A sort of personal ad

Blame my community psychiatric nurse for this, all his idea. I didn’t say it was necessarily a bad idea, though… Do you find your weekdays dragging? Do you find yourself filled with ideas about things to do but no one to do them with? Fancy the odd pint? Yes, I am advertising for friends. If […]

Fairly arsehole-y

I picked this up from my cellar in Oxford on my last visit. It is a bit young still, but very drinkable. Bandole Cuvee Speciale la Miguoa 1998, Domaine Tempier en magnum A very scented, herbal, meaty nose with a charming grilled character. It has sweet berry fruit as well. This doesnt seem as ripe […]

A truly gifted winemaker

Wilhelm Haag is a wonderful winemaker, and he makes great wine too. You cannot go wrong with his Kabinett and Spatlese wines, they are normally very ripe, delicious, will age a treat and are complete bargains. Riesling Spatlese Brauneberger-Juffer Sonnenuhr 2006, Fritz Haag Cripes, this smells ripe. Lots of wonderful peachy fruit and great minerality. […]

Direct but charming

The wines of Bruno Sorg are great value, always worth a punt when you see them. This is particularly true of this wine and the old vines flavour. Riesling Grand Cru Pfersigberg 2004, Domaine Bruno Sorg A lovely nose of baked apples and rich minerality. This smells pretty complex and stylish; it is certainly very […]

We want the finest wines available to humanity

A few good things from last night. Bourgogne Blanc 2004, Domaine Roulot This smells of proper white Burgundy; there is the lemon fruit, minerality and just a hint of vomit. It smells fresh and lively. The palate has some good acidity, and a reasonable amount of fruit. It has some reasonable length, and a degree […]

This is what I call lunch

Live tasting notes from Fortnum and Mason’s wine bar. I have internet access down here so here goes on the wines we are drinking. Pinot Gris Vieille Vigne 2005, Domaine Bruno Sorg A lovely, ripe, spicy nose of white fruit and minerality. It smells very ripe and very concentrated. This is a ripe and stylish […]

What a beast

This claims 14.5% on the label, liars! I think it suffers a bit from having heat damaged grapes in it, it is a bit bitter. Bandol Cuvée Speciale la Miguoa 2003, Domaine Tempier A huge, booze-tastic nose that smells of some kind of fruit liqueur. This is crazily alcoholic. The fruit is nice on the […]

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Hell’s bells, what is the world coming to?

Chilean wine on Elitist Review? Honestly, elitism is my goal (rather than snobbery) so I’ll take the best from anywhere, especially when this was a mere fifteen sheets. EQ Pinot Noir 2006, Matetic Vineyards It is quite dark. It has a slightly cabbagey, sour fruit nose which is typical of slightly under-baked Pinot. However, there […]

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