A slow lamb and an Easter rabbit

Une épaule d'agneau assisted by 2014 Mi Pente, Bourgueil, Domaine de la Butte We cooked this succulent and tender shoulder of lamb on Good Friday. It was slow roasted for about four hours with a mustard glaze with fresh rosemary sprigs and plenty of slivers of garlic either inserted into the shoulder or underneath the …

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2019 Loire: Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Vouvray

Sancerre in the evening light – taken from above Chavignol Quick summary of reports: good to excellent vintage in Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Vouvray In the middle of last week we spent a day and half making a number of quick visits in Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire to see how the 2019 vintage had gone. Unfortunately it …

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10 Cases – a delight in London’s Covent Garden

10 Cases 10 Cases is an excellent bistro and wine bar in Endell Street in London's Covent Garden and just a short walk from the Royal Opera House. It is called 10 Cases as they never order more than ten cases of any one wine before moving onto something else. Meaning that the list continues …

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2018 Loire – is this the birth of a legendary vintage?

 Pinot Noir awaiting sorting  @Domaine Henri Bourgeois   On Friday Alphone Mellot snr was categorical: "This is a mythical vintage – 1947 but with quantity!" Alphonse Père was born in 1947 – obviously he will remember little of that year but says that he has never seen a vintage of this quality. We will see …

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Pascal Jolivet – Sancerre and more (Part 1)

  Pascal Jolivet neck label A couple of weeks ago I received a box of samples of his current releases kindly sent by Pascal Jolivet. I have been enjoying tasting them and this post covers the first seven.  2017 Attitude, IGT (Above and below)   2017 Attitude, IGT Val de Loire  Attitude comes from 60 …

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