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2001

The finishers’ gift for completing the Marathon du Médoc – and turned out to be one of the highlights of Christmas 2012 at Andy …

The first of my first ever en primeur Bordeaux rouge. Yet still youthful – a ‘sleeper’ as RP might say. Surprisingly still ruby – …

Not necessarily an auspicious vintage or producer, but a very interesting Burgundy nevertheless. Fragrant aromatics are the key to this, though sadly just missing …

Picked up in Luz-Saint-Sauveur. Château Jolys is another renowned Jurançon estate, and this 50cl showed that quality very well. Deep, burnished gold, almost copper. …

Picked up in a deli-cum-wine shop at the junction in central Luz-Saint-Sauveur where one fork heads up the Tourmalet, and the other up Luz-Ardiden. …

Over the hill, I think – sadly. I’d heard good things about Zilliken as perhaps the Saar producer, but ultimately this didn’t reflect that …

This is more of a comparative impression than a proper tasting note. Even though this is a highly regarded Barbaresco vintage, this 2001 Gaiun …

I think this was made still in the low period for the Jaboulet house, because it certainly underwhelmed. A honeyed, but quite oxidative style, …

Nyetimber has the reputation as the best English sparkling wine, and capable of rubbing shoulders with Champagnes. When the opportunity arose – having Annabel, …