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jayer-gilles 1993 nuits hautes poirets

jayer-gilles 1993 nuits hautes poirets

1993 Jayer-Gilles, Nuits St.Georges Les Hautes Poirets Deeply coloured – still. The nose has undergrowth, dark brambles and the remnants of dark toasty oak; dark and interesting I’d say. Perhaps still a little too much toasty oak flavour but it’s the first assault before a wave a fresh, acid-borne intensity and dark fruit – really […]

a few weekend bottles…

a few weekend bottles…

Standing tall – just before visiting the glass recycling! 2010 Camille-Giroud, Beaune 1er Aux Cras On first opening, I’m surprised by how much whole-cluster character is showing – sort of cotton-wool / powdery / smoky / floral. These anecdotes gradually fade into the background, offering red fruits and occasional hints of balsamic. The palate is […]

three fine chassagne blanc 1ers from 2011…

three fine chassagne blanc 1ers from 2011…

First ski days of the new season with friends – I brought three bottles – one per night, right? Oh dear! Well at least there were three of us, so it was ‘only’ one bottle each. Brilliant opportunity to properly compare and contrast though! 2011 Morey-Coffinet, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er La Romanée Medium-plus yellow colour. The nose […]

1999 faiveley nuits 1er aux chaignots…

1999 faiveley nuits 1er aux chaignots…

A domaine wine, yet the combination of producer, vintage and village make for something potentially daunting – fear not, this was a willing party to my glass. 1999 Domaine Faiveley, Nuits St.Georges 1er Aux Chaignots Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has a deep core of dark, faintly roast fruit – the rest is more subtle […]

hudelot-noellat’s 2005 chambolle-musigny…

hudelot-noellat’s 2005 chambolle-musigny…

2005 Hudelot-Noellat, Chambolle-Musigny Medium-plus colour. The nose is now carrying a suggestion of turned leaves – a H-N classic – and some herbs over a relatively dense yet brilliantly transparent dark fruit. It’s still just a little tight. In the mouth this has just a modest impression of cushioned texture, but as much as anything […]

verget’s 2011 meursault les clous…

verget’s 2011 meursault les clous…

2011 Verget, Meursault Les Clous What a brilliant wine! The nose is of ginger-cake and nougat – but with plenty of freshness – nice! Lithe and mineral, indeed I’d say muscular too – this wine is doing a great impression of a premier cru. Despite all those muscles and rocks, it’s a pretty wine too. […]

buisson-charles 2011 meursault tessons…

buisson-charles 2011 meursault tessons…

2011 Buisson-Charles, Meursault Les Tessons Medium-pale colour. Fresh, obviously Meursault aromatics – a little diffuse though. To start with there’s a barely perceptible level of dissolved CO2 but it’s enough to render the wine just a little unfocused and certainly contributes to the diffuse nose. I double-decanted, left it in the fridge, and returned 2 […]

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 […]

dinner-time surprises…

dinner-time surprises…

A trip to Germany this week, brought a wealth of wine riches. The following were tasted blind with dinner and each was unveiled only after writing my notes: 2004 Romanée-Conti, La Tâche A beautiful floral nose with an obvious whole cluster character. There is good width on the palate and pretty fruit flavours. There seems […]

françois carillon’s 2011 puligny…

françois carillon’s 2011 puligny…

I really don’t know too much about how the two brothers have variously split up what was once, one of the finest addresses in Puligny – It/they didn’t appear in my book for the simple reason that whatever had been newly set-up had no track record at all. But this wine is a very tasty […]

weekend bottles…

weekend bottles…

Friends over for the weekend, so an extra couple of bottles: 2011 Domaine Masse Père et Fils, Givry 1er Champ Lalot – am ashamed to say that we drink this quickly and easily – it really supports that process 😉 I noted no P, just a wine of balance and ease – pretty enough! The […]

a little something from the weekend…

a little something from the weekend…

It was nice to have the counterpoint of one last glass from the Gérard Mugneret, before diving into the 2004 Pascal Lachaux, Clos St.Denis – this CSD, from the start had borderline P to my taste – sometimes it’s there, sometimes not. This particular bottle was a little reduced and this reduction never blew off […]

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