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Colombier Hermitage 2008

A bit of Broadbenting

I was going to take a bottle of this to a chum’s place in a couple of weeks. Would you believe it? He has the temerity to ask me to bring something else?!? I think that is the first time someone has rejected one of my wines! As vengeance I will take something else, but […]

Colombier Crozes-Hermitage Cuvee Gaby 2012

Colombier Crozes Cuvee Gaby 2012

With most Hermitage priced beyond the limits of most people’s wallets more and more people are making serious Crozes-Hermitage to try and fill the ‘affordable but serious wine’-gap. Alain Graillot was one of the first to concentrate his efforts on Crozes-Hermitage alone (he also made a Hermitage but generally refused to let people try it […]

Faurie Hermitage 2011 is shit

We are back – with crap Hermitage

Tonight we are drinking to the health of Darren, Jules, but most of all, Russell, Mark and Mac whose kindness has allowed the Lomster websites to get back online. We are going through a bit of a financial black spot and they kindly provided the readies to get us back telling the world about fine […]


A perverted little gathering to indulge our fine wine fetish

Lunch yesterday stretched our fine wine fetishes from distinctly lovely experiences to downright perverted twistedness. Is not that what fine wine collecting and drinking really is? An intense perversion practised by fetishists? That in no way means that it is bad, just that it is perverted. What I am suggesting is that if you are […]


Mordacious moonshine and transcendent tipples

Yesterday we held a little lunch party for our chums Mr Greg (the surgeon with the world’s highest alcohol tolerance) and Peter (the international analyst and war zone hopper). We showed them that brilliant Hampshire food exists at all ends of the spectrum. We started lunch with a scrumptious Jake’s Hampshire hand-cut pork pie with […]

Domaine du Colombier Crozes-Hermitage Cuvee Gaby 2010

Affordable, beguiling Crozes

These days there are basically two categories of Crozes-Hermitage. Firstly, are the pretend Hermitages: think the Graillot clan, Yann Chave La Rouve, Nicolas Jaboulet’s new(-ish) enterprise and a handful of others. These are smaller versions of the big, muscular, strapping wines of the great Hermitage hill (that is surrounded by the Crozes-Hermitage region). Then there […]

Yann Chave Hermitage 2009

Beef and Hermitage

Minor Hermitage producers have a hard time. Without plots of land from climats all over the great hill it is difficult to get the necessary balance of structure and fruit to produce a great wine that will age well. I think Domaine Colombier is a definite exception to this rule; Yann Chave suffers from it […]

Colombier Hermitage 2007

Quickie: Colombier Hermitage 2007

Whilst I was in hospital a couple of weeks ago I was repeatedly and sternly warned that I should watch my boozing now I have type 1 diabetes. Obviously I thought, “Tish, pish and bollocks to that!”. However, further research into the effects alcohol can have on diabetics did perturb me a little, so I […]

Domaine Colombier Hermitage 2008

I can feel hairs growing on bits of me

Hermitage is traditionally the manliest wine in France and, as The Editor and I are at least nominally men (superannuated toddlers, more like!) we thought it would make appropriate drinking for lunch. No food, you see? This is extreme dieting. One sniff of this shows it to be deeply pulsingly manly, so much so I […]

Crozes-Hermitage Le Rouvre 2007 by Yann Chave

Syrah-iously better

The last bottle of Rhone wine I had was totally repulsive. Since this bottle was handily lying next to the bed I thought I would take advantage of the convenience factor and see if that also was a portent of good fortune. It was! This wine is far better than the crap Courbis Cornas and, […]

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