Chateau La Lagune 2004

91+ points

Haut-Medoc. 13%

This is serious deep claret, with the classic freshness of 2004. Should provide a good deal of pleasurable drinking over the next decade or so.  Best kept for another 5 years in a cool cellar if you can resist temptation.

2nd bottle – much more open knit, reminds me of a Graves style.  Rather fine drinking now, complexity of age showing.


Monnières Saint-Fiacre Muscadet Serve & Maine 2005

91 points

Serve & Maine, Loire. 12.5%

Muscadet is usually thought of as cheap supermarket wine, useful dry white to wash down Oysters. But here is another profound Loire Muscadet. And 8 years old too!

In perfect condition, I guess it’s been in a cold Loire cellar. Impossible to guess the age by the nose.

Perhaps the creaminess on the palate gives it away but this is still fresh. Quite intense, juicy. Exciting wine.


Chateau du Moulin Rouge 2009

91+ points

Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux. 13.5%

Gosh this is like just fermented juice. No that gives the wrong impression, what I mean to say is that this is very much clear primary flavours, juicy. Yet not so sweet as a young Margaret River Cabernet, less blackcurrent. More texture too.

Another great cru Bourgeois from 2009. A standout vintage where minor wines give fantastic early pleasure.


Bernard Faurie Hermitage (assemblage) 2005

90++ points

Rhone, France. 13%

This is fine wine, effortlessly balanced. Very impressive winemaking and viticulture. This is natural, low intervention wine.

Distinctly cool climate floral notes though this is ripe, medium bodied fruit.

Very young. It will always be an elegant wine. Needs another 5 years and may last decades after that, power and extract aren’t needed for longevity.


Chateau Simone 2007

89 points

Provence, France. 13.5%

Interesting, food friendly. Sweet ripe Southern flavours with a distinctly acidic finish that is quite attractive and interesting.

Not simple, but not hard to appreciate. The near perfect restaurant/cafe wine? And maybe will benefit from a little more age.


Domaine des Lises Crozes Hermitage 2006

88+ points

Crozes-Hermitage, France. 13%

From Maxime Graillot, son of Alan, famous Crozes-Hermitage producer. This vintage is quite a confronting wine. It’s not green but it reeks of stalky floral flavour. And black pepper.

It’s been near impossible to drink until now when it’s starting to calm down and put on some flesh. I find it hard to believe this wine will ever be more than characterful, but I’m optimistic.

Interesting to give to someone used to warm climate shiraz. I don’t think they would ever guess it is the same grape.


Moet and Chandon 2002

90+ points

Whoa, this is intense powerful champagne. Not pretty. Will benefit from more bottle age, two nights later the second half of the bottle was more charming than the first.

I’m not sure I approve of this style, but nevertheless it’s impressive, particularly coming from such a large commercial house.

Great label – unmistakenly vintage champagne!