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Rene Engel Clos-Vougeot Grand Cru 1998

Live in the moment

The supreme aesthetic experience is something that is sadly meaningless to a large proportion of the population. Sad it is because the visceral, emotional, intellectual thrills that can penetrate your psyche and infuse your whole body, taking it to a different plane of existence, are so profound they improve and enhance our lives, our view […]


The Youth of Bacchus

40th birthday wine poll

Given my youthful visage and playful attitude you may be surprised I was born almost forty years ago; my birthday party is in November. It’ll be a quiet little affair with a few select friends whom I like, nay, love deeply and want to celebrate with that one day a year one gets old on. […]


Champagne Chartogne-Taillet Brut 2004

Pop! Happy new year!

Happy New Year to all Elitistreview readers! The Editor and I decided to celebrate the start of 2013 with a Champagne producer who is new to us, but of good reputation. I also haven’t had any 2004 vintage fizz up until now so it’ll be nice to sample both a first taste of a new grower and […]


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Perle before toddlers

It’s still two days before my third birthday, but I’m in the mood to celebrate all ready. To be honest, it’s been a lousy couple of days, and my mood is barely holding up. What I need to support it is quality fizz and the Wine Society have provided the excellent Lilbert Perle; that should […]


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We Oxford types always drank well…

Last weekend Peter (who was Captain of the Oxford Blind Tasting Team before me) and Edward (Captain after me) came to lovely, lovely Winchester to drink quality kit. It’s great to see friends; we all opened the best wines we had and had a spiffing time. Great to see you both! Now, for reasons of […]


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Dinner at casa Percival

We recently had the wonderful pleasure of dinner with Bronwen and Francis Percival, food and cheese gods of London, Burgundy and beyond. They cooked amazing food and, fitting Bronwen’s role as head cheese buyer for Neal’s Yard Dairy, truly brilliant cheese. I cannot remember the myriad of cheeses we tried, but I’ll start off with […]


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Lunch and wines with Jinke and Per

Good company, good food and good wine; what more could one wish for when enjoying lunch? Lunch last week delivered all of these at the very pulsing end of jolliness; I don’t think any of us quite expected to have such a roaringly good time. Incredible thanks must go to Editor Dani for cooking with […]


Champagne Brut 'Grand Cru' from Bernard Remy

Quite quaffable fizz

I cannot remember where but I’d heard Bernard Remy made excellent fizz. When I saw Ten Acre Wines were selling some for a reasonable price I thought I’d give it a whirl; I was not disappointed. This is a pure Chardonnay wine made from the Grand Cru vines of Mensil-sur-Oger – pretty august heritage. Most […]


Guy should not be looking so happy

Lunch with Guy and Marie-Pierre – could try harder

On Sunday we had great fun hosting Guy Dennis and his fiancée Marie-Pierre. It was great that Guy had found a partner so charming and generally lovely. Shame only one of the other four things Guy brought along was any good. The meal was a great success (once again) for the meat of Woodlands Jersey […]


Ricard with Cuvee 735

Pleasures of the flesh with Ricard and Dani

The charming Ricard Sariola joined Dani and I to celebrate St George’s day with a wing rib of beef. Roast beef is about as English as things get and so am I! We also tasted Riesling, Burgundy and a selection of heroic Mourvedres. Truly we are serious chaps to undertake such an engagement for Monday […]

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