• Chateau Marquis d’Alesme Becker Margaux 2005

    The stronger 2005s from Bordeaux should be starting to drink well and the lesser wines revealing whether they had sufficient stuffing to last the distance. The Marquis d’Alesme Becker grand cru classé sits somewhere in between. It could be a little tired, offer glimpses of excellence or provide excellent drinking with the promise of more. […]

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  • Yarra Yering new releases from the 2020 and 2019 vintages

    All the wines were tasted in December 2021.

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  • Dominique Laurent Clos Saint-Jacques Premier Cru Gevrey-Chambertin 2003 Wine Review

    Clos Saint-Jacques is a premier cru appellation in Gevrey Chambertin that is a grand cru in all but name.  There are only five producers who own land here and Dominique Laurent sources the grapes as négociant.  Some such as Wine Searcher report Dominique Laurent as being heavy handed with new oak and ripe fruit, while […]

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  • Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Pommard Les Vignots 2011 Wine Review

    This wine proved to be a very enjoyable, archetypal Pommard. It is labelled as “Les Vignots” which is a lieu-dit, rather than premier cru, so this remains a Pommard villages wine. It presented however more like a premier cru. Les Vignots is not particularly far from Pommard premier crus Les Arvelets and La Platière, although […]

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  • Domaine du Pélican Arbois Savignan Ouillé 2018 Wine Review

    From the Marquis d’Angerville (of Burgundy fame), Domaine du Pélican’s savignan ouillé is a very good wine from the 2018 vintage. Some interpretation is required for those less familiar with Jura wine labels. Savignan is also known as traminer (related, but different to gewurtztraminer) and is the speciality white of the Jura region of France. […]

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  • Henri Naudin Ferrrand Aligoté 2018 Wine Review

    This wine review is of Henri Naudin Ferrand’s Bourgogne Aligoté from the 2018 vintage. Aligoté is an early drinking high acid white grape variety from Burgundy. In terms of repute, it sits quite some margin behind the world famous first white wine of this region, chardonnay. The wine will appeal to those seeking a ready […]

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  • Domaine de Bellene L’eclos Des Abeille 2018 Wine Review

    This wine review is of a chardonnay from the 2018 vintage of Domaine de Bellene and the Côteaux Bourguignons in Burgundy. The Côteaux Bourguignons is a regional appellation which permits the grapes to be sourced from anywhere in Burgundy, including Beaujolais. The informative Bourgogne Wines reference website provides further information about the appellation here. The […]

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  • SC Guillard Bourgogne Rouge 2018

    This is more or less what I am searching for, but irregularly find, in a Bourgogne rouge.  It opens to brooding aromas of blackcurrant, with a cedar backdrop.  The palate is medium bodied with game notes, medium tannins and lingering length on the finish.  This rather delicious Burgundy overachieves for its quality classification and is […]

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  • Domaine de Bellene Côte de Nuits Villages 2018

    Domaine de Bellene’s Côte de Nuits Villages from the 2018 vintage is a lovely wine. It opens to attractive and fragrant aromas of spice and blackcurrant, with an end note of smoke and cedar. It can only be Burgundy. The palate is medium bodied and more workmanlike with characters akin to red currants. This attractive […]

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  • Escarpment Pinot Noir Martinborough 2017

    This is a pleasant pinot noir from Escarpment in Martinborough, New Zealand. It has a subtle aroma of spice, rosemary and green stalks. On the palate, the fruit is ripe and youthful with a gentle petulance at times and the tannins are low to medium and finely knit. The oak is very well integrated (25% […]

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  • Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Oregon 2017

    Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Oregon 2017 Wine Review

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