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offer of the day – Jacques Prieur 2010…

Vins blancs PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Les Combettes 75cl 66.00 Swiss Francs MEURSAULT Perrières 75cl 99.00 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE 75cl 129.00 CHEVALIER-MONTRACHET 75cl 209.00 MONTRACHET 75cl 399.00 Vins rouges BEAUNE Champs-Pimonts 75cl 29.80 VOLNAY Santenots 75cl 56.00 VOLNAY Clos des Santenots 75cl 69.50 CORTON Bressandes 75cl 109.00 CLOS DE VOUGEOT 75cl 118.00 CHAMBERTIN 75cl 179.00 ECHEZEAUX 75cl 179.00 MUSIGNY 75cl 249.00 Historical pricing (2009-2007) you can see here. It’s a strange combination of almost okay prices (Puligny, Volnay, Beaune) plus overly optimistic prices: but who am I to criticise if they sell(?)

pascal marchand 2007 morey 1er clos des ormes

pascal marchand 2007 morey 1er clos des ormes

Having finally got around to picking up my 6-pack of the redoubtable 2008 Corton I noticed that they have a little wine-sales boutique chez Marchand. I really don’t know who will find it (going through the courtyard and in through the closed door) but this was a very well priced bottle. 2007 Pascal Marchand, Morey St.Denis 1er Clos des Ormes Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is quite interesting; clearly a few stems that are partially obscuring violet flowers but the stems are far from gothic plus, if you swirl, you get a great punch of floral aromas. In the mouth there’s decent weight that despite being a little light on acidity never seems overly heavy. There is sweetness from the fruit, a little more than [....]

last weekend on the slopes

last weekend on the slopes

Just a few dodgy pics from my phone from last weekend in Mürren. PS Did I mention that I shook hands with the legend that is (Sir) Steve Redgrave on the finish-line at this race(?) Kudos for leaving the ‘Sir’ off his name on the race bib. He beat me by 40 seconds – over 16 minutes – bugger!

FWOB book review #1

An overgenerous review from Jamie Goode of the world-renowned wineanorak site. I have to say that I laughed when I realised that he correctly spotted that the domaines are all listed in the index under ‘d’ because they start ‘Domaine…’!

duchet 1982 corton-charlemagne

1982 Duchet, Corton-Charlemagne Deep golden hue. The nose started as an old (but correct) white does; interesting, a little diffuse but nuts an d a faint impression there may be some oxidation. In minutes it comes together, delivers more focus and adds a little caramel, some struck-match too. In the mouth, this is less sweet than the nose suggests – you even have the impression that there is a hint of tannic astringency. Quite long flavours and even a little more flavour development in the mid-palate. Certainly this is interesting and even a little rewarding but it will never be cosseting, nor ever was (probably) ‘great’. Rebuy – No chance

le moine versus de croix

No, I know that wine is not a competition, but with chance to compare two bones what’s a dog to do? 2007 Lucien Le Moine, Beaune 1er Les Avaux The nose starts as pure oak but needs only a handful of minutes to start coming together in the glass, leaving a prominent but quite nice spicy dimension to the red fruit that has now come into frame. Here is an excellent depth of fruit flavour and a very nice intensity too. Clearly there is the carpenter’s hand here, but this is a wine that works very well indeed. The final twist of tannin gives a bitter-chocolate tang to the finish. Very tasty. Rebuy – Yes (only at a ‘normal’ price, there is no value here) [....]

a few links

a few links

Some links that are maybe of interest to: Photographers Potential Oregon pint-drinkers EP Buyers Those pricing the wine in their cellars Those who believe in the resurrection (somebody should tell them!) We all know that’s enough now!!!

back from the frosty côtes

back from the frosty côtes

Just back from one and a half days in the Côtes, and maybe this is already a good time to discuss the weather. The landscape this week was quite magical – in fact my photos don’t do it justice; freezing mist but still with about 400m of visibility, sometimes more as glimpses of the hillsides made appearances. The temperature was about -5°C causing the moisture in the air to crystallize onto all available surfaces; the vineyards looked like there had been snow. As for those temperatures – about time too! For weeks after the 2011 harvest the Côtes had warm temperatures and dry, sunny weather, in fact 2011 was one of the driest on record, despite intermittent rain through the summer. This was perfect for [....]

le moine 2008 meursault perrieres and M&M 2009 pulignys

le moine 2008 meursault perrieres and M&M 2009 pulignys

The wines of Le Moine seem to have polarised opinion – at least the wines of their first few vintages. Yet I’ve heard many recent reports of their transparency that are at odds with early pronouncements of ‘spoofulated’ wines. I have hardly visited for one simple reason; the wines seem rather expensive. But I can’t just rely on ‘hearsay’ can I? Hence, biting the occasional bullet… On Saturday we started with a Mischief and Mayhem 2009 Puligny 1er les Pucelles and finished with their 2009 Puligny 1er Les Caillerets. It’s not long since I tasted these wines, and frankly I have nothing more to add to these notes, except that the Pucelles was more open. Sandwiched in-between was this wine from Le Moine: 2008 Lucien [....]

1st ski weekend

1st ski weekend

Day 1 was pretty awful – less than 20m visibility – when you can’t tell up from down; that makes me nauseous, so I gave up. Saturday and Sunday, however, were picture perfect – if a tad cold. There was even some wine, but more of that tomorrow I think…

negociant of the year…

http://www.larvf.com/,trophees-du-vin-2012-le-negociant-de-l-annee,10337,4025185,5 Congratulations to Gregory Patriat, and of-course the rest of the team: JC Boisset is the RVF negociant of the year. One of the most talented winemakers in th Cote d’Or – the award has found a safe home.

everything you need to know about burgundy…

I want the stuff from above the road please! I liked this irreverent series of Oz Clarke and James May, but actually missed the episode where they visited Burgundy. Well here it is, and good fun too!

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