This is not what I had expected, or indeed hoped for

It has been a mixed day for wine. Oxidised Sorg and Weinbach (bloody Inedit 2000 of all things, I was vexed) started things off. This was followed by winemaker of the moment (Cedric Bouchard’s) Inflorescence fizz. It was brilliant, especially considering it is a hilarious bargain, but painfully acidic. Then the amazing Roulot, and his […]


This makes for a merry christmas

This may only be a village wine but it is out where the big dogs eat. I love the finesse of Roulot’s wines. Meursault les Tessons Clos de Mon Plaisir 2002, Domaine Roulot This has hints of buttery fat on the nose, but is supremely sculpted and totally beautiful. The creamy minerality is highly attractive. […]


Let the celebrations commence!

OK, not quite christmas day yet but with a bottle of Burgundy to hand every day feels a bit like a holiday. This was an absolute bargain. Auxey-Duresses Premier Cru 2005, Comte Armand This has a tightly-wound nose of brooding intensity. There is really quite a lot to it, but it is clearly going through […]


Wine with turkey

I got an email asking what wine to have with turkey. Bloody hell. I would have the wine that is being served by friends who are cooking goose, duck, a damned good chicken, lamb or grilling a bleeding marvellous (literally) piece of beef. I wouldn’t drink wine with turkey because I hate and despise turkey. […]


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I used to buy so much of this

When I was at Oxford I could not resist buying Ramonet wines, I bloody loved them. I was always a bit surprised that none of my chums really found the wines to be as exciting as I did. I think this is quite exciting. Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru les Ruchottes 2001, Domaine Ramonet It doesn’t smell […]


The best village-level Cote de Nuits wines

My last poll about Burgundy was a pretty poor effort. It has been pointed out to me, and I agree, that we need more in-depth analysis to determine exactly what constitutes the best Burgundy. Burgundy is such a rich, multi-faceted font of loveliness that it is just so hard to say this one village, vineyard, […]


Which Cote de Nuits village makes your favourite red wines?

My poll question is as simple as that, pick your favourite Cote de Nuits wine village. Simple question, bloody hard to answer. I have had lovely, sexy, thrilling wines from every village, how can I just choose one? Free Online Surveys If anyone has any strong feelings about why we should be voting in a […]


Its personality is branded across itself

We are told the Grand Cru Brand is best for Pinot grape varieties? Does pretty well with Riesling too. This is a vivid, lively example of utter pleasure. Riesling Grand Cru Brand 2002, Domaine Albert Boxler The nose, ah the nose. It has so much earthy minerality and yet bursts with clean, ripe citrus fruit. […]


Good job I tried this

I popped this bottle before my dinner guest arrives to check if it needed decanting: I feel it does. Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Chaignots 2005, Alain Michelot There is a lot of ripe fruit on the nose, cherries and blackberries I’d say. There is also a mild hint of something a bit reduced and stinky about […]


Cornas-a-go-go

I had planned to open three bottles of Cornas when Peter and John visited last night, turns out Peter brought along two bottles of Cornas as well. They were all quite cleaned up examples of the style. Cornas ‘Domaine de Rochepertuis’ 2004, Jean Lionnet There is plenty of fruit to this nose, it seems just […]