Petit Chablis Moillard, 2018

Petit Chablis from a respected producer based in Mersault. Good value for money – better that the ‘bargain’ Chablis often sold by supermarkets. Good value. Tasting notes: Crisp Chardonnay with aromas of citrus, white peach, lychee. Bone dry. The same on the palate with some minerality. Balanced acidity. Medium finish. Some intensity and a little complexity….

Louis Jadot – Macon Villages 2018 UPDATE

I last reviewed this wine 3 years ago, when I used a point system and I rated it pretty highly. At upwards of £10 a bottle it’s not quite everyday drinking. The label still confers quality – but what of the contents? Winemakers go to great pains to ensure that their products have a degree…

Jean P’Robert Pinot Noir 2013

This is a rather ‘generic’ wine. It’s in an attractive bottle and is from the wide region of Burgundy (a large area, that). Tasting notes: Translucent, pale ruby colour. Primary red fruit notes. No secondary notes. Faint earthy tertiary notes. Balanced acidity. Short finish. Light, smooth. No tannins. Not particularly complex. Needed food. Region of…

Chablis Vielles Vignes, Closerie des Alisieres

Chablis Vielles Vignes, Closerie des Alisieres is good wine from a respected producer. Good value for money, Auchan have a magnum of this at €17.99 – which is a bit of a steal, and almost makes a trip to France worth it. Tasting notes: Crisp Chablis with flavours of citrus, white peach and some minerality. Wine…

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Sentiers de Belene

Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the most prestigious and revered names in Burgundy, often referred to as ‘the king of Burgundy’. The appellation is entirely for red wine specifically my favourite red wine grape: Pinot Noir, and boasts 9 Grand crus, the most of any Cote d’Or communes; it also has 26 Premier crus vineyards. It…

Domaine les Marroniers Montmains Chablis Primier Cru

Domaine les Marroniers Montmains Chablis Primier Cru is another good looking bottle, and came in a wooden box. It was good, but rather pricey… Tasting notes: Initially detected some mineral notes. Hints of tropical fruits. Some creaminess on the palate. Good texture. Wine Colour – White Price – £14 Current Vintage – 2016 Producer –…

Signe Bourgogne Montagny

This Montagny is good, if not exceptional Chardonnay. Good value for money though, and in an attractive bottle, it makes a change from Chablis. Tasting notes: Notes of tropical fruits. Some minerality & creaminess on the palate. Elegant for the money. Good texture. Wine Colour – White Price – £9 Current Vintage – 2016 Producer…

Winter whites for the festive season

These are the white wines for the festive season – and they’re all French. They’re not all Chardonnays from Burgundy, however – there’s a lovely Sancerre on the list! First up (left)is Signe Bourgogne Montagny Tasting notes: Notes of tropical fruits. Some minerality & creaminess on the palate. Elegant for the money. Good texture. Wine…

Pinot Noir Bouchard Aine & Fils

An attractive looking bottle from a well respected Burgundy producer. Tasting notes: Initially detected some earthy, toasty, oaky notes. Hints of berry fruits. Typical pinot noir texture. Wine Colour – Red Price – £12.66 Where do I get it from? Widely available Current Vintage – 2016 Producer – Bouchard Grape – 100% Pinot Noir Region/Country…

Bourgogne Chardonnay Bouchard Pere & Fils

We used to go to France every 2 months to stock up on food and wine. With declining Sterling rates, busier lives and Calais resembling a post-Apocalyptic bandit-zone we lost interest… Last week we returned. Calais is still not what it used to be; there’s high fencing, razor wire, and most of the roadside trees…

Macon-Chardonnay Bouchard Aine & Fils

Bouchard are a well regarded producer from Beaune in Burgundy, where they have been producing wines (pinot noir and chardonnay) since 1750. This wine has pedigree… I liked this, though at £10 I suspect you are paying a premium for their name and label, but I didn’t feel ripped off. Tasting notes: Pale colour. Initially some…

Bourgogne Blanc Marc Dudet

The older the better? Nope. Some wines mature and acquire complexity and character with age, but at some point most will deteriorate. I think this wine may have reached it’s zenith a while ago; it was quite good – but at £11 a bottle you can do better – at M&S go for Vin Alta…