Burgundy 2012 en primeur

So at last I can write about the Burgundy 2012 en primeur having placed my wine order.  Just in case any of you have been waiting for my blog post to rush out and buy too, here are my thoughts on the vintage.   This is definitely a vintage for the enthusiast and for a number of reasons.   Firstly, […]

Vineyard Visit – Ridge Vineyards, California

In the same postal town that Apple have refined the process turning complex personal electronics in to objects of simple desire, there is a winemaker who turns simple grapes in to complex objects of desire.   But that’s where the rather strained analogy ends.  While Apple glistens in the middle of downtown Cupertino, Ridge vineyards are […]

Bordeaux 2012 en primeur

  The omens are not good.   All the talk in the preceeding weeks has been of how in 2012, prices must remain flat or perhaps even drop compared to 2011.   No one is really talking up the vintage.   Some sauternes producers struggled with too much of the wrong rot leading to some makers not releasing […]

Rhone 2011

Each year between the subtle elegance of the Burgundy and the trial by tannin of the Bordeaux en primeurs, there comes the Rhone version.   In a good year for the former regions it’s all too easy to overlook and ignore the fruity spicy wonders on offer from the Rhone.   That’s something of a shame as […]

Best Wines of 2012

The blog in this format is now just over a year old and so it seems high time to have a round up of the best wines I’ve tasted all year. While Christmas is a time to indulge, it’s also nice to have some more affordable wines for everyday drinking.   King of the crop for […]

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Burgundy 2012 en primeur – red

So to the reds.  As noted above, we lacked the time to really make a good sweep of all that was on offer but what follows is a roundup of what we liked the most on the night.  Looking back at my notes, there is an interesting mix in the reds between those who sought […]

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Burgundy 2012 en primeur – white

I’ll start with the whites, as we did on the night.   Note to my brother who reads this blog.   Better timekeeping next time round, yet again we failed to taste all the best reds.  I’m always won over by the offerings from Chablis at these events.   As a child, this was the posh wine we […]

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Books and covers

You see them everywhere, backlit signs proclaiming a simple focus on price, a message that eveything inside will be sold at as low a price as possible giving you, the consumer, the bargain you seek as you hurry home with a hot takeaway but bereft of anything to drink with it.   This particular example was […]

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The Christmas Table

Christmas is always a good time to tuck in to some decent wine.  No real excuse is needed to pop some favourites from the cellar and share some festive joy.  To accompany the main course of turkey, two second wines from very good Bordeaux estates.  We had a 2005 Pagodes de Cos (from Cos d’Estornel […]

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Ch Haut Bergey, Pessac Leognan 2005

Christmas came early to our house this year.   The logistics of getting all family members in the same place on the 25th led to an early celebration with BV’s in-laws on the 15th instead.    I’d picked up a couple of bottles from this estate earlier in the year, with the promise of a wine that […]

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Bottleshocked

Perhaps it was watching Bottleshock, the film recounting the famous 1976 Paris taste-off between high-end French and Californian wines.   (For ardent Decanter readers, amusingly the central character of Stephen Spurrier is played by Alan Rickman with, I suspect, a degree more sneer than the man himself possessed).   Perhaps it was the prospect of an impromptu  Thanksgiving implanting memories […]

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