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warming up for the harvest…

warming up for the harvest…

Well, you have to don’t you(?) One has to keep up you know… 1991 Jaboulet-Vercherre, Echézeaux Seems to have a little more about it than the last bottle, though still a little anonymous – perhaps it’s just a phase… Rebuy – No 1999 Henri & Gilles Remoriquet, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Au-Dessus des Malconsorts Deep colour, deep spicy nose – perhaps a little macerating plum in there too – overall, dark-shaded fruit. Lithe but concentrated, lovely impact, subdued tannin but still plenty of mid-palate complexity. This is drinking very well today, very well indeed! Rebuy – Yes 2006 Mischief & Mayhem, Puligny-Montrachet This particular bottling, once brilliant, has become rather hit and miss – indeed there are now more misses than hits – it’s time to [....]

burgundy 2013 harvest – monday 30th sept…

burgundy 2013 harvest – monday 30th sept…

Whilst the overwhelming majority of red grapes wait on the vines, the chardonnay cutting is now in full flow; many were the domaines that started at the end of last week, more-so at the weekend, and now practically everyone has started. There is a little to triage in some vineyards, almost nothing in others, interestingly the grapes are far from uniform in size – whilst the average size is relatively small, each bunch seems to have its fair share of canon-balls! The quantity of ‘millerandes’ is helping the potential alcohol levels, if not the potential yields – I’ve seen plenty of musts already with 13°+… Reds will slowly but surely come into focus now – I’m there from Thursday, can’t wait! So-far, at least, the [....]

vincent & denis berthaut’s 1992 fixin

vincent & denis berthaut’s 1992 fixin

A surprisingly nice diversion this wine! 1992 Vincent & Denis Berthaut, Fixin Whilst the wax is broken, and there are signs of seepage through the cork, there’s no trace of oxidation on the nose. The colour remains deep and robust, the nose rather clean. Here is a big chunk of wine, still with plenty of tannin, yet not particularly rustic – impressively so given such an obvious concentration – there’s very well judged acidity too. I have to say that I’m very, very impressed – a wine that transcended my expectations. Rebuy – Yes

bruno clair 2009 msd en la rue de vergy…

bruno clair 2009 msd en la rue de vergy…

2009 Bruno Clair, Morey St.Denis En la rue de Vergy Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose dovetails hints of cream with wide, fresh red fruit notes, eventually it becomes a little floral and has lovely detail too – nice! Fresh, intense, but with tannin that seems to grow from the core – never overwhelming, but with just a little rasp of texture. The finish is about subdued but fresh fruit. Cleanly presented wine, and with plenty of stuffing too. Good now despite the hairy forearms – yum! Rebuy – Yes

les bunches à la facebooq…

les bunches à la facebooq…

A warm week – it’s started with 22-23° but could be over 30°C by the weekend – but there’s a tricky storm forecast to get through on Thursday… William Fevre will start picking on Thursday, same as many in Cote de Beaune. Other Chablis growers more likely next week — Jasper Morris (@justjasper) September 24, 2013 Although they are in a minority, things are starting to get serious now; Olivier Lamy has already picked his first vineyard, and Patrick Javillier will also start now for some vines. As Jasper notes (above) many white wine producers will start before the week is out, though many wait, still assembling their pickers, chewing the cud – or making sugar readings. But many are also building up their arsenal [....]

official 2012 burgundy harvest volumes – ouch!

Update time, and oohh! what a lot of typing… Anyway some shocking reading herein when you look at the (lack of!) volumes harvested in 2012 – mainly, but not entirely, in the Côte de Beaune. Unfortunately, my page-width doesn’t allow sight of the 2009 harvest volumes which are generally much higher than those now displayed, and just to note that the 5-year average continues to plummet… Of-course all the figures are quoted courtesy of the BIVB…

chartron’s 2011 puligny-montrachet…

chartron’s 2011 puligny-montrachet…

A wine! Yes, it’s been over 2 weeks, and I’m still not on perfect form, but good enough to appreciate this one! 2011 Jean Chartron, Puligny-Montrachet Medium golden-yellow. My nose isn’t 100%, but this seems clean-cut and minerally. In the mouth this is a bit of a joy – particularly if you’ve had a forced abstinence! Acid-led intensity, very good minerality and lovely balance. It seems more about stones than fruit today, and was absolutely relished! Rebuy – Yes

ouch – more sugar anybody?

My local spy tells me that the first grapes are being cut in Meursault today. They also tell me that sugar may still be needed for those that wait until October to pick!!!

the elevation of nuits st.georges…

Of course there’s a big (editor’s) error in the second paragraph, but a good article none-the-less… (and no, no new wines yet – sinuses remain stubbornly locked…)

vintage 2013 – another day, and another day…

vintage 2013 – another day, and another day…

Pic. from Patrick Essa. Reds in Meursault yesterday That’s how the harvest projections are still going. Whites grapes that were anticipated to be cut ~27th have now mainly been put back to the 30th-plus. One vigneron told me that it looks a little like 2008 for the whites, i.e. they may need to wait and wait but then pick very quickly before botrytis exerts any control. I did hear of some pickers who might pick some chardonnay next week – but they will only be able to make cremant I expect, as the grapes are not yet ripe. As for reds, more and more are expecting their peak picking to be 3rd-10th October – doubtless there will be many domaines on either side of that [....]

an honour…!

@billnanson session 2 of our Burgundy course about to get underway and the text books have arrived! http://t.co/MuhAOofb9c — Uncorked (@Uncorked_Ltd) September 17, 2013

soon it will be rudy-time…

Still no wine notes here for you – I think I need another 3-4 days before my head-cold clears – but there’s plenty of interesting reading out there; roll on the trial in December! Un vigneron expert pour le FBI

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