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 […]


Good wine starts at a tenner

I purchased this bottle attempted to test my normal buying rule that decent wine starts at roughly ten pounds a bottle. This cost an Ayrton and it is very good for that price. Bourgogne Rouge 2002, Ghislaine Barthod Nice cherry fruit on the nose, it seems reasonably ripe. Beyond the fruit there is not that […]


Five wines from around the web #15

Here are five wines that have caught my eye over the past month. Champagne Avize Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 1996, Jacquesson: A 1996 Champagne that is still available, and it is a good one too. This is a tightly wound ball of intensity to drink now, and will age really well. £42.50 from Stone, […]


Some excellent wines, shame about my stomach

The drugs that have improved my mood and made me perky enough to enjoy wine again have also made me violently sick. I am afraid these tasting notes comes from sips taken in between waves of nausea rolling over me. Riesling Scharzhofberger Pergentsknopp 2005, Van Volxem This has a very ripe nose. So ripe, indeed […]


It has lasted this long

I used to love von Kesselstatt wines when I was at university, but I have learnt to my cost that they just do not age. I felt reasonably safe buying a two year old wine from a vintage as great as 2005, though. Riesling Spatlese Josephshofer 2005, Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt The nose is quite peachy […]