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 ...

Ernesto Catena, Tahuan Malbec, 2011

Ernesto Catena, Tahuan Malbec, 2011
Occasionally, (actually I mean almost never) if the stars align and there’s a full daytime eclipse, it happens to be a flower day in the biodynamic calendar, and a hole in the space-time continuum appears all at the same time, and other similarly unlikely events – like you happen to be in the wine aisle ...

Dogajolo Toscano, 2012

Dogajolo Toscano, 2012
I’ve been drinking this wine on and off for quite a few years now, I’ve always been mesmerised by the beautiful label and the odd name, which I think is pronounced ‘Dogayalo’ – although I almost prefer the obvious ‘Dogajolo’! The name was created by Carpineto’s founders and is derived from the Italian word ‘doga’, ...

Le Clos Jordanne Pinot Noir Village Reserve, 2007

Le Clos Jordanne Pinot Noir Village Reserve, 2007
Cow Stink,  …I love it when a wine smells of cow shit! I first had this wine at the excellent The Don restaurant where, not quite knowing what to expect from a Canadian pinot, we were all highly impressed. I miraculously found this wine on the shelves of my local wine shop soon after – ...

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 ...

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 ...

Niepoort Redoma Tinto, 2002

Niepoort Redoma Tinto, 2002
I didn’t give this bottle the justice it deserved; I completely messed-up opening it, which set the course for an unworthy experience. It wasn’t completely my own fault – the cork disintegrated into dust when I tried to open it, even a twin-pronged cork puller couldn’t help me. What was left of it in the ...

Bodega la Milagrosa Milcampos Viñas Viejas, 2009

Bodega la Milagrosa Milcampos Viñas Viejas, 2009
Despite the Gaudiesque label, this wine is excellent. Another example of great value, great quality wines coming out of Spain at the moment. A little on the lighter bodied side of things, but smooth and juicy with a lovely spicy complexity that is excellent with food. Robert Parker 91 Points… “The 2009 Milcampos is 100% ...

El Castro de Valtuille Mencia Joven, 2012

El Castro de Valtuille Mencia Joven, 2012
This wine was recommended to me by the reliably excellent advice of The Good Wine Shop in Kew Village, after I specifically went there to purchase a Carchelo for my friend to taste as an option for her birthday party. Recommended as a good party wine, maybe a little rough around the edges and youthful, but good ...

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 ...
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