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. [...]
A short video of me tasting two Burgundies (shouldn’t really call them Pinot Noirs, should I?) and an Aussie Pinot (Mornington Peninsula) in my incredibly untidy study.
Just back from a tasting of Rousseau Burgundys at Roberson, one of London’s most interesting merchants. They run a really interesting series of tastings for consumers: events like these give people who haven’t got a gazillion pound wine budget a chance to drink a range of wines like these.
The tasting covered a range of vintages, [...]
David Clark’s previous life was as part of the Williams Formula One racing team, but he changed pace by moving to Burgundy in 2003, where he now has a small winery in Morey-St-Denis and a couple of hectares of vineyards spread over a number of communes. There’s a nice profile of him over at Bill [...]
Three wines from Burgundy tasted, with some comments on ‘good’ reduction.
The Great Domaines of Burgundy, by Remington Norman and Charles Taylor.
This is a revision of Remington Norman’s classic work on Burgundy, first published in 1992, and then revised in 1996, with Charles Taylor added as an author. It’s a brilliant book, and pretty much a compulsory purchase for any Burgundy nut. The bulk of [...]
Really like this wine. It’s a complex, rich white Burgundy from a relatively lowly appellation. Jean-Yves Devevey is clearly a talented winegrower – you just wonder what might happen if people like him were given custody of much smarter terroirs, currently in the hands of underacheivers. Also worth checking out is his slightly cheaper Hautes-Cotes-de-Beaune [...]