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Le domaine Buisson-Charles à Meursault cherche des vendangeurs pour une semaine à partir du 22/09. Logement+nourriture+ambiance = garantis! — Patrick Essa (@Patrick_Essa) August 30, 2012

derain @ st.aubin

Lovely profile by Bert of the St.Aubin grower, Dominique Derain…. And a very interesting discussion of ICONE therein!

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Les vins blancs 2012 ressembleront je penseaux 2010 avec sans doute plus de finesse. La grêle a réduit les rendements, pas la qualité… — Patrick Essa (@Patrick_Essa) August 29, 2012 Not sure to what to make of hail, mold, and mildew. When fruit gets dropped you still can end up with stunning fruit that is still there — Ray Walker (@maisonILAN) August 27, 2012

thomas-moillard 1998 nuits 1er clos de thorey

thomas-moillard 1998 nuits 1er clos de thorey

1998 Thomas-Moillard, Nuits St.Georges 1er Clos de Thorey Medium-plus colour. Deep, dark, macerated fruit aromas, perhaps a little roasted with some coffee but slightly alcoholic notes too. There’s plenty of background tannin, but given the Moillard extraction techniques coupled to the early presentation of the vintage tannins, this is much better than I hoped. The fruit is quite sweet and like the nose slightly roast. Overall this is not bad – indeed it was an easy, if not particularly transparent, drink. Rebuy – Maybe

la gibryotte 2006 charmes-chambertin

la gibryotte 2006 charmes-chambertin

A bit of a step-up from the villages – or it should be – but this wine’s still not that much more expensive than father Claude’s domaine villages wine. 2006 La Gibryotte, Charmes-Chambertin Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is a little more mineral than the villages and shows plenty of wood spice too but the core is a very lovely dark, macerating cherry. In the mouth there’s a lot grainy texture – and that’s from the wood. The intensity is fine with a very nice supporting acidity, eventually the fruit comes too. Overall I find it too woody – after 5 years should be better balanced than this – there is lovely acidity, lovely fruit but marring, jarring, oak texture and finally a bitterness from [....]

there’s a lot of it about

It’s not “Gevrey-Chambertchang”, but… Les châteaux de Meursault et de Marsannay seraient vendus pour vingt millions d’euros à Olivier Halley, sans les vignes (et la Safer?). — Bernard Burtschy (@Burtschy) August 24, 2012

jean-marc bouley 2010 Beaune les reversées

jean-marc bouley 2010 Beaune les reversées

2010 Jean-Marc Bouley, Beaune 1er Les Reversées Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts with a bit of reduction, slowly clearing to give a hint of toffee and sweet red cherry fruit. Wide, lovely fresh acidity and a slowly growing intensity of flavour in the mid-palate – long and lingering to, if more mineral in aspect – this is fine stuff. The short note reflects the amount of time it took to finish the bottle! Rebuy – Yes

château de gevrey-chambertin – sold!

I was travelling the last days so couldn’t post the news, hence, Keith beat me to it. But the news is that the small domaine which includes Gevrey-Chambertin’s most iconic building is now sold. Whilst that (surely) must auger for some eventual improvement in the quality of the wines, there is local angst that the efforts that they made to buy the buildings and vines for the village of Gevrey-Chambertin were thwarted at the last-minute. Locals had amassed a $5 million offer, but lost out to $8 million from a group of Chinese investors (reportedly) from Macau. I’m sure it smarts. The headlines will shout ‘Chinese buyers’ and there will doubtlessly be some ill-thought quasi-xenophobic editorials, yet I expect the biggest shame will come from [....]

remoissenet 2007 volnay clos des chênes

remoissenet 2007 volnay clos des chênes

Monthélie or Volnay – clearly a label-drinker would go for the latter, but comparing this 2007 Clos des Chênes with the 2007 Les Duresses of the other day, I’d certainly take the Monthélie for drinking now… 2007 Remoissenet, Volnay 1er Clos des Chênes Just a little more than medium colour. The nose starts rather chunky and lumpen – the flavours are quite a contrast – decent weight, just hint of padding and a nice level of acidity – I like the freshness and overall shape, though the fruit is more roast than primary. Slowly (it takes over 1 hour) the aromas start to straighten up, the perfume is pungent but certainly it’s still perfume. The flavour has good length and sucrosité – it’s tasty wine, [....]

la gibryotte 2006 gevrey-chambertin

la gibryotte 2006 gevrey-chambertin

The 2006 Nuits from the other night was so good, I thought I might try another 06. Claude Dugat has quite a following, and prices to match. ‘The kids’ of Claude have a small négoce operation and this label is part of that. Not for a second would I describe this wine as cheap, but it is half the price of Claude’s villages Gevrey-Chambertin – yet it is really excellent! 2006 La Gibryotte, Gevrey-Chambertin Medium, medium-plus colour. The first sniff is lactic, but it hangs around only long enough for that one impression – afterwards there is fresh blue-black fruit and just a hint of pencil-lead-style minerality – aromatically it’s flexing lean but powerful muscles. Wide, fresh and with a baseline of slightly dry but [....]

fwob…

A small update here…

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From Mark Haisma and Elden Burgundy.

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