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weekend wines – week 45 2017 – a brace of caillerets

weekend wines – week 45 2017 – a brace of caillerets

To paraphrase James Bond – Caillerets. Volnay Caillerets… ​ 2010 Nicolas Rossignol, Volnay 1er Cailleret A completely unbranded cork, just a serial number. Good deep colour. The nose is rather round, padded with some oak spice – seemingly a textured aromatic but I’m missing the clarity of fruit I look for in a Caillerets. Supple […]

weekend wines – week 44 2017 – drinking on a shoestring

weekend wines – week 44 2017 – drinking on a shoestring

Whilst the hype is on €300 million acquisitions of grand cru monopoles, €50 Bourgognes and €300+++ grand crus, there is still another way, and a very tasty, satisfying way: 2012 La Chablisienne, Chablis Les Venerables Despite the name on the label, the cork is inscribed with good-old ‘Vieilles-Vignes!’ The nose is pretty classic – a […]

weekend wines – week 43 2017

weekend wines – week 43 2017

​ 1996 Pierre Damoy, Chapelle-Chambertin Hmm – completely gorgeous – the nose is no-longer overtly of stems, now it’s become a blend of fruit and flowers. Still, there’s a 1996 freshness of acidity but neither sharp nor painful. In the finish there is still a little herb complexity but this is nearly as good as […]

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 […]

weekend wines – week 41 2017

weekend wines – week 41 2017

AKA – birthday weekend! Not ridiculous wines, nor ridiculous quantities, but some great stuff nonetheless. And my best wine of the year – so far – so not bad! Friday night started with a ‘Charmes’ double-bill: 2015 Albert Joly, Puligny-Montrachet Les Charmes Only a villages wine, but this vintage is terrific, and this particular cuvée […]

friday night – a double mikulski!

friday night – a double mikulski!

2015 François Mikulski, Meursault 1er Caillerets A deep and, of course, young colour. The nose is of simmering blueberry – it’s certainly enticing! The palate starts slow and narrow, getting wider and wider, slowly wider. A little fine-grained tannin and flavour leaching from your gums. There is so much more about this wine than the […]

weekend wines – week 39 2017

weekend wines – week 39 2017

2002 Louis Jadot, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Petits Monts Hmm – great aromatic volume here – obviously Vosne-spiced too. Supple concentration in the mouth, still a little tannic texture – good volume too – not pinched by any age or any tightness. Nicely finishing if now showing a more modest width. Tasty, moreish wine – Yum! […]

david clark’s 2012 côte de nuits villages vv

david clark’s 2012 côte de nuits villages vv

I felt fortunate at the time in managing to secure a mixed case from David from this, his last vintage – I think Berry Bros. bought-out just about his whole production! This is the first from that case, a mixed pack of 4 of these and 4 each of his Morey St.Denis and his Vosne-Romanée. […]

only 56 years age difference…

only 56 years age difference…

I suppose that given the title, you might be forgiven for assuming that sub-title could be ‘A Las Vegas Wedding!’ Boringly, this is actually about wine, but certainly not about boring wines… 1959 Maison Roger Moreau, Gevrey-Chambertin “Clos Saint Jacques” I bought a few of these at an auction in Switzerland – maybe 10 years-or-so […]

1996 hospices de beaune corton charlotte dumay

1996 hospices de beaune corton charlotte dumay

1996 Hospices de Beaune Corton Charlotte Dumay – Prosper Maufoux Hmm, a miserly cork – about 45mm worth – I expect better from my half-bottles! I had 4 bottles of this remaining from a whole case bought many years ago for a good price in Switzerland – but I’ve never seen anything even vaguely hinting […]

lafon’s 1992 monthelie les duresses

lafon’s 1992 monthelie les duresses

1992 Comtes Lafon, Monthelie 1er Les Duresses The last bottle was corked, but this is fine – unfortunately it’s my last. A wide, fresh and open nose with a depth of faintly spiced raspberry. The palate starts narrow – and like the nose, fresh. After a fine set of 1997 grand crus over the last […]

weekend wines – week 37 2017

weekend wines – week 37 2017

Some great wines – nearly all 1997s – but that’s the start for a write-up about the 1997 reds – 20 years on – to be published in my September report. But there was a lovely Ampeau too! 1995 Robert Ampeau, Meursault 1er La Piece Sous la Bois The nose is deep and slightly toasty, […]

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