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Frederic Magnien Gevrey-Chambertin 2005

Gevrey-Chambertin is the largest of the great communes of the Cote de Nuits, and competes with Vosne-Romanee for the title of the most impor...

Frederic Magnien Bourgogne 2007

The basic Bourgogne from this producer's 2007 vintage had an aroma of cherries and slight oak, with acidity and cherries on the palate. ...

Heggies Botrytis Riesling 2007

This wine had a distinctive aroma of iced lemons.  The palate showed a bit of length, and was pleasant, without necessarily being memorable....

Frederic Magnien Vosne-Romanee 2007

An aroma of graphite and cherries, with nice length on the palate and pleasant fruit.  86 points. Source: retail Price: $155

Alain Hudelot-Noellat Vosne-Romanee 2007

This wine was very dilute in appearance, with an aroma of cherries with a slight metallic edge.  The palate however showed nice depth and fl...

Terroir, appellation d'origine contrôlée and geographic indications

It seems relatively uncontroversial that terroir driven wines will hold some part of Australia's wine future.  And terroir itself holds...

Gros Frere et Soeur Vosne-Romanee 2007

The 2007 vintage of this wine was tasted next to the 2006 vintage just reviewed, and it was a rather interesting comparison. The 2007 is mo...

Gros Frere et Soeur Vosne-Romanee 2006

Vosne-Romanee is one of the greatest pinot noir villages in Burgundy, and is located here: View Larger Map This wine had an aroma of au...

Vincent Bouzereau Corton Clos de Fietres Grand Cru 1999

This fairly well priced (for a grand cru) wine revealed an aroma of herbs and autumn leaves, with nice length on the palate.  87 points. S...

Lignier-Michelot Morey-Saint-Denis 2007

Morey-Saint-Denis has a rather mixed reputation it would seem, but has a number of very good estates.  It is located here: View Larger Ma...

Lignier-Michelot Chambolle-Musigny 2007

This wine had an aroma of fresh fruit and cherreis, with some length and acidity on the palate.  A good wine.  85 points. Source: retail ...

Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 2006

Chambolle-Musigny is noted for its production of delicate pinot noir, and I must admit that I am quite partial to it.  Here is its location:...

Faiveley Premier Cru Clos des Myglands 2006

This rather pleasant wine had an aroma of cherries, and some tannins and length on the palate.  A good, well priced, effort that is worth a ...

Some thoughts on organics and biodynamics

Here's a letter to the editor from the June 2010 edition of  La Revue du Vin de France  June 2010 about the rise of biodynamic wines in...

Faiveley Bourgogne 2006

Faiveley's basic Bourgogne from the 2006 vintage had an aroma reminiscent of socks and herbs, and a rather plain palate with not much le...

Faiveley La Framboisiere 2006

The commune of Mercurey produces almost entirely red wine and tends to produce structured wines. It is located here: View Larger Map ...

Warramate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Warramate is situated attractively close to Yarra Yering in the Yarra Valley. But unfortunately Yarra Yering it is not. The 2006 cabernet ...

Faiveley Premier Cru Morgeot 2006

This Chassagne-Montrachet presented really rather well, with an aroma of citrus and flint, and a fleshy enjoyable palate.  86 points. Sour...

Bruno Colin Premier Cru La Maltroie 2005

This wine from the 2005 vintage had an aroma of citrus and straw, with good length and citrus characters on the palate.  88 points. Source...

Domaine de L'R Les 5 Elements Chinon 2007

I am quite partial to the cabernet franc based wines from Chinon in the Loire Valley, which are frequently good everyday wines in the well p...

Louis Roederer NV

I've always liked Louis Roederer's non-vintage champagne, but this particular bottle deserved special mention because it was quite u...

Domaine Christian Moreau Grand Cru Les Clos Chablis 2007

This wine was sourced from the northerly Chablis region: View Larger Map Unfortunately, the first bottle of this grand cru wine was cle...

Marcarini Moscato d'Asti 2009

This wine was served blind and had a pleasant aroma of sweet apples. The palate was similar, with refreshing acidity. Not a complex wine, ...

Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis 2008

This young Chablis wine had an aroma of rather soapy fruit, and a palate with high acidity and a bit of length.  Pleasant, but not earth sha...

Barossa Valley unsuitable for shiraz?

The somewhat controversial proposition that the Barossa Valley is unsuitable for shiraz has been put forward by Andrew Jefford in his articl...

VIncent Bouzereau Premier Cru Les Charmes 2004

This wine was identical to the previous wine reviewed except for its vintage, this time, the 2004.  The 2004 had an aroma of flint and citru...

Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2008

This is the first time I have tried a Tapanappa wine. Though its spelling appears to present a unique challenge, their 2008 chardonnay was...

Bass Phillip Estate Pinot Noir 2004

Tasted blind, this wine reminded me a little of Giaconda - not because they taste similiar, but because both have such clarity of pinot noi...

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 1997

Here's another review of an icon Australian wine, again tasted blind. The 1997 tasted was bottled under cork, and there was a little ...

Trevor Jones Wicked Witch Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

While this is not a review of a Barossa shiraz, this wine was tasted blind and certainly had an unmistakeable richness and intensity that I...

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2008

From viticultural obscurity outside of Canberra, Clonakilla has quickly turned into one of Australia's icon wine producers, and their s...

Vincent Bouzereau Premier Cru Les Charmes 2002

Mersault is one of the larger villages in Burgundy, and according to Clive Coates, produces almost as much white wine as the other communes ...

Henri Boillot Premier Cru Les Baudines 2004

This wine was not dissimilar to the Gagnard-Delagrange "Morgeout" wine in style, but perhaps a slightly better wine.  It had a min...

Tyrrell's Vat 1 Semillon 1996

This icon of Australian semillon was tasted blind. It had a golden colour with an aroma of peaches and an intense oily, nutty flavour that ...

Paul Pillot Premier Cru Les Champs Gains 2004

This wine was one of the stronger performing wines of the white Burgundy bracket, with an aroma of classic flint and warm citrus, verging on...

Fontaine Gagnard Premier Cru La Boudriotte 2002

This wine had an aroma of straw and soft flint, with ok length and a pleasant palate.  Commendable.  85 points. Source: retail Price: $14...

Gagnard Delagrange Premier Cru Morgeot 2002

The 2002 Gagnard Delagrange Premier Cru "Morgeot" had a rather piquant aroma of flint and smoke, with a palate with nice length, a...

De Bortoli Gulf Station Shiraz Viognier 2006

An aroma of plums and apricot flowers. The palate had a spiced apricot fruitbread note. This is quite a tasty wine with soft length and n...

Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2005

Mount Langi Ghiran's Billi Billi is the sort of reliable and well priced wine I revert to when confronted with plain (or eyewatering) ...

Paringa Estate Peninsula Shiraz 2006

I started writing notes on this Paringa Estate wine, thinking that my tasting notes looked more appropriate to a shiraz than a pinot noir.  ...

Mitchelton Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1990

This 21 year old wine from an ostensibly modest source made me wonder why I search so hard for good Bordeaux.  Were this wine tasted blind,...

Charles Melton Nine Popes Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2007

Charles Melton seem to produce good, flavoursome and well made Barossa grenache shiraz mourvedre (the blend this year is about 50/50 shiraz ...

Parker Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Proving the reasonably dependable nature of Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon, this wine (tasted after the Flametree Cabernet Merlot 2008) had a...

Frogmore Creek Iced Riesling 2008

This wine rather reminded me of the aroma of a glass bottled lime cordial that we had during the 1980s and is probably still available today...

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