Some goodies on Monday

Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 1995, Joh. Jos. Prum Quite petrolly, but with a very pure lime flavour. The palate is nice and concentrated with quite frightening acidity. Real focus here. Lawks, this is a bit good. Riesling Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Spatlese 2002, Weingut J. Leitz Smells slightly nutty. There is some grapefruit too. The palate is […]

Speeding up

Sunday’s general drinking saw an increase in pace. The football was on, I suppose. Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg Cuvée St. Catherine l’Inedit 1998, Weinbach Weighty nose, ripe and concentrated. Palate is weighty with good acidity and lovely fruit. Really concentrated, ripe and stylish. Great long finish. Lovely. Clos St. Denis Grand Cru 1985, Domaine Dujac […]

A slow start

The first general drinking entry from my stay in Burgundy. This is what we drank on the Saturday of our arrival. Grüner Veltliner Ried Lamm 2000, Brundlmeyer Ripe, powerful nose of white pepper and alcohol. Why do all these Austrian winemakers strive to show how ripe they can get their grapes? Big, weighty palate, but […]

Sloo NV fizz (as we said at my primary school)

I’ve managed another bottle, even though I thought they’d be no wine until tomorrow. This is really yummy fizz. I still find myself thinking ‘Sloo’ when I have something tasty even though it is a very long time since I was at primary school. Champagne Grande Réserve NV, Gosset This has a very toasty nose […]

A pleasant surprise

The first New Zealand wine to be reported on in this spume of drivel. I just purchased it because I thought it would be vaguely interesting; it is actually quite nice. One of the neighbours I am drinking this with is from New Zealand, so he appreciates that I’ve got a native wine for him. […]

Off to Burgundy

I leave for Burgundy at the crack of dawn tomorrow, so there will be no more entries until I return. I am really not sure I can be bothered to fight with a French keyboard, so all producer reviews and general drinking comments will appear here when I get back. Keep drinking!

Not many entries

There will not be many, or probably any more, entries this week as I am completely out of wine. If I can manage to freeload a bottle from the neighbours I will, of course, write it up, but it is looking like quite a barren week for me as far as wine consumption goes. I […]

Five wines from around the web #6

Here are this month’s buying recommendations. Vintage Champagne 1983, Gratien: A properly mature Champagne. It is rather good. £47.95 from Berry Brothers and Rudd. Chambertin 1999, Domaine Frédéric Esmonin: This is a real steal. Proper Chambertin as a decent price. Keep it, I am keeping mine. £47.51 from Howard Ripley. Clos des Lambrays 2003, Domaine […]


Last night I had another bottle of . It was bloody awful. So hot and confected it tasted more like child’s sweets than a bottle of fine wine. I hated it with a passion. So much so that the bottle still sits in the fridge with only two glasses gone from it; it’ll go down […]

Nice Burgundy, pretty Burgundy

Rather a nice magnum drank with our lovely neighbours. Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru les Folatieres 2002, Gerard Chavy et fils en magnum This has a pretty nose of melon, lemon and creamy minerality. This smells like it has seen very little new oak and it is all the better for that. It has a very light-bodied […]