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harvest – closer to home…

harvest – closer to home…

Just to show what an egalitarian I am Here are some pictures from ‘Emmental’ an occasional commenter here – he picked his own pinot noir on the 15th September (only about 90 miles from my house) in Vully. Vully is in the Swiss Canton of Fribourg, close to lake Neuchâtel. Emmental in his comment here notes that the physical characteristics of his grapes were similar to those of the Côte d’Or this year, and he notes a yield of 600 grams per square metre – I’m sure he will correct me, but I roughly calculate that to be the equivalent of 2.43 tones per acre, or (not surprisingly!) exactly 6 tonnes per hectare. Now according to wikipedia, one hectolitre of red wine needs 130 kg [....]

harvest – at drc…

Courtesy The New York Times:

offer of the day – henri boillot 2010s…

VILLAGES BLANCS 2010 BOURGOGNE Chardonnay 75cl 20.00 (Swiss francs) CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 75cl 38.00 MEURSAULT 75cl 39.00 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 75cl 42.00 PREMIERS CRUS BLANCS 2010 MEURSAULT Les Genevrières 75cl 68.00 MEURSAULT Les Perrières 75cl 69.00 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Clos de La Mouchère 75cl 68.00 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Les Caillerets 75cl 69.00 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Les Pucelles 75cl 72.00 GRANDS CRUS BLANCS 2010 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE 75cl 98.00 CRIOTS BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 159.00 BIENVENUES BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 178.00 BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 235.00 CHEVALIER-MONTRACHET 75cl 349.00 MONTRACHET 75cl 399.00 VILLAGE & PREMIERS CRUS ROUGES 2010 VOLNAY 75cl 39.00 VOLNAY Les Fremiets 75cl 55.00 VOLNAY Les Caillerets 75cl 66.00 POMMARD Les Rugiens 75cl 69.00 GRANDS CRUS ROUGES 2010 CLOS DE VOUGEOT 75cl 98.00 BONNES MARES 75cl 159.00 CHAMBERTIN 75cl 159.00 Concern is bubbling about the potential for even [....]

familly gaddafi’s favourite wine – drc of-course…

From Andrew Jefford’s weekly blog; probably not part of Aubert de Villaine’s target market or PR! We are resigned, as a footnote, to selling a little less Domaine de la Romanée Conti next year than last, since it seems unlikely that younger male members of the Gaddafi family will be dining out in London much over the coming year – and they were devoted customers. But if any of our clouds has a silver lining, that’s the one. Andrew Jefford

a brace of barthod – 2008 chambolles…

a brace of barthod – 2008 chambolles…

I suppose anniversaries often require a little over-consumption, that being the case we started with Pol Roger’s ’96 Rosé; not exactly pink at this age, but also not with the line of oxidation that our last bottle showed – this was my last one, but a good one. Next, call it an amuse bouche, was a half-bottle of Ghislaine’s 2008 villages before the main course, her Charmes. 2008 Ghislaine Barthod, Chambolle-Musigny Good colour. The nose starts in a good way and just keeps getting better; adding dimensions of violet flowers and eventually a raspberry and recurrent impression. Energy and acidity in fine balance with a melange of red fruits. Good in the finish too – this is very lovely right now. Rebuy – Yes 2008 [....]

“even if he did make my friend cry, I’ll miss him sorely”

Eric Asimov on Joe Dressner – I never met him but was captivated by the sad irreverence of his Captain Tumor Man weblog… [archive] Furthermore, we in the wine trade always claim there are tremendous health benefits to drinking wine. I’ve already had cardiovascular bypass surgery over eight years ago and now I got a tumor aggressively rattling in my brain. My colleagues in the glamorous wine industry want me to keep it quiet. Captain Tumor Man

harvest – a couple of quotes

More for fun than info: Laurent Ponsot: “Today’s our last harvest day (Friday 16th!) and for sure I’m quite busy… I’m working one month per year and it’s now!!! More to come in a while on that subject…” Yves Confuron (de Courcel): “I’m up to my neck in it, we finish today” (that’s Saturday 17th!)

pierre boisson auxey 1er en reugne…

pierre boisson auxey 1er en reugne…

I can safely say, this is my first en Reugne – actually I think it’s my first Pierre Boisson too! I like the label, but the capsule is thin, cheap plastic – real cork lies below but only with a serial number on it – nothing to identify the domaine or the cru. Auxey always has to reach a price-point I suppose… 2008 Pierre Boisson, Auxey-Duresses 1er En Reugne Pale yellow. The nose is high-toned, faintly floral and has a nice energy about it – perhaps a little sherbet but not too much so. In the mouth, acid and intensity are my first thoughts – but it’s a rather invigorating acidity – plenty of energy and fun here. Kept cool, this absolutely the perfect aperitif [....]

meaningless millions…

meaningless millions…

How can I be so proud? It’s frankly meaningless given that the site has been up and running since the end of 2002, yet having installed webstats at the end of 2009, I can’t help but feel a pang of pride as, yesterday, we pass the one-million mark. I suppose a little over half a million per year is not so bad…

maison bichot – white winemakers of the year(?)

maison bichot – white winemakers of the year(?)

I little birdie tells that Alain Serveau of Maison Albert Bichot is the IWC’s white ‘winemaker’ of the year. Those are my quotation marks given that Alan probably didn’t get his hands too dirty during the process, rather I expect he provided the ‘direction’ Well done Alan – a friendly and humble man. Apparently the Corton-Charlemagne of Bichot’s Domaine du Pavillon 2009 was the winner of both the 2011 White Burgundy Trophy and the ‘French White’ Trophy. I have to say that a bottle of the 2001 earlier this year was nothing short of tremendous! For the reds it’s another ‘Burgundian’ winemaker – Patrick Landanger – who also scooped IWC Champion Red Wine of the year with his 2009 villages Chambolle. I really must catch [....]

harvest – domaine louis chenu (savigny)

harvest – domaine louis chenu (savigny)

Très vite alors, nous n’avons pas eu de pluie, ce qui a été presque miraculeux . Nous avons commencé les vendanges le 1er septembre et terminé le 7 . Avec une bonne équipe d’habitués . L’ambiance était très bonne . Nous avons triés deux parcelles plus abîmées sur la table, sinon, les vendangeurs ont bien trié et ensuite d’autres triaient sur les caisses . Les degrés ne ont pas très élevés mais correctes . La vendanges en rouge est peu abondante mais au final de bonne qualité, il y a plus de volume en blanc . Pour les rouges, nous pensons que le vin sera très fruité et souple avec une belle couleur . C’est un peu tôt, mais il semble que 2011 est plutôt [....]

book: the finest wines of burgundy…

book: the finest wines of burgundy…

It seems that I am ‘outed’. With the title already listed on amazon (amongst other places) it’s time to come clean. Now you can see why my Spring Burgundy Report was a bit late and also why I was forced to taste so many wines in the last few months – pesky research eh…(!) Actually, and naturally enough, I loved the research, but committing everything to paper (okay, okay – typing!) now that’s something else; but alone, Jon Wyand’s photos are to die for. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully express my gratitude to the publishers for showing faith in such a non-establishment (perhaps not quite anti-establishment) author; or more correctly at the time, ‘potential author’; but it was paramount for me [....]

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