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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!

camus 1998 chambertin

camus 1998 chambertin

You may remember that I was mildly surprised by how good (or at least not bad) the quality of the Camus wines were: Well as the 2010 En-Primeurs are being rolled out, you might find you can buy this Chambertin for less than some ‘worthy’ producer’s villages Vosne, Chambolle or Gevrey – frankly ridiculous – assuming this Chambertin is any good of-course. It turns out (in absolute terms) to be a very good wine indeed! It would clearly lag behind some other Chambertin, but this wine is indeed redolent of that vineyard, and the latest vintage is yours for only Euros 47 ex cellar. Remind me again of the cost of the Mugnier, Cathiard, Rousseau, Grivot (et al) 2010 villages… 1998 Camus, Chambertin An auction [....]

haute densite – the video!

haute densite – the video!

Olivier Lamy’s high density planting in St.Aubin is for me, one of the iconic wines of Burgundy – despite vines that were planted only about 12 years ago – as such the wine can only get better! Here is a nice video showing them using their ‘Swiss plough'; the slope is too steep for a horse, downhill anyway. To go with the earlier pictures, here is a video also gives you an hint of the difficulty you may have if you visit Olivier – he speaks the fastest French I ever encountered – I think he’s running at only 70% of usual speed for the video

2007 domaine d’eugénie vosne-romanée 1er aux brûlées

2007 domaine d’eugénie vosne-romanée 1er aux brûlées

Putting aside the fact that this wine costs approaching the double of what yesterday’s Jean Tardy set me back, what price can you put on contentment, or rather lack of contentment? Here is a wine that leaves you contented… 2007 d’Eugénie, Vosne-Romanée 1er Aux Brûlées Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is deep and padded with a hint of musk, fine spice and a creamy crust to the dark fruit aromas. Soft entry, but it’s a little glycerol cushioning that provides the softness, not a lack of structure or flabby fruit; here is a beautifully delineated wine – for a 2007 – clarity of flavour and clean-lines from the understated cool acidity, and even a good base of minerality. There’s a late arriving bitter twist to [....]

jean tardy 2007 vosne-romanée 1er les chaumes

jean tardy 2007 vosne-romanée 1er les chaumes

Slowly working myself into the new year – this is not such a bad start, but methinks, hardly a wine to search for – that said, Tardy remains attractively priced, or used to be anyway! Tomorrow I’ll go for another 07 Vosne 1er, but one that takes itself far more seriously – let’s see if it is warranted. 2007 Jean Tardy, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Chaumes Medium colour. The nose has some herbal elements above an understated but quite complex mix of fruit; cherry, strawberry and eventually a long redcurrant note. There is a hint of spice too, though I’m not sure if it’s from the soil or the barrel. I find a herbal element on the palate too – not quite green, but hinting at [....]

new year reading…

A happy new year to all. My pre-xmas cold returned with a vengance for Christmas, but slowly the coughing and spluttering is subsiding – I’ll probably be on great form when I return home! I suppose that if I can’t drink, I can certainly read: I don’t seem to be able to ‘pdf’ this so I guess the link may not be extant for long, however, this section (of a very big book) looks quite interesting.

the season to be jolly…

the season to be jolly…

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