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a quick three…

a quick three…

2012 Le Grappin, Beaune 1er Boucherottes Drunk directly following the weekend’s Chambertin. The nose here really cannot compete, it has some high-toned complexity but it is both young and a bit herby for now. The palate, on the other hand, is full of overt, mouth-filling, energy and bright crunchy red fruit. It’s super and much […]

1982 sauzet puligny

1982 sauzet puligny

1982 Etienne Sauzet, Puligny-Montrachet Of-course this is orange wine, but it’s orange for a reason – it’s 35 years-old. The nose has a toasty, reductive, biscuit-crumb and lanolin style – but there’s really no sherry-style oxidation here. In the mouth it’s actually large-scaled, in an almost overblown style, yet, as the shouted flavours fade, this […]

a little wine, weekend 3, 2017

a little wine, weekend 3, 2017

Well, I’ve seen less lucky people with 2005/2007 wines, but this 1996 was simply as perfect a wine as anyone could wish for – sublime… 2008 Agrapart, Mineral This is a beautiful wine – I’m not a big fan of oxidised styles, or overly malic wines – this is more in the vein of vintage […]

1995 pinson, chablis 1er montmains…

1995 pinson, chablis 1er montmains…

What a wine – already the candidate for white wine of the year! 1995 Pinson, Chablis 1er Montmains Here’s a modest golden colour but it’s still relatively light hued. A deep, vibrant, mineral, beautiful older wine aroma – not even the barest trace of oxidation. Wide, a little hint of fat, really fine acidity and […]

lambrays or pommard? I’ll take bouley’s pommard ;-)

lambrays or pommard? I’ll take bouley’s pommard ;-)

A nice lineup this weekend: 1979 André Nudant, Corton-Charlemagne Hmm – this is really not so dark a colour – I see more in some 2012s! Medium, medium-plus golden. The nose is wide, faintly sweet, citrussy pineapple, waxy, deep, lanolin and cream – very fine. Fresh, saline, modestly sweet, long, faintly creamy in the length […]

ultra-orange wine…

ultra-orange wine…

No, not a lecture on ‘off-wine’ – well not in an ‘orange direction’ anyway. I expected maybe one glass from the Puligny, but fortunately it was on fire, because the 98 Beaune Grèves that I had planned to follow was corked. I open all 1990s wines with a certain (cork) trepidation as it was a […]

a weekend quartet…

a weekend quartet…

1990 Michel Juillot, Corton Perrières There’s clearly a little age in the colouring, but nothing brown. The nose is modest but sweet, with a little deep fruit compôte. In the mouth there’s a little fatness to the texture – some weight too. Overall a wine that is balanced and drinks easily but is modest of […]

v et d berthaut, 1982 fixin…

v et d berthaut, 1982 fixin…

I visited Amélie Berthaut in Fixin today and tasted her very lovely 2013s. I mentioned that I’d some 92s from the domaine that I bought at auction and they tasted rather good. At the end of our tasting she disappeared into the cellar and came back with a tissue-wrapped bottle – “You did say 1982 […]

1962 chambolle-musigny

1962 chambolle-musigny

There were three of these in the auction lot I bought last year, the first had good colour, and a nice balance, but far too much oxidation to make a second pour. On Saturday night this, however, was different. 1962 Selection Banderole Grise (Caves Mövenpick, Suisse), Chambolle-Musigny Again, very good colour – certainly nothing hinting […]

1955 pommard grands epenots

1955 pommard grands epenots

I rarely drink more than a couple of glasses per evening, but sometimes you have to suffer for your art – no? Of-course it could have been oh-so different! The wine in question was a 1955 Tastevinage, and given my experience of the Tastevinage, I have a positive impression of the quality today – I […]

oof- what a dinner…

oof- what a dinner…

Homemade boeuf-bourguignone was on the menu along with a brilliant lineup of wines from me and others – not a bad collection for just four of us! I didn’t make notes during the evening, but did look again at the bottles that remained next day – all still full of vigour. Some were whisked away […]

joseph matrot’s 1972 volnay-santenots

joseph matrot’s 1972 volnay-santenots

I was hunting around the cellar for some bottles for this weekend – a blind tasting with friends of ‘old stuff’ – at least I will be opening old stuff! I found the bottles I wanted under others. As I was replacing the ‘others’, this wine was in my hands, and I simply thought – […]

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