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by Stephen Williams
June 17th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another restaurant wine list query
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: Another restaurant wine list query

Rayas 1999
Grange des Peres Blanc
Gantenbein Chardonnay...
by Stephen Williams
March 26th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 112
Views: 6620

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

2010 Montrachet Domaine Petitjean. Painfully young but brilliant potential. Awesome but nigh on impossible to find. 1976 Jurancon Clos Joliette. A magical vintage from this almost mythical domaine. One of the World’s great sweet wines. 1990 Clos St Denis VV Ponsot. Still on the young side but remar...
by Stephen Williams
March 25th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 112
Views: 6620

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

2010 Montrachet Domaine Petitjean. Painfully young but brilliant potential. Awesome but nigh on impossible to find. 1976 Jurancon Clos Joliette. A magical vintage from this almost mythical domaine. One of the World’s great sweet wines. 1990 Clos St Denis VV Ponsot. Still on the young side but remark...
by Stephen Williams
March 17th, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Domaine Gramenon Côtes du Rhône Cuvée A Pascal S. - Now Served Blind!
Replies: 22
Views: 916

Re: TN: 1995 Domaine Gramenon Côtes du Rhône Cuvée A Pascal S. - Now Served Blind!

jbray23 wrote:
March 16th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Question because I can't find the answer, do they still make the Ceps Centennaires? I bought a bottle of '00 in Paris years ago and really loved it but haven't been able to find another bottle state side since....
Yes they do. Difficult to track down though
by Stephen Williams
March 14th, 2019, 3:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sotheby's 'Transcendent' Auction
Replies: 34
Views: 2154

Re: Sotheby's 'Transcendent' Auction

I studied the catalogue in some detail. I found it devoid of passion and emotion on behalf of the collector. There were only two or three lots that I’ll bid on.
by Stephen Williams
February 24th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Dominique Laurent Clos de la Roche
Replies: 18
Views: 964

Re: TN: 2005 Dominique Laurent Clos de la Roche

I opened a 1995 last night. A wonderful expression of red fruited, fully mature CdN GC. Oak fully integrated, and playing a supporting role rather than anything more assertive. Still plenty of life ahead.

Whenever I open an older Dom Laurent, I am more than pleasantly surprised.
by Stephen Williams
January 22nd, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oustalet, Gigondas
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Oustalet, Gigondas

Michelin has just given Oustalet a star, which is well deserved in my opinion. Sadly, it will likely now be more difficult to get a table..... La Mirande, next to the Pope’s Palace in Avignon, has been similarly recognised. While not quite in the same league as Oustalet, eating in the garden in the ...
by Stephen Williams
January 15th, 2019, 3:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Le Montrachet really a notch above the other hyphenated ones?
Replies: 42
Views: 3113

Re: Is Le Montrachet really a notch above the other hyphenated ones?

I think Caroline Morey now makes a Criots.
by Stephen Williams
January 14th, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jasper Morris podcast
Replies: 15
Views: 1406

Jasper Morris podcast

For those with 1 hour 43 to spare, I can thoroughly recommend this podcast by Jasper Morris, discussing the current state of Burgundy.



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by Stephen Williams
January 1st, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 6698

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

1947 Musigny from Faiveley. Drink with two of my best friends over a long and lazy dinner at my house in Provence. It doesn’t get much better.... perhaps if the bottle had been a magnum !
by Stephen Williams
December 28th, 2018, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amusing comments on John Kapon
Replies: 13
Views: 1648

Re: Amusing comments on John Kapon

I met him for the first time at an Acker pre-auction tasting/ dinner in HK moderated by Meadows just after they abolished wine taxes. He made such an impression I pulled all my bids and vowed never to do business with them. I was more disappointed with Meadows however, whose credibility to me took a...
by Stephen Williams
December 9th, 2018, 11:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Domaine Gramenon Côtes du Rhône Cuvée A Pascal S. - Now Served Blind!
Replies: 22
Views: 916

Re: TN: 1995 Domaine Gramenon Côtes du Rhône Cuvée A Pascal S.

I still have a few of the 1990 Ceps Centenaire in the cellar. It was drinking wonderfully last year. Most people thought it was a Rayas !
by Stephen Williams
October 31st, 2018, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Ramonet Clos de la Boudriette
Replies: 24
Views: 1071

Re: 2013 Ramonet Clos de la Boudriette

I drank the 1966 at the weekend. Ethereal, delicate old Burgundy.
by Stephen Williams
October 29th, 2018, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Safest White Burgs
Replies: 87
Views: 4159

Re: The Safest White Burgs

I’d be a bit wary of Raveneau if I were you.

These bottles were recently pulled from an underground bonded warehouse in the UK. They’d only ever travelled from the Domaine to the cellar.

The picture demonstrates the random nature of premox.

The wine is the 1999 Butteaux
by Stephen Williams
September 27th, 2018, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline

I visited the Domaine earlier this year and was similarly impressed by their range, especially the Gigondas single vineyard bottlings. The white “Cheval Long”, from Sablet, was also wonderful as was their beautifully pale Rosé, which has become a summer staple chez moi. The domaine is well worth a v...
by Stephen Williams
August 30th, 2018, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOYLsf ?
Replies: 74
Views: 2752

Re: WOYLsf ?

1961 La Chapelle. Drunk at Troisgros. The proceeding wine was DRC Montrachet 1978. Perfect wine, food and company.
by Stephen Williams
August 29th, 2018, 12:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 DIDIER DAGUENEAU SILEX POUILLY-FUME
Replies: 29
Views: 1125

Re: 2002 DIDIER DAGUENEAU SILEX POUILLY-FUME

I bought the case in the early nineties on release. As it evolved the wine became more tropical, less grassy and more honeyed. For my taste, the wine became much more interesting after about 15 years. I have some 1998 also which is now absolutely singing
by Stephen Williams
August 26th, 2018, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 DIDIER DAGUENEAU SILEX POUILLY-FUME
Replies: 29
Views: 1125

Re: 2002 DIDIER DAGUENEAU SILEX POUILLY-FUME

This was pretty special. My last of 12. Very honeyed on the nose with a kiss of botrytis. The palate was completely dry with tangy tropical fruits and a strong line of minerality.
by Stephen Williams
August 20th, 2018, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine François Cotat (Paul & François) Sancerre Chavignol Rosé
Replies: 16
Views: 694

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine François Cotat (Paul & François) Sancerre Chavignol Rosé

I’m still working my way through two cases of the brilliant 2010. Sounds like I need to get some 2015 too
by Stephen Williams
July 31st, 2018, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 ROTAM & MOUNIR SAOUMA [AKA LUCIEN le MOINE] MAGIS CHATEAUNEUF de PAPE BLANC
Replies: 14
Views: 705

2015 ROTAM & MOUNIR SAOUMA [AKA LUCIEN le MOINE] MAGIS CHATEAUNEUF de PAPE BLANC

I couldn’t agree more. This is probably my favourite white CNP at the moment. Remarkable freshness, intensity and minerality.
by Stephen Williams
July 23rd, 2018, 1:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Northern Rhones - what are you drinking?
Replies: 28
Views: 2334

2016 Northern Rhones - what are you drinking?

A 2016 “Pur Blanc” from Dom de Tunnel was wonderful last night. Intense but far less oily than i find with many 100% Marsanne cuvees to be
by Stephen Williams
May 1st, 2018, 12:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine when traveling in UK - what are my options?
Replies: 29
Views: 826

Wine when traveling in UK - what are my options?

I would give Raeburn a call. Ask for Zubair and explain what you are after.

While not particularly e-commerce friendly, Raeburn is one of the UK’s best merchants.
by Stephen Williams
April 29th, 2018, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 02 Fevre Clos
Replies: 21
Views: 951

TN: 02 Fevre Clos

I seem to remember the 2002 Fevres being recalled in the UK by the agent and a replacement offered
by Stephen Williams
April 18th, 2018, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne 2000 - 2012
Replies: 48
Views: 2437

TN: Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne 2000 - 2012

I drank a 2010 over the weekend: Shared with a friend over the course of an evening. It’s difficult to put into words the potential that this wine has. I’ve rarely encountered such a monumental White Burgundy at such an infant stage. Coche held back the release for 5 years because he didn’t want it ...
by Stephen Williams
March 15th, 2018, 11:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Colin-Morey Meursault Perrieres 2006
Replies: 5
Views: 466

TN: Colin-Morey Meursault Perrieres 2006

The PYCM 06s that I’ve tried been wonderful. Very un-06 if you get my drift.
by Stephen Williams
February 27th, 2018, 10:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can anyone explain Laurent Vosne Serie Rare? 95 btw
Replies: 10
Views: 2283

Can anyone explain Laurent Vosne Serie Rare? 95 btw

I bought his wines quite heavily in the 1990s, fell out of love with them, sold most of them. I then opened a few bottles in the past few years that I hadn’t sold and have been very positively surprised. I have a case of the ‘95 Serie Rare which I’m planning to drink with friends as a tour around Vo...
by Stephen Williams
February 25th, 2018, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1947 Cheval Blanc, 94 Cros Parantoux Jayer , 1938 H La Chapelle, 92 Clos du Mesnil at Rostang
Replies: 16
Views: 1130

1947 Cheval Blanc, 94 Cros Parantoux Jayer , 1938 H La Chapelle, 92 Clos du Mesnil at Rostang

I drank the ‘38 La Chapelle at Taillevent in 2009. I append below the note I wrote at the time: On a cool and wet Monday in Paris, I found myself in the ever capable and welcoming hands of Restaurant Taillevent, for what was probably the best meal I've had there in 10 years (the epautre 'risotto' wi...
by Stephen Williams
February 18th, 2018, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lunch with friends to celebrate Lunar New Year
Replies: 2
Views: 334

Lunch with friends to celebrate Lunar New Year

Vilmart Grande Cellier Rubis 2006 Delightful, crunchy Pinot fruit. This didn’t hang around long but most agreed it was top notch Rosé Krug Grande Cuvée (old gold and red label). I would guess this to be 15+ years old so probably based on an early 1990s year. Everything you’d expect an aged Krug to b...
by Stephen Williams
February 11th, 2018, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old burgundy - how do you research?
Replies: 13
Views: 993

Old burgundy - how do you research?

I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at the quality of many of the older Burgundies that have come my way. Most have been sourced in France, many in Burgundy. Low ullage is not typically a major problem however pay close attention to colour. Two weeks ago I opened a 1949 Chassagne village rouge from ...
by Stephen Williams
January 21st, 2018, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me about Ramonet Clos du Cailleret
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Tell me about Ramonet Clos du Cailleret

The Clos du Cailleret was bought by some Asian based investors with Ramonet contracted to make the wine. It’s superb, as are the two new St Abin. I drank a 2000 Chevy yesterday. More often than not, it has underwhelmed relatively speaking, among his 4 GC but this bottle was absolutely singing. A bea...
by Stephen Williams
January 21st, 2018, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old notes from lunch at Troisgros
Replies: 11
Views: 583

Old notes from lunch at Troisgros

I’ll be in the new digs this summer for a couple of days. Can’t wait !
by Stephen Williams
January 11th, 2018, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A smart, mature Australian
Replies: 4
Views: 422

A smart, mature Australian

Or maybe....
by Stephen Williams
January 11th, 2018, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A smart, mature Australian
Replies: 4
Views: 422

A smart, mature Australian

Not a phrase one hears that often (!) but last night I encountered one in the guise of a 1966 Penfolds St Henri ‘Claret’ I bought a pair of these many years ago from the wine shop on Circular Quay in Sydney (along with a long since imbibed Bin 60a). An Australian friend in KL for a few days was a go...
by Stephen Williams
January 11th, 2018, 12:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We did Robert Parker's dream dinner: Sushi and Rhone (except it's Jamet/Allemand)
Replies: 26
Views: 2185

We did Robert Parker's dream dinner: Sushi and Rhone (except it's Jamet/Allemand)

My top 3 Jamets are the 91 Brune, 99 BrUne and the 97 Sommet d’Harys (which I think was only made once). The 91 drink over Christmas evolved continuously for 4 hours or so. Black fruits, meats, charcuterie, Islay whisky, coffee, chocolate..... simply ethereal. It also came across as almost weightles...
by Stephen Williams
January 9th, 2018, 1:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We did Robert Parker's dream dinner: Sushi and Rhone (except it's Jamet/Allemand)
Replies: 26
Views: 2185

We did Robert Parker's dream dinner: Sushi and Rhone (except it's Jamet/Allemand)

I drank a 91 Brune over Christmas and it absolutely brilliant, but in a very brutal way
by Stephen Williams
December 3rd, 2017, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Unholy Trinity
Replies: 4
Views: 723

The Unholy Trinity

Not a good start to a Sunday..... Jadot Montrachet 2002 - there was a brief and faint glimmer of hope when opened. On first look and taste this seemed pristine. After 5 minutes, the colour had darkened significantly and the wine then fell apart. POX ! Roty Griottes Chambertin 1997 - high hopes for t...
by Stephen Williams
November 4th, 2017, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Domaine Joseph Roty Charmes-Chambertin Très Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 19
Views: 1020

TN: 2001 Domaine Joseph Roty Charmes-Chambertin Très Vieilles Vignes

I had an ‘85 recently.......just about ready. Incredibly good too !
by Stephen Williams
October 29th, 2017, 11:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A curry lunch in KL with some lovely whites
Replies: 1
Views: 355

A curry lunch in KL with some lovely whites

Yesterday, friends hosted a delightful Sri Lankan curry lunch at their house in KL. Although there was no set theme to the wines, as you might expect, we ended up drinking all whites. Krug 1985 was first up. An original release and drinking at its apogee. A mid gold colour, lively spritz and a wonde...
by Stephen Williams
October 25th, 2017, 5:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Gigondas Domaine du Clos des Tourelles
Replies: 5
Views: 223

TN: 2010 Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Gigondas Domaine du Clos des Tourelles

I agree with you on the wine - this and the l’Argnee Cuvee also made by the Perrins are my favourite Gigs at the moment
by Stephen Williams
October 25th, 2017, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Gigondas Domaine du Clos des Tourelles
Replies: 5
Views: 223

TN: 2010 Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Gigondas Domaine du Clos des Tourelles

It’s from a small walled vineyard just in front of the village surrounding the rather grand building depicted on he label. The ‘Chateau’ has just been comprehensively renovated and looks like it contains guest rooms.
by Stephen Williams
October 18th, 2017, 3:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Musigny Blanc 2015
Replies: 30
Views: 1369

Musigny Blanc 2015

I’ve enjoyed the ‘10 and ‘12 BB recently. Both very good wines but priced based upon rarity.

The first wine I ever bought at auction was a ‘71 Musigny Blanc which was stunning when drunk in 1989.
by Stephen Williams
October 11th, 2017, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St. Aubin En Remilly
Replies: 8
Views: 720

TN: 2010 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St. Aubin En Remilly

95% as good as his Chevalier for 10% of the price....
by Stephen Williams
October 2nd, 2017, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11117
Views: 496977

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Clos des Goisses 2008
Monfortino 2010 (ouch)
by Stephen Williams
September 30th, 2017, 9:08 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

For the first time last year I had a bottle of the ‘78 that lived up to its lofty reputation. Unlike the 10 or so bottles I’d been lucky enough to try previously, and been mostly underwhelmed by, this bottle, drunk at a restaurant 30 or so miles from Tain was exceptional.
by Stephen Williams
September 29th, 2017, 4:01 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 drank a cream label Krug GC last weekend. Mine was also a truly brilliant wine and fully underscores the ageability of Grand Cuvée. It’s now a bit easier to work out how old each edition is given the info given on the labels
by Stephen Williams
September 18th, 2017, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamet
Replies: 50
Views: 3274

Jamet

His 1997s are well worth keeping an eye open for. One of their favourite vintages, they even bottled a special Cuvee in addition to Brune called Sommet d'Harys.
by Stephen Williams
September 6th, 2017, 2:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dinner with Charles M - 06 CdC, 86 Mouton, 86 Lafite and etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 579

TN: Dinner with Charles M - 06 CdC, 86 Mouton, 86 Lafite and etc.

I had a couple of 1999 CDCs recently. They are drinking beautifully at the moment.
by Stephen Williams
August 15th, 2017, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fontaine-Gagnard & Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 30
Views: 1415

Fontaine-Gagnard & Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet

I had their 1982 Montrachet 5 or so years ago which was about as good as White Burgundy gets. A wine from a different era in more ways than one !
by Stephen Williams
August 9th, 2017, 4:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers Clos Saint-Marc
Replies: 7
Views: 406

TN: 2010 Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers Clos Saint-Marc

Not wishing to tempt fate, but, I haven't had a poxed wine from him since a 2005 I opened 4 years ago.

I buy this every year and for me it's one of the best 1er Cru WBs.
by Stephen Williams
August 5th, 2017, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weather in Europe - how hot is it?
Replies: 45
Views: 2529

Weather in Europe - how hot is it?

42 C or about 106 F yesterday at my house just outside Gigondas. Ouch. 2003 seemed hotter although my house didn't have aircon back then. So you installed AC after 2003? Yes, we put in aircon in 2004, even in the cellars, as they touched 19c that year. They've been holding steady at 15c for the pas...

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