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… Continue Reading →

Mas d’Espanet Pinot Noir 2016

This is a good quality pinot noir from an unlikely place, namely the warm Languedoc and the Cevennes IGP in particular.  I can’t recall previously seeing this IGP.  I read that it sits in the northern, more mountainous part of the Languedoc, a region that is diverse but more grenache, syrah and carignan country.  In… Continue Reading →

Domaine de l’Évêché Pinot Noir 2019

The search for good value Burgundy continues.  This time we are further south in the Côte Chalonnaise and the producer is the Domaine de l’Évêché; enough accents to test the keyboard.  In some senses, it is a similar wine to a recently reviewed Fixin wine (see review here).  The Côte Chalonnaise has mineral, stone and… Continue Reading →

Delas Les Launes Crozes-Hermitages 2019

This is a very enjoyable Crozes-Hermitage from negociant Delas in the Rhône Valley.  It has aromas of savoury roast meats and smoke, in the style of syrah from Hermitage rather than, for Australian readers, the more sweet fruited and broody style of Barossa shiraz or the newer wave spicier expressions from southern Victoria and New… Continue Reading →

Domaine Bruno Clair La Dominode 2018

From the warm 2018 vintage, this premier cru from Domaine Bruno Clair and Savigny-Les-Beaune La Dominode is surprisingly approachable now.  It has a classy and immediately attractive aroma of polished fruit and blackcurrants.  Its depth of aroma is at times reminiscent of Gevrey. At other times, its aroma is almost Oregon like in its expressiveness… Continue Reading →

Hugel Classic Pinot Gris Alsace 2016

This is a sound pinot gris from Hugel in Alsace. There is not much here in terms of aroma, some pear notes perhaps. The palate is dry and has subtle acidity hidden under its fruit, which adds freshness. A pinot gris paradigm that is ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Website: http://www.hugel.com. Reviewed: June 2020.

Christian Moreau Père et Fils Chablis 2018

This is an excellent AOP Chablis from Christian Moreau and the 2018 vintage, frankly resembling a premier cru in terms of quality.  It has pleasingly typical Chablis aromas of stones and a yoghurty, lees character.  The palate is dry, with attractive stone and flint notes, medium length and linear, high acidity.  I would ordinarily suggest… Continue Reading →

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