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by Matthew Hemming
October 9th, 2020, 3:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mas de Daumas Gassac vertical 2017-1989
Replies: 11
Views: 579

Re: TN: Mas de Daumas Gassac vertical 2017-1989

Interesting notes, thanks. I used to buy DG rouge but gave up after a the 2005 vintage. Think I've got some 05s and 00s left. My main issue was that I found the wines rustic. My case of 1998 was borderline unacceptably bretty although it was inconsistent from bottle to bottle. It wasn't just the lig...
by Matthew Hemming
September 15th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can You Tell me More About Sylvie Esmonin?
Replies: 9
Views: 744

Re: Can You Tell me More About Sylvie Esmonin?

My 2005 Gevrey VV is occasionally delicious and ready to drink but unpredictably closes up. Still, I'm 100% confident in the remaining 6 or 7 bottles and happy to have them. Am down to 3btls of 2003 CSJ and am holding them albeit with slightly less confidence than the 2005.
by Matthew Hemming
September 4th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Napa 2017s inc Insignia, Opus, Rubicon, Maya
Replies: 0
Views: 437

Some Napa 2017s inc Insignia, Opus, Rubicon, Maya

Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Tight and quite introspective with some floral characters and sweet, concentrated cassis. Moderately heady with alcohol but the oak sits nicely in the background. More red fruit kicks in on the mid-palate but this takes time to takes off. It has a juicy, treble-led ...
by Matthew Hemming
August 24th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Mousse Fils
Replies: 15
Views: 738

Re: Champagne Mousse Fils

I've only met Cedric and Julie in the boutique in Reims, rather than visiting the winery in Cuisles, so am not sure of the precise nature of their solerium. That said, surely the defining characteristic of the pseudo-perpetua-reserva-solera is the fractional blending? How is that not built by adding...
by Matthew Hemming
August 24th, 2020, 3:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Mousse Fils
Replies: 15
Views: 738

Champagne Mousse Fils

I met Cedric and Julie in Reims last year and have become really quite enthralled by these wines. Vineyard-driven, through the lens of Meunier and with low (or zero) dosage to obscure the picture with sugar. L'Or d'Eugene NV Red-fruited and surprisingly delicate, bone dry, style with clear influence...
by Matthew Hemming
August 12th, 2020, 12:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2x 2016 Barolo from Renato Corino
Replies: 2
Views: 429

2x 2016 Barolo from Renato Corino

A new name to me but I was very impressed. This was one of those strange circumstances where, although I'm confident that the Annunziata is technically the better wine, I have a marked personal preference for the Arborina. Guess I'm a cheap date. Barolo Arborina 2016 Renato Corino Great, bright, col...
by Matthew Hemming
August 12th, 2020, 12:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2018 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spatlese
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Re: TN - 2018 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spatlese

Interesting. A bottle of the 2018 QbA showed up at home the other day. Will have to give it a try and maybe put in a small order. Thanks.
by Matthew Hemming
August 6th, 2020, 12:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opus One
Replies: 25
Views: 2278

Re: Opus One

I reckon Opus is pretty successful all round. Recent vintages have been delicious - isn't Michael Silacci still making it? - plus it's accessible in terms of being able to buy it, whereas many top CA wines are not for us Europeans, and (wearing my ITB hat) it's priced at a level that makes it commer...
by Matthew Hemming
July 15th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
Replies: 23
Views: 1070

Re: TN: 2006 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

Not at all sure I regard 2006 as stern, either. I bought quite a lot and drink them fairly regularly. Even Bachelet's Corbeaux has been succulent and friendly and the only stand off-ish examples I can recall are Confuron-Cotetidot's Suchots (borderline corked when I look up my note) and Mortet Chamb...
by Matthew Hemming
May 24th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4536

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

I reckon I might have the opposite problem, Sarah. The collection is pretty small, maybe approaching 1,200 bottles, but I've not a single case of Sauternes and, other than some sweeter Riesling and a case of Huet 1ere Trie (probably oxidised) no dessert wine at all. I am a fan of sweet wine, especia...
by Matthew Hemming
May 9th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - Rinaldi Barbera 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 349

TN - Rinaldi Barbera 2017

Just cracking into a case of Italian bits and pieces I got in whilst also attempting to be disciplined about posting notes. Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera d'Alba 2017 Vivid purple colour. Intense aromas with notes of plums, violets, roses and the mildest hint of toast. Fresh and vivid. Extremely bright an...
by Matthew Hemming
May 8th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - Vosne Beaumonts 2008 Hudelot-Noellat
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: TN - Vosne Beaumonts 2008 Hudelot-Noellat

Not sure. Certainly didn't want bigger, as big is not what I want in Burgundy. I'd have liked more fragrance and aromatic complexity but I'm not convinced that won't come with time. Fingers crossed.
by Matthew Hemming
May 8th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - Vosne Beaumonts 2008 Hudelot-Noellat
Replies: 3
Views: 282

TN - Vosne Beaumonts 2008 Hudelot-Noellat

Following the discussions about 2008 Burgs on another thread, I pulled the cork on this one tonight. Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Beaumonts 2008 Domaine Hudelot-Noellat Surprisingly subtle and understated from start to finish. Red fruit, with a hint of autumnal leaves creeping in. There is a Vosne perf...
by Matthew Hemming
May 5th, 2020, 3:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How good is the 2008 vintage in BURGUNDY
Replies: 56
Views: 4314

Re: How good is the 2008 vintage in BURGUNDY

I'm a fan of the vintage - maybe your 'hardness' is crystalline, chiselled and mineral to me? - but it's very far from consistent. That also holds for the positions of individual wines on their respective maturity curves. I had a mag of Grivot's Beaumonts that was disappointingly advanced, mean and ...
by Matthew Hemming
April 27th, 2020, 12:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - Vosne 2015 Lamarche
Replies: 16
Views: 1102

TN - Vosne 2015 Lamarche

Vosne Romanee 2015 Domaine Lamarche Moderately dark colour and ripe, fleshy, strawberry fruit with just a whiff of Vosne spice. The musky perfume character is delicate but oh-so pretty. Gaining a touch of earthy character, the palate has spice on the attach and gently silken tannins that frame the f...
by Matthew Hemming
April 25th, 2020, 2:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - Chambolle Cras 2012 Hudelot-Baillet
Replies: 3
Views: 330

TN - Chambolle Cras 2012 Hudelot-Baillet

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras 2012 Domaine Hudelot-Baillet Starts out with very plush, plump red fruit and a touch of leafy evolution. Plenty of spice and the fruit purity of the HB house style. Sweet and satisfying but takes time in the glass to coalese, for the fruit to recede a little and le...
by Matthew Hemming
April 22nd, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...
Replies: 145
Views: 8107

Re: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...

I was at the blind 2010 tasting with Neal. Latour 2010 showed brilliantly but wasn't one of my two perfect wines: Mouton and Lafleur for me. Wines that delivered on the hype? Palmer 61 immediately springs to mind; Krug CdM 96; Mission 89; old Madeira. Those that haven't made the earth move? Haut Bri...
by Matthew Hemming
February 18th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Special bottles with dinner inc 1985 Sauzet, 1982 Petrus & 1959 d'Yquem
Replies: 8
Views: 446

Re: Special bottles with dinner inc 1985 Sauzet, 1982 Petrus & 1959 d'Yquem

Mr H, that Sauzet was a cracker. The Yquem was better, objectively, but I'd have had the whole bottle of Puligny on my own given half the chance.
by Matthew Hemming
February 18th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Special bottles with dinner inc 1985 Sauzet, 1982 Petrus & 1959 d'Yquem
Replies: 8
Views: 446

Re: Special bottles with dinner inc 1985 Sauzet, 1982 Petrus & 1959 d'Yquem

OK, that makes sense, but here's the context: - We all know the person providing the wine has an awesome cellar and that most bottles opened will be top drawer. - Most people at that table drink at this level on a very regular basis (me probably the least of any of us). - One guest is currently head...
by Matthew Hemming
February 18th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Special bottles with dinner inc 1985 Sauzet, 1982 Petrus & 1959 d'Yquem
Replies: 8
Views: 446

Re: Special bottles with dinner inc 1985 Sauzet, 1982 Petrus & 1959 d'Yquem

Craig - I've no idea what you're on about mate! If you mean a 'low' score for Petrus 1982, I thought that was a pretty good rating for a wine of moderate reputation. No one paid anything for tonight and a friend opened bottles they'd bought many years ago amongst a bunch of people who'd be absolutel...
by Matthew Hemming
February 18th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Special bottles with dinner inc 1985 Sauzet, 1982 Petrus & 1959 d'Yquem
Replies: 8
Views: 446

Re: Special bottles with dinner inc 1985 Sauzet, 1982 Petrus & 1959 d'Yquem

William - I've always experienced that in the past too, with quite a clear green pepper (capsicum) tone I associate with 1978. Tonight it was really surly. I think it was an ex-chateau release not too many years ago.
by Matthew Hemming
February 18th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Special bottles with dinner inc 1985 Sauzet, 1982 Petrus & 1959 d'Yquem
Replies: 8
Views: 446

Special bottles with dinner inc 1985 Sauzet, 1982 Petrus & 1959 d'Yquem

I was well and truly spoiled by some wonderful friends tonight. Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Canet 1985 - Etienne Sauzet An absolutely pristine bottle. Pale in colour and vibrant in aroma with citrus honey and even some lime characters. The mid-palate showed a hint of lanolin and some white blos...
by Matthew Hemming
January 17th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar
Replies: 107
Views: 6024

Re: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar

Chartron
Bachelet-Monnot

By a country mile and then, probably, Billaud Simon.

Jean-Michel Chartron is a mate. As it happens he also makes pretty smart wine, I've been happy to buy lots. Bachelet-Monnot Bourg Blanc 2014 was our wedding white and has become our house white Burg.
by Matthew Hemming
January 2nd, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your wines of the 2010s?
Replies: 46
Views: 2264

Re: What are your wines of the 2010s?

Hmmm tough to narrow down... 1961 Palmer - a stunning bottle from the Avery cellar and a pristine mag from Harry Waugh's colllection Puligny Folatieres 2005 d'Auvenay - tempted to go Yquem 75 but this Puligny, with Mr H on his deck in Australia, just reverberates in my memory Krug 1973 - 2 pristine ...
by Matthew Hemming
November 18th, 2019, 12:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Right Bank Bordeaux: Any Concerns?
Replies: 18
Views: 1654

Re: 2009 Right Bank Bordeaux: Any Concerns?

My bad, guys. I was mixing up in my head the 2015 tasting we did in January this year and the 2009s we (almost exactly the same group) re-visited in February. My comments apply to our 2015 tasting. Having just checked my 2009 notes, I found multiple issues with dull-edged wines with issues of oxidat...
by Matthew Hemming
November 17th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Right Bank Bordeaux: Any Concerns?
Replies: 18
Views: 1654

Re: 2009 Right Bank Bordeaux: Any Concerns?

I was part of the 10 years on tasting of 2009s, with Stehpen and Neal, that's linked above. There are some spectacular examples of both St Emilion and Pomerol to be found but I did leave the St Emilion sessions disappointed that the apparent dialling back - of extraction, oak, muscle, winemaking, et...
by Matthew Hemming
October 25th, 2019, 12:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous 2016 Burgundy Report / Neal Martin vs. Stephen Tanzer
Replies: 13
Views: 2220

Re: Vinous 2016 Burgundy Report / Neal Martin vs. Stephen Tanzer

Robert, Burgfest meets twice a year, to taste whites in May and to taste the reds, from the same vintage, in September. I've only been part of the group for a couple of years but, yes, I do believe Clive started it when he was buying for the hotel group. After Clive I believe Bill Baker took on the ...
by Matthew Hemming
October 24th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 120
Views: 6575

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

Am off toChampagne in a few weeks, so this may change, but the winner from a strong field has to be Krug Collection 1990 for me. Not usually a year I'd chase, and I can't wait to try the 88, but I've found the 90 to be spellbinding.
by Matthew Hemming
October 24th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous 2016 Burgundy Report / Neal Martin vs. Stephen Tanzer
Replies: 13
Views: 2220

Re: Vinous 2016 Burgundy Report / Neal Martin vs. Stephen Tanzer

PS whilst i dont have my own notes to hand, the Ben Leroux Grand Crus did spectacularly well. My wine of the vintage was Mugnier's Musigny. My sole 100/100. Grivot Riche and Roumier Amoureuses following closely...
by Matthew Hemming
October 24th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous 2016 Burgundy Report / Neal Martin vs. Stephen Tanzer
Replies: 13
Views: 2220

Re: Vinous 2016 Burgundy Report / Neal Martin vs. Stephen Tanzer

I'm part of the Burgfest tasting group, which is where Neal tasted most of the 2016s. We taste in peer group flights, blind, by vineyard. Most flights are relatively small with a maximum of maybe 9 wines. We start about 0830h and finish in time for a late lunch. It's not one of those massive tasting...
by Matthew Hemming
July 10th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burg TNs - Engel, Vigot, Dujac, Hudelot-Noellat, Coche and more
Replies: 5
Views: 738

Re: Burg TNs - Engel, Vigot, Dujac, Hudelot-Noellat, Coche and more

I still have some 02 Engel Brulees here in the cellar. About my most treasured bottles!
by Matthew Hemming
July 10th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burg TNs - Engel, Vigot, Dujac, Hudelot-Noellat, Coche and more
Replies: 5
Views: 738

Re: Burg TNs - Engel, Vigot, Dujac, Hudelot-Noellat, Coche and more

That's kind mate, thanks.

Am still hoarding the Aussie kit and must have the UK's largest collection of older 864 Chardonnay ready for my 40th next year. Maybe the reduction will have dissipated by then!
by Matthew Hemming
July 10th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burg TNs - Engel, Vigot, Dujac, Hudelot-Noellat, Coche and more
Replies: 5
Views: 738

Burg TNs - Engel, Vigot, Dujac, Hudelot-Noellat, Coche and more

I've not posted any notes in ages so here are some from a recent dinner in Singapore. I was there for work for a while, drinking rather too well but mostly not taking notes. I did scribble down a few things at a Burgundy dinner at my favourite Chinese restaurant - Imperial Treasure (now opened in Lo...
by Matthew Hemming
March 8th, 2019, 12:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Farr Vintners retastes 2009 Bordeaux 10 years on.
Replies: 40
Views: 4456

Re: Farr Vintners retastes 2009 Bordeaux 10 years on.

Once Pavie was mentioned as one of the better wines, the tasting lost most/all of its credibility [snort.gif] I'm a member of this panel tasting and was part of both the 2015 and 2009 reviews this year. I gave the Pavie a respectable enough score - it's blind, remember - but it was thoroughly out-c...
by Matthew Hemming
February 12th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oxy Duress
Replies: 13
Views: 916

Re: Oxy Duress

Another crappy Monday.

Gutting on all the duff bottles. RE the good Chartron how do you reckon it would have fared next to his Chevy? For mine the Chevy is usually the better juice.
by Matthew Hemming
February 11th, 2019, 2:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Burgs
Replies: 23
Views: 1704

Re: 2016 Burgs

Tom Reddick wrote:
February 10th, 2019, 9:16 pm
James Billy wrote:
February 10th, 2019, 9:08 pm
$85 for a village wine. Burgundy is dead at retail. deadhorse
The Roumier AOC Chambolle was close to $300 the only offering I got
OOF that's a strong price, Tom. I paid less than GBP 70.00 for mine, in bond. Will be about GBP 80.00 on my table.
by Matthew Hemming
January 4th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 8541

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

VCC 1964. Topped a Petrus 71 and Grange 71 for sheer grace, texture and aromatics.
by Matthew Hemming
December 11th, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PH Does RSV
Replies: 26
Views: 1616

Re: PH Does RSV

Glad you're soldiering on.

Given my Tuesday just finished with a bottle of Liger-Belair's 2011 Reignots, I probably shouldn't be whinging.

The dinner sounds great, as ever.
by Matthew Hemming
December 11th, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PH Does RSV
Replies: 26
Views: 1616

Re: PH Does RSV

Another shitty Monday...
by Matthew Hemming
October 10th, 2018, 2:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 17956

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

I still have nightmares about having to re-take my MW exams. Can't imagine how it must feel not to have benefitted from the leaked info and to now have to face re-sits.
by Matthew Hemming
August 17th, 2018, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 73% of Brits are intimidated by wine lists
Replies: 22
Views: 788

Re: 73% of Brits are intimidated by wine lists

I'd say that was bollocks if I wasn't so scared!
by Matthew Hemming
June 6th, 2018, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 White Burgundy
Replies: 41
Views: 2849

2015 White Burgundy

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Burgfest tasting of 2015 whites. 1er and Grand Crus, tasted blind, over 4 days. Both William Kelley and Neal Martin will write it up and it will also appear in World of Fine Wine, so I won't give a massive report here. The tasters are experienced - Jasper Morris ...
by Matthew Hemming
May 10th, 2018, 12:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great d'Yquem...?
Replies: 44
Views: 2626

Great d'Yquem...?

I've never understood why 86 isn't more highly rated. There's a poise and cut to the wine (Riesling-like, I guess) that's quite stunning. To me, 75 is similar but magnified. It's the acid...a great Y'quem should have sufficient acidity to balance the wine. That's what I don't get, Jeff. I totally u...
by Matthew Hemming
May 9th, 2018, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great d'Yquem...?
Replies: 44
Views: 2626

Great d'Yquem...?

I've never understood why 86 isn't more highly rated. There's a poise and cut to the wine (Riesling-like, I guess) that's quite stunning. To me, 75 is similar but magnified.
by Matthew Hemming
May 9th, 2018, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth Year Wine Options for 1978?
Replies: 44
Views: 1628

Birth Year Wine Options for 1978?

Plenty of options. Bordeaux generally greener than many would have you believe. If that's your bag, Pichon Lalande, Ducru, Cheval, Haut Brion and many others all give plenty of pleasure. CA is a strong bet. Beaulieu GdL, Mondavi Private Reserve and others are all great. Am sure Heitz Martha's would ...
by Matthew Hemming
May 9th, 2018, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great d'Yquem...?
Replies: 44
Views: 2626

Great d'Yquem...?

On a fair, but not exhaustive, sample I'm thinking that 1975 might be about the finest Yquem in...well...a bloody long time. I've had most 'big' vintages back to 1966, including 2x bottles of 1967 tonight, and just don't see the pixellated clarity and focus of '75 elsewhere. Maybe the (good) bottles...
by Matthew Hemming
February 17th, 2018, 2:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1st Trip to Champagne/Burgundy
Replies: 18
Views: 5005

1st Trip to Champagne/Burgundy

Depending on harvest dates and the specific dates you intend to visit be aware that domaines may be insanely busy and visits could prove close to impossible, especially to the smaller estates. They're not geared towards wine tourism in a similar way to Napa.
by Matthew Hemming
February 12th, 2018, 11:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dury Duty
Replies: 29
Views: 1671

Dury Duty

That's some smart hooch Jeremy. Nicely played.
by Matthew Hemming
February 4th, 2018, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Avery Family Cellar Wine Dinner - The Worst Wine Dinner of my life
Replies: 29
Views: 2532

TN: Avery Family Cellar Wine Dinner - The Worst Wine Dinner of my life

A shame Kevin but I guess it is what it is. I drank a lot of John Avery's old wine with him and the family and many were great but plenty didn't make it. It's the dice we roll and luckily we've both won enough times to keep rolling.

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