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 ...

Le Clos Jordanne Pinot Noir Village Reserve, 2007

Le Clos Jordanne Pinot Noir Village Reserve, 2007
Cow Stink,  …I love it when a wine smells of cow shit! I first had this wine at the excellent The Don restaurant where, not quite knowing what to expect from a Canadian pinot, we were all highly impressed. I miraculously found this wine on the shelves of my local wine shop soon after – ...

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, 2010 1

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, 2010
This wasn’t great when I first tried it after buying a whole case and a half (long story) on Jancis Robinson’s recommendation, but after lying in my cellar for just over a year being a constant reminder of my own failure and waste of money I tried it again a couple of weeks ago in Devon. ...

EQ Pinot Noir, 2008

EQ Pinot Noir, 2008
I’ve been drinking too much young wine recently, mostly in the name of research. So I thought it was time to drink one of the many wines in my cellar that are actually ready (or even overdue!) for drinking… And this EQ Pinot is definitely ready – about 5 years cellar age on a bottle ...

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, 2010

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, 2010
Back in January last year this was Jancis Robinson’s Wine of the Week, it sounded interesting and appealed to me at the time, probably due to the comparison to Burgundian Pinot. It also happened to be on offer at Majestic at the same time for the relative bargain of £14.99, so I bought a case… ...

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 ...

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

Jacobs’s Creek Reserve Pinot Noir, 2011

Jacobs's Creek Reserve Pinot Noir, 2011
Back during my student days the band Fine Young Cannibals had a great album out ‘The Raw & the cooked’ this wine reminded me of that album. It taste like it hasn’t been finished – a bit raw, weak and even a little bit furry, and it’s been in the decanter at least an hour. It’s just ...

Le Clos Jordanne Twenty Mile Bench, 2008 1

Le Clos Jordanne Twenty Mile Bench, 2008
On very first tasting this had a nasty bitter bite on the finish. Decanting for an hour mellowed this out but this isn’t the smooth, oaky pleasure of it’s little brother that we had at The Don Restaurant earlier this week. It has a certain stinkyness in the flavour that I’m not yet convinced is ...
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