Posts with the label "volnay"


A Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy Dinner

A Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy Dinner

Friday 2nd November 2018
by Alex Turnbull

Two weeks ago a very special dinner took place at 61 St James’s Street celebrating the wines of Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy and others. 

It was a magical evening, made all the better by exceptional food from Simpkin and Roses. All of the Bize-Leroy wines, including the Romanee Conti’s, came from the Justerini & Brooks Cellar, where they have been sitting since shipping from the respective Domaines on release. These are my notes.

Kicking off the evening with a glass of fizz and a canapé, we tried two vintages of iconic Champagne Salon from Les Mesnil Sur Oger. Easily one of the most instantly recognisable Champagne houses, it was fascinating to try the 1999 and 1996 in quick succession. Some wines have the remarkable ability to transport you back in time, and the 1999 did just that. Orchard and citrus fruits of apples and lemons, with a lovely creamy texture and a perfumed finish, I am pleased to report that the 1999 has barely developed since the last time I tried it and shows all of the signs that it will continue to age at a snail-like pace. The 1996 which we drunk next was marginally more evolved but no less delicious, and definitely entering its drinking window now.

An evening at Glamis castle with Dominique Lafon

An evening at Glamis castle with Dominique Lafon

Monday 22nd May 2017
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Every now and again there are moments that pause the whir of busy modern life, occasions to savour.  One I particularly relished recently was an unforgettable evening at Glamis castle with Dominique Lafon, who presented his sophisticated wines, most effortlessly, to a keen audience of thirty six well-heeled epicureans.

When I first learnt of the inspired idea, last year, and despite thoughts of all of the huge amount of work involved (above all for our quite brilliant Events Manager, Catriona Palmer) I knew it was something I did not want to miss. All concerns of logistics, timings, menus and jobs on the night dissipated into Forfar’s fresh air the minute the car turned into a long tree-lined drive, at the end of which Glamis castle sat proudly in all its splendour.  The evening promised to be a special one indeed.   

Burgfest 2008: An update on Beaune, Volnay & Pommard

Burgfest 2008: An update on Beaune, Volnay & Pommard

Wednesday 28th September 2011
by Hew Blair

In a secluded location in Beaune over the late August bank holiday the most recently bottled vintage of Pinot Noir was put under the microscope. 

The UK's top Burgundy buyers plus specialist Burgundy wine writers and publishers Clive Coates and Neil Beckett made up a select team of nine tasters. A high sense of high anticipation proceeded the blind tasting of the 2008 vintage (bottled some 6-10 months earlier), with a line up including over 300 Premiere and Grand Cru Pinot Noirs from the Cote d'Or's top Domaines and Negociants. 

The wines were tasted in flights village by village over three days, 1er Crus followed by Grand Crus.
Burgundy 2006 from bottle - Day two: Beaune, Volnay and Pommard.

Burgundy 2006 from bottle - Day two: Beaune, Volnay and Pommard.

Wednesday 2nd September 2009
by Hew Blair

Saturday morning started with two flights of Beaune followed by two of Volnay and a single flight of Pommard.

When tasting the 06's in November 07 it became clear that those Côtes de Beaune vineyards south of the Paris / Beaune motorway had received substantial rainfall pre-harvest. This was confirmed at this most recent tasting in that the wines of the southern Côtes de Beaune are of a different structure to those in the north.

The flights of Beaune showed elegance, charm and will make for relatively early drinking - now and over the next three years. Pinot Noir purity, sweet ripe fruit and a uniformity in quality was more evident in the second flight which included Beaune Greves and Beaune Clos du Roi. Tollot Beaut's Clos du Roi was in my top three followed by the Beaune Greves of de Montille.