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1972 clos frantin grands-echézeaux

1972 clos frantin grands-echézeaux

My last ’72 Clos Frantin was 5 or 6 years ago, and it was the Richebourg. On that day it seemed to have everything – certainly more than the accompanying ’88′s – another Richebourg and a Grands-Echézeaux. Unfortunately, that ‘everything’ included TCA! Luckily, no TCA today! This wine becomes ever-more compelling with open-time, it is fine old Burgundy, but I’d never go further than that; it’s not overtly ‘Vosne-spicy’ and there’s certainly none of the often characteristic aromas of young GE, all of which had me thinking: There’s an oft-quoted ‘truism’ (was it Jacques Seysses?) that (for instance) there are many versions of Echézeaux, but once they are 20+ years old, they are all ‘Echézeaux’. Well, that might possibly be the case from the undisturbed [....]

rossignol-trapet 2010 beaune 1er teurons

rossignol-trapet 2010 beaune 1er teurons

I really wanted to like this – the back-label was giving me some feel-good factor. Unfortunately on the first night, the wine didn’t deliver – fortunately I had some patience! 2010 Rossignol-Trapet, Beaune 1er Les Teurons Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts quite tight, only after an hour does it become more communicative; high-toned, faintly sulfury, with a warm, slightly spicy, toffee-inflected pale red fruit, eventually a few floral notes try to liven things up. If the nose largely lacks distinction, then the palate struggles to make up for it. The impression is light but with a little too much oaky bulk in the mid-palate which brings a caramel/toffee taste in the finish, but eventually allied to a decently sharp red fruit. Initially it seemed [....]

due or undue diligence?

Yet again, an ‘authenticity problem’ with wines being sold @christiesinc this time at the Henry Tang auction: wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopi… — bill nanson (@billnanson) 15. März 2013

pitiot et poupon maps for your iPad, iPhone, iWhatever….

Here: http://www.vignobles-de-bourgogne.com/ (No affiliation etcetera…)

audrey says ‘pinot noir’ (and other stories…)

I started not knowing what to think, but you know, it’s growing on me, mainly because of how it finishes A couple of (more) ‘traditional’ wine communications: Eric Rousseau – the man who says no… Putting the bubbles in Romanée-Conti – but who says they were ‘legit’ before being ‘bubbled’?

fourrier 2007 morey st.denis clos solon and brute force…

After the 2005 Goulots, I couldn’t resist attacking another of these. The only real thing to separate the two bottles was a cork that kicked and screamed not to be freed from the neck of the bottle – indeed the first half of the cork completely disintegrated in protest. Fortunately the last half came out with a sigh, and in one piece, so I didn’t have to filter the wine! 2007 Fourrier, Morey St.Denis Clos Solon VV Rebuy – Yes

fourrier 2005 gevrey 1er goulots

fourrier 2005 gevrey 1er goulots

2005 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Goulots Opened at lunchtime. This is a deeply coloured wine. To start both the nose and palate betray CO2 and also the aromas of faint reduction that initially masquerade as oak. I waited for the gas and reduction to fade, waiting until the evening – to no avail for the gas, so I shook the bottle to release it – finally the seventh shake had virtually no hiss as I removed my finger – let’s start again. Deep and dark aromas, perhaps a little tight but with a faint strawberry element, eventually a little coal and violet aromas. In the mouth this wine plums impressive depths, and keep it in your mouth and you will meet a significant reserve of [....]

wow – château du clos de vougeot – google earth style

First spotted on Bourgogne Live, isn’t this great(?)! Make me bigger…

A different scale...

last holiday snaps!

This time a few wine-related snaps:

camille-giroud 2001 vosne malconsorts

camille-giroud 2001 vosne malconsorts

Hmm. A bottle of this drunk during the 2012 harvest was just a beautiful bottle of wine – I had to have some. Yet here is a bottle that really didn’t light many fires to start with – the pistachios that I took some solace in, also didn’t taste all that good. Maybe my palate was having a root day… 2001 Camille-Giroud, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Malconsorts Deep colour. Aromatically – oh yes, I’m interested! Decaying leaves, sweetened at their edges with just the last vestige of a dark rasping textured fruit but a rather herbal note too, that said, the last drops leave a gorgeous acid-cherry impression. Wide, fleet of foot with very good acidity. The flavour starts with just a little metallic taste but [....]

a mix of holiday snaps

a mix of holiday snaps

Probably too many pics – so probably too indulgent, but hey… Tomorrow I’ll bring you some vineyard-related ones.

landscapes 3…

landscapes 3…

The last of my landscapes. Maybe a selection of ‘normal’ pics for the next few days…

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