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 ...

Favourite Son Chardonnay, 2010

Favourite Son Chardonnay, 2010
I bought a case of this for my (favourite) son’s birthday party in April (who was born in 2010), after originally tasting a bottle back in December last year. However instead of having a garden party as I imagined we would, he had a joint party with one of his friends where we barely drank ...

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 – ...

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 ...

Leyda Chardonnay Lot 5, 2010

Leyda Chardonnay Lot 5, 2010
Another one-off bottle recommendation from The Good Wine Shop in Kew, and again they have proven their worth, despite the dodgy label!  At the end of the ‘Kloof Friday Swim tasting about a week ago Chef Barrie opened a bottle of Pinot from the Leyda valley, jeez it really had a unique style – burnt ...

Favourite Son Chardonnay, 2010

Favourite Son Chardonnay, 2010
My (Favourite!) son was born in 2010, so I had no choice but to buy this when I saw it in the irresistible The Good Wine Shop in Kew village. Clean, fresh smell straight out of the bottle, subtle Chardonnay aromas says this isn’t a blockbuster (in a good way!). Medium bodied and a little ...

The Don Restaurant, St Swithin’s Lane 1

The Don Restaurant, St Swithin's Lane
After the Justerini & Brooks 2011 Rhône and Loire Tasting at Vintners’ Hall, Allan, his friend Nicola and I dropped in at the nearby The Don Restaurant. Saint-Aubin 1er Cru, Murgers des Dents de Chien, 2009 (Half Bottle) Subtle and beautifully light, clean full flavours. Excellent surprising white to have with our starters. Would like ...

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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