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 ...

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 ...

Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma Reserve, 2009

 Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma Reserve, 2009
I used to drink the standard Clos du Bois merlot in my student days – and I loved the exuberant style of it. Unfortunately affordable American wines stopped being widely stocked in the UK and it became unavailable for a long time. I have noticed a small resurgence of interest by UK merchants in a ...

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 ...

Decoy, Sonoma County Merlot, 2010

Decoy, Sonoma County Merlot, 2010
I think this has been a week of drinking too young. First Nicolas Potel’s 2011 Bourgogne, Yes, I know, I know, drinking a 2011 already? – am I crazy?? Now this 2010 Merlot. Ok, it wasn’t as obviously too young as the 2011 Bourgogne, but the purple haze on the rim was a dead giveaway. …or should ...

The Tide End, Teddington Lock

The Tide End, Teddington Lock
After the club run, we decided to try out The Tide End by Teddington Lock for some food and a couple of glasses of wine …for me. Beer for everyone else! The Parade Merlot, New Zealand The 1st glass of New Zealand Merlot I queried whether it had been opened for a while as it ...

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, ...

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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