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 ...

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 ...

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’, ...

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 ...

Isla Negra Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2012

Isla Negra Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2012
Ok, I guess I’m going to have to admit to actually drinking this wine after originally buying it from the Tesco express around the corner with the sole purpose of pouring half if it into my bolognaise sauce! I took a swig as I glugged it into my cooking pot – a bit rough, but ...

Finca Villacreces, Pruno, 2010

Finca Villacreces, Pruno, 2010
Continuing my current love affair with Spanish wines – and particularly recently with the ones lying in my cellar thus far unopened! I decided it was time to explore this Pruno from Finca Villacreces which I bought on-spec last November, just to see what I got exactly …and of course whether I should be ordering ...

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 ...

Whitehall Lane Silver Anniversary Reserve, 2004

Whitehall Lane Silver Anniversary Reserve, 2004
I remember the previous bottle of this was very harsh and a bit of a disappointment, however time in the cellar has mellowed this into an inky, vanillary smooth wine. It only started to show signs of deeper complexity towards the end of the bottle. Shame I didn’t decant it earlier. …or have any more ...

Cimarosa Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Privada, 2011

Cimarosa Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Privada, 2011
After my friend Evan discovered this at Lidl for under £4 and proclaimed its greatness, we had to try it out on a Friday night swim tasting. It was good – complete and easy to drink. …although it turns out it was £5.99 at normal price. Light bodied and fairly basic, great value for £4, not so ...

Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato, 2007

Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato, 2007
Inter­est­ing that we did an Anin­tori tast­ing last week, includ­ing a 1995 Guado al Tasso, then Jan­cis takes my lead (again!) and comes along with this week’s wine of the week… 18 Feb 2011 by Jan­cis Robinson… “This is a quite deli­cious, grown-up wine from Tus­can upstarts Anti­nori (they’ve only been there for seven cen­turies) that ...
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