters: The nose has width and shows good red fruit with a little P. A little fat with pretty red fruit flavours – this is very tasty. See, the colour didn’t matter, and this is something of […]

domaine bart’s 2011 chambolle veroilles…

domaine bart’s 2011 chambolle veroilles…

2011 Bart, Chambolle-Musigny Les Veroilles Deeply coloured. Frankly this starts with way too much CO2 – you can smell (sense) it and taste (feel) it – it’s probably also responsible for a hint (not too much!) of reduction. I gave this bottle several shakes, releasing a lot of gas, and placed it in the fridge […]

pierre amiot’s 2011 gevrey les combottes…

pierre amiot’s 2011 gevrey les combottes…

2011 Pierre Amiot et Fils, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er, Les Combottes Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose begins very impressively – concentrated dark red fruit that’s more redcurrant than cherry – just joyous. I really should have drunk faster because after about 20 minutes there was a clear P note at centre-stage. What was unctuous and lovely on […]

3 weekend reds, all from 2011…

3 weekend reds, all from 2011…

2011 Philippe Livera, Côte de Nuits Villages Pound for pound, the 2010 of this wine was simply magnificent. This is almost equally deep-coloured, amazing for a 2011. The nose starts with hint of reduction, so I double decanted – 30 minutes later the wine is cleaned of that note, unfortunately a P note is starting […]

warming up for the harvest…

warming up for the harvest…

Well, you have to don’t you(?) One has to keep up you know… 😉 1991 Jaboulet-Vercherre, Echézeaux Seems to have a little more about it than the last bottle, though still a little anonymous – perhaps it’s just a phase… Rebuy – No 1999 Henri & Gilles Remoriquet, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Au-Dessus des Malconsorts Deep […]

not really heresztyn…(?)

not really heresztyn…(?)

I have to say, I’m slightly at a loss how to describe this wine. The cheap plastic capsule and the cork bear a stylised ‘MB’ (possibly!) but the label has no more info, except that the wine was selected in the cellar of Stanislas – but by who? I’ve recently seen other Burgundies at auction […]

two mischievous mountain bottles…

two mischievous mountain bottles…

2006 Mischief & Mayhem, Puligny-Montrachet Medium yellow. Here is a wine that is out of sorts, or compromised by the cork – it has a slightly odd nose, redolent of the cork itself, but not TCA, more a savoury note. The wine is drinkable but seems tired, the acidity is not its usual self either […]

louis max 2011 mercurey clos la marche

Well, the white was just so good, there was nothing stopping me here – perhaps there should have been! 2011 Louis Max, Mercurey Clos la Marche Medium, bright red colour, edged with salmon pink. It seems that its southern geography was not enough save this wine from a little pyrazine; it starts, seemingly, with none […]

va-va-va-vaillons….

va-va-va-vaillons….

The other day, from a retailer’s sale selection, I could buy 4x Chablis Vaillons spanning the 2007-2010 vintages – so why not! Here are the first two (not an auspicious start!)… 2007 Domaine Servin, Chablis 1er Vaillons The cork smelled fine, but what happened to the colour? – deep, almost amber. The nose hasn’t a […]

bouchard père 2004 volnay cuvée carnot

bouchard père 2004 volnay cuvée carnot

How disappointed am I(?) I really don’t like the tag of being a Jonah, but here’s a bottling which I’d always thought had avoided the 2004 malaise, yet I must be fallible – it hasn’t. 2004 Bouchard Père et Fils, Volnay 1er Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot Medium colour. The nose starts absolutely gorgeously – fine […]

2011 jadot bourgogne chardonnay

2011 jadot bourgogne chardonnay

Well, what a bargain! My local COOP is selling this at 33% discount – this week only – so that’s only 9.95 Swiss Francs. Hmmm, but let’s hold on a second though – 2006, and 2009 were a bit too flabby – the 08 was brilliant but I think I may have missed 07 and […]

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