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the low-down; hospices de beaune auction…

the low-down; hospices de beaune auction…

For those that are interested; some a little up, some a little down…

Gevrey-Chambertin and polemic…

Gevrey-Chambertin and polemic…

First the polemic: what value have the established wine-press versus the ‘blogosphere’? And just for the record I hate the word blog, so blogosphere hardly floats my boat either – web-based journalism seems a better description – if it wasn’t so ‘wordy’ and self-important…! Anyway, I’d seen that there was to be a press tasting of the Gevrey 2010 vintage in Beaune to coincide with the weekend of the Hospices auction; I immediately asked if it would be possible to get a place; eventually I received an email from the Syndicat Viticole de Gevrey-Chambertin asking me to register and also enquiring who I would be writing for. I turned up on the day (Friday 18th November) and I was on the list! There were three [....]

make your own beaujolais…

make your own beaujolais…

A fun read… [archived]

jm boillot 2009 puligny-montrachet…

jm boillot 2009 puligny-montrachet…

2009 Jean-Marc Boillot, Puligny-Montrachet The nose is relatively tight; very understated high toned flowers, perhaps pear-drops. This is surprisingly fresh and mineral for a 2009 – too much so? – certainly it’s a little austere. The flavour does expand in the mid-palate, and it’s clearly quite fresh but I’m not entirely convinced this is a great wine for the price – this is relatively expensive for a villages. The last part of the mid-palate and finish has plenty of extract and flavour – I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt but I’d only buy at a much better price. Rebuy – Maybe

bj-nv – apparently it never went away…

bj-nv – apparently it never went away…

It’s true – landing in China round about now…

2009 ponsot chambolle 1er les charmes

2009 ponsot chambolle 1er les charmes

Another day, another Charmes. Laurent Ponsot tells me that the market has taken very well to his Ardea seals, and given three corked wines at a recent vertical tasting of his Clos de la Roche VV he remains absolutely sure that this was the only way to go. I still have a lot of problems to remove them from the bottle, but this wine was certainly worth a little travail… 2009 Ponsot, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is quite different to yesterday’s M&P Rion; narrow, yet it plumbs impressive depth; redder with a note of cherry stones – blind, you would be unlikely to pick this as a 2009. In the mouth this has some fat, but there’s also a beautiful [....]

2009 partice rion chambolle 1er charmes

2009 partice rion chambolle 1er charmes

2009 Michel & Patrice Rion, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose shows a heavy musky fruit of impressive depth and quite some layers. Lovely texture that has just a hint of fat followed by a growing intensity of flavour – the intensity is turned-up by having understated but rather good acidity – given three or four years and the shrinking of the fruit’s puppy-fat and this could have just about perfect balance. The last part of the mid-palate, heading into the finish shows a good whack of extract and just a hint of bitterness in the finish, a very good length of finish. Full, frank and yet cuddly today, this has everything to deliver a compelling performance, but I expect that performance [....]

1981 ampeau savigny 1er les lavières

1981 ampeau savigny 1er les lavières

1981 Robert Ampeau, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Lavières Medium colour. The nose has depth and width – there’s still some fruit and sweetness of fruit, turned-over leaves and a hint of meat. There is a slight cushioning to texture and still a little velvet from the tannin – lovely acidity flows through the core of the wine. There’s plenty of flavour here, perhaps becoming a little higher-toned in the mid-palate but it’s not about to fall off a cliff. Very smooth, very yum… Rebuy – Yes

misty côte d’or…

misty côte d’or…

When I left home on Wednesday, very early on Wednesday, the forecast promised a backdrop of sun and blue sky for the rest of the week – it seems with the same ‘hit-rate’ as we enjoyed over the harvest. Mist, mist and mist – not forgetting the faint rain – hardly that photogenic. On Friday it seemed more interesting to walk up into the woods above Corton than the vines. On some of the pics you might get a feel for the thicket of box-trees and oak, all covered in moss, only the wild boar pass through without problem, that-said the whole of the Bois du Corton is cris-crossed with pathways. The ground has many outcrops of flat limestone – that’s because the soil is [....]

111111…

111111…

Well you don’t see that very often do you… I suppose there’s 22.2.22 to look forward to – maybe some of the 95 and 96s will be drinking by then Enjoy!

l&a lignier 2008 gevrey les seuvrées

2008 L&A Lignier, Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrées Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose shows lovely depth; just a hint of musk and dark red fruits. Fresh, but not overly so this trips over the tongue delivering excellent dark-shaded fruit and impressive complexity – just a hint tart in the finish but compellingly-so. Chew and you can find a little tannin that sticks to your mouth with a hint of astringency. Rebuy – Yes

bonnes-mares 1989 cave dauphin

bonnes-mares 1989 cave dauphin

1989 Cave du Dauphin, Bonnes-Mares Medium colour. There is a hint of roasted to the fruit but generally this is not so bad, rounded with a faint pot-pourri note. The fruit is ripe enough and actually shows a good mineral tension; not the last word in intensity, but not bad either. The acidity is just fine and you can still get a few grains of tannin too. Probably not an exceptional Bonnes-Mares, but a nice enough bottle. Rebuy – Maybe

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