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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? :-)

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!

2012 views…

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, [....]

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