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Cuvee-Alexandrine
Courtesy Alexandrine Roy

harvest: a few more notes

Starting with bit of an advertorial from François Labet at Château La Tour in the Clos de Vougeot. We just started slowly and our forecast looks quite accurate. We picked yesterday the young vines replanted in the Vieilles Vignes plots at Chateau de la Tour. We expect to produce about 50% of a normal harvest!!! fortunately the buckets of sorted fruits are quite empty as the grapes used are ripe and clean. This will enable us to produce a great vintage. There will certainly be a Cuvée Hommage in 2012 !! François Labet, this morning Ça y est c est parti ! Gros score hier au nombre de parcelle , clos des angles , pommard fremiers , jarolieres , chanlins, volnay fremiets , cailleret , [....]

harvest: rain today…

Starting with two views… Miserable day in Burgundy. Rain overnight and drizzling now. Not good for the grapes. — Nayan Gowda (@vinosity) September 22, 2012 Rainfall from yest to this morning. 32mm in Savigny, 22mm in Volnay.Given the drought in the past5 weeks, I think the vines can take it. — TomokoKuriyama (@TomokoKuriyama) September 22, 2012 Les Tessons ce matin à 9 heures. Petite récolte et tri drastique sur la table… twitter.com/Patrick_Essa/s… — Patrick Essa (@Patrick_Essa) September 22, 2012

Beaune Premier Cru Perrieres
Courtesy Louis Latour

harvest time…

At the home domaine anyway! Today was the home-team’s start (ignoring a little bourgogne blanc must, already delivered) with grapes arriving from Beaune 1er Cras, Savigny 1er Les Peuillets and Aloxe 1er Les Valozières. ‘The Boss’ notes: Honestly, it looks good – I’m surprised to be happy! I’ve delayed as much as possible, but these vineyards (at least) are quite easy to triage – just some dried grapes from either hail or sunburn. So-far we’ve had no botrytis to remove, the grapes arriving this morning were cold and firm – it was around 5°C when they were picked. Of-course, every vineyard is different: some of my usual contracts I’ll walk away from due to pretty awful fruit. On the other hand some of my usual [....]

hospices de beaune – newly in print…

hospices de beaune – newly in print…

For those with an interest, there’s a new book been published about the Hospices de Beaune – in theory with new material from the archives. At almost 500 pages you will have to work hard to find the new material, if for no other reason than the book is published in French! Looks like a true reference work… (No affiliation, etcetera…) Oh, and for your interest – and a bit of fun – how about trading-up?

jean-marc bouley 2010 bourgogne hautes côtes de beaune

2010 Jean-Marc Bouley, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Medium-plus colour. Not super-concentrated aromas but the delicate dark red berries are rather precise. The obvious first impression is the tightening of your cheeks due to the forward acidity, only afterwards do you get your reward of an intense, rather concentrated fruit, it’s like a summer-pudding – to which you might normally add a little cream or sugar! I’m certainly enjoying it, and returning to it (often!). It’s lovely, but I’d say drink it in it’s first three years to avoid it becoming harsh as the fruit fades, but it has a lovely fine and transparent fruit finish. Day 2 the last 1/3rd of the bottle seemed more balanced – certainly a super Bourgogne. Rebuy – Yes

a brace if îles…

a brace if îles…

I’m currently straining at the bit for ‘vendanges info’ as I won’t be in the Côtes until next Monday – to distract myself this weekend, not only a few hours walking in the ‘hills’ but a trio of nice wines too: Starting with Daniel Rion’s 1995 Vosne 1er les Beaux Monts. It’s not that long since I gave a note on that one – so I won’t repeat myself – but again it was a good wine. Then a pair of Île de Vergelesses – both were on great form. I can see me collecting a few other labels from this vineyard over the next months… 2009 Chandon de Briailles, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Ile des Vergelesses Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose gives a simply wonderful impression [....]

‘parasitical & inflationary’

This is good news for those idealists who view wine investment as fundamentally parasitical and inflationary… Andrew Jefford @ Decanter That’ll be me then! [Archived]

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 [....]

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