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by Matthew Hemming
March 8th, 2019, 12:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Farr Vintners retastes 2009 Bordeaux 10 years on.
Replies: 40
Views: 3403

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: 724

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: 1367

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: 6696

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: 1332

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: 1332

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: 15098

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: 668

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: 2559

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: 2269

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: 2269

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: 999

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: 2269

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: 3303

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: 1397

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: 2322

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.
by Matthew Hemming
February 1st, 2018, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine /Beer shops in London?
Replies: 17
Views: 474

Wine /Beer shops in London?

The Sampler
Berry Bros
Handfords
Hedonism
Planet of the Grapes
Uncorked

And a couple of bars
Sager + Wilde
Noble Rot

Try and find a mate to get you into 67 PM.

Basically loads of places. This won't scratch the surface.
by Matthew Hemming
February 1st, 2018, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines worth the trip - 1961 Bdx, 78 Cote Rotie, 85 Dominus
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Wines worth the trip - 1961 Bdx, 78 Cote Rotie, 85 Dominus

We can argue about that at the 2014 tasting next week, William!
by Matthew Hemming
February 1st, 2018, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines worth the trip - 1961 Bdx, 78 Cote Rotie, 85 Dominus
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Wines worth the trip - 1961 Bdx, 78 Cote Rotie, 85 Dominus

This was a very good way to spend Wednesday night and worth travelling to London for, which can't be said too often! Dom Perignon 1996 Quite evolved on the nose - creamy with some mushroom and truffle action. Perhaps not quite as fresh as a bottle in Singapore last year but shared the same, rich, co...
by Matthew Hemming
December 14th, 2017, 1:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick 2015 Bordeaux Question
Replies: 6
Views: 522

Quick 2015 Bordeaux Question

It has a one off fancy bottle - like Mouton 2000. Plus the wine is good. Simple as that.
by Matthew Hemming
December 14th, 2017, 1:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Burgundy 1er Cru Lunch
Replies: 5
Views: 726

TN: 2002 Burgundy 1er Cru Lunch

Looks great. I will be back to Singapore next year if anyone fancies a supper or lunch...?
by Matthew Hemming
December 10th, 2017, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Probably my dinner and wines of the year
Replies: 2
Views: 803

Probably my dinner and wines of the year

Cheers Paul. Reckon it's my all time favourite Yquem - Well ahead of 76, 83 and 90, and just edging 01 at the the moment. Would love to try 67.
by Matthew Hemming
December 10th, 2017, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Probably my dinner and wines of the year
Replies: 2
Views: 803

Probably my dinner and wines of the year

Notes from a very special wine dinner in Singapore. Selosse Initial BdB Very pure, lean and taut. Super clean lines and surprisingly delicate. Yellow stone fruit notes and floral characters. Bone dry and layered. Some evolved, honey, on back palate and a creamy finish. 18.5 Puligny Montrachet 'Ensei...
by Matthew Hemming
October 16th, 2017, 4:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vosne Suchots tasting - insert your own pun
Replies: 16
Views: 1276

Vosne Suchots tasting - insert your own pun

Think you're right on the oak, Andrew. Interestingly, I was first introduced to the C-C wines in Oz, by Len Evans and co.
by Matthew Hemming
October 13th, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vosne Suchots tasting - insert your own pun
Replies: 16
Views: 1276

Vosne Suchots tasting - insert your own pun

...Suchots lot of good wine...?? Best leave this game to Alan and Jeremy I guess. These are brief notes on a tasting I led for my local group this week. The idea had been bubbling around in my brain for some years based on the vertical of Confuron-Cotetidot I'd been building and I'd always liked the...
by Matthew Hemming
October 8th, 2017, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 101 years of Chateau Figeac
Replies: 17
Views: 1073

101 years of Chateau Figeac

What hallmarks define a Figeac wine? I don’t have much experience with them. I actually find this quite a tricky question. Figeac is often said to be a paradigm of traditional St Emilion but I just don't think that's correct. They may not be a modernist St Emilion but they're not exactly classic. T...
by Matthew Hemming
October 7th, 2017, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 101 years of Chateau Figeac
Replies: 17
Views: 1073

101 years of Chateau Figeac

We also missed the 1982 because of a failed delivery!
by Matthew Hemming
October 7th, 2017, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 101 years of Chateau Figeac
Replies: 17
Views: 1073

101 years of Chateau Figeac

I was thrilled to join this exceptional dinner last week. The germ of this idea was planted when I served the organiser a bottle of 1905 Figeac a couple of years ago. I also helped him find the 1961 but he did all the rest, with his customary aplomb. After a magnum of very fresh, late disgorged 1982...
by Matthew Hemming
September 29th, 2017, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which is the best Hermitage La Chapelle 61 or 62, Clos du Mesnil 79 or Grande Cuvée cream label
Replies: 29
Views: 1019

Which is the best Hermitage La Chapelle 61 or 62, Clos du Mesnil 79 or Grande Cuvée cream label

I recently drank 1959 and 1990 La Chapelle together. Both were excellent but the 90 wasn't special in the way the 59 was. It was a muscular and monolithic wine but lacked the energy, light and shade, and nuance of the 59. The absolutely was not an age thing; the 90 just wasn't as fine and magical a ...
by Matthew Hemming
August 30th, 2017, 1:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 872

TN: 1998 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

Buzz - sounds like low level TCA stripping away the fruit and scalping the wine?
by Matthew Hemming
August 24th, 2017, 1:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1961 Averys Les Amoureuses Question
Replies: 9
Views: 536

1961 Averys Les Amoureuses Question

Glad the '61 showed so well. I've not had this vintage but have had the 1964 Amoureuses and various Chambolle Crus through the 1960/70s. The guys are correct, that this would have come from Vogue. Very probably elevaged by Remoissenet. John Avery first travelled to the US in the 1960s and, in additi...
by Matthew Hemming
August 23rd, 2017, 4:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alt Nautral wine with a dope label 2015 Hirotake Ooka Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)
Replies: 67
Views: 3166

Alt Nautral wine with a dope label 2015 Hirotake Ooka Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)

Dissolved CO2 coming out of solution? I'd have thought a good Fourrier shake might help and that the incidence of this should diminish with bottle age anyway.

I don't see any controversy or real question about elevated CO2 and reductive winemaking allowing winemakers to reduce SO2 additions.
by Matthew Hemming
August 18th, 2017, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question regarding different bottlings of Beaucastel
Replies: 10
Views: 860

Question regarding different bottlings of Beaucastel

Francois, I was at the estate about 3wks ago and was fascinated to see foudres still labelled as containing vintages at least as far back as 2012. There was certainly a lot of 2015 that appeared not to have been bottled, yet our firm's allocation thereof was shipped a while back, which does suggest ...
by Matthew Hemming
August 16th, 2017, 3:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fontaine-Gagnard & Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 30
Views: 1415

Fontaine-Gagnard & Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet

You lot have persuaded me to line up a 2011 Batard for lunch at The Medlar next week.
by Matthew Hemming
August 16th, 2017, 12:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fontaine-Gagnard & Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 30
Views: 1415

Fontaine-Gagnard & Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet

De-listed them from work due to unacceptable oxidation issues. Would have bankrupted us to be continually giving credits/replacements for knackered wine and taken half my life hounding people up the supply chain to make us whole again. Just not worth it.
by Matthew Hemming
August 11th, 2017, 12:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1985 Leflaive & stunning La Chapelle
Replies: 14
Views: 750

1985 Leflaive & stunning La Chapelle

Just to emphasise that I did enjoy the 1990 La Chapelle - 17.5/20 is a good score - and I'll run for opportunities to drink it again, it's just that the earth didn't move. There are great 1990s out there but I do wonder if it's just not the outstanding all-time great it has occasionally been painted...
by Matthew Hemming
August 10th, 2017, 1:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1985 Leflaive & stunning La Chapelle
Replies: 14
Views: 750

1985 Leflaive & stunning La Chapelle

Very simple - I didn't find it one of the greatest wines ever made. It's not marked down for youthfulness. I'm happy giving 20/20 to young wines - Latour 2010 (for example) - but that '90 wasn't in that league.
by Matthew Hemming
August 10th, 2017, 12:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1985 Leflaive & stunning La Chapelle
Replies: 14
Views: 750

1985 Leflaive & stunning La Chapelle

Served at a friend's family supper last night. We started with two 1985 Domaine Leflaive wines: Puligny Combettes and the Chevalier Montrachet. Of this particular pair of bottles the Combettes just shaded the Grand Cru. Both were in great nick, with pale colours and fresh, exciting aromatics but the...
by Matthew Hemming
August 3rd, 2017, 3:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE producers -
Replies: 38
Views: 2799

Best CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE producers -

Ha ha - no worries mate. Best pull a cork and sit back, eh?
by Matthew Hemming
August 3rd, 2017, 3:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE producers -
Replies: 38
Views: 2799

Best CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE producers -

Richard??

He's that other Hemming MW but the writer one, not the wine merchant!!! I do get this a lot. Never sure if Rich does too, but I doubt it.
by Matthew Hemming
August 3rd, 2017, 2:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE producers -
Replies: 38
Views: 2799

Best CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE producers -

I was there tasting last week and had a great time with Isabel Ferrando. Her Colombis is fast becoming a favourite of mine. One I've not seen mentioned, and somewhere I visited for the first time, is Chabonniere - very impressive tasting, especially the Mourre des Pedrix.
by Matthew Hemming
June 28th, 2017, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne
Replies: 22
Views: 1261

TN: 2010 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne

Makes me think about pulling my 2009 from bond. Thanks Howard.
by Matthew Hemming
June 24th, 2017, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheinhessen)
Replies: 9
Views: 298

TN: 2004 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheinhessen)

I had a case of 98 Auslese from strakers for about 100 quid a few years back. It was sensational.
by Matthew Hemming
June 24th, 2017, 1:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck leaving WA to launch own website
Replies: 156
Views: 11309

Dunnuck leaving WA to launch own website

I'm an MW.

**ducks**

I wouldn't use it here as I'm too scared of Bill Klapp phoenixing to scold me and, frankly, there are plenty here with greater expertise in the areas I'm interested in discussing so it would be a bit weird. Oh, and I'd look like a wanker.
by Matthew Hemming
March 20th, 2017, 4:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2005 - 12 Years On. Blind tasted.
Replies: 63
Views: 5327

Bordeaux 2005 - 12 Years On. Blind tasted.

My verbatim notes on Larcis: Hints at juicy fruit. Palate then very dry. Tannin coarse, hacked finish. 14 I believe Jancis came away quite positive about the 2005s - although she called us merchants 'curmudgeonly' for our low scores. She makes an interesting point about a higher incidence of out of ...
by Matthew Hemming
March 20th, 2017, 1:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2005 - 12 Years On. Blind tasted.
Replies: 63
Views: 5327

Bordeaux 2005 - 12 Years On. Blind tasted.

I don't think Neal's published his notes yet. Have just checked my records of the tasting and I gave it 15.5/20. The wine lacks lift and energy.
by Matthew Hemming
March 13th, 2017, 1:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Caroline Morey Chassagne 1er Champs-Gain
Replies: 4
Views: 368

TN: 2014 Caroline Morey Chassagne 1er Champs-Gain

Dan - who brings her wines into the UK?
by Matthew Hemming
March 10th, 2017, 2:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2005 - 12 Years On. Blind tasted.
Replies: 63
Views: 5327

Bordeaux 2005 - 12 Years On. Blind tasted.

Jancis's notes are up if anyone's interested.
by Matthew Hemming
March 9th, 2017, 1:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Lanessan - really gone to the Dark Side?
Replies: 62
Views: 4160

2015 Lanessan - really gone to the Dark Side?

Tasted 3x during UGC tastings last year. I liked it and bought quite a lot for work. Lanesssan Real freshness on nose. Juicy, fresh and crisp. Not complex but fragrant and proper. 15 Lanesssan Ripe, curranty nose. Lovely fruit and depth on mid palate. Lifted and fresh. 15.5 Lanesssan Polished and ju...
by Matthew Hemming
March 8th, 2017, 3:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eating in burgundy on a Sunday night
Replies: 23
Views: 2262

Eating in burgundy on a Sunday night

Bit of a desert for Sunday night dining. I did check and the Bistro de l'Hotel is closed too. My usual strategy would be to get some food wherever's open and then head to Boute du Monde for some good bottles.

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