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pillot, engel, esmonin – thursday’s training for christmas!

pillot, engel, esmonin – thursday’s training for christmas!

Actually, even with help, I didn’t finish these, so I think the Engel and Esmonin will live on – for tonight at least 😉 2008 Paul Pillot, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Clos St.Jean Medium lemon yellow colour. A toasty reduction lasts about 5 minutes to be replaced by a fresh, bright yellow, slightly padded citrus fruit. Wide […]

varoilles and bruno clair – a bit of pre-christmas training

varoilles and bruno clair – a bit of pre-christmas training

Back in Switzerland and given that I’m not tasting 20 wines (plus!) per day, I really do have a thirst for opening things – surely it’s good training for Christmas too 😉 2002 Domaine des Varoilles, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos des Varoilles I though I had this in magnums – but not – it must be […]

this weekend’s duo, two more hits…

this weekend’s duo, two more hits…

2013 Berthaut-Gerbet, Vosne-Romanée A bottle bought after the super tasting in Fixin the other week. On first opening there are a few sulfites clouding the dark fruit. Really this needed 15 minutes of air to freshen up, but then it was super; a mildly sweet and spicy dark-fruited nose. In the mouth just modestly sweet […]

weekend stuff – three bull’s-eyes…

weekend stuff –  three bull’s-eyes…

2010 Camille Giroud, Bourgogne Cuvée L Magnum – and how good was this! (That was a statement, not a question!) I’ve a magnum of the 08 waiting for Christmas but, for fun, thought I’d broach this. If you don’t know, the cuvée ‘L’ stands for ‘lees.’ The lees from all the reds in the cellar […]

just a few whites from this week…

just a few whites from this week…

Drunk slowly over the last 4 days, with a little Volnay here and there. The first two being part of a selection opened for tour-guests which also included a Puligny Champs Canet and a Bienvenues plus more Volnay 😉 2012 Olivier Leflaive, Bourgogne Oncle Vincent A bit of toasty reduction fades to reveal a hint […]

a weekend duo…

a weekend duo…

2009 Ramonet, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Modesty coloured. A warm but welcoming aroma here – nicely detailed red fruit and not ‘too warm.’ Nicely textured with decent balance and a sweetness of fruit. Not a wine for dissecting, rather to lubricate discussion – works very well in that context. Tasty too! Rebuy – Yes 2010 Joseph […]

a nouveau wine – and it’s a beaujolais…

a nouveau wine – and it’s a beaujolais…

Today is Beaujolais Nouveau day isn’t it? Well, this is nouveau to me! This is a hybrid fermented – so part carbonic maceration, part ‘burgundian’ fermentation, i.e. with destemmed grapes. Here from a 3.5 ha domaine bought by Albert Bichot last year. Personally I prefer my BJ at least 10 years old as I’m no […]

my weekend two, from the hill…

my weekend two, from the hill…

2005 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Corton-Perrières Deeply coloured. The nose has depth and width; sinewy dark red fruit that plumbs deep bass notes. In the mouth there is muscle to match the sinew, but there are also layers of ripe, intense, but never jammy or roast flavour. This is excellent and is showing well today. A wine that […]

are sommeliers really responsible for global warming?

are sommeliers really responsible for global warming?

Weekend bottles: My first thought when I picked up the Jadot was ‘Wow! That’s heavy.’ For my second thought, ‘wow’ had already been replaced by sorrow for the people who have to deliver these wines into retailers and cellars. The bottle of the Bouchard wine is maybe less than half the weight, and certainly of […]

le weekend, les wines…

le weekend, les wines…

2000 Nicolas Potel, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Peuillets Ooh! This smells fine; deep, faintly musky, with warm leaves and an appealing sweetness. Fine texture on the tongue with a sweetness of mature red pinot fruit. I love Peuillets, having also collected the Camille Giroud version since the 04 vintage. This is too good for typing – […]

3 little somethings from the last weekend…

3 little somethings from the last weekend…

I should really post my weekend wines – before I forget them! – eh? Particularly as the Jadot is second only to the ’71 Chambertin this year… 2007 L+A Lignier, Morey St.Denis 1er Cuvée Romain Lignier Relatively deep colour for an 07. The nose is pure, deep Morey and I like the weight. In the […]

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 – […]

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