Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes


NV Krug, Grande Cuvée, Champagne

£80-£100, 12%, Widely available

A blend of 20 wines from ten different vintages, some of which are 15 years old, Krug's non-vintage blend is one of a kind. It's rich, complex and palate coating, with small bubbles, savoury, umami notes, hints of hazelnut and honey and a dry, refeshing palate. The kind of Champagne that works extremely well with food rather than as an aperitif. 





2009 Gut Oggau Mechtild, Burgenland

POA, 13%, Dynamic Wines

Mechtild is one of two single vineyard wines made at Gut Oggau, in this case 60 year old Grüner Veltliner. There's a salty, iodine tang on the nose, yielding to a fat, creamy palate. Fresh acidity and a lovely mineral finish.





2009 Paul Misset, Clos de Vougeot, Burgundy

£72, 13.5%, Yapp Brothers

The bottle is ludicrously heavy, but the wine inside is very good indeed. Mid garnet/red in colour, complex, perfumed nose of red fruits, some Asian spices and a beautifully balanced, elegant palate with the stuffing to age. The wine is everything that the ponderous bottle isn't. Impressive stuff from a lesser known name.