Louis Bouillot Bourgogne Mousseux Rouge

80 points Burgundy, France. 12.5% Real sparkling
Burgundy. I knew of this wine style only by reading a few
(uncomplimentary) lines in Hugh Johnson’s “Wine” many years ago.
It’s a pleasant, if innocuous, drop. Dry light strawberry
flavours – that do not stand up to food. Like a sparkling
rose. Drink outdoors on a sunny day.


Chateau Cantemerle 1996

93 points

Haut-Medoc.  12.5%

This is one of the best 1996 wines I have tasted, and I have had this wine almost a dozen times – it never fails to please.  It’s gentle savoury, complex claret – perfect table wine.  Flavour without heat, no extraction.  A touch of green in a classic Margaux (Cantemerle is just on the border) style.  Today it is better than many more expensive classed growths from 1996.

Stella Bella Margaret River Cabernet Merlot 2007

91+ points

Margaret River, Western Australia. 14%

Very flash young wine. Lovely oak, dense savoury and sweet red fruits with a nice whack of tannin on the finish. Sweeter than Bordeaux, with slightly noticeable alcohol. Reminded me of Te Mata Coleraine.

James Halliday rates this highly and says it will last until 2027. I’m not quite so sure it will go this distance, it has some great components but the balance is slightly off because of the alcohol.