Taste

Five vintages of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – 2011-2015

Five vintages of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2011-2015 2011 (tasted January 2014) Thoughts on the 2011 Vintage – ‘Never so much as this year, despite having witnesses forty-six harvests since I began working in Burgundy, have I felt or understood how important luck is in the success or failure of a vintage’, Aubert de Villaine. 2011…

Thank you to all of my international Friends and Members

Dear Friends and Members, A year on from launching my upgraded website design, together with the Friends and Members facilities, I am thrilled to announce that matthewjukes.com has recruited a wonderfully diverse and active international readership.  To date, there are keen matthewjukes.com wine fans in the UK, France, Australia, USA, Ireland,…

Vega Sicilia launch 8th December 2017

Vega Sicilia launch 8th December 2017 All pricing has been confirmed this morning by Berry Bros. & Rudd 2014 Macán Clásico, Rioja, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild / Vega-Sicilia – (£42.95 bottle, £106.95 magnum (150cl), www.bbr.com).  Clean, bright and scented, this is a more approachable wine than the 2013, which in itself was a hollow…

Yalumba Tasting with winemaker Natalie Cleghorn

A medley of Barossa and Eden images, with Yalumba's incredible renovated cellars, centre left, & Pewsey Vale's new 1961 Block Riesling, bottom right. I enjoyed a preview tasting with Nat and saw a few brand new wines as well as some heroes on the horizon. 2017 Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley - Insanely fresh, very clean and bright, this…

Turkey Flat with Christie & Alex Schulz and winemaker Mark Bulman

I visited Turkey Flat in October and tasted and toured with Christie and Alex Schulz and winemaker Mark Bulman.  It was an eye-opening experience. 2016 Turkey Flat Barossa Valley White - I know this wine well but it was nice to taste it again. Made from 38% Marsanne, 33% Roussanne and 29% Viognier it shows a further finessing of this tri-varietal…

A week in Piemonte – preparing for my Piemonte Report 2018

I have just spent an incredible week in Piemonte tasting wines for my new 2018 Piemonte Report to be published in the new year.  I visiting imperial estates and tasted every wine in my path.  The 2018 Report will number well over 1000 tasting notes including a large number of 2014 Barolos and Barbarescos which will be released in the second half…

A stunning tasting at Henschke with Stephen & Justine, which included a ‘perfect’ wine

Henschke, Eden Valley, South Australia I popped into Henschke for a quick tasting and came away with some exquisite memories.  Aside from Lotte, the beautiful dachshund pictured above, there are some wines listed below which you will no doubt feel compelled to track down.  Here are my brief notes - as always, a stream of consciousness, written…

Beaujolais Nouveau Day – 16th November 2017

I gave up on Beaujolais Nouveau a long time ago.  I always seem to remember the date though - it's the third Thursday in November - but I don't go out of my way to track down a glass of this style of wine.  Duboeuf and others ruined it for me decades ago and I have yet to feel a pang of regret until Christopher Piper Wines sent me a preview bottle…

A remarkable tasting of the Domaine Naturaliste portfolio of wines with Bruce Dukes

Domaine Naturaliste, Margaret River, Western Australia with winemaker Bruce Dukes I enjoyed a fascinating tasting with Bruce Dukes the other day.  Agronomist, obsessive, wine geek and highly experienced consultant to several other starry wine brands, Bruce is a font of knowledge and a man with phenomenal taste.  The detail that he goes to in…

2012 Brunello di Montalcino, Tenute Silvio Nardi, Tuscany, Italy

Every once in a while I taste a Brunello di Montalcino which really hits the spot.  Regular readers will know that I am most sceptical about this grand style of Tuscan red wine.  I abhor over-oaked or hot (in alcohol terms) versions and the dark, sump oil, super-extracted styles upset me greatly, too.  Brunello should have fragrance, tenderness…

Two fascinating Barossa wineries both with a desire to develop international listings

Barossa Valley - more notes, this time from two new names to me. I always try to taste some new wineries whenever I travel and after visiting some of the well-known estates, I met up with Eperosa and Rojomoma Red Art to see what they had to offer.  As it turned out these two artisan producers make very intriguing wines indeed, so if you are a prospective…

Two epic wines with Ben Glaetzer – with a world first scoop!

It is always energising spending time with Ben Glaetzer, so I was looking forward to catching up with him after a day's tasting around the Barossa Valley.  When he called me to say that he had two bottles to taste I was even more excited.   I have been a fan of Ben's wines since he gave me a sneak preview of 2004 Godolphin, his incredible The Great…