Old School Pinot Noir (Burgundy)
When the Motorway ahead is clear and straight the temptation is to put it into top gear and floor it. Sometimes however it is perhaps wiser to drop down into third gear and pace oneself. Last week after winemaker dinners; birthday dinners; and customer wine tastings it was all a bit full-throttle. Like 2015 Burgundy, rich, ripe but at times a bit too full-throttle. As such I am taking a leaf out of that well-worn book and dropping down a gear to consider the pick of Mark Haisma’s 2013 and 2014. For those remotely concerned with global warming and just one side effect, higher alcohol levels, today’s offerings are both at a more sensible 13% abv. This coincidentally reminds me that I need to delve back into Thomas L.Friedman’s “Thank You For Being Late”.
For a big burly Aussie, Mark Haisma has always managed a very deft touch when he makes Pinot Noir. In no sense are they “colour by numbers”. If you want more old school, cooler, fresher Pinot these are certainly worth a look and not just for those Mark Haisma aficionados. He makes a handful of wines but these were my (and his) two picks for the respective vintages (and £1.00 each less than on the shelf):
Volnay “Les Grands Poisots” 2014 Mark Haisma at £ 35.00 per Bottle
Gevrey-Chambertin “Croix Des Champs” 2013 Mark Haisma at £ 36.00 per Bottle
(The Gevrey is already in stock; the Volnay due to follow tomorrow.)
Aged Australian: in any day now, some 2005 & 2006 Barossa Shiraz from a couple of legendary names just about to hit the floor. Speaking of legends, Dave Powell (formerly of Torbreck fame) came in obscenely early on Monday morning and I tried a range of his Powell & Son wines, mostly G.S.M., and a couple of relative successes will also follow in due course.
Château Beauchene, Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2016 has arrived after the speedy success of the 2015 Vintage.Fleurie (Villa Ponciago) also back on the shelf.
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