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this weekend it’s all limestone – abbaye of saint vivant & quarry art

We can’t just sit and drink coffee during the weekend in Beaune can we?

So on Saturday, we took the road to Curtil-Vergy for a visit to the Abbaye of Saint Vivant. There is a never-ending supply of work for the masons here, but no great (obvious!) changes since we were last here a few a months ago:

Then following the road down to Nuits St.Georges we stopped to visit the quarry cleared by the locals and now a home for occasional concerts and art displays – worth a trip to view (no cost of entry but a ‘donation’ towards the upkeep is welcomed). Written guides are available in French and German but not yet English. Whilst these are impressive walls of stone – there are other local quarries with 3x the wall-height – though no art 😉

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The May 2019 issue of Burgundy-Report

Celebrating 140 years of Domaine Albert Grivault of Meursault
It's not every day you get an invitation like this:
Albert Grivault – Clos des Perrières 2017-1928

New domaines from Beaujolais
Domaines I've wanted to visit after blind-tasting great wines from them:
Profile: Les Capreoles
Profile: Nicole Chanrion
Profile: Gilles Copéret
Profile: Gilles Paris
Profile: Robert Perroud
Profile: Château des Ravatys

Simply great Mâcon
Jules Desjourneys plus the wines of Jean-Marc Guffens:
Profile: Verget – Guffens-Heynen
Jules Desjourneys – 2016

Château Thivin's Clos Rochebonne
A visit to their outpost in the Pierre Dorées:
Château Thivin’s Clos Rochebonne

A new name in Beaune
Tasting with Charly Fatien of Domaine-Maison Fatien:
Profile: Maison Fatien

Old names, visited:
Château Pommard – 2016
Jean Loron – 2017

2017s Tasted Blind
I thought a number of red villages outperformed the average in 2017 – here are some, tasted blind:
2017 Maranges
2017 Santenay
2017 Marsannay
2017 Fixin


Clos des Grands Vignes

The April 2019 issue of Burgundy-Report

Marsannay – 2017s
Marsannay is one of the strongest sectors of the Côte d'Or in 2017, so here are a few domaines for you to compare:
Profile: Bart
Château de Marsannay – 2017
Collotte – 2017
Fougeray de Beauclair – 2017
Jean Fournier – 2017
Huguenot Père et Fils – 2017
Sylvain Pataille – 2017

Psst – want some Echézeaux?
My second-favourite area for above-average wines in 2017 – here are 28 of them for you:
Echézeaux – 2017

Already 2018?
Don't worry – I tasted 2017s too – but 2018 is an early vintage with fast fermentations, these wines already taste like they normally would in July!
Bruno Clair – 2018 + 2017
Cécile Tremblay – 2018 + 2017

Mainly Beaujolais!
Short profiles of 10 new domaines from Beaujolais and Mâconnais, plus many magnums of Beaujolais tasted at the BBB!
Mainly Beaujolais – new names & many magnums

A mix of new and old names, visited:
Dufouleur Frères – 2017
Jean-Noël Gagnard – 2017
Antonin Guyon – 2017
Laurent Ponsot – 2017
Jean Tardy – 2017
Vougeraie – 2017
Profile: Catherine et Claude Maréchal
Profile: Joannet

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The Finest Wines of Burgundy

A portable, hard-wearing guide to the Côte d’Or plus 90 producers of note and their best wines. Truth be told, there should have been 150 great producers – but not in the 320 pages that were prescribed.
It’s probably time to start working on a new one – eh?

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