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3 weekend reds, all from 2011…

3 weekend reds, all from 2011…

2011 Philippe Livera, Côte de Nuits Villages Pound for pound, the 2010 of this wine was simply magnificent. This is almost equally deep-coloured, amazing for a 2011. The nose starts with hint of reduction, so I double decanted – 30 minutes later the wine is cleaned of that note, unfortunately a P note is starting to take its place – that’s a big shame, as this wine didn’t show the note from barrel – but there’s plenty of innate density about the nose too, mixing oak and a hint of musk. Width in the mouth and really good, balanced, concentration for this label. The P is sufficient to be a flavour component too. For all that, this wine drank very easily today… Rebuy – No [....]

dinner-time surprises…

dinner-time surprises…

A trip to Germany this week, brought a wealth of wine riches. The following were tasted blind with dinner and each was unveiled only after writing my notes: 2004 Romanée-Conti, La Tâche A beautiful floral nose with an obvious whole cluster character. There is good width on the palate and pretty fruit flavours. There seems plenty of acidity in the mid-palate though despite that, not that special energy or dimension, but clearly a very classy wine. Rebuy – Yes 2004 Romanée-Conti, Romanée St.Vivant This nose has darker, deeper fruit and is less padded-out with whole cluster character – but there is still some. In the mouth this is lithe and beautifully proportioned – better tonight than the last wine due to more concentration, muscle, dimension [....]

syndicat de gevrey-chambertin tasting

syndicat de gevrey-chambertin tasting

14th November… I have to say, that moving this from Beaune to Gevrey was a great success. More tasters and more wines – actually too many for this taster, I gave up after 100, with two tables of GCs still to go – I needed a shower before dinner, that was my excuse anyway! Really great to see so many producers participating in the dinner in the evening too. Great stuff! For those with an interest; the Hotel Deux Chevres was a great find, literally 50 metres from the ‘Espace Chambertin’ tasting, with fine views over the Gevrey Clos des Meixvelle. It’s not particularly cheap, unless you factor-in the cost of taxis to and from(?), or losing your driving licence – but you get what [....]

françois carillon’s 2011 puligny…

françois carillon’s 2011 puligny…

I really don’t know too much about how the two brothers have variously split up what was once, one of the finest addresses in Puligny – It/they didn’t appear in my book for the simple reason that whatever had been newly set-up had no track record at all. But this wine is a very tasty start, hopefully there will be many more good bottles to follow… 2011 François Carillon, Puligny-Montrachet Nutty, floral – very pretty aromas. In the mouth there’s a little oak as back-drop to lovely, insinuating acidity and pretty, pretty sweet fruit. Short and sweet – nice wine. Rebuy – Yes

weekend bottles…

weekend bottles…

Friends over for the weekend, so an extra couple of bottles: 2011 Domaine Masse Père et Fils, Givry 1er Champ Lalot – am ashamed to say that we drink this quickly and easily – it really supports that process I noted no P, just a wine of balance and ease – pretty enough! The 2005 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Volnay – my main question here, is – is the nose getting a bit volatile, or is it just a variation on the Volnay flower(?) Whatever, silky, sinuous, concentrated – without it ever taking its coat off and dancing. Über Kompetent wine… The 1995 Daniel Rion, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Beaux Monts – right from opening, the nose was a lovely depth of spiced plums, the palate need time to [....]

prisoners!

We are all inevitably prisoners of our history and experience…

…un patrimoine millélaire exceptionnel…

It seems that the new book about the climats of the Côte d’Or is launched… “Climats du vignoble de Bourgogne, un Patrimoine millélaire exceptionnel”, paru aux éditions Génat Dedication. Beautiful new book about Climats of Burgundy. Humility, humanity, history. As the auction ends. pic.twitter.com/0RQys4sgqD — amanda regan (@amantduvin) November 17, 2013

once upon a wine – nicely done!

once upon a wine – nicely done!

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a little something from the weekend…

a little something from the weekend…

It was nice to have the counterpoint of one last glass from the Gérard Mugneret, before diving into the 2004 Pascal Lachaux, Clos St.Denis – this CSD, from the start had borderline P to my taste – sometimes it’s there, sometimes not. This particular bottle was a little reduced and this reduction never blew off – it was on a modest level, but enough to mask any pyrazines. Interestingly for me was the clear extra width and depth and interest that this wine had over the 2010 villages Vosne despite coming from the weakest vintage in a long, long time – it really underlines that it’s hard to go wrong if you buy from good makers! The 2002 Louis Jadot, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Petits Monts [....]

guy amiot’s 2011 chassagne vv…

guy amiot’s 2011 chassagne vv…

2011 Guy Amiot, Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles-Vignes I can’t put my finger on why, but I’ve always loved this label – sometimes the wine is less interesting – but not today, just! The nose is wide and high-toned yet also understated and quite pretty. Slightly anonymous entry, but the flavour builds through the mid-palate. In the end, this is very nice, still showing a hint of oak in the finish for now. Rebuy – Yes

(tawdry?) – is that strictly necessary…?

(tawdry?) – is that strictly necessary…?

#HospicesdeBeaune Asia trip contd. Forbidden City tasting with A Jacquet (r), R Masse (centre) pic.twitter.com/DkfzKSboXh — Anthony Hanson (@ahansonmw) November 10, 2013 With all the reduced yields in Burgundy, I find it more than a hint tawdry that the Christies marketing machine is pushing ever-harder in China to sell the latest Hospices de Beaune auction wines – particularly given that there is so little 2013 wine to sell. Clearly it is an unnecessary expense whilst times are hard for the many Côte de Beaune producers with little or no wine to sell… That said, one assumes that Roland Masse is travelling on Christies’ coin, because this is Christies marketing their latest wine auction, and more particularly their own name (in this ‘potentially golden’ territory), it [....]

alain michelot’s 2007 les saint georges…

alain michelot’s 2007 les saint georges…

2007 Alain Michelot, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les St.Georges Herbs and warm plum fruit on the nose. Full and nicely round in the mouth, the acidity slowly developing through the core of the wine. Nice finishing flavour. Essentially ‘nice’ but not that special… Rebuy – Maybe

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