Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Pierre Naigeon, 2008

Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Pierre Naigeon, 2008
Back in January, when I was in Burgundy with Mark Haisma, we coincidentally kept picking 2008’s off the wine lists of the restaurants we visited. Much to the disdain of the waiters and sommeliers who tried their best to guide us to a more ‘suitable’ decision. You see there is a general opinion that 2008 ...

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 ...

Keermont Terrasse, 2011

Keermont Terrasse, 2011
Rich thick & oily, full bodied lychees, with a slight bitter kick on the finish. So, exactly like lychees then!! If this is a blend based on Chenin Blanc, then it’s the richest Chenin I’ve ever had! Maybe that’s down to the 40 year old vines? Or maybe it’s the blend of Chardonnay, Viognier – ...

Château Talbot, 2001

Château Talbot, 2001
The very first (and last!) time I tried a Château Talbot was very early on in my wine education, a 1983, and I remember thinking “really, that’s IT??” The same to a lesser degree with a 1981 La Mission Haut Brion. Partly due to my lack of experience, but also probably because both were weak ...

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 ...

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, ...

Domaine la Bastide Abondance, 2011

Domaine la Bastide Abondance, 2011
Another one-off bottle recommendation from The Good Wine Shop in Kew. This is a very rich, almost sweet style of Roussanne – one of my favourite white grapes, maybe it’s the addition of the Vermentino? Which I’m not so familiar with. This is the second Italian grape variety I’ve tasted this weekend that I haven’t ...

Mas de Boislauzon Côtes du Rhône Villages, 2010

Mas de Boislauzon Côtes du Rhône Villages, 2010
Both of the other wine chat guys I bought this case with raved about this wine after they tried their first bottle, so much so we discussed buying some more, possibly two more cases! So I figured it was time to try it myself… I couldn’t help notice the purple tinge to it as I ...

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 ...
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