Mark Haisma Bourgogne, 2011

Mark Haisma Bourgogne, 2011
Having had a cloudy glass of this at Chef Barrie’s place last weekend I carefully eyed the remaining stock of this in my cellar and found it has already dropped some sediment and so, going against the usual advice about not decanting Burgundies, I did exactly that… Ironically, once decanted, there is a striking clarity ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Santenay Clos Faubard 1er Cru , Lucien Muzard 2008

Santenay Clos Faubard 1er Cru , Lucien Muzard 2008
I did a Santenay 1er Cru Taste-off against Les Graviéres La Pousse d’Or from my friends restaurant wine list at The Fig Tree, and this bottle from nearby Arth Wine in Penarth. This has to be the most difficult tasting I’ve had, two wines seemingly so very similar yet actually quite different. Ok, not like ...

Santenay Les Gravières 1er Cru, La Pousse d’Or 2006

Santenay Les Gravières 1er Cru, La Pousse d'Or 2006
My friend Mike pointed out that he had this on his wine list after I told him about my recent vine pruning trip to Santenay while we were having lunch at his restaurant The Fig Tree in Penarth last Friday. So I talked him into giving me a bottle to take away to try out… On my way ...

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 ...

Mark Haisma Bourgogne, 2009

Mark Haisma Bourgogne, 2009
With my girlfriend’s family arriving for the Christmas holidays, I broke this out to have with some succulent pork tenderloin baked wrapped in Parma ham with spinach, mushroom and pine nut stuffing. …THEY went down extremely well!! Share this:FacebookTwitter

Birthday Dinner Party

Birthday Dinner Party
Claire & Evan, Allan & Bianca and Ron & Inbar ventured over to our house in Hampton Hill to help celebrate my birthday – with more than a few personal choices from my cellar… Tarlant Brut Prestige, 1998 Tarlant 1998 for our aperitif, bought in a small local wine shop in the Loire, smooth and floral, ...
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