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#ladypyrazines…

Prompted by Mark over in our forum: If I was to do a “pyrazine masterclass”, one in Beaune, one in London (June!), who’d be interested to come? burgundy-report.com/forum/topic.ph… — bill nanson (@billnanson) Januar 14, 2013 Perhaps I should invent a ‘hashtag’ – #ladypyrazines anyone?

a quiet friday night in – in beaune

a quiet friday night in – in beaune

Actually we went to the Bar du Square afterwards

(2011) coccinelle

I’m not so naive that I didn’t expect that I might put a few noses out of joint with my vintage 2011 commentary. But I’m spending quite a bite of time fielding questions and having to justify myself – and to be honest it’s getting a bit too time consuming to keep up with, and that’s without the various ‘forum threads’ that currently populate our planet. Therein, are a significant number of regurgitating challenges and questions that come around, and around, and around, (time and time again!) – people could of-course just read what I have written in 2008, then they wouldn’t need to ask all those questions (again!) Here, culled from my inbox, I’ve put a few observations together, and added a little more [....]

lafon, leroux, de montille and hervet on how to make burgundy…

A good article in Harpers… [Archived] Also très interesting today – here.

le grappin 2011 savigny

2011 Le Grappin, Savigny-lès-Beaune The tight-fitting DIAM 5 only slowly lets loose its grip on the neck. The colour is medium-plus red, hovering around purple at the rim. On the nose there’s a clear P2 but it is sufficiently nested in the overall aromas that it is more of a smudge than a stain. In the mouth this starts rather rumbustious – it’s really going in all directions – I’ll let it rest a while. Forty minutes later the nose plumbs new, almost textured depths, and its behaviour has improved in the mouth: Really, really good extension and dimension of flavour here. There is a decent base of acidity – and tannin too – not many from 2011 can say that. Even for me this [....]

2000 – vivant?

2000 – vivant?

There was a time when such bottles were easy to come by, not so today, but that’s no reason to forget: 2000 Hudelot-Noellat, Romanée St.Vivant It’s a long cork, and just as well, a red line follows a crease almost to the very end – not much time to spare I think! Medium-plus colour. The nose offers plenty of turned, dry leaves – this seems a H-N speciality! – below is a dark plummy core and some green vegetation. In the mouth this is the antithesis of most 2000s, less obviously ripe – both fruit and tannin – but with a certain grand cru volume and intensity. It’s a velvet tannin but still edged with astringency, the finishing flavours are quite long with a little [....]

dancing with digioia-royer

dancing with digioia-royer

I may have had something sweet before this, but it was never going to put this wine in the shade. 2010 Digioia-Royer, Hautes Côtes de Nuits Medium-plus colour. The nose starts with a bit of fizz but is short-lived and replaced with dark-skinned cherry. The first instinct is that the acidity is on the bright side but then you’re engulfed by flavour, not too sweet, and dark-fruit shaded. This is a dancer that doesn’t wait for you to make up your mind, it just plucks you from your seat and twirls you around. Smooth texture, understated tannin – be prepared to dance! I’d drink it young to enjoy every bit of its energy! Rebuy – Yes

Domaine Hubert Lamy

lafarge – you can lead a horse to water…

But first, happy new year to all of you who accidentally (or otherwise…) end up on these pages. In the spirit of 2013-ness, here is a small collection of New Year ‘cards’ from some people you may know and love – note there were others too, but why would I want a boring picture of their bottles in my inbox? – note for next year, send me a real bottle ! But let’s return to those lovely people, the Lafarges: This is the last of three bottles bought at auction: The first was irreparably damaged by oxidation, the second was quite drinkable – indeed good for a 1986 – and then there was this one: 1982 Michel Lafarge, Volnay 1er Clos des Chênes Once-more, the [....]

the holiday season – please expect tumbleweed…

the holiday season – please expect tumbleweed…

Until January – may you all be happy with your (wine!) choices…

philippe livera (tilleuls) 2010 gevrey en champ

2010 Philippe Livera (Domaine Tilleuls), Gevrey Chambertin En Champ Deep colour. The nose starts with a deep waft of cushioned, dark oak – it really needs about 30 minutes for this to fade to ‘acceptable’ for my palate – but by which time, the wine is much more than acceptable! A dark cherry aroma is slowly allowed to take centre stage as the oak fades. Very understated fine tannin and beautiful acidity support dark, intense and rather elegant (for Gevrey) flavours. There’s a succulence to the mid-palate fruit-flavour that almost rushes you into taking another sip. The finishing note is part mineral, part bitter oak but quite attractive. Excellent villages! Rebuy – Yes

an ‘xmas’ card

an ‘xmas’ card

From Jean-Michel Chartron…

pierre damoy 2002 chapelle-chambertin

Well, it’s almost Christmas, so why not another one! Overall, I have a preference for the 1996 today… 2002 Pierre Damoy, Chapelle-Chambertin Medium-plus colour. The nose starts with a blast of reduction, but it doesn’t stick around for very long. What remains is a heavy whole cluster aroma that twists and turns with almonds and warm Bakewell tart. In the mouth this has a strong core of flavour but perhaps the outlying flavours are a little more diffuse – still the acidity and concentration are rather good. The tannin is completely understated but searching for it seems to pronounce the whole cluster flavours. A wine that wears its fermentation on its sleeve – but it is rather good! Rebuy – Yes

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