Château La Grande Maye, 2003

Château La Grande Maye, 2003
I was given this bottle last Christmas by Chef Barrie and although I was interested to see what he saw in it, (not only because he had raved about it previously, but because he thought it was good enough to give to me!!) I’ve never been that excited by lesser Bordeaux appellations, particularly in the ...

Les Tourelles de Longueville, 2004

Les Tourelles de Longueville, 2004
Les Tourelles de Longeville is the second wine of the 2ème cru classé Château Pichon Longueville Baron, once part of a larger estate that was divided in 1850 by Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville, hence the presence of the separate but similarly named Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, also a 2ème cru classé. The Baron ...

Ridge Geyserville, 2001

Ridge Geyserville, 2001
This is (I think!) my last bottle of Ridge Geyserville and Lytton Springs from the early 2001/2002 vintages that I bought at a bargain price from Berry Brothers & Rudd when they had a store at terminal 3 in Heathrow airport back in 2005. From the last bottle of Geyserville 2001 I drank back in ...

Niepoort Redoma Branco, 2008

Niepoort Redoma Branco, 2008
This wine has been a favourite of mine for many years now, and I’m afraid to say this might be my last ever bottle… I first came across it about five years ago at Noble Green Wines for about £8, and it has very quickly become much more expensive and increasingly hard to get hold ...

Chassagne-Montrachet, Jean-Marc Pillot, 2009

Chassagne-Montrachet, Jean-Marc Pillot, 2009
I found this in the inner cellar of my local Waitrose where they are in the middle of offering 25% off all wines (cue the other supermarkets to gradually follow suit!) Although Waitrose generally overcharge on fine wines at their standard price, £29 is very competitive. However £22 after 25% discount I thought was more ...

La Vierge Jezebelle Chardonnay, 2010

La Vierge Jezebelle Chardonnay, 2010
Striking. That’s all I really need to say about this wine, and I’m not just talking about the label… From the first smell that literally makes you take a step backwards it’s so full of flavour, to the same flavoursome pleasure when you come to drink it. Striking just sums it up perfectly. It’s not ...

Malbec World Day, 2013

Malbec World Day, 2013
In 2011 the Wines of Argentina body created Malbec World Day to celebrate (and promote!) the success Argentina is having with this grape variety. There’s a nice timeline style web page on Argentina’s history with Malbec here. Although native of South West France, Malbec has become synonymous with Argentina and is their most widely planted grape variety, ...

Sassicaia 2002

Sassicaia 2002
Back in 1944 Mario Incisa della Rochetta owner of the Tenuta San Guido estate planted a small vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Bolgheri hills and changed the history of Italian wine. …and in the process, so the story goes, pissing off a lot of the local traditionalists and the Italian appellation system (if it had even ...

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, 2010

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, 2010
Back in January last year this was Jancis Robinson’s Wine of the Week, it sounded interesting and appealed to me at the time, probably due to the comparison to Burgundian Pinot. It also happened to be on offer at Majestic at the same time for the relative bargain of £14.99, so I bought a case… ...

Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Pétalos, 2009

Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Pétalos, 2009
I forget how good this wine is – and how much I like it. I first discovered it on my visit to Valencia a few years ago and brought just a single treasured bottle back with me, but I’m very glad it’s now available through my local Majestic. It has just enough fruit to be satisfying, ...
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