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In alphabetical order by producer. Reds before whites.

The lists of wines from my own cellar formed the basis of the very first wine-pages back in 1995. As the years have passed and the site has developed I taste a lot more wines and no longer add new wines I purchase here, nor do I always write a note when I drink one of the wines listed below. Tom

red

Domaine de l'Arlot, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forêts 1990
Youthful oak still on the nose, with notes of coffee, nuts then a herbal, wild, lavender note. There is deep baked red plum and warm, lightly bloody nuances. On the palate this is just a little lean. There is such a firm backbone of acidity and tight tannins that the fruit is dominated. Lots of quality, but will the fruit outlast the acidity? (02/01)

Domaine de l'Arlot, Nuits St-Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forêt 1992
Glowing, mid-weight ruby colour. There is a gloriously sweet nose of woodsmoke, new-sawn oak, earth, game and rustic berry fruit. It is very rich and almost like a sherry-cask. The palate is subdued in comparison, with a chewy, creamy texture, warm berry and cherry fruit and some drying tannins in the finish. It has really good length though, and whilst soft and approachable, the structure to cellar for 5 more years easily. A very warm and ripe style with a core of sweet fruit. (06/02)

Domaine Bertagna, Hautes-Côtes de Nuits "Les Dames Huguettes" Vielles-Vignes 1996
A basic appellation wine, but everything about the packaging says it's a serious concern. The wine is bright ruby, and of medium density. On the nose there's some cassis and sweet oak, with raspberry fruit coming through. More raspberry on the palate, a light mouthfeel, and an overall "bright" quality. There are quite firm tannins too that suggest a year or two in bottle might just bring more depth and roundness to the wine. (06/98)
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Simone Bize, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Serpentières 1996
Not tasted.

Bouchard Père et Fils, Beaune 1er Cru 1991
Very wishy-washy, thin ruby colour. Quite intense alcoholic nose of cherry-cola. Spicy on the palate and surprisingly full bodied. Quite luscious with ripe strawberry and cherry fruit, lots of warm, clove spice and a touch of earthy almost charred quality. Spice again on the nice finish and good length. A decent cheap burgundy. (04/97)

Bouchard Père et Fils, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1995
Medium, soft ruby colour. Nose a little reticent, but perfumed strawberry fruit emerges, with vanilla and a cedary note. Quite firm and unyielding on the palate, though pure with hidden reserves of ripe, strawberry and blackcurrant fruit. There's also some oak and just a glimpse of a creamier edge. Fine balance with the purity continuing into the long, spicy finish. This is a lean style, but there is so much concentration and fruit buried in there that I'd be surprised if this wasn't drinking really well in around 2 to 3 years time. (11/98)
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Domaine Chandon de Briailles, Corton Grand Cru Bressandes 1993
Not tasted.

Domaine Chanson Père et Fils, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Dominodes 1994
Not tasted.

Domaine Bruno Clair, Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Bèze 1991
Really quite vegetal with lots of undergrowthy quality, truffle and firmm cherry fruit. There's a little coffee and smoke too. The palate is firm, slowly revealing red cherry and raspberry fruit, with a little brown sugar sweetness, but this is rather lean in style. decenet length, but a little disappointing. (02/02)

Coste-Caumartin, Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Boucherottes 1990
Not tasted.

Domaine Drouhin, Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru 1991
Not tasted.

Domaine Dujac, Morey-Saint-Denis 1991
Pale/medium ruby red, just some signs of browning. Fabulous nose of old roses, strawberry, cherries and coffee then earth, smoke and leafy, damp forest-floor aromas. Very sensuous. On the palate quite a firm, tannic edge to fine, delicate fruit and lots of subtle flavours of game, spices and cloves. This wine is a little leaner than I'd hoped for and I'm not convinced more time would add fatness, but there is such beautiful subtlety, length and balance. The sort of wine that is the antithesis of "blockbuster" reds, but is just full of complexity and charm. (04/99)

Domaine René Engel, Vosne-Romanée 1994
Not tasted.

Faiveley, Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roi 1991
Delicious. Lovely colour, flower and vanilla scented nose, very clean, just a hint of gaminess. A very voluptuous mouthful, showing concentrated cherry flavours, and nice hint of earth/game and a good, pure "narrow" stripe of tannin. Opened up very nicely during the meal. Good finish too. (02/96)

Domaine Vincent Girardin, Santenay 1er Cru La Maladière 1996
From a brief tasting in Taillevent, Paris, a very fine, deeply fruited nose and palate with warm, cherry and earth flavours, a silky texture and considerable length. Very good indeed. (06/96)

Louis Jadot, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St-Jacques 1989
Gorgeous nose. Notes of brown sugar, fudge, sweet cherries, briar-wood and roses. The palate is spicy, suffused with coffee-bean charry oak, and filled with sweet fruit. Nice cedary component too, and a deliciously balanced wine with an elegant finish. Very good indeed. (02/02)

Louis Jadot, Nuits-St-George 1er Cru Clos des Corvées 1990
Not tasted.

Jayer-Gilles, Hautes-Côtes de Beaune 1995
Very dense, even, crimson colour. Deep pinot nose with red cherries, slightly caramelised aromas, hints of burnt rubber and leather. Very chewy and dense in the mouth with prominent, toasty oak. There is plenty of ripe raspberry fruit too, an earthy, smoky quality and soft, silky tannins in the finish. Nicely balanced and with good length. Very good. (06/98)

Domaine Leroy, Côtes de Beaune Villages 1985
A simple regional appellation, but from a great year and perhaps the greatest domaine in Burgundy. Quite an aggressive nose, tannic and severe, with black fruits showing through. The palate is similarly grippy, with tight structure and good definition through ample acidity and a solid core of fruit, though maybe lacking in the latter, and a bit over-extracted. Enjoyable with food and a decent finish, but maybe just past its best. (06/98)

Domaine Leroy, Bourgogne 1993
Not tasted.

Machard de Gramont, Beaune 1er Cru les Chouachoux 1987
Very restrained. Fairly light colour, classy bouquet with a bit of earthiness. Taste is refined and mellow, very harmonious, soft yet subdued. Not a blockbuster, but fine. (06/96). updatedMedium ruby colour, soft nose of black fruit but quite subdued. Thin on the palate with rather too much acidity and only glimpses of blackcurrant fruit around the edges. Finish is rather tart. Past it I fear. (08/97)

Domaine Matrot, Volnay-Santenots 1er Cru 1989
A wonderfully smoky, earthy, forest berry nose with nuances of undergrowth and dank woodland. No obvious oak, just a little cedary undercurrent. On the palate it is very harmonious with plenty of sweet, ripe fruit and a silky texture. There are notes of soft, dense, earthiness and a long, long finish. (02/02)

Méo-Camuzet, Vosne-Romanée 1993
Fine dark ruby colour. Rather closed nose, but opened up over half an hour to display nice earthy aromas. Good earthy flavour too with a rasp of firm tannin, but a nice subtle fruitiness which developed to show real depth and complexity. Rich texture with a beautiful aftertaste. Try again 1998. (04/96)

Domaine Henri Perrot-Minot, Gevrey-Chambertin 1995
This wine pours a beautifully pale, ruby red with a touch of amber on the rim. It has a lovely perfume of damp, truffly undergrowth, a hint of the barnyard, and a layer of spicy red fruit. There's a nice sense of elegance and harmony. On the palate it really does have fine fruit: an elegant, medium-bodied weight of cherry and ripe, sweet raspberry, with woodsmoke and coffee notes and plenty of earthy, sweet and damp truffly character. Fine tannins and well-balanced acidity complete an excellent introduction to this domaine for me. I will seek out more of their wines. An excellent wine for which I paid around £18 a few years ago. (03/05)
 
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Domaine de la Romaneé-Conti Echézeaux 1999
Not tasted.

Domaine de la Romaneé-Conti Grands Echézeaux 1999
Not tasted.

Domaine de la Romaneé-Conti Echézeaux 2000
Healthy ruby colour. Lovely nose; very sweet, earthy, with slightly truffly notes. Very perfumed and alluring, with floral hints and a sweet fragrance. The palate is soft, ripe and already suffused with an integrated raft of strawberry and cherry fruit underpinned by mellow, coffee-bean oak on the mid-palate. There is good acidity, and very rounded, soft tannins though it powers through with a little spicy kick into the finish. Absolutely gorgeous, and possibly my favourite wine if for current drinking. Excellent (02/03)

Rossignol-Trapet, Gevrey-Chambertin 1990
From a domaine much maligned by Parker. Wonderful inky colour and vibrant aromas of earthy, cherry and berry fruits. Velvet on the palate with a luscious mix of acidity and mellow fruit. Long, harmonious finish. Excellent. Will keep. (12/96) updated This is a gem. Gorgeous, browning, but vivid ruby red. Bursting nose of sweet black fruit and lead pencil with hints of dank, earthy, undergrowth. Palate is round and velvety textured with loads of blackberry and sour cherry fruit. Seems to have taken on weight in the past year or two. Loads of smoke and spice become more prominent in the finish. Excellent length and concentration of flavours. (09/97)

Rossignol-Trapet, Gevrey-Chambertin 1993
Not tasted.

Emmanuel Rouget, Vosne-Romanée 1996
Stinky nose. Beautifully fragrant with briar-wood, game, farmyard and little glimpses of rose-hip and violet. Palate is again youthful and firm, with good balance and good acidity, though this is pretty tight and ungiving at present. Should blossom over the next five to eight years. Very good, will improve (02/02)

Marc Roy, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 1994
I found this a rather difficult wine to judge. The colour is a medium-thin, almost red-oxide colour. The nose is very unforthcoming with some blackcurrant, cedar and a little damp, earthy quality showing up on the second night of drinking. On the palate the wine is very firm, grippy and tannic - positively austere, with only hints of blackcurrant and raspberry fruit. I left this wine overnight to see if it would develop, but there seems to be a very tightly wound, unapproachable core to this wine that stops it from being very enjoyable. It is perhaps over-extracted in an attempt to get some stuffing and concentration into the wine in a patchy vintage? It has some seriousness about it, but it is really pretty unlovable. I doubt if this would improve much with age. (07/98)
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Tollot-Beaut, Chorey-lès-Beaune 1994
Not tasted.

Loron, St-Amour "Clos des Billards"1989
8 year old cru Beaujolais that is drinking really well and would probably be better after 2000. Medium thin garnet red colour. Nose is redolent of strawberries with a slightly jarring metallic note, pepper and spice. Developing aromas of damp undergrowth. On the palate the wine is grippy, with chewy tannins and maybe just a hint of the stalks. There is plenty of strawberry and raspberry fruit, mushroomy, dank flavours and wood - not vanillin, but rather older wood, though not at all unpleasant. Good length, with a strong, spicy edge maintained. Pretty serious stuff. (12/97)
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white

Daniel Barraud, Pouilly-Fuissé "La Verchere" 1993
Lovely youthful straw colour. Very seductive melon and lychee nose with full bodied, beautifully pure taste and finish. (05/96). Opened for a Christmas meal, I had been savouring this remaining bottle for some time. The colour is light gold, the nose very appealing in a much more low-key style than on that intitial tasting of the young wine. Notes of melon and pear, lightly honeyed and with a very pure, white-fruited character. On the palate a limpid and silky texture, but a real steeliness thas now asserted itself. Previously this was overwhelmed by opulence of the fruit, now it adds a lot of backbone to the fine flavours of juicy apple and pear make the wine very savoury and food-friendly. Good length, and finishes long and fine. Mature now, and the acidity more dominant, but very good. (12/00)

Jean-Marc Brocard, "Jurassique" 1996
Very pale straw gold. Clean, fresh, nose of lemony fruit, a little bit of yeast and hints of boiled sweets and minerals. On the palate lively and vivacious with plenty more zingy, lemon fruit, medium body and a creamy edge too. Totally dry, with a clean, citrus finish. This is excellent wine with an overall sense of vitality and freshness, but balance, concentration of flavour (no oak) and a lingering finish. (03/98)
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La Chablisienne, Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 1990
Pale to medium gold, still a youthful tinge of green. Nutty nose, perhaps a little rot? Some botrytis too with aromas of honey, orange and over-ripe banana. Medium bodied, quite luscious mouthfeel. Spicy, with a buttery character but a core of succulent pear fruit, little nuances of oatmeal. Good citrus acidity and a lingering finish. Complex and rather nice, though the little rotten note detracts slightly. From a half. (04/99)
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Chanson Père et Fils, Corton Grand Cru 1973
Deep, old-gold colour. Some sweet old oak on the nose, then a bouquet of smoky bacon, nuts, fat and slightly sherried scents. The palate is very nutty and dry. There is some buttery texture, but acidity is now quite dominant and the wine has become a little "bitty" with slightly dried-out, straw flavours on the finish. Very interesting rather than totally enjoyable.

Marc Colin, St-Aubin 1er Cru La Chatenière 1996
Lovely light straw colour. Very flowery, fresh, lightly oaked character, full of lemony fruit but with a lovely flinty, steely quality too. Dry, classy, delicious and easy to drink burgundy. Elegant and clean, classy and refreshing. (07/97) This was purchased at the vineyard (where the original note was made). I opened this bottle wondering if that lovely freshness would still be there and really needn't have been concerned: the pale straw colour looked just as youthful and on the nose that perfect balance of lemony, crisp fruit, a more generous peach and cream note and an intriguingly firm core. There are also nuances of acacia and blossom. On the palate lovely balance, with ripe orchard fruits and a chewy density of texture, then taut acidity that freshens the palate and gives the wine great poise. Really lovely stuff. St-Aubin 1er Crus from good makers like Colin, Prudhon and Thomas can be had for little more than £10/$16 and represent great value in white Burgundy, especially in fine vintages like this. (08/00)
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Colin-Deleger, Chassagne-Montrachet 1et Cru Morgeot 1995
Not tasted.

Joseph Drouhin, St-Véran 1995
This has a mid gold colour and a pleasant aroma of straw and herbs, honeysuckle and citrus. The palate is medium bodied and has good lemon fruit with a hint of creaminess. It is rather flat - not quite sharp enough, not quite buttery enough - but matches well with fish. The finish is decent, though on the whole it is a rather undistinguished Chardonnay at the price (around £9/$14). (10/99)
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Domaine de L'Eglantière (Jean Durup), Chablis 1989
Absolutely stunning. A beautifully deep, buttercup yellow colour. Superb nose of butterscotch, ripe pineapples and other tropical fruits, but all quite subdued and with intriguing mineral nuances. On the palate the wine is just lovely, with limpid, melting flavours of pear and melon, but still luscious mango and pineapple. It has a buttery, creamy mouthfeel that balances on a knife-edge with refined, apple acidity. Tremendous length, with the purity of the fruit and that wonderful butterscotch flavour persisting. Amazing depth of flavour, yet restrained and elegant with perfect balance and pure finish. This basic Chablis is leading the pack for my "white wine of the year" so far, even against Grand Cru opposition. (08/98)
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Louis Jadot, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1988
Gorgeous. Medium straw/yellow colour. Wonderfully rich nose of flowers, brioche and baked apples. Medium-full bodied on the palate, with mouth-filling, soft, evolved fruity flavours, but braced by lime acidity and a slatey edge that keeps it keen and fresh. A glorious, long finish with ever-changing nuances of fruit/mineral flavours. Drinking beautifully but I'd guess it still has time on its side. Terrific stuff. (03/98)
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Louis Jadot, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts 1990
Deep golden colour, very aromatic nose of figs and honeyed fruit. A deep, delicious wine with mellow and quite mature flavours of baked apple, toast, and sweet, ripe fruit. Long finish. Truly gorgeous wine. (06/98)

Louis Jadot, Mâcon-Lugny "Les Petites Pierres" 1996
Medium straw/gold colour. Quite a big nose of melon fruit and toast, with floral, honeyed overtones. Full bodied and buttery on the palate with more melon and apple fruit and quite a tart citrus acidity. The finish is quite modest. A good wine with some personality. Decent quality/price ratio at around £7.00 (04/98)
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Luc Javelot, Meursault 1993
I love this excellent négociant wine. Colour starting to darken, but still a classic buttery, oaky nose and bursting with sweet tropical fruit but with a crisp, zingy acidity to balance. Tasted alongside Cockatoo Ridge Chardonnay (Oz) which tasted so thin and "buzzy" by comparison. (11/96)

Olivier Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gain 1996
Healthy light gold. Buttery nose, quite dumb but some tropical fruit. On the palate very bold and mouthfilling texture, loads of butterscotch and vanilla with a rounded character. Fruit is pure and clean, pineapple and orange, but layered and complex with hints of fig and ripe melon. Despite the oak and texture the wine is taut and crisp through fine lemony acidity and a nervy edge of mineral flavours. Very, very long. This needs time but I thought it was quite special. From a half bottle. (04/99)

Michelot, Meursault "Sous La Velle" 1996
Very pale gold, tinged green. Deeply toasted, oaky, nutty nose. Buttery and rich with caramel notes, brioche and pecans. Palate is much fresher with lots of citrus fruit and a very racy character. Good acidity, lots of toasty, oaky spice in the longish finish (11/98) Tasted in Taillevent, Paris this is coming along very nicely indeed with fine balance and a creamy-edged fruitiness. (06/99)

Niellon, Chassagne-Montrachet 1995
Gold tinge to the pale, straw-yellow colour. Very intense nose of cinnamon spice and warm, toasted oak. Quite a fat wine on the palate with full body and intensity, figgy fruit and a nice measure of new oak. Finish stays big and spicy, with a nice acid balance. Quite a robust style of wine, but very good indeed. (06/97)

Niellon, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru les Champgains 1996
Pale straw colour. Restrained nose but showing some yeasty character and delicate citrus fruit. On the palate the wine is fairly lean and light, with a cool, stony quality and lemon acidity. I really think this needs time before I could judge it accurately. Not as forward or impressive as the '95 was at the same stage. Try in a couple of years. (03/98)
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Pinson, Chablis 1er Cru La Forêt 1995
Not tasted.

Henri Prudhon, St-Aubin 1er Cru les Perrières 1990
Montrachet at quarter the price? (well, almost). A really well made wine. Good pale yellow/gold with a charming buttery, yeasty nose. Nice clean fruit, medium body and a lovely clean, oaky roundness. Lots of class and a long finish. Delicious. (01/96) Evolving quite a deep, golden colour. Nose is restrained but offers delicate vanilla aromas. The wine opened up over an hour and on the palate showed lovely, weighty, buttery character with nice lemony fruit and acidity and a fine, long finish. It is a very restrained but elegant wine. (09/97)
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Domaine Servin, Chablis 1er Cru 1994
Positive tinge of green to the pale golden colour. Reticent nose, some mineral, stony aromas with coaxing. Very crisp and appley-fresh on the palate, with lots of lemon and lime acidity and more mineral flavours. A rather austere style, but really quite good, especially with the right food - I had it with seared medallions of monkfish on cous-cous. (04/98).