I wanted to draw readers’ attention to the newly released special report on Burgundy 2010 by fellow wine writer Tim Atkin.
It’s an impressive 53 page in-depth look at this vintage, based on both a visit to the region and 16 tastings held in London. But it’s much more than just endless tasting notes. Tim’s strength [...]
Off to Corney & Barrow this morning to taste the 2009s from the legendary Domaine de la Romanee Conti, which we all know as DRC.
Of course, it is virtually impossible to taste such celebrated wines completely objectively. But we try. It’s one of the superstar domaines that really lives up to the hype. Many tasters [...]
OK, a round-up of some of the memorable wines we’ve had this holiday. Pictured above: the Man O’War Chardonnay 2009, with its characteristic matchstick reduction adding some Burgundian-style complexity. This is a superb wine with real interest. And I’m pleased to say I spotted it when served blind!
Totally different, and thoroughly enjoyable. La Morandina Moscato [...]
A quick note on Wednesday’s lunch at La Trompette in Chiswick, with Robin Davis and Tom Carson. It’s under the same ownership as the excellent Glasshouse in Kew, a joint venture between Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole, and is similarly excellent.
This is all that a high-end restaurant should be. Excellent food, at very fair prices, [...]
A short film of celebrity vineyard spotting in Burgundy, much of it focused on the Grand Crus of Vosne Romanee:
We had a great time yesterday at my sister’s place, where a sizeable contingent of family gathered to celebrate the royal wedding. I was initially not intending to watch the spectacle, but it turned out to be quite gripping – a day of real emotion.
We celebrated with Champagne – beginning with a magnum of Drappier [...]
Sometimes the hierarchy of Burgundy vineyards can be a bit of a problem. It magnifies the label effect: when critics see the name Grand Cru on a label, it usually adds points to the score. It’s hard for them to break the hierarchy and give better scores to wines from more lowly vineyards. Here’s a [...]
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is one of the world’s greatest wine domains. It’s thrilling wines are scarily expensive – but even if you can afford them, the real issue is getting hold of them.
Fortunately, each year Corney & Barrow – who have exclusivity of these wines in the UK – put on a tasting for [...]
Happy new year, dear readers! I feel quite bemused by the fact that it is now 2011.
Two reds from last night, as well as a lot of Champagnes that will be written up separately. One underwhelming Burgundy, and a really nice Bordeaux.
Domaine Robert Arnoux Nuits Saint Georges 1999 Burgundy
Pale colour. Light, cherryish and quite fresh. [...]
Just the four of us for Christmas lunch this year. It was delayed: poor behaviour (don’t even ask!) meant that both boys were sent to their rooms, but then they got the message and, after this delay, we managed to eat together. Just two drinking, so it restricted the number of wines. Still, I’m curious, [...]