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the côte de covid….

There’s plenty of truth in the articles that have circulated in the last few days; here and here.

I have, personally, never engaged with the larger tastings and tasting dinners that have re-emerged in these (currently!) post-confinement times. I checked out the Roi Chambertin’s new premises – and it was better – but I still didn’t stay to taste. I do have occasional domaine visits where there are other tasters present – and I try to keep my distance – only fist bumping where necessary. Even that is fraught with difficulty; last week I received an email from an important domaine to let me know that a fellow taster had tested positive. Fortunately, me not in the 10 days that have followed the tasting, and now I’m boosted with my third jab too.

Returning the title and the linked articles; it comes as no surprise to me that a number of domaines are currently unavailable for the next 10 days for tastings – no more info given! I’ve not personally had any cancellations yet, but I know of plenty of people who have. Anyone who has seen some of the Instagram videos of the maskless partying at the Paulée de Meursault, and others, will understand that these were, to all intents and purposes, the perfect super-spreader events. Let’s not even think about the rumours of the falsified covid-certificates at some of the gatherings.

I chose to leave Beaune for Bern on the weekend of the Vent des Vins, returning to the quieter side of Beaune on the Tuesday that followed. The wine auction was well-organised and with good spacing between the participants – it’s the extra-curricular events that have been the issue – the Trois not so Glorieuses in 2021!

weekend wines – week 48 2021…

2016 Chablisienne, Chablis Grenouilles
A wide and attractively open nose – at first sniff the slightly exotic fruit might pull you away from Chablis but its purity and a growing seashore note might bring you back on course. In the mouth, this is proper Chablis – but of concentration – impressive minerality and depth of flavour that is very ‘2016’ – and I happen to be a very big fan of 2016. Not quite to the level of Bessin’s great 16 Valmur – but really super wine, almost a great wine!
Rebuy – Definitely!

1996 Jean Grivot, Nuits St.Georges Les Lavières
Quite some amber, there’s some age to this colour. The nose is actually quite an invitation; it’s clean, nicely showcasing some dried leaves, even a little cooking herbs – it’s lovely. Mouth-filling, plenty pf acidity but with waves of finishing flavour. A wine that has little to do with fruit today, yet is really absorbing and rather tasty too.
Rebuy – Maybe

2019 Verret, Saint-Bris Veaupiery
This nose is a little tight, with some sweetness and a ‘clean’ impression, perhaps a little ripe mirabelle at the base. Hmm, that’s a hint of sweet but not too sweet, delicious fruit. Mouth-filling and vibrant – lovely energy. That’s a great wine, and in 2019 it’s not so much ‘sauvignon’ as simply ‘delicious.’
Rebuy – Yes

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From each producer a few words on their vintage campaigns and, as always, those extra-special wines that are worth a special search are highlighted for you:

First, Bouzeron:
Domaine Chanzy – 2020
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Domaine Barraud – 2020
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Château des Rontets – 2020
Domaine Clos des Rocs – 2020
Domaine de Thalie – 2020
Domaine Denis Jeandeau – 2020
Domaine des Gandines – 2020
Domaine Dominique Cornin – 2020+19
Domaine Emilien Gillet / Bongran – 2019+18
Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau – 2020
Domaine Guillemot-Michel – 2020
Domaine Guillot-Broux – 2019+2018
Domaine Héritiers du Comte Lafon – 2020
Domaine Jacques Saumaize – 2020
Domaine La Soufrandière – 2020
Domaine La Vigne Mouton – 2020
Domaine Nicolas Delfaud – 2020
Domaine Nicolas Maillet – 2019
Domaine Pierre Vessigaud – 2020
Domaine Robert-Denogent – 2018+19
Domaine Sainte Barbe – 2020
Domaine Sarazinière – 2020
Domaine Saumaize-Michelin – 2020
Domaine Sébastien Giroux – 2020
Domaine Vignes du Maynes – 2019

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Domaine Eric Forest – 2019
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The September 2021 issue of Burgundy-Report
Setting the scene for my campaign tasting the 2020s – here’s a taster of some great domaines and the 2020 reports to come – it’s a special vintage.
From each producer a few words on their vintage campaigns and, as always, those extra-special wines that are worth a special search are highlighted for you:

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Domaine Bruno Clair – 2020
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Domaine Collotte – 2020
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Domaine Mugnier – 2020
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