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a new burgundy-report ‘issue’

For those that are interested, the Spring 2008 Burgundy-Report is available here

alex gambal 2005 chambolle 1er charmes

alex gambal 2005 chambolle 1er charmes

Did I ever say I loved Chambolle Charmes (Ponsot, Clerget etc., etc.) 2005 Alex Gambal, Chambolle 1er Les Charmes Deep cherry-red colour. The nose is a lovely layered effort with faintly perfumed top-notes and a soft core of dark fruit. In the mouth there is well submerged structure but it’s under lovely concentrated and relatively deep fruit that widens in the mid-palate before impressively lingering in the finish. Plenty of dry extract here that will reward patience. Rebuy – Yes

an evening aside

I’m too busy typing other things right now, but Alex Gambal’s 2005 Chambolle 1er Charmes is really delivering tonight!

2005 ecard savigny 1er les jarrons

2005 Maurice Ecard, Savigny 1er Les Jarrons Medium red. Wide, slightly creamy, smooth red fruit dominates the nose. Smooth entry that runs swiftly into an intense mid-palate where the acidity starts to flow and augments a long finish. The mid-palate has some impressive complexity and weight of fruit. This wine delivers impressive concentration and complexity without obvious extraction and tannin. It clearly needs some slumber in the cellar but I’m pleased that I have some bottles waiting. Rebuy – Yes

a brace of bachelet côte de nuits villages…

a brace of bachelet côte de nuits villages…

Domaine Denis Bachelet have updated their labels for 2005 and very nice they are too – also new and just off the picture is a tiny neck ‘lozenge’ for the vintage. I already noted in the last entry that the 2004 was problematic to start with, so I gave it a day-2 chance… 2004 Bachelet, Côtes de Nuits Villages Medium-plus colour. The nose is pungent with cedary green odours, a significant swirl is required to release a faint sweet red note. Overnighting makes little difference to the aroma profile. The palate is supple, well textured and has a ripe complexion, but the cedar is very forward here too. Excellent for CdNV length, slightly creamy – but too pungent, even on day two. Rebuy – No [....]

bachelet is not immune (2004 and all that…)

I just opened the 2004 Denis Bachelet Côte de Nuits Villages and if you are sensitive (and I am), it’s cedar-green hell. I’ll give it a chance and return tommorrow when I’ll also open the new-liveried 2005 version…

4 whites while skiing…

4 whites while skiing…

A lovely weekend that started with a four hour drive – it should be less than three – through rain, snow and holiday traffic to arrive at Klosters. The snow was still coming down when we went to bed, four white burgundies behind us: 2004 Alex Gambal, St.Aubin 1er Murgers des Dents de Chien Medium yellow. Nose starts with savoury oak which slowly fades to nice brioche – wide and interesting – it’s a good start. Soft and smooth texture, widening on the palate. It’s a little mineral and has super balance. Could perhaps benefit from an extra depth, but maybe it’s just tightness that I perceive. Very nice length and the nose remains interesting throughout. Rebuy – yes 2005 Alex Gambal, St.Aubin 1er Murgers [....]

more travel – this time paid

more travel – this time paid

Days of meetings and customer visits whilst avoiding tidal waves of reorganisations back at home – all will come to roost eventually. I spent yesterday evening with a glass (or 2) of chardonnay in a pub while watching football – I don’t drink beer, but white wine by the glass in a pub is usually fit for purpose, red not so often! I’ll take a few interesting bottles to our friend’s place for the Easter weekend and maybe even write a note about them sometime early next week – I might even ski… Have a nice Easter…

already writing a list to santa?

already writing a list to santa?

You know you wants it! [Gollum] “The Angelshare single-bottle cellar that special bottle of wine in its own temperature and humidity controlled time capsule for that special occasion in the future, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation or other significant event in your life or of those closest to you. The compact dimensions and elegant, understated design makes the single-bottle cellar a focal point in any setting and an ideal presentation package to treasure.”

wine ‘tourism’ and independence

I use the quotation marks because I’m not really talking about ‘real’ tourists, rather the ever-increasing global band of ‘writers’ who travel the world at the expense of regional marketing groups – worldwide – it seems a nice life! In itself there is nothing wrong with this symbiotic relationship as the journalist arrives, learns, tastes and (hopefully) objectively provides opinion and some exposure for the region – this is the professional version. What raised my eyebrows during the Grands Jours de Bourgogne (a visit which was paid for with my own cash – but did get me invitations to some nice meals!) was the number of ‘professionals’ that I met who had had their air tickets and hotels paid for by the burgundy marketing groups [....]

sylvie esmonin 2005 gevrey

sylvie esmonin 2005 gevrey

I bought one bottle each of this, the Vieilles-Vignes and the Clos St.Jacques to compare and then decide which to purchase more of – but within days everything was sold – so the bigger brother and sister are packed away for a date together in the future. 2005 Sylvie Esmonin, Gevrey-Chambertin Medium-plus colour. The nose starts with blue and black-skinned fruit over soft base that very faintly hints to stems – slowly the fruit becomes a nice precise currant note with a passing mint-leaf aroma. Silky-soft texture that’s linear to start and widens a little before black-cherry fruit takes over. The finish is distinguished by a slowly lingering softly-sweet flavour. Rebuy – Yes Plus a day in the life…

2006 bouzeron blanc from a et p de villaine

Short and sweet for a very pretty wine: 2006 A et P de Villaine, Bouzeron (Blanc) High-toned fruit on the nose. Lovely acidity that carries fresh, sweet fruit into a medium finish. A very pretty and understated wine. Lovely. Rebuy – Yes While I’ve been away, two articles of interest: Land shapes the wine More climate warming discussion – with JF Mugnier

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