Italy

Up for drinking

I don’t drink that much Italian wine, the good ones are really expensive, but I do like a few of the styles very much. This blistering fireball of intensity …
Rants

Relativism

One of my favourite philosophers wrote a paper in a philosophical journal, the paper was called ‘Relativism is absolutely false’. Not only is this hilarious, it is also right. …
Rants

Should I worry?

Sometimes I worry that my tastes are somewhat narrow. I like French wine, Burgundy most of all, and a few villages in particular. I’ve written up four Domaine des …
Site News

A record month

elitistreview.com is a very personal site, I did not put it online expecting a lot of visitors. Yet, this month I’ve apparently had over three hundred unique visitors, many …
Rhône

A less good one

Noel “The Gnome” Verset used to craft some wonderful Cornas from his steeply-sloped vineyards. Sadly, it appears this one suffers a bit from 1996 Rhône-syndrome. Cornas 1996, Noel Verset …
Rhône

Sheep shit

Beaucastel smells of sheep shit, Bandol smells of arseholes; that is the way it is. Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1995, Château de Beaucastel en magnum Bright berry fruit, and dirty, slightly shitty …
Rhône

Finally, a good one

I’ve had a lot of mixed experiences with 1996 Rhônes, this one is rather nice. Cornas Domaine de Rochepertuis 1996, Jean Lionnet Lovely bright fruit nose. Clean, ripe plums, …
Alsace

Refined brilliance

Another Boxler wine, different vintage this time. Again the L31D refers to a plot of the oldest vines that are harvested very ripe Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg L31D 2001, …