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 […]


A few things to drink

I hate to say it, but wine is still not really combating my unhappiness. It is certainly nice to drink, but it doesn’t transport me to another place as once it did. I need to get my medication sorted out. Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1995, Pol Roger A dense nose, dominated by Pinot. It has […]


I pay enough for my bacon

The great British fry-up is under threat. Older readers will remember that in we will not be missing much. Now the .


A bit prickly

I was advised to decant this for a while. I did and it seems to have worked (to a degree). Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru les Cras 1996, Domaine Roumier A bright nose of fresh red fruit, raspberries and redcurrants. There is some earthy richness there as well. This shows a lot of harmony and elegance. When […]


Terrible, I know

I’ve signed up for Google AdSense, in the vain hope it’ll earn me a few pennies toward a bottle of wine. I suppose this means I should now try to ditch my eccentric style and be really populist so I get lots of hits, but it just isn’t going to happen. Click on those links, […]


I cannot beleive it is Sauvignon Blanc

M. Cotat thinks his wines age for a long period of time; I’ve only ever had them young. I’ve always been impressed by their intellectual pleasure. Sancerre “La Grande Cote” 2004, Francois Cotat An intense, opulent nose of flowers, mango and minerality. This is hewn from the living rock of Sancerre. The nose may have […]


Five wines from around the web #14

Wine recommendations have been a bit thin on the ground in recent months, I’ve just been feeling rotten and even wondrous wine has not been perking me up. However, I am feeling slightly better today and so here are some good wines you might want to pick up. Grande Année 1999, Bollinger: Streets ahead of […]