A beast of a white wine

One of the problems with Zind-Humbrecht wine is that you can never really know before you taste them what they are going to be like. Olivier Humbrecht has stated putting an indication of sweetness on the labels, but so far this seems to be quite a fanciful scale with little grounding in reality. The wines […]

Peaty monster

I find whisky to be slightly hard work, perhaps largely because I like cask-strength stuff and that hurts. Visiting the neighbours I quickly moved from a bottle of Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris to this, which is only marginally more alcoholic. The trick to tasting whiksy is to take the tiniest taste and let the flavours explode […]

Pretty butch

Another wine from the wonderful Sylvain Cathiard, one of his most minor crus. This was opened for general drinking purposes when my mother visited. It seems a tad butch to be really pretty Chambolle. Chambolle Musigny les Clos de l’Orme 1999, Sylvain Cathiard A ripe nose of fresh, bright fruit. It smells a bit hot, […]


Opened my last bottle of last night. Once again it was really lovely, with beautiful fruit and great balance. I did once say he makes 1632″]beautiful Vosne for lovers of beautiful Burgundy. I’ve done rather well for Burgundy in the past few days, but the Lambrays 2001 was the best. That was a great wine.

Real beauty

Yet another wine from this producer, they really are a personal favourite. Clos des Lambrays 2001, Domaine des Lambrays A beautiful, perfumed, complex nose of fruit and earth. This smells deeply lovely. The palate is staggeringly beautiful; ripe, fresh Pinot fruit, with mineral complexity framed in a good tannic structure. It is extremely complex and […]

Lightness and elegance required

Dinner required something light and elegant to go with it. I required something good in order to celebrate being broken out of hospital. Our requirements were fulfilled by this lovely village-level Burgundy. The producer has become, in only a few short years, a really Good Thing. Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echezeaux Vieille Vigne 2001, Domaine Fourrier The […]

Lewd, rude and crude to know

Someone has found this site with the search terms ‘lewd yet interesting’. Oddly, I am vaguely flattered by being Google’s tenth best source of information on being lewd yet interesting. Suits me down to the ground. Yes, this post could well be seen as an attempt to push up my lewd yet interesting-rankings on those […]

Five wines from around the web #2

February’s recommendations are a day late. Champagne Avize Grand Cru 1996, Jacquesson: A great, lively, zesty pure Chardonnay Champagne. An excellent bottle. £41.60 from Ten Acre Wines. Champagne Cuvée 730, Jacquesson: One of my favourite non-vintage Champagnes. Powerful and complex. £26.95 from Ten Acre Wines. Sancerre Rouge la Belle Dame 2002, Domaine Vacheron: Pinot Noir […]

I am a limey

Ranked as Australia’s best Riesling, this is a bargain. Polish Hill Riesling 2004, Grosset Intense ripe lime fruit nose. Crivens, there is also some minerality there. Lovely. The palate is very dry and fresh. Good acidity, nice lime fruit and it is extremely well balanced. There are stony flavours on the palate as well. This […]


What does that mean?

I opened a bottle of wine with the neighbours last night. No note I am afraid, I was not feeling up to it whilst drinking. The neighbours enjoy wine, but are not completely obsessed with it like I am. As I poured the wine I asked them what information they could extract from this label. […]