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what a difference a day makes…

what a difference a day makes…

Snow!

a beautiful day (montrachet, lameloise and three crosses…)

a beautiful day (montrachet, lameloise and three crosses…)

The sky was blue this morning – it was going to be a good day: breakfast at Le Montrachet with ‘la friend’ then a long walk in the hills above the vines of Santenay. We rolled up at Le Montrachet about 9:30am and – oops! – closed until 11th January – shock! It was already getting late, where should we go? La friend had a cracking idea: ‘What about Lameloise?’ Why not I thought! Then came the quote that I will remember for a while: ‘I can’t find Lameloise in my phonebook!’ Like you call Lameloise every day…! Eventually the google found the number (not easy in Puligny as reception is rubbish) and the call was placed: ‘We’d love to offer you hot drinks, but [....]

Finally…

A new Burgundy Report! The Nuits Report…

digioia-royer 2010 chambolle-musigny

A strong wine from ‘dee-joy-er roy-er’… 2010 Digioia-Royer, Chambolle-Musigny Deep colour. The nose starts with a little cola from the CO2, but as it fades dark fruit comes to the fore with a delightful aroma of black cherries and violets too. Despite the nose cleaning-up, the palate needs longer for the rasp of gas to leave. Dark flavours that hint towards reduction – though it’s far from obvious – with an extra depth of fruit flavour in the mid-palate, just accented with a little cream – seemingly from fruit not barrel, plenty of extract in the finish too. That said there’s a espresso-like bitterness in the finish, perhaps a hint of salt too – it is very well-judged oak after-all! An hour after opening, this [....]

it’s a bit wet…

it’s a bit wet…

Most of Europe is experiencing plenty of rain. With already water-logged ground, just look what a difference 30 minutes of rain can make – vine-feet that need wellies: Picture courtesy of Caroline Lestime of Domaine Jean-Noel Gagnard in Chassagne.

bourgogne pinot noir – 2010 – buisson-charles

bourgogne pinot noir – 2010 – buisson-charles

2010 Buisson-Charles, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is quite dark red cherry with perhaps a raspberry acompanyment too. A ripe entry with more succulent sweet fruit than you have right to expect in all but the warmest vintages. Succulent is the perfect word, I think. Like the nose, the fruit is a deep red cherry with a furry, slightly grainy hook of tannin. Outstanding Bourgogne. Rebuy – Yes

jean-marc bouley 2010 volnay vv

jean-marc bouley 2010 volnay vv

The Poulleau from a couple of days ago was really good, but how good? Let’s contrast it to the wine of Thomas Bouley… 2010 Jean-Marc, Volnay Vieilles Vignes Deeper colour than the Poulleau. The nose is a little spritzy/cola – CO2. I give the bottle a few shakes to release the gas and leave it to rest for an hour. The fragrance improves to a deep, dark cherry-skin but never the cliché of floral delicacy that the Poulleau offers. Here is depth, density and concentration wrapped up in a super-smooth, beautifully mouth-watering package – just very lovely – though shaded to the dark-red/black spectrum versus the pure red of the Poulleau. Just very fine wine. Rebuy – Yes Overall, I prefered the aromatics and colour [....]

bottle angst…

Here. EDIT: Published today (24th) – perhaps it’s the Carla effect

poulleau père 2010 volnay vv

poulleau père 2010 volnay vv

My first Poulleau – the label is a little for your Grandmother, but she will surely enjoy the contents! 2010 Poulleau Père et Fils, Volnay Vieilles Vignes Bright, medium, medium-plus colour. High tones, with a growing floral note – quite nice. This is quite fine; lovely acidity and tannin with a little drag but little grain – the fruit is red shaded and grows in intensity through the mid-palate – give it time, and there’s a clear strawberry note. Good finishing flavour with a well of acidity, and decent focus too – a good Volnay. Rebuy – Yes

françois raveneau 2010 chablis valmur

françois raveneau 2010 chablis valmur

There is a frisson of excitement when you see the yellow wax top – silly I know! This wine was cheaper (in a great restaurant) than I could buy it retail in Switzerland – clearly I had no choice… 2010 François Raveneau, Chablis Valmur Medium lemon yellow colour. The nose pulls you in with fine minerals, a little lemon fruit, green herb and the impression of a waxy silkiness. In the mouth this is super-smooth, with a very fine, though not amazing, intensity. The flavour is long, majoring on mineral elements rather than fruit – as you would hope – and holds beautifully. The acidity, despite the wine’s intensity, is just a hint understated – though far from lacking. Just a super-competent wine, rather than [....]

meursault 2010 vv – buisson-charles

An exceedingly good match with the domestic goddess’s fish pie… 2010 Buisson-Charles, Meursault Vieilles Vignes Medium yellow. The nose has a lovely depth of sweet peaches and fruit-loaf that pull your nose in deeper. If anything the nose makes you think this might be a little fat and sweet – but no – the balance is lovely: beautiful acidity counterbalances a wine with depth and richness yet minerality too. Lovely mouth-watering flavours in the finish. Benchmark! Rebuy – Yes

diy vineyards – but only vin de table?

diy vineyards – but only vin de table?

I’d seen the construction work since at least July 2012 – it could have been June – but what exactly was going on with those earth-movers up the Chemin des Argillières above the Clos l’Arlot in Nuits St.Georges? This week I managed to quiz a few locals and an interesting, indeed amazing story was relayed – though let’s be clear, it’s just their ‘story': This is a vineyard that has been ‘constructed’ – it simply wasn’t there last year – but this is construction on an industrial scale. Apparently some old building(s?) at the foot of the ancient (1500-1700s or probably older(?)) stone quarry had been bought by a resident of Dijon – who came originally from Premeaux. With hundreds of tonnes of materials he [....]

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