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1961 corton-andré clos de bèze

1961 corton-andré clos de bèze

This wine had very little going for it. Corton-André – hardly a name to search out. A large ullage – the angels certainly helped themselves to a large glass. A corroded capsule, and then to add insult to injury, the cork with only the lightest of touches, falls into the bottle. UPDATED: 1961 Corton-André, Chambertin Clos de Bèze An impressively deep colour – amber at the rim, but certainly no brown – looks rather glossy in the glass too. The aromas are almost overpoweringly of saddle leather, perhaps polished wood and a faint undertow of mushroom. Those notes largely influence the flavours too, yet this wine has silk and weight plus a beautiful acidity. I can only be sure about this wine with extended aeration [....]

visiting pommard?

visiting pommard?

For those in the neighbourhood, Pommard is opening its doors on the 20th and 21st October. Amongst other activities there is an ‘open house’ for tastings at lots of domaines on Sunday 21st – see here.

offer of the day – henri boillot 2011s…

VILLAGES BLANCS 2011 BOURGOGNE Chardonnay 75cl 20.00 (Swiss francs) MEURSAULT 75cl 39.00 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 75cl 42.00 PREMIERS CRUS BLANCS 2010 MEURSAULT Les Genevrières 75cl 79.00 (68.00) MEURSAULT Les Perrières 75cl 79.00 (69.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Clos de La Mouchère 75cl 72.00 (68.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Les Caillerets 75cl 75.00 (69.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Les Pucelles 75cl 78.00 (72.00) GRANDS CRUS BLANCS 2010 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE 75cl 99.50 (98.00) CRIOTS BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 168.00 (159.00) BIENVENUES BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 189.00 (178.00) BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 249.00 (235.00) CHEVALIER-MONTRACHET 75cl 359.00 (349.00) MONTRACHET 75cl 448.00 (399.00) VILLAGE & PREMIERS CRUS ROUGES 2010 VOLNAY 75cl 39.00 VOLNAY Les Caillerets 75cl 69.00 (66.00) POMMARD Les Rugiens 75cl 69.00 GRANDS CRUS ROUGES 2010 CLOS DE VOUGEOT 75cl 105.00 (98.00) BONNES MARES 75cl 169.00 (159.00) CHAMBERTIN 75cl 169.00 (159.00) 2011 [....]

1972 chassagne morgeot from gagnard-delagrange

1972 chassagne morgeot from gagnard-delagrange

They say that the past is a foreign country – well I hope not too foreign! Versus 40 years ago, the winemakers and vignerons may do ‘almost everything’ different now, but if our modern wines can deliver as much pleasure as this, we will have been well-served. 1972 Gagnard-Delagrange, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Morgeot Barely medium colour. The nose starts with a sweet strawberry jam before building a little struck match – there is width and interest – in a word ‘satisfying’, in two ‘very satisfying!’ There is just the right amount of ‘fat’ to the texture given the fine, smooth acidity – should you wish to search, you can still discern a faint but fine-textured tannin. The sweet fruit has a high-toned impression – plum-skins plus [....]

today’s reading…

Nice article, though you might now take exception at describing DRC as ‘new’ to Corton as they’ve just harvested their 4th vintage (mere detail…) [Archived] Oh! And have you seen the speed of those new harvesting machines? HERE

michel juillot 1990 corton-perrières

michel juillot 1990 corton-perrières

1990 Michel Juillot, Corton-Perrières Medium, medium-plus colour at the core, lightening towards the rim. The fruit on the nose has a baked impression that seems a bit unruly if you swirl but has a nice florality if you you’re less energetic! After an hour-or-so, the nose becomes a little brighter and spicier – it’s quite engaging! On the palate there’s a depth of flavour and good intensity too. I like the general balance but it’s best not to search out the tannins, because if you find them there’s a little astringency and bitterness to them – drink normally and you’ll hardly notice. The finish is reasonably long and quite subtle. Tasty enough wine but with the combination of ‘grand cru’ and 1990, you (I) would [....]

harvest: other sites

Some reading to cartch-up on: Lovely account of the harvest chez Pacalet published by Bert yesterday. Alberic’s view Louis-Fabrice starts downbeat… Patrick Essa’s view

chenu 2010 savigny-lès-beaune hautes jarrons

2010 Louis Chenu, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Hautes Jarrons Medium colour. The engaging nose has a pretty depth of red fruit aroma. I’ve had more concentrated villages but this would knock the spots of most of them, with its elegance but also an insinuating complexity of flavour borne on fine acidity – it’s a very lovely drink indeed. A honey of a wine that’s destined (chez nous) to have a short but fulfilling life! Rebuy – Yes

harvest 2012: not quite over…

And no, I’m not talking about the Hautes Côtes! I understand that Laurent Ponsot’s team finally swung into action this week – he started on Monday (1st Oct.) and will be working through this week – and who knows, maybe a bit of next week too! Here’s a nice view. And this may be a bit snooty, but it isn’t bad either! [Archive 1 and 2]

a 2012 summary from clive…

a 2012 summary from clive…

JN Gagnard’s pic: Clos Bortier Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune (red) being harvested 1st October. I’m slightly bemused by the language, only because it sounds like there are real wines to commented on – virtually nothing has yet finished alcoholic fermentation, indeed much has not started to ferment – yet the sentiment is fine, plus there’s tons of useful information (as always) too… [Archived] Also, hot from the presses (I couldn’t find them before!!!) are the daily vintage commentaries from Domaine de la Vougeraie…

Beaune Les Avaux

harvest 2012: a basic summary

Last year it was relatively easy to make some broad-brush descriptions of the vintage. This year it really isn’t so easy. The growing season has delivered very little consistency in terms of yield – it’s very low but not consistently-so. Poor weather at flowering was the starting point, followed by frosts, constant rain, then later came occasional hail and the concomitant disease pressure that made life harder, day by day. The only ‘given’ was that the Côte de Nuits suffered less than the Côte de Beaune. Some parcels have come close to delivering a ‘normal’ yield, while neighbouring vines have offered nothing – for example Jean-Marc Roulot has 50% less volume in 2012 and decided not to bother harvesting 45 small parcels! Meursault certainly suffered, [....]

naked virgins…

We crush the whites by foot before pressing. Note they are crushed by naked virgins, something few wineries still do. twitter.com/JeremySeysses/… — Jeremy Seysses (@JeremySeysses) September 30, 2012

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