Jérôme Prévost La Closerie Les Beguines, 2008

Jérôme Prévost La Closerie Les Beguines, 2008
Andrew Nielsen decided to personally deliver my order of his 2011 Savigny Les Beaune, so I decided to reward his journey from Forest Hill with a glass of something from my cellar. He noticed the empty bottle of Bouchard’s Les Ursules in my kitchen so talk got to grower Champagnes… Like the last bottle the nose on ...

Cédric Bouchard Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules, 2008

Cédric Bouchard Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules, 2008
Last November Robert Parker’s Antonio Galloni did a 3 part video review of grower champagnes, in part 3 he reviewed the wines of Cédric Bouchard. Unlike the traditional rational in Champagne, Cedric Bouchard focuses on single-variety, single-parcel and single-vintage wines. These “cutting edge Champagnes are some of the most innovative and exciting wines tasted this year” according to Galloni. ...

Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve NV

Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve NV
After leaving the half case from last years Tesco Christmas offer unopened in order to gain a little bottle age, I figured it was finally time to open a bottle after a whole year in the cellar. Honey and a nice yeastiness driving back the remaining acidity to a supporting role (where it always should ...

Champagne André Chemin Premier Cru, 2000

Champagne André Chemin Premier Cru, 2000
I’ve had this in the cellar since bringing it back from France quite a few years ago now, so finally on Boxing Day I felt it was the time to bring it out – and I was right. Drank from some old style Champagne glasses, with traditional Boxing Day ham with spiced peaches and Paolo ...

Bollinger NV

Bollinger NV
Old style bottle, which means this is from about this time time last year. Nicely yeasty, but wondering whether Bolli NV has a limited bottle life?? Share this:FacebookTwitter

Jérôme Prévost La Closerie Les Beguines, 2008

Jérôme Prévost La Closerie Les Beguines, 2008
  Yeast, yep a real bread bakery full of yeast on the nose. Rounded light floral flavours and zippy, zippy bubbles that prick your tongue and actually almost hurt! This Champagne has a boatload going on changing & adding something new – and very pleasing with almost every mouthful. Still youthful and citrusy on the ...

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, ...

Launceston Place, Kensington

Launceston Place, Kensington
My favorite restaurant that’s set on a quaint bend in a residential backstreet of Kensington for my birthday. We chose again the splendid six course tasting menu… with a delicious Dom Perignon 2003 aperitif           A white in magnum from the Mosel: Riesling, Scharzhofberger, Van Volxem 2007 with the Amuse bouche and ...

The Bingham, Richmond 1

The Bingham, Richmond
Chassagne-Montrachet “Les Pierres” Jean-Marc Pillot, 2008 Ignore the truly AWFUL label, this Montrachet was stunning, I almost ordered a Californian Chardonnay but resisted in order to find something perhaps more subtle to accompany our starters. Surprisingly this was a very full bodied for a Burgundy, although with some finely restrained acidity. Maybe richer than I ...
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