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1996 thomas-moillard corton clos du roi

1996 thomas-moillard corton clos du roi

1996 Domaine Thomas-Moillard, Corton Clos du Roi This was a virile, impressive, painfully young wine when first purchased – but it was always a thrilling ride. Today it’s as virile and acid-pointed as it ever was, it also seems to have a thicker, more viscous texture and concentration too. The problem with this wine, though, […]

mid-week, back in the saddle

mid-week, back in the saddle

Getting back into the swing of things: 2015 Louis Max, Rully Les Plantenays Well, there’s something of creme brulee nose here – attractive, yet I’m now anticipating plenty of oak. The palate retains a freshness and deliciousness, despite some padding – an oak augmentation to plenty of lemony action. Super in its oaked vernacular which […]

weekend wines – week 30 2017

weekend wines – week 30 2017

2012 Raveneau, Chablis 1er Butteaux I was lucky enough to drink the 2010 of this at Au Fils Du Zinc. in Chablis, last month, and it was open, ready and fabulous. This wine is also fabulous, but it’s a long-way away from being ‘ready.’ The nose is all rocks and citrus – it’s a great […]

week 27 2017 – weekend wines – must try harder…

week 27 2017 – weekend wines – must try harder…

This weekend was definitely a ‘must try harder‘ weekend… 2015 Dampt Frères, Bourgogne Tonnerre Le Clos du Chateau The 2014 of this was a match for 95% of Chablis 1er crus – taught, mineral but absolutely deliciously intense wine – and all for about €9. The 2015 isn’t really like that – there is concentration, […]

weekend wines – week 24 – 2017

weekend wines – week 24 – 2017

I decided to keep the riesling theme for this (again) hot weekend, but this time with a little higher niveau. First a little ‘industrial’ Prosecco (superiore!) – finely refreshing when very cold. The 2009 Niederhauser Klamm wine of von Racknitz was just a delicious wine – both depth and interest. Particularly the extra couple of […]

weekend wines – week 19 2017

weekend wines – week 19 2017

2002 Nicolas Potel, Vosne-Romanée 1er Malconsorts Hmm – this smells a beauty! Some previous bottles have been a little bretty but not this one. The palate is a little tighter – silky texture and beautifully poised but I’d like a little more flavour action. Very attractive wine today though. Rebuy – Probably! 2013 Clotilde Davenne, […]

2009 château des jacques oak-a-go-go

2009 château des jacques oak-a-go-go

2009 Château des Jacques, Moulin à Vent Champ de Cour Still quite a deep colour, not too much maturity. The nose is large, forward, sweet and cushioned – but this potentially delicious red fruit is still completely wrapped in vanilla oak – how did that happen?! This is supple and round with juicy, sweet fruit […]

weekend wines, week 10 2017

weekend wines, week 10 2017

Yes, it was a little Côte de Beaune-y this weekend. I’m thinking that this year I should really attack my 1996s and 1997s – I’ll leave the 1995s and 1998s a little longer. Maybe I’ll do those latter wines in more constructive blocks, rather than as weekend wines – but it’s good to start somewhere! […]

the mid-week selection…

the mid-week selection…

Tonight will be big wine night, so, to prepare, I did a modest warm-up this week, mopping up a few half bottles along the way… 2002 d’Angerville, Volnay 1er Clos des Ducs (375cl) There may be a bit of 2015 about this wine. 2002 was a big and concentrated vintage for Volnay, yet the Marquis […]

week 1, weekend wines…

week 1, weekend wines…

There is plenty of blah-blah about the pricing of 2015 reds, but looking farther afield than Vosne and Chambolle, and there is much to enjoy. So, a modest selection this weekend, but not normally modest wines – unfortunately one was a stinker – literally! 2002 Nicolas Potel, Aloxe-Corton Les Boutières I’ve probably never bought more […]

week 52, weekend wines…

week 52, weekend wines…

There was more Pommery – it has served a very useful, delicious function this Christmas! 1985 Michel Voarick, Pernand-Vergelesses A little must and apparently some deep, kind of dirty oak too – fortunately with this wine, aeration is our friend – it cleans up remarkably, delivering a deep nose with some sous-bois and an attractive […]

some weekend 49 wines…

some weekend 49 wines…

2015 Jomain, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Combettes A lovely sweetly oaked nose, but more importantly sweet yellow citrus too. Large-scale in the mouth, but with fine acidity. There is richness but also a little minerality. The package is big, but impressively tasty! Rebuy – Yes 2014 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Pernand-Vergelesses Clos Berthet Hmm – vs the Jomain, this […]

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