So then we moved on to Burgundy Rousseau Chambertin 1962, 1971 Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze 1962, 1971 Chambertin was masculine, powerful and constructed well. It is a vigorous and firm wine, having a characteristic aroma of liquorice. Chambertin Clos de Beze was a fantastic delicate wine with slightly lighter alcohol and tannin content. Both [...]
If you are invited to a connoisseur’s dinner party you will need to answer this terrible question: What is the best wine you have ever tasted? I had the fantastic opportunity to host an event last week tasting some of the best wines ever produced during the last century. We were blessed to taste superb [...]
By Jack Scott Oh Lordy Lord….we’ve tasted some very fine wines in the last couple of years whether they be the most impressive, top-end wines at the end of Championships, stuff like our weapons-grade Priorat, “Planots” to Yquem and the big boys of Claretville at the annual UGC tasting in Bordeaux….ah, the joys of the [...]
Primed with prejudice derived from more than a decade of tasting too many alcoholic, heady, heavy, over-ripe and over-oaked Aussie Chardonnays back in the 1980s & 1990s, I tasted Bellvale’s Chardonnay some months ago and finding some special qualities in the wines, I cautiously agreed to let our enthusiastic sales team scoop the first and [...]
Our first exposure to this domaine’s 2009 was back in February, when we tasted it in the embryonic form of its three separate components. That was enough to get us tingling with anticipation, but we have had to wait until now to see the final result. It’s thrillingly intense, beautifully-balanced and achingly refined – any [...]
Meursault 2008 by Philippe Chavy or Meursault ‘Les Grands Charrons’ 2008 by Domaine Bachey~Legros
I’m really not sure who won the day here, The Chav or The Charrons, but I tasted both on Monday with Mr. Round MW and they were just delish!
Having bought and just LOVED Philippe Chavy’s white Burgs in almost every vintage since 1998, I can’t big his wines up enough, but, strong competition has arrived in the wines of Christiane and ‘Les Boys’ at Bachey~Legros. They are new to us and are not well known in England, but, they make such sensational wines that they will be – believe me! Mr. Round, MW, is so smitten by Bachey~Legros that he’s quite cross he didn’t discover the Domaine himself ….. there’ll be others, I know!
Old Vine Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2006 by Prunier March 21st “Shall we have a game of Squash with the boys on Sunday, Jacko?” “Yeah, sure!” I said, “Why not? Sounds great!” OK, so it’s been 22 years since I struck a squash ball in anger, but, I used to play a decent enough game. [...]
David Round, Master of Wine and formerly of St. James’s posh Berry Bros and Rudd, not-so-posh H&H Bancroft and Laithwaites, joined Jascots in November 2009. Like the Trident Sub David immediately strikes you as being quiet but unexpectedly powerful.
David has immediately set about imposing strict discipline on purchasing, drilling down prices, stats and yields and ‘stress-testing’ every single one of our lines.
Very happily, the vast majority of our wines have passed muster and now it’s a question not so much of making changes, but, massively increasing the number of lines that we offer between now (March 2010) and September.