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 […]


Well, slap my thigh!

Now that is what a call a fine wine. Jean Boxler hits the spot once again even in this difficult vintage Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg L31D 2003, Domaine Boxler The nose explodes with an array of exciting, compelling flavours. There is peachy fruit there, along with fresh redcurrant, it has a rich minerality, and is […]


This is the kind of thing that really irritates me

No, it is not being expected to drink Claret; that appalls me. In recent days the head of the Cheshire police force has been calling for an increase in the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 to help combat underage drinkers. Firstly, increasing the drinking age is a foolish idea, as it increases the […]


What a little beauty

Notes have been a bit thin on the ground of late, I am not feeling happy and even the mystic power of wine does little to cheer me. However, tonight we have popped one of the loveliest bottles of wine I’ve had in… oh… I period of time. I know I’ve had this many times […]


An extraordinary wine

This is quite the nicest bottle of white Burgundy I’ve had in, oh, a period of time. It is a beast, but is really elegant and refined. Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2001, Paul Pernot et fils A huge round nose of nuts and sweet fruit, this has odd hints of Frangelico it is so hazelnutty. It […]


The playground is not the same anymore

Dukes hotel bar used to be one of my favourite places. It was certainly the site of one of my favourite things to say, namely: “Two Tanqueray martinis, please”. It was a cosy, homely environment in which to consume vast quantities of alcohol and still feel at ease with yourself. It used to feel like […]