Cote-Rotie 2001, Clusel-Roch

Harmony and finesse

Unless you know the producer and vintage of a Cote-Rotie before you pop it, you can often be surprised by the variation in styles they show. Some are heavy and dense, some light and refined. Some can be as Bretty as a farmyard whilst others clean as a whistle. My preference is for the clean, […]


I love Jay Jay's wines and Sulfur!

I do love sulfur

Long time readers may recall – I think the stuff is a wonderful aid to fine wine-making. Jay Jay, the premier producer of Wehlener Sonnenuhr does not hold back his hand when sulphuring his wines and this results in them being incredibly cellar worthy. Sure, when you pop a bottle at the age of the […]


Riesling Spatlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2009, Dr Weins-Prum

Good Riesling – not available in intensive care

Yesterday I got out of hospital where I had been spending the past week. I suppose this blog is a bit of a home for florid expressions of excess, so let me just say that pancreatitis is without a doubt the most painful thing I have experienced in my life. Moreover, such was the woeful […]


Crozes-Hermitage Cuvee Gaby 2008, Domaine du Colombier

Some Northern Rhone flash for not much cash

I love Domaine du Colombier’s Northern Rhone wines – not only are they brilliant examples of their appellations they are also extremely reasonably priced. When one is on a nutcase income that helps a lot. Clearly, the red and white Hermitage wines are the things to get if you have (a not excessive amount of) […]


Meursault Premier Cru Charmes 2000, Domaine Comte Lafon

Stellar white Burgundy

‘Comte Lafon’s Meursaults are too oaky’, I’ve heard the line so many times and just cannot understand how people can get that idea. Tonight’s bottle had many characteristics, but I’d struggle to say oak was an obvious one amongst them. I shouldn’t gloat, but I’ve had a lot of very grown-up Lafon wines. There used […]


Riesling Spatlese Graacher Domprobst 2002, Willi Schaefer

This Zind-Humbrecht tastes of shit

It is a Saturday, there is cricket on, Riesling is called for! Last time they were rather good, this time… deary me… Zind-Humbrecht wines, particularly the flasher Grand Crus, do strike me as being rather unstable beasts and so it is somewhat of a lottery ageing the blighters. These two bottles had been kept in […]


Chinon La Croix Boissee 2007 by Bernard Baudry

Breakfast Chinon

Sleep has been avoiding me of late. Perhaps it is has noticed the staggeringly lurid spot I have on my nose and so thinks I am a witch and might put a hex on it. Whatever the reason, I am feeling distinctly spent and shagged out after another night awake. Consequently, I think it only […]


David modelling Langhe Nebbiolo 2009 from Sottimano

Nebbiolo and Camembert

I wanted to obtain this bottle of Nebbiolo to see if it was worth shelling out for the producer’s flasher wines. When I was on the blower to the wine-merchant he said he only had one bottle of the grown-up example I particularly wanted, so I scored that anyway. Perhaps this is cognitive dissonance at […]


Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile Vendanges Tardives 1989, F. E. Trimbach

Glorious Alsace Riesling

I have long held Trimbach’s Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling in high regard. Indeed, the 1979 provided my seminal wine experience at the age of eight. My comment at the time was, “Wow, wine can taste of so many different things!” which I think is a pretty incisive analysis for a neophyte taster. I’ve had that […]


Domaine Tempier 1999s

A convocation of captains

James Hardy, Peter Palmer and I are rightly proud to have been captains of the Oxford University blind tasting team. As I am sure you can imagine, this means we are very keen on drinking top bunny wine. Just the other day (well, it was 10 days ago, but my computer being functionally-challenged and my […]