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official 2012 burgundy harvest volumes – ouch!

Update time, and oohh! what a lot of typing… Anyway some shocking reading herein when you look at the (lack of!) volumes harvested in 2012 – mainly, but not entirely, in the Côte de Beaune. Unfortunately, my page-width doesn’t allow sight of the 2009 harvest volumes which are generally much higher than those now displayed, and just to note that the 5-year average continues to plummet… Of-course all the figures are quoted courtesy of the BIVB…

the maximum rully…

the maximum rully…

A little more Rully, anyone? Louis Max, already with quite an interest in Mercurey, has invested in one of the neighbours… Here.

security guards?

Domaine Ponsot is the first high-profile producer to adopt eProvenance’s second-generation technology, which provides a detailed history of the life of a case of wine. The sensor monitors the temperature and humidity of fine wines as they travel from the wine producer to the customer, and the information can be read on smartphones and tablets. Winesearcher Well, given the price of some producers’ wines, they can afford a physical presence too!

my first vintage 2012 purchases

my first vintage 2012 purchases

6-Pack prices in Swiss Francs, delivered to my cellar. You know, I finally realised it was time to get my credit card dirty. The Jadot Chardonnay from yesterday apart (and I suppose a couple of bottles of Kiwi when I was over there in February), I haven’t bought any wine this year – none! Of-course there will be ‘standing-order’ cases to pick-up and pay for from the usually suspects in Burgundy, but this is my first in 2013. Despite all the hullabaloo, 2012 (as you can see) is not particularly more expensive than previous vintages – unless you only want Griotte or Cros Parantoux etcetera, in which case you will most certainly be fleeced…

news du jour…

Just a few things to have caught my eye: Unaffordable wine And rather emphasising that point! Add a dash of said, unaffordable whites. I thought this guy (Brian Moore’s brother?) was freestyle rapping at first – sadly not – but could anyway be interesting… Enjoy…

due or undue diligence?

Yet again, an ‘authenticity problem’ with wines being sold @christiesinc this time at the Henry Tang auction: wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopi… — bill nanson (@billnanson) 15. März 2013

domaine david clark no more!

The alert: Tribute to a wine hero: David Clark of Morey St Denis is handing in his secateurs saferbfc.com/m/viticulture/… — Jasper Morris (@justjasper) 6. März 2013 The confirmation: And the low-down from David himself here. I’m having lunch with him in less than 2 weeks, but am not planning to buy his domaine

unesco and 2011…

A couple of news stories: Most important for Burgundy, is the news that it won’t achieve its desired aim to have Unesco World Heritage Staus – not this year anyway. It seems some of the rules were changed and a country could only submit one ‘entry’ per category – that meant that Champagne also missed out. This means that at least one more year of shaking everybody’s hands is required, though France already has 37 ‘things’ with such ‘status’. (More here…) Will Lyons picks out some of his favourite domaines from the 2011 vintage – though (Remi Rollin excepted) none in the Côte de Beaune – no restraint in his recommendation of the vintage.

offer of the day – Leflaive 2011…

DOMAINE LEFLAIVE 2011 – Puligny-Montrachet (En Primeur) Bourgogne 2011 75cl 34.00 Swiss Francs Puligny-Montrachet 2011 75cl 59.00 PREMIERS CRUS Puligny-Montrachet Les Clavoillons 2011 75cl 79.50 Meursault Sous Le Dos d’Âne 2011 75cl 89.50 Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 2011 75cl 129.00 Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 2011 75cl 138.00 Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2011 75cl 158.00 Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2011 150cl 321.00 GRANDS CRUS Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 2011 75cl 259.00 Batard Montrachet 2011 75cl 279.00 Chevalier-Montrachet 2011 75cl 348.00 Other than a couple of Francs more for the Combettes and the Pucelles, the prices are the same as were offered for the 2010s, and (Grand Crus excepted which took a jump in 2010) virtually the same as 2009…

bottle angst…

Here. EDIT: Published today (24th) – perhaps it’s the Carla effect

results from the hospices de beaune sale…

results from the hospices de beaune sale…

Picture from the organisers. The official statement from the organisers. For what it is worth, I think the prices underline the expected quality of what was harvested, but more-so the quantity that was actually harvested, given that 2012’s lowest yields were seen in the Côte de Beaune. Whilst I personally felt Anthony Hanson’s pre-sale hyperbole about 2005 levels of quality too much, here is his post-sale assessment: “Many records were broken at the 152nd Hospices de Beaune auction. Star cuvées among the red wines included (with average price per barrel and percentage increase compared with 2011): Clos de la Roche, Cuvée Georges Kritter €55,667 (without premium +94.2%) and Mazis-Chambertin, Cuvée Madeleine Collignon at €38,318 (without premium +57.7%). Thanks to a recent generous donation, a new [....]

Clos des Mouches L’Ouvrée des Dames

Clos des Mouches L’Ouvrée des Dames

…symbolic of femininity and also the transmission of know-how from woman to woman, to design a unique jeroboam wine label as well as a custom made piece of furniture… Beauty will be in the eye of the beholder!

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