One of the things I am trying to do is blog more and as a result I intend to do a few more small posts. Just write-ups of evenings that were particularly good.

An upside of Covid – if you can say that – is the chance to really catch up with people again and have a proper download. I did just that with a friend and customer last week. The venue was Wild Tavern. A place I had not been to until two weeks ago, I like it very much – give it a go. We had three wines, those pictures above and a bottle of Delamotte 2008.

Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2008 – This is in such a lovely place now, a blend of nutty and floral and with a lovely feel about it. Best (obviously) in wine glasses not flutes and at about 10degrees – you’d miss some of the delicious balance if too cold. If you own it then have a bottle – it is ready but some people will like to leave another 3-5 years I guess. I hear very good things about the 2004 now.

Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2010, PYCM – This is really good. Has a lovely nose that is both elegant and rich. Loads of energy too it, a little like the Delamotte it is just at its peak. The body of fruit is lovely and the zip of the acidity perfectly balanced a little weight to the ripe fruit. A slight saline edge, very moreish.

Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2006, DRC – The 2007s have been “singing” for sometime, the 2006s generally a little more serious and savoury. This is a really super wine. Quite a lot of body and presence, it does have a savoury element and lots of darker Pinot fruit in behind that. With time and air in the glass the more red fruit comes though but without losing its seriousness. If I owned this (I don’t’) then I think I would next have a bottle around about age 18-20. It may well be one of those wines that makes amazing “old bones”, a “sleeper”.

As with any great wine night the company is the main thing! Lovely wines, good food and lots of chat!