Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia, 2011

Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia, 2011
Super-rich. Super-ugly – I could be talking about any Greek tycoon; but this is a bottle of rich Greek Malagousia, with a very ugly label… The Malagousia grape variety was saved from oblivion in Greece through the 80’s and early 90’s by this very producer: Evangelos Gerovassiliou, I’m not going to comment on whether he ...

Clos Floridene, Graves Blanc, 2010

Clos Floridene, Graves Blanc, 2010
This is the second white in a row out if my cellar that is intensely rich. Like the Collio Friulano recently, its richness is almost too much to drink any amount of. Lemon, lemon sweetness on the nose and rich sweet juicy apricot lemon salad to chew on, erm… I mean drink.  White Bordeaux is one ...

Caliterra Tributo Carmenère, 2010

Caliterra Tributo Carmenère, 2010
The last time I had this wine it was from the 2009 vintage and I was amazed at how good it was, especially for the price, so much so I declared I had to buy more. Which I did, and the first sip of my new batch of 2010’s had me wincing and shaking my ...

Saumur Champigny Le Grand Clos, 2006

Saumur Champigny Le Grand Clos, 2006
I love Cabernet Franc – usually drinking it from the new world it’s easy to forget it’s a predominant grape in the Loire valley. However I have struggled to find any from the Loire that give me that Cabernet Franc experience that I love. I’ve been hanging onto this bottle since bringing it back from ...

Nicolas Potel Bourgogne, 2011

Nicolas Potel Bourgogne, 2011
Ok, it’s a few days later and as suspected this wine has mellowed nicely and lost that obvious youthfulness. In fact four days open in the bottle and a delicious duo of pork has helped it turn into a ‘real’ wine!! Not as light as I would have imagined, in fact surprisingly quite medium bodied, ...

Château Moulinet, 2004

Château Moulinet, 2004
Tobacco nose with a little juicy dark cherry fruit but a definate Bordeaux giveaway aroma. Unique tobacco chocolate to taste! Dry, dry tannins on a medium finish. Definately ready. Share this:FacebookTwitter

Retro Bistro, Teddington

Retro Bistro, Teddington
Chassagne-Montrachet “Les Pierres” Jean-Marc Pillot, 2008 I’m being stalked by Jean-Marc Pillot’s Chassagne-Montrachets! Without seeking them out they have cropped up three times in recent history – and they aren’t exactly common! The first at the Bingham Restaurant in Richmond for my birthday, then in Chassagne itself (where I just had buy some to bring back), then ...

Les Terrasses Priorat, 2002

Les Terrasses Priorat, 2002
After failing to find two bottles of Château St Pierre that were supposed to be lying somewhere in my cellar, I uncovered an old hoard of wine hidden away that I agreed to store for my friend Geoff when he moved to Ireland – about 8 years ago!! Amongst them was this Priorat that according ...

Château de Pez, 2002

Château de Pez, 2002
Tested alongside Ch Les Ormes de Pez, the only similarity as far as I can workout, apart from the name, is that they’re from vineyards around the Pez hamlet in St Estèphe, being owned and made completely independently. The most obvious difference was that this had much more silky fruit obvious just from the nose, ...

Cimarosa Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Privada, 2011

Cimarosa Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Privada, 2011
After my friend Evan discovered this at Lidl for under £4 and proclaimed its greatness, we had to try it out on a Friday night swim tasting. It was good – complete and easy to drink. …although it turns out it was £5.99 at normal price. Light bodied and fairly basic, great value for £4, not so ...
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