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A bit of a slattern

‘Oh fancy!’-grade Beaujolais. I know some people who have raved about this wine, I hope it is nice. Moulin-a-Vent “Chateau des Jacques” 2005, Louis Jadot I’m surprised by how dark it is. It has quite a lot of cherry fruit on the nose, and is surprisingly oaky too. It seems quite big. The palate has […]


A bit like an applesinthe

Onlly using the ingredients I have to hand. Two measures fresh apple juice One and a half measures of apple vodka Half a meaure of absinthe Liquidise with ice to make a lovely appley-aniseed slush.


Graillot rides out

Hell’s bells, a Moroccan wine on Elitist Review. Mind you, it is made by the gifted winemaker, and all round good fellow, Alain Graillot. Can he really make bad wine? We shall see… Tandem Syrah 2005, Alain Graillot It is rather dark. A nose of rich dark fruit that is really quite attractive. Nice ripeness […]


Goodbye Tallinn

My last Estonian beer, drank half an hour before getting a taxi to the airport. I won’t miss them. A. Le Coq Special 1807 Jubilee Edition, 5.2% Smells like standard lager, nothing thrilling here. Apart from the fact that it is slightly sweet and a bit chemical, this could be any standard European lager. It […]


Finally I get to try it

I’ve wanted to try this wine for years, the Ramonets claim it is the best red wine of the Cote de Beaune. I’ve just never seen it for sale by the bottle anywhere until I went to a sushi restaurant in Helsinki: it had to be purchased. Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Premier Cru Clos Saint Jean 2004, […]


Greetings from Estonia

I’ve been in Estonia for the past couple of days. I’ve tried one local brewery, Saku, and I have to say the beer is foul. It seems to be a pretty generic lager, but it has a nasty chemical taste which is really off-putting. This is especially true of the Saku Dark. It is 6.7% […]


My favourite (affordable) Cabernet

Since , I’ve come to the opinion that this is my favourite affordable Cabernet based wine. It has rigour and structure yet it is actually nice to drink. I admit some may find it a bit heroic, but we all need a bit of wildness in our lives from time to time. Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, […]


I have aged these two

These two wines have sat in my cellar for two years after purchase. I thought I would compare them on some significant event but then, isn’t every night with one’s friends a significant event? Z.D. 2001, Green Point There is some good fruit on the nose, but also something damp and fungal; hints of Chenin […]


I’ve had many good Chablis and this is amongst the best

I’ve reported on this , it is a real treat to have it again. Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume ‘Vignoble de Vaulorent’ 2004, Domaine William Fevre A lovely honeyed, nutty nose, this is really complex and quite beautiful. Lots of minerality, lots of fruit here. The nose is as clean as a whistle. This is really […]