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 […]


Encore un fois

I am just drinking another bottle of Chablis Grand Cru Bougros “Cote Bouguerots” 2000 from Fevre . . All I can really say to add to that note is how completely fantastic the wine is. It may be big and bold, but is also racy, elegant and exciting. It is perfectly mature and up for […]


The train stops here

After our hearty but unchallenging lunch at Chez Yvonne we moved distinctly upmarket to the two-star Au Crocodile. This venerable restaurant (opened in 1971) was all kitted-out to advertise their new TGV tasting menu, created to welcome the fast train route into Strasbourg, with model trains and station names everywhere. We didn’t opt for this […]


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A traditional Alsace eating house

Four of us traveled to Alsace for a weekend’s dining, what better place to start than one of the most traditional dining establishments in Strasbourg? Chez Yvonne S’Burjerstuwel is a cosy little place right near the cathedral. Daniel and David visited before quite by chance a couple of years ago, and so impressed were we […]