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a brace of weekend le grappins…

a brace of weekend le grappins…

2012 Le Grappin, Beaune 1er Les Grèves Blanc Quite a deep yellow. A round nose but one that’s also a little anonymous. In the mouth, also round, certainly quite tasty, yet, again a little anonymous versus my barrel tasting – lacking drive, energy and character. I suppose this gives me excuse to try another – […]

week-day castagnier and fourrier ;-)

week-day castagnier and fourrier ;-)

1996 Guy Castagnier, Clos de Vougeot Hmm – starts a little disappointing – particularly after a stellar last bottle and a similarly brilliant 97 Clos de la Roche during harvest. The nose is sullen and hints at brett. The flavours are not terrible, but not special either. Day two this has way too much brett […]

not half good – 1999 mugnier chambolle

not half good – 1999 mugnier chambolle

I’m really at a loss with these half bottles – luckily I have less and less of them… Way-back-when, when the 1999s were released I was fortunate enough to buy Mugnier’s Musigny, Amoureuses and villages Chambolle. I didn’t have much of the villages, but it tasted great, so I jumped in and bought a dozen […]

one brusque the other smooth and intense…

one brusque the other smooth and intense…

2006 Roger Belland, Santenay 1er Les Gravières As a baby this was a big fruit bomb of interest. Today, in middle-age, it’s still big but both aromatically and from the flavours it’s also brusque, indeed it’s borderline brutal – I really wouldn’t know that I came from Burgundy, though I might still guess it’s pinot […]

also a little disappointing – patrice rion & lignier-michelot (again)

also a little disappointing – patrice rion & lignier-michelot (again)

Let’s stick with Chambolle – here another 2007, but this time a 1er cru… 2007 Patrice Rion, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes Whilst there’s a strong whiff of oak-spice, this has a lovely, interesting and layered nose – nice. In the mouth this is far from overblown – a good line of fine fruit flavour – […]

très disappointing: bachelet & lignier-michelot

très disappointing: bachelet & lignier-michelot

Yet another reason that Denis might not have time for me later in the year! The Bachelet’s storage, save for shipping to Switzerland in April/May was direct IB from en-primeur purchase, followed by my own passive cellar for the last 10 years, which very slowly cycles between 13-19°C depending on the highs or lows of […]

last saturday’s blind burgundy extravaganza!

last saturday’s blind burgundy extravaganza!

I get together with a couple of friends once every 6 months or-so, and last weekend we drank (blind) a lovely selection of wines – a modest 12 bottles with good food and good company! The first wine was mine. The Jadot was a 2010 but already with oxidised notes – we cut it some […]

04 de vogüé and 12 comte liger-belair

04 de vogüé and 12 comte liger-belair

Dinner in Caves Madeleine yesterday, and generous diners wanted to open the 2004 de Vogüé – so I naturally had to find something to pique interest too. Not a bad pair of after-dinner bottles.. 2004 Comte Georges de Vogüé, Bonnes-Mares The 2005 of this is magical, but less fortunately this shows in a classic 2004 […]

finding a mouth-wash can be troublesome…

finding a mouth-wash can be troublesome…

So when a 15 year-old Beaujolais Nouveau is too excruciatingly corked, where to turn? Well, the first wine didn’t pass the test! 1999 Jean-Claude Belland, Santenay 1er La Comme It’s ages since I had one of these – this might even be that last – all bought on release. Yuk! I might have some tolerance […]

2000 beaujolais nouveau ‘not nice’ shocker…

2000 beaujolais nouveau ‘not nice’ shocker…

I liked the look of the seriograph-printed 2000 nouveau from Duboeuf, so kept it as a memento of the millennium, surrounded by empty bottles of DRC and Musigny (of-course!) in my ‘bottle-art’ installation in my office. But I’m in the process of moving house – or more aptly, still making a big mess of the […]

a couple of weekend glass-fillers…

2007 Robert-Denogent, Mâcon-Solutré Clos Bertillonnes My last magnum (I think!). The first of these half-dozen mags wasn’t that brilliant – maybe that was cork-related – the problem wasn’t oxidation, rather just not tasting great but all the rest have been excellent. An inspired auction buy about 4-5 years ago! This was crisp but weighty, ripe […]

2011 ramonet bourgogne pinot noir…

2011 ramonet bourgogne pinot noir…

2011 Ramonet, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Both I and my girlfriend sniffed this as soon as it was poured – we both decreed that is was pyrazine free – she’s more sensitive to it that I – Excellent! – so we both began to drink. 20 minutes later, we both decided we were wrong, indeed it […]

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