An outstanding Burgundy tasting of pre-2003s

I attended this amazing tasting back in April.  It was almost a case study in outstanding premier cru and grand cru red Burgundy with 15 or more years of age on the wines.  Only two wines missed the mark – one due to cork taint, the other presenting as simplistic (for a grand cru) due to suspected […]


The next instalment of my wine trip is Beaune proper, which preceded a trip down the A6 to Buxy in the Côte Chalonnaise.  Beaune is a town where it appears difficult to eat and drink poorly.  Starting with food, for lunch, I can recommend Le Comptoir des Tontons.  The owners are colourful, and the food […]

Domaine Blain-Gagnard Morgeot Premier Cru Chassagne-Montrachet 1996

This Chassagne-Montrachet from the premier cru vineyard of Morgeot initially had some quite overpowering aromatics of sulphides and gunflint, but fortunately for those less enamoured with such characters such as me, this blew off with time in the glass.  It in fact reminded a little of the new super premium, and sealed by screwcap, Yarra […]

Domaine Blain-Gagnard Caillerets Premier Cru Chassagne-Montrachet 1986

It’s a little hard to know where to start with a wine such as this, but I’ll give it a go.  Golden in colour, it has aromatics of extravagant apricot, peach, honey, yeast, biscuit and yoghurt.  The palate has long length, and a complex expression of peach and apricot flavours.  All of its component parts […]

A weekly wrap; 16 March 2014

It’s not every week that I can look through a number of subregions in the Languedoc-Roussillon, some stellar old white Burgundies from Chassagne-Montrachet dating from the 1980s and early 1990s, some old Bordeaux from 1986 and 1989, and one of the best vintages of Mount Mary’s cabernet that I’ve tasted.  Being routinely time poor, it […]

Blain Gagnard Caillerets Premier Cru 1996

Unfortunately, this wine was terrible.  I am told that some people are more sensitive than others to sulphide aromas, and I am regrettably one of them.  The sulphide aroma was so intense that the prospect of actually tasting the wine, to me, seemed about as likely as wishing to drink a cup of detergent.  My […]

Pierre Andre au Chateau de Corton Blanc 2007

I tried this wine at an excellent and very generous terroir focussed wine tasting.  This wine has an aroma of oak and nuts.  On the palate, it is minerally, with a bit of length and a touch of spice.  Overall, perhaps a bit neutral.  83 points. Abv: 13%Would I buy it having tasted it?  NoWebsite: