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kudos to cellar-tracker…

There’s plenty of hoopla now about ‘His Parkerness’ suing his former #1 son – it seems the disintegration of an old and relatively trusted brand; yet with new Asian ownership and a business plan (I assume they have a business plan!) that must have a strong focus towards the largely untapped Asian consumer, it probably matters not a jot to the management team. Of-course for armchair commentators it is the thing of dreams Over the last years, however, I think that CellarTracker has become a much more valuable tool when it comes to ‘what to drink?’ – as opposed to ‘what to buy?’. For example I considered I might like to open a bottle of Rousseau Chambertin this week, and given that I have a [....]

olivier lamy and the spreading of haute densité

olivier lamy and the spreading of haute densité

Photo: Domaine Hubert Lamy Olivier makes a very special wine with his Derrière Chez Eduard HD, though sadly there is very little of it. But in all my discussions with him I don’t recollect that he told me he’d done the same in other vineyards too. As soon as I saw that he may have a Puligny Tremblots HD, I asked the question: “Pictures will come as soon as I have some time. But for the Puligny-Montrachet, in 2001 we planted 2 new vines between the old vines, so now have 20 000 plants/ha for an area of ​​approximately 6 ares (0.06 ha). We did the same thing in the Criots Bâtard-Montrachet at same time. But the young plants are very slow to develop because [....]

a-f gros 1996 savigny clos des guettes

a-f gros 1996 savigny clos des guettes

I haven’t delved into my 1996s for some time – it is alleged that they are turning a corner – let’s have a look. 1996 A.-F. Gros, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Clos des Guettes Medium-plus colour – there’s a little age to the colour but it remains quite deep. Dark aromas hinting at prunes, accented with herbs and spices – wait 2 hours and there are interesting flashes of red fruits and licorice. Clean flavours that tend towards savoury notes but there is just enough sweetness to keep me interested; fresh and intense too though the tannin is very understated. Concentrated dark fruit flavours that are quite long, but honestly(?) this is still too early to drink. This wine gives me the impression that its oak was [....]

jcb, ho-ho-ho…

@winebird has competition – Oh, how I laughed…

yep, bin there, done that…

Then something odd happened. With each successive campaign, even as I had more disposable income to spend, the level of Bordeaux I could afford to buy kept shifting downward. I could no longer afford to drink as well as I did when I was a penniless student! When the 2005s came out to even greater fanfare and frenzy than the 2000s, I didn’t buy six cases. I bought six bottles. In the years since, the number has been zero. From Keith; note, it doesn’t just apply to Bordeaux Oh, and take it from me as I’ve tried it, THIS is soooo good!

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

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