2014 Bordeaux: my top three

In spite of its failings – which are many – I love en-primeur.  The excitement of a new wine.  The birth, if you like, of wines that will develop into something so much more than juice.  1996 Latour was at this stage once, as was 1982 Pichon-Lalande.  Just as my son could once fit into […]

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Three bottles: Jasper Morris MW

Happy New Year.  And bring on 2015.  And it’s Burgundy time.  So a timely three bottles. Limited smoke blowing here: there is a handful of guys from whom I have learnt much of what I know and, more importantly, from whom I have learnt how to learn more.  Mr Morris is close to the top […]

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Echt

Good word: “echt”.  I had to look it up. Adjective: authentic and typical.  EG: “Bart was an echt baseball fan” The adjective was used to describe a wine that I haven’t tasted: “Ne Oublie,” – Graham’s recently-released 130 year-old tawny – after my comment: “mmm” on a similar release by Taylor – the 1863 Single […]

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The Price of Provenance

In June 2005 I bought a bottle of Krug from what was then Oddbins on Guildford High Street.  I’m fairly certain that it had been there for some time, standing up, in the light, at the top of the shelf.  The argument is that if you’re going to drop £100 on a bottle of Champagne, […]

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