Why Big Red Diary?

offer of the day – Domaine de l’Arlot 2012…

For interest, I’ve included (in brackets) the cost difference versus 2009…

DOMAINE DE L’ARLOT 2012 – Nuits-St-Georges

NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES Le Petit Arlot 2012 75cl 42.00 (Swiss Francs) (42.00)
NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES Clos de l’Arlot 2012 75cl 79.50 (69.50)
NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES Clos des Forêts Saint Georges 2012 75cl 79.50 (69.50)
VOSNE-ROMANEE Les Suchots 2012 75cl 115.00 (99.00)
ROMANEE SAINT VIVANT 2012 75cl 389.00 (299.00)

Regarding the two wines of Vosne, I guess, just because they can…

offer of the day – Bouchard Père et Fils 2012…

Missing in action the last days – but plenty of typing in the background – honest ;-)

I seem to have missed the prices of the 2011s, but you can compare the below with the same (actually a larger selection) from 2010

Meursault Genevrières 2012 75cl 65.00 (Swiss Francs)
Meursault Les Perrières 2012 75cl 69.50
Corton Charlemagne 2012 75cl 119.00
Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte 2012 75cl 378.00
Montrachet 2012 75cl 469.00

Beaune Grève Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus 2012 75cl 74.00
Beaune Grève Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus 2012 150cl 153.00
Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots 2012 75 cl 98.00
Le Corton 2012 75cl 88.00
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2012 75cl 199.00

I bought baby Jesus in magnums – it’s Grand Cru standard in 2012!

one eye on the sky…

The vines in Chablis don’t have quite the same level of development, even in the Grand Crus (right, Les Clos yesterday), but in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits we are seeing more and more flowering in the vineyards.

The weather is currently a coolish 16-22°C – perfect for jogging! – and there’s some breeze too, but despite occasional threatening, moody cloud it’s remaining mainly dry here (so far) this week.

Chablis, by contrast, had some short, sharp bursts of rain yesterday afternoon – lucky for them that they’ve no flowers to perturb!

Many are the vigneron(ne)s keeping one eye on the sky, and for the next couple of weeks…

now online: the unashamedly chablis – subscriber issue

Can be found here.

Those included:

the first flowers of 2014…


Some of the first, anyway!

Once a week, the breakfast at Hotel Montrachet is my treat. Today, on the way back to Beaune, Clouseau-like, I poked around a few vineyards with my camera – today Puligny La Garenne and Meursault Les Perrières. In general the chardonnay of the Côte de Beaune seems a little in advance of the pinot noir, likewise, find a a nice big south-facing wall and those vines that nestle against it – facing south – are even further in advance. Here you will find an occasional vine that is already flowering. It’s an outrider If you like, but my first sight…

Just outside the south-facing wall of the Clos des Perrières:

A little more Meursault Perrières:

A few pics from Puligny Garenne too:

frédéric magnien 2008 gevrey vv

Post-parties, something a little more modest to drink whilst typing:

2008 Frédéric Magnien, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles-Vignes
The nose is rather tight. Quite full in the mouth, it’s muscled and shows good energy – good flavour too. Clearly a little rustic but tasty and quite fun to drink.
Rebuy – Maybe

on the subject of ‘normality’

The vines are settling into a more ‘normal’ rhythm too.

Following the warm March and April, it’s certainly been much cooler since then; consequently, the vines have slowed down their rate of growth – they are still a little ahead of the average, but not 3-4 weeks in advance of it like 1 month ago.

Burgundians (with holiday plans!) are now happier to be penciling-in mid-September as a more-likely harvest-time – versus late August only 1 month ago. Of-course it goes without saying that all are praying calm and dry conditions as soon as the flowers open…

A little tour, in and around Beaune today:

returning to ‘normality’


Sunday was a special day for many Burgundians with a (rather large) party to celebrate 35 years together for Becky and Russell Hone and their Le Serbet business. Maybe there have never been so many Burgundians and honorary Burgundians enjoying a day together like this. It was a little like a Paulée, but with more camaraderie, joviality and less competition. It was just friends.

I cannot lie, however, Ibuprofen was required on Monday morning after the ‘continuation’ of the celebration at the Bar du Square on Sunday evening!

Monday kicked-off well too, with visits to Grivot, Mugnier, Dr.Mugneret-Gibourg and Denis Bachelet. Today I’m trying to return to the keyboard as there have been so many distractions the last two weeks! Hopefully more of the same tomorrow, before attacking the Mâconnais on Thursday.


just a perfect day…

Except that the Bar du Square is still to follow!

my favourite article of the few last days

Slowly catching-up after a week away…


a few holdiay snaps

From ‘another place’ (shock…). Now back home for more typing…

azaleas, rain and dodgy packaging…


Just a little cooler in Chablis today. Eventually, about 17h30 some rain forced its way through the leaden sky – but it wasn’t particularly hard or long, as the actress noted. Of-course it waited for me to go jogging about 21h30 before it started to rain again! Still with hardly any rain for the last month – just 3mm last weekend – Chablis will be hoping for something a little less negligible.

Quite a long day; the last tasting finished at 19h20. The first tomorrow is at 09h00 – so it’s almost time for me to retire for the day.

As for the pics that follow, some unfortunately named Chablis packaging for younger, cool dudes – the Hipster! – and a couple of pics from the Portlandian of Lignorelles…

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