I have decided to release ratings for select domaines and producers, because why I am convinced there are people other than my mother reading this still. In this day and age, everybody regardless of their background and knowledge is handing out their own arbitrary ratings and I have decided the join the club accordingly. Method is completely random (zero bias)* and no comparative value to any existing systems out from Burghound to Vinous so you should completely take this on its own. TYW points are out of 100 because only Jancis Robinson MW can convey enough out of the limited 20pts range.
Chartogne-Taillet: Dynamic, individual and approachable. Honestly at the office, we are spoilt because we quaff so much of this stuff. However they are truly great champagne and deserve all the praise they got in NYTimes. TYW 97/100
Dhondt-Grellet: Precise and linear champagne that is full of nuances for the true connoisseur. Winemaker is cute but opens up slowly, like his champagnes. TYW 98/100
Louis Roederer: The brand ambassador for this champagne house, Michel Janneau, is one smooth lady killer. So smooth you thought he was a whisky man or Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World. And dare I say, more charming than the above two young grower champagne makers. I don't club or rap but Cristal is truly always excellent. TYW 99/100
Krug: Not bad but sadly no charming winemaker to visit you in HK. TYW 92/100
Pol Roger: The Winston Churchill cuvée is famous for good reason but winemaker himself is not so charming. TYW 89/100
Domaine Coche-Dury: A domaine that is synonymous with the best that Chardonnay can produce in Burgundy. This top flight domaine has since fallen from great heights with the new winemaker. TYW 89/100
Domaine de Montille: I have a huge soft spot for this domaine as I am completely over the top enamoured of their Malconsorts and Volnay 1er cru – easily also some of the best pinots I have ever tasted. Bonus points for their dealings (over their purchase of Malconsorts parcels) with my all time favourite winemaker Rudy Kurniawan. TYW 101/100
Domaine Fourrier: Quite a lot of hype for this domaine and I think it deserves it. Solid and reliable Gevrey Chambertin, everytime. TYW 92/100
Domaine Henri Jayer: This hard for me to rate because I never had a chance to try it. Bah humbug! TYW 0/100
Domaine Leflaive: Their older vintages with Anne are stunning and though I have mixed feelings on their newer releases, they will still be a white Burgundy staple for many. TYW 89/100
Domaine Meo-Camuzet: Comparatively to my favourites (Roumier, Rousseau) it's not as WOW but still a good staple making solid wines. TYW 94/100
Domaine Michelot: Refreshing, bright and criminally underrated by just about everyone. With just the right amount of coverage and recognition, they will be Meursault's next biggest star. Truly wonderful with no sarcasm. TYW 96/100
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti: Only had drank non-Conti grand crus once I was already very drunk so I don't remember much. Usually when I don't remember a wine, it's because it's not very good regardless my state of soberness. I'll give it my birth vintage pts. TYW 93/100
Domaine Roumier: I have trouble deciding whether Roumier or Rousseau is my favourite domaine of all time. I don't think I have tasted something as good as his Musigny and I drank a non-block buster vintage (2001). TYW 100/100
Domaine Rouget: What's with the bowl hair cut? Christ. TYW 20/100
Domaine Rousseau: I've never had better Chambertin or Clos St. Jacques. Gorgeous wines that embody what makes bourgougne Bourgogne. TYW 100/100
Domaine Sylvie Esmonin: What is considered usually the most desirable plots of Clos St. Jacques are those closest to Rousseau's. Nevertheless I find Sylvie's wines to be more dynamic and interesting than Fourrier's. And at usually great prices too! TYW 97/100
Domaine Y. Clerget: Wines have some way to go but he is so PRETTY. TYW 100/100
No ratings for Bordeaux because who still drinks Bordeaux this days?!
Who is your favourite producer?
*Please note there may be considerable errors and resulting inappropriate conclusions. Author accepts no responsibilities for any of this amongst lots of other things in general.