Barossa & Nuits-St-Georges | 2 Legendary Vintages

Though rain is forecast I do at least feel like Summer is finally en route. As such, two classic Summer reds, though truly at either end of the spectrum:


Kaesler Vineyards “The Bogan” 2004 Barossa Valley, South Australia at £ 35.00 per Bottle

Here is the epitome of the perfect BBQ wine. Rich, ripe, intense berry fruit in this ballsy Barossa Shiraz. It has lost its fiery belly as the bottle-age has made this chewy offering age gracefully and mellow just a touch.

Not just the 10+ years bottle-age but 2004 is one of Southern Australia’s finest vintages. A bogan is derogatory Australasian slang for someone of uncouth appearance and or behaviour. So if you have any visiting Bruce & Sheila’s, an amusing little nod at least.

For those party minded, there is just one Double Magnum left at a comparatively modest £ 149.00. (92-95 points – Robert Parker)



Next up and one I thought we had long lost. One of my absolute favourite red Burgundy Vintages is 2010. More fruit-driven, purer examples surround but to me 2010 gives the clearest nod to the terroir variations of this temperamental but brilliant corner of France. When we last had this it was £ 33.50 on the shelf so a pound and a half up is not nothing but 2010 will continue, rapidly, to grow scarcer and we know what happens to prices when it does:


Nuits St-Georges “Les Lavières” 2010 Domaine Jean Chauvenet at £ 35.00 per Bottle

The opposite of The Bogan in that this is a pale, see-through, delicate Pinot Noir. A hint of Nuits St-Georges rusticity (character) but perhaps more like a Chambolle-Musigny without their touch of sweetness.

The alcohol level is the typical 13% but it doesn’t feel like it. This will acquit almost equally with a bloody steak as with fish. Classic cool-climate Pinot.

We had approximately 35 cases last year and they did not last long. Now we have a mere 72 Bottles, so don’t dilly-dally.



Both on the shelf.





Weekly wine news:


In just this very morning: Méo-Camuzet 2010; Barbaresco 2010; St-Émilion 1er Cru 1990; Magnums of 2010 red Burgundy…


Urbina 2001 is out-of-stock but we are shipping 480 Bottles directly from the Bodegas and would hope that these arrive late May, or by early June. On the shelf it will go up £1.00 but for any who had at £ 18.50 (and can remember!) we will still peddle this to you at the same modest £ 18.50.


Next week: having tasted a bevy of mostly overpriced Californian red and whites at the start of the week, a couple did stand out for that rare Californian combo, quality and price. As such I’ll lead next week with an elegant Chardonnay from Schug Sonoma Chardonnay which will replace our slightly more obvious Ramey Russian River as double-whammy, the prices have gone up 15%. The Schug will be a better fit.