The year at Elitist Review

Normally at this time of year I’d be bragging about how vaguely popular Elitist Review is and indulge in some stat-porn. However, I changed hosting providers in March and the new hosting company lacks the brilliant AWStats that kept telling me how many kind readers dropped by. With the less good webstats software I now […]


Top pizza in Brixton

Sometimes you really want a pizza. It would be easy to just swing by a branch of , London’s best pizza chain, but we decided to try somewhere new. We were happy we did as Franco Manca provided top Neapolitan pizza for almost no money. If you head into the slightly scary Brixton market you’ll […]

Two brilliant bottles of Volnay

We braved to cold today to go and visit our friends James and Katie. They have a three-week old baby (who is quite cute) so we thought they would need a drink. We took a Volnay and James had another good one to pop as well. It was lovely to see them, they seemed to […]

Some cider bargains

I’m currently drinking a glass of , it is really rather good. What is even better about it is that it is currently on sale at Sainsburys; three bottles for a fiver. A keen price for a tasty cider. There are better bargains out there at the moment. Ocado, the online supermarket, are selling Westons’ […]

Fruity, a bit meaty, but good enough

This was a gift, I was told it had good fruit. I think this is what you want from 2000 red Burgundy. Pommard Premier Cru Grands Epenots 2000, Pierre Morey Quite a pale brick colour. The fruit on the nose shows some mature softness. It is quite ripe, in the style of Pinot which seems […]

Finally a good one!

After the awfulness of the wines we’ve popped so far tonight this is quite the treat. It really developed over time; decanting white Burgundy, especially young wines, is often a great idea. Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Referts 2004, Louis Carillon The nose of this has developed from being a bit closed and oaky to displaying quite […]

The curse of New Year’s Eve

Last New Year we opened three bottles of Champagne, and they were all buggered. It seems a similar thing is happening a year later. OK, the Dancer wine was merely boring rather than faulty, but we didn’t want to drink boring wine so we popped a bottle of Paul Pernot Puligny Folatieres 2000. It was […]

Is this too old?

When discussing the day’s wines via text messages I have been reminded that Vincent Dancer makes wines for enjoying sooner rather than later. I wonder if that is the problem with this. Meursault Premier Cru Perrieres 2002, Vincent Dancer The nose is very buttery and fat, with an oaky character which I find rather unsophisticated. […]

Most consistently good Premier Crus in the Cote de Nuits

In our quest to elucidate more about the Cote de Nuits villages we can move up a level to the Premier Crus. This time the poll question is: Which Cote de Nuits village has the most consistently high-quality Premier Crus? Not just one or two good ones, but tits quality across the range. If you […]

Yesterday’s wines

Yesterday I popped some rather good wines for a lunch party. Bille Cuvee N-F 1996, Donnhof Schlossbockelheimer Kupfergrube Spatlese 2002, Meusault Charmes 2000 from Lafon, Rene Engel Echezeaux 1999, Burguet Gevrey Mes Favourites 2003. And The Kid brought a bottle of Beaucastel 1998. Guess how much of these I swallowed? None. Bugger. I’ve caught a […]