Clos Louie, Côtes de Castillon, 2004 2

Clos Louie, Côtes de Castillon, 2004
I bought, and shared, a case of this en-primeur with a friend of mine back in 2005, on the recommendation of his (French) wine merchant. The promise of something made from 150 year old vines with a decent Parker review that didn’t cost too much proved more than tempting. I have to say though that ...

Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma Reserve, 2009

 Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma Reserve, 2009
I used to drink the standard Clos du Bois merlot in my student days – and I loved the exuberant style of it. Unfortunately affordable American wines stopped being widely stocked in the UK and it became unavailable for a long time. I have noticed a small resurgence of interest by UK merchants in a ...

Villa Caffaggio, 2009

Villa Caffaggio, 2009
I remember tasting a Villa Caffaggio years ago as a result of reading a glowing review on one of the very early pages of JancisRobinson.com. I still remember being amazed by it’s full bodied silkiness, so much so it was one of my very first recommendations. I also remember trying another bottle of the same wine sometime ...

Nicolas Potel Bourgogne, 2011

Nicolas Potel Bourgogne, 2011
If you wanted a wine that was the epitome of too young – this is it! (except perhaps the lack of purpleness in the colour??!) Simply not ready to be drunk by a long way. Maybe I should have considered the vintage a little more before deciding to open it?!! I’ll have another taste of ...

Ridge Geyserville, 2001

Ridge Geyserville, 2001
I’m becoming aware of a theory about Californian wines – that even if they may be designed to, they don’t age very well. Their immediate appeal is mostly without question, and there always seems to be plenty of potential, but a few times lately I’ve been led to question their aging ability myself. I always ...

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, 2007

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, 2007
Allan ordered a case of the the 2006 from Costco, which at just £19.50 sounded like a complete bargain – for a Brunello! So I agreed to a share of it, especially as Robert Parker himself rated it at 92 points and gave it a glowing review: “The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine ...

Corralillo Winemaker’s Blend, 2007

Corralillo Winemaker's Blend, 2007
One of the mighty Matetic EQ’s little brothers. This bottle was left over from a case I bought as part of a mixed six-pack that I was selling on last year. Unfortunately a couple of bottles broke during transit, so I kept the bottles that had labels stained by the spillage. Amongst other things this ...

La Giaretta Valpolicella Volpare, 2009

La Giaretta Valpolicella Volpare, 2009
Allan and I stumbled on Polpo close to Farringdon underground station after Mark Haisma’s 2011 Burgundy tasting at Vinoteca. The clincher for Polpo was that I couldn’t help but notice from the menu in the window that they offered 5 different types of meatball – I defy anyone to turn away from that! Alongside Mark’s ...

Santenay Les Charmes, 2007

Santenay Les Charmes, 2007
I spent this week in Burgundy starting the winter pruning in the Saint-Jean vineyard in Santenay which Mark Haisma has taken on this year. (In quite an abandoned state) Consequently when I saw this Santenay from a neighbouring vineyard I really had to try it. It’s a good job Mark is growing Chardonnay as, if ...

Château Les Ormes de Pez, 1995

Château Les Ormes de Pez, 1995
Light bodied, harsh and almost sour on first opening. However it did mellow after being double decanted back into the bottle and allowed to sit for about 4 hours. However nothing can change its inherent light body and slight fruit, but it was a nicely integrated bottle only showing a small amount of age considering ...
snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake