Not entirely happy New Year drinking

This wine came in distinctly , but after the successes of some recent 1996 fizz I thought it would be a suitably grand and celebratory wine to pop at midnight. All I can say is it is not worth the sponds. Champagne Grande Cuvee 1996, Billecart-Salmon Ripe apples, cold cocoa and hints of coffee on […]


Happy New Year 2008

Just a quick post to say many thanks to the 6516 unique visitors I have had to this site last year (not including non-viewed traffic), This is up from 3678 unique visitors in 2006. These 6516 visitors have made 18207 visits to my site and I have served up 74279 pages last year. I am […]


Back on song

Jaboulet went through a bad patch in the late 90s, 2003 supposedly marks their return to form. This is better than previous vintages for a few years, but it is still obviously a crazy vintage. Crozes-Hermitage “Domaine de Thalabert” 2003, Paul Jaboulet-Aine Very dark, almost black. A rich, heady nose of porty fruit. It still […]


Five wines from around the web #16

This month I have buying recommendations for you, a few of which I’ve opened in the last few days. Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg Vendange Tardive Trie Speciale 2004, Domaine Weinbach: Utterly brilliant late harvest Riesling. Read the note . £60 from the Wine Society. Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru les Saint Georges 1995, Gouges: Serious […]


General drinking for lunch yesterday

A few good things yesterday. I am afraid I got rather drunk so notes will be brief. The Clos St. Hune was most disappointing. Grande Annee 1996, Bollinger Perfectly balanced on the edge of maturity and freshness. Really good fruit and acidity with a fine mousse. This was excellent and in top condition. Even though […]


He may have an unfortunate name but he speaks the truth

Dr Wadge of the Food Standards Agency has made the excellent point on his blog that so-called ‘detox’ diets and supplements are a waste of time and money. They are obviously a pile of toss and anyone who buys them is misguided at the very least. I couldn’t agree with his suggestion of spending the […]


Fizzing fun

This is one of Australia’s best wines, it is also a complete bargain at roughly fifteen sheets a bottle. Opened to have with oysters: Colchester No. 2’s are the way forward. Riesling “Polish Hill” 2006, Grosset A lovely, fresh nose of squeezed limes and stoniness. This smells very lively and reasonably complex. It is not […]


Last night’s heavy drinking

We paid a visit to Oxford yesterday where we ate a truly marvelous chicken. Was nice to see the family. We drank well, too. Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru les Ruchots 2004, Domaine Arlaud Lovely rich, ripe fruit on the nose. Real complexity here, and very stylish. The palate was silky and smooth with great persistence of […]


Ouch, spiky

The final wine for christmas day. This one is a magnum. Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru les Gruenchers “Vieille Vigne” 2002, Domaine Fourrier en magnum A bright nose of fresh, ripe fruit. This smells very concentrated and very Chambolle. It has good minerality and a reasonable degree of complexity. The palate is very ripe, but has very […]


Still a fine wine

Obviously nowhere near as good as the last one, but things that good cannot be drank all of the time. Riesling Spatlese Graacher Domprobst 2006, Willi Schaefer A lovely, zesty nose of lime, grapefruit and slate. This smells bursting with life and vivacity. The palate fizzes with acidity and bursts with life. It is quite […]