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Dying on the Vine; George Gale (2011)

Dying on the Vine; George Gale (2011)

Subtitled ‘How Phylloxera Transformed Wine’ Published by UCP. Buy from Amazon (eBook also available). If you want a novelette, a ripping who-dunnit of a phylloxera story, then perhaps this is not a volume to consider – you should go for this one. Here is a book written by a Professor of Philosophy but it seemed a little ‘dry’ in the opening pages as author, George Gale, recounted the differences between two philosophical schools of thought that considered whether phylloxera was the cause of thousands of vines dying, or whether the bug was simply a symptom of some other malady. Important enough stuff, as it delayed the focused search for a solution for years – but as mentioned a little dry. Thereafter I was hooked – [....]

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.

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