Domaine Arlaud 2006

Cyprien Arlaud seems to be making better wine each year. This is quite good as his wines are very affordable. A good address. Morey St. Denis 2005 Quite a pretty nose of fruit. It is a bit reduced. The palate is nice, though, with good fruit and reasonable length. Chambolle-Musigny 2005 Prettier fruit and the […]

Frédéric Mugnier/Château de Chambolle-Musigny

M. Mugnier makes some of the most beautiful wines in Burgundy. He has one recipe he uses for wine making every year, it doesn’t change with vintage variations. It seems that recipe is a pretty grown-up one. Chambolle-Musigny 2005 Lovely, pure fruit nose. Quite intense and ripe. The palate is very silky with lovely fruit. […]

Three wines with dinner

After visiting Moreau we went to a one-star in Beaune and drank the following wines with dinner. Riesling Grand Cru Muenchberg 2001, Andre Ostertag Good mineral nose, nice and ripe. The palate is pleasingly mineral, but is quite light-bodied. This is a pretty Riesling. Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Caillerets 2004, Marc Colin Nice minerality, good focus. […]

Bernaud Moreau at Fils

M. Moreau makes very classic, typical wines; they don’t have the same kind of house style as Dancer and Roulot. Bourgogne Blanc 2005 Nice fruit and a hint of oaky character. It has some style for a Bourgogne of Blanc. St. Aubin Premier Cru Sur Gamay 2005 Smells like a baby Puligny. Pure fruit, very […]

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 […]


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 […]