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views of the hills…

views of the hills…

Saturday was a quiet day in the ‘hills’:

film: a year in burgundy

The first review of this film – and it seems rather positive. As I understand it, those who buy the DVD will get a longer film and much more info… [Archived]

tollot-beaut 2008 savigny-lès-beaune 1er les lavières

What a coincidence – I find one of these in the cellar but don’t have my camera to hand, so look if I’ve a photo from a previous T-B Lavières – lo and behold, almost exactly one year ago, the same wine! Maybe I should start to ‘research’ before I pop the cork! Oh well! As a footnote, this is now a little narrower and sleeker, I was also too late to buy some magnums… 2008 Tollot-Beaut, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Lavières Deep, dark, squeeky-clean fruit with just a little vanilla to add weight. There is still plenty of comfy texture, dovetailed to fine acid-borne intensity – the last note remains a hint of vanilla-infused rock – the tannin is still completely submerged in its fine-ness. [....]

in the côtes…

in the côtes…

A bit ‘gushing’ but a nice piece all the same. [Archived] And here are a few little pics taken from inside the Clos de Vougeot on Friday…

‘Super-Jacques’ plus something beige…

“I’m not after technical perfection. I don’t have much time for the Australian approach, where the ideal wine is the most neutral. It’s easy to clean up a wine, but by removing faults, unless they’re truly detrimental, you also remove its life. I understand the impulse oenologists have for the cleanest wines possible, but I refuse to go along with it. A wine’s magic doesn’t derive from its technical perfection, and I want to preserve the magic, even though not everyone who tastes the wine will perceive it. Good Burgundies are dynamic wines that make you think and reflect as you drink them. For me that’s all positive.” Jacques Lardière If I’m honest, I don’t have that much time for Decanter. That said, more brilliant [....]

comtes lafon 2008 monthélie les duresses

comtes lafon 2008 monthélie les duresses

2008 Comtes Lafon, Monthélie 1er Les Duresses There’s a bit of texture from some dissolved CO2 – I make a quick impression of a racing driver, there’s a ‘phut’ from the end of the bottle (as I remove my finger), and we can carry on. Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has a little of that stewed 2008 cabbage impression but’s completely dispersed by a quick swirl – revealed is a dark cherry fruit surrounded with a biscuity note. In the mouth this just lovely – nicely intense dark fruit with a beautiful acid lift in the mid-palate, only just ripe – picked à point! With the lift of acidity, there’s also a flash of frank red fruit. Decent texture with a little furry tannin, finishing [....]

top tipple…

Second bottle of this yesterday evening – just lovely…

clerget 1997 meursault chevalières

clerget 1997 meursault chevalières

This wine was a great match to a steaming plate of curry! Although the colour looked quite light through the bottle-glass, it was concerningly deep in the glass – yet, in the end, the colour was an indicator of, well, nothing in particular. A very enjoyable bottle! 1997 Yvon Clerget, Meursault Chevalières Quite a deep golden colour. The nose has a faint nutty sweetness, a little crystallised lemon too. Quite fresh and direct with a typical Chevalières minerality that also remains the dominant note in the finish. There’s almost a sorbet-like aspect to this wine – lemon, like the nose with good intensity too – and I have to say that I’m enjoying it very much. Rebuy – Yes

2009 dufouleur frères nuits st.georges…

2009 dufouleur frères nuits st.georges…

2009 Dufouleur Frères, Nuits St.Georges Medium-plus colour. The nose is deep with a little roast dark cherry. In the mouth there is texture, concentration and a dark, tasty intensity – particularly in the mid-palate – this is rather good! The dark flavours hang around really well, just accented with a little tannic bitterness. That tannin has a little grain if you search long enough and I suppose some of the dark flavour elements may have barrels at their base, but this is wine that seems to talk about – wine. Good stuff! Rebuy – Yes

a chambolle repast…

a chambolle repast…

Sometimes things all come together – or perhaps, better said, all at once. I could have split this over three separate posts but why(…?) I’ve just loved the working my way through the first edition of ‘wine magazine’ Repast. I usually have a long line of ‘worthy’ books to work my way through, but rarely do I just sit their chuckling-away, having to read out passages to all and sundry – but this is just such a publication. Written by Jeremy Holmes, an Australian wine importer, together with his wife and photographer Heidi. Just over 160 pages are filled for your entertainment, not just with words but images of mouth-watering dishes. Actually you could knock-off the whole thing in a couple of hours – but [....]

A Vineyard in My Glass, Gerald Asher (2011)

A Vineyard in My Glass, Gerald Asher (2011)

Published by UCP. Buy from Amazon. I’ve had this book ‘waiting in-line’ for a while now, but what a lovely introduction to the writings of Gerald Asher it is. Although the book was published only last year, the vast majority of the short essays were originally published in the 1980s and ’90s when Asher was a ‘house writer’ for the magazine Gourmet. Largely the text is in the original form and then post-scripted by ‘x is now owned by y‘ updates, only the very last entry hails from recent times – a piece on ‘Rutherford’ which was originally published in the World of Fine Wine in 2010. Enclosed within the book’s 260 pages are 27 essays, split into three subject areas: France, Other European Wine [....]

want to get your hands dirty? :-)

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