Vincent Dancer

M. Dancer has only been making wine since the 1996 vintage; he seems to have got very good at it very quickly. Like Roulot his wines have a definite house style, polished and very detailed. This was the first time I tried his wines and I hope to be able to do so many times […]


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Comte Armand/Domaine des Epeneaux

One of my favourite producers of Pommard. The winemaker, Benjamin Leroux, is a very thoughtful chap who seems very committed to making the best wines. He speaks perfect English and is a charming fellow. From the 2001 vintage the Domaine became entirely biodynamic. This seems a good thing as the wines since then are damned […]


Wednesday lunch time drinking

Hermitage 1997, Domaine du Colombier A warm, peppery nose with some beetroot hints. Quite earthy, too. The palate is quite weighty, with plenty of mature fruit and reasonable acid levels. Not the most complex Hermitage I’ve had, but it seems like a good 1997. Riesling Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Spatlese 2001, von Schubert A very pure, […]


After visiting Roulot we drank the following

Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru les Referts 2000, J-M Boillot Quite a nutty, oaky nose. The palate is quite full-bodied and concentrated with some nice acidity and fruit. Seems as ready to drink as it ever will be. Nice enough, but by no means brilliant. Barolo Nei Cannubi 1997, Luigi Einaudi Fresh, red fruit nose. It smells […]


Domaine Roulot 2006

My favourite producer of Meursault. Jean-Marc Roulot is also a lovely chap as well as making great wines. His wines are made in quite a reductive style, so they don’t normally have the problem of premature oxidation that some white Burgundies show. We tasted some 2004s from bottle and some 2005s from cask. Bourgogne Blanc […]


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. […]