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2022 Burgundy Part 19 - domaines 207-215

2022 Beaujolais are looking great…

2022 Burgundy Part 19 - domaines 207-215I’m only a dozen domaines into my 4 week tour of Beaujolais but things are looking excellent.

The average (high-)quality of the 2022s that can be seen, in general, across greater Burgundy – can be seen here too. But all the great wines that have gone AWOL in other areas seem to be waiting for me here. It’s not going to be a hard 4 weeks!

The 2022 Beaujolais Report – 3 of my 4 weeks – won’t be online until the end of March. First, dear subscribers, you will have digest the 2022 Chablis report that will be online by the end of this month 馃檪

H么tel Dieu lunch

dipping a toe into the c么te d’or

As a warm-up for my three weeks in Beaujolais I, last Friday, dipped my toes into the (mainly) reds of the C么te d’Or before a Beaune weekend with a wonderful Saturday ‘lunch’ in the Hospices de Beaune – my first!

Two domaines in Gevrey-Chambertin and one in Chambolle; Astrelles, Marc Roy and Fran莽ois Millet. It wasn’t weather for sunbathing but I still toured a few vineyards – interesting to see three different approaches in the vines – all within a stones-throw from the house in the Clos des Issarts.

Then it was cool to see that most of the decorations for the St.Vincent were still in place in both Morey and Chambolle: The estimate was 70,000 people attending the St.Vincent weekend – for a time the police had to stop people coming into Chambolle-Musigny as the streets are so narrow and there were queues forming!

And the lunch in the H么tel Dieu? Yes, in La Chambre du Roy – I’ve had tastings in here before but it’s the first time that I saw it set with tables for lunch. Really a super Saturday afternoon – yes we were there for 4.5 hours!

2019 Foillard & Clos de la Riolette - a brace of 2019 Fleurie

weekend 5 2024 – Beaujolais training!

a brace of 2019 Fleurie

I will start my tour of Beaujolais in a few days – so what about a little training in preparation?!

This was more a play-fight than a battle – both were wines that I would rebuy – but I was surprised how easily the Foillard won this particular match-up!

2019 Jean Foillard, Fleurie
A nice volume of aroma – and unlike the often ‘savoury’ nose chez Foillard that I was expecting, here is just cushioned pure fruit – and it’s lovely. There’s fine flavour here too – a little generosity to this silky texture and depth of fruit but all is balanced and absolutely delicious – particularly in the finish. That’s singing right now!
Rebuy – Yes

2019 Clos de la Riolette, Fleurie
A more direct nose, the fruit aromas are still welcoming though mixed with some herbed complexity today. In the mouth, I’m surprised how structural this wine has become – nothing worrying but it’s clearly a different beast to the comforting texture and fruit of the Foillard. It remains a delicious wine but one that’s certainly in a more structural phase – perhaps it will eventually become tighter too versus its youth. There’s no reason to think that it won’t re-emerge even better though.
Rebuy – Yes

Chablis 2024

Adieu Chablis – for now

Friday was my last day in Chablis – for my first tranche of visits!

I managed a little more than 60 domaines in my January tour but actually have a list of over 100 domaines that I could potentially visit. That means I will have to visit again in March, April and possibly May too!

There are worse things 馃檪

The weather wasn’t bad and the Scooby (2) surged through the 600,000 km mark – just one day with a little rain but the last two weeks were incredibly mild for January – 10-14掳C and no frosty mornings. At this stage, I think the vigneron(ne)s should be happy that they have some stock after two decent volume vintages!

Just a few pics from underway…

2019 Boris Champy

It’s already week 4 of 2024 – best celebrate with some wine !!

2019 Boris Champy

2019 Boris Champy, Hautes C么tes de Beaune Altitude 421
A cushioned dark-red fruit cordial nose framed with some creamy oak – it really is a sumptuous invitation. With time in the glass – actually the second glass! – the oak us forgotten. In the mouth you have the same impression as the nose – cushioned, sumptuous fruit with a moderately overt accent of creamy oak. Super texture. What a far too delicious wine – clearly a great Bourgogne – and the bottle empties mysteriously quickly !!
Rebuy – Yes

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T-shirts already !

Chablis views this week…

The weather has been very topsy-turvy in Chablis for the last 10 days – you could go as far as to say bizarre!

Last week I arrived to a hoarfrost – all the trees were white – but there was no snow. Tuesday morning when I did a short jog, it was -8掳C. Tuesday evening when I did a long jog – it was warmer but still minus and there were snowflakes in the air. Wednesday lunchtime it was 15掳C but Thursday morning we were back to -4掳C !!

This week we seem to have settled around 13-14掳C daytime temperatures and a lot of the buildings haven’t yet recovered from last week’s cold – so it’s often warmer outside. Yesterday was rainy – so nothing to see – today for an hour we had sunshine – and what did I see in l’Homme Mort? People pruning in t-shirts…

We have become accustomed to seeing that in recent years for a few days in February – but it’s not yet even February – pff!

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Roman茅e-Conti - the 2022 harvest is finished!

The December 2023 issue of Burgundy-Report
The fourth of my larger reports with a 2022 focus:
Part 4 The Reds of the C么te de Nuits

From my last report:
My 2022 Vintage Report – Whites and Reds together!

The Producers
Mainly these reds are from the 2022 vintage, occasional producers preferring – or it's simply better for them – to show their wines one vintage later. I'm adding domaines every few days, as I've a mailbox full of people requesting them. The full list will be finished in about 10 days…

New Here:
Vincent Paindavoine 鈥 2022

Back again – first with some Hautes C么tes:
Bertrand Machard de Gramont 鈥 2022
Boris Champy 鈥 2022

Back again with C么te de Nuits:
Ambroise 鈥 2022
Ardhuy 鈥 2022
Arlaud 鈥 2022
Armand Rousseau 鈥 2022
Arnaud & Sophie 鈥 2022
Bart 鈥 2022
Berthaut-Gerbet 鈥 2022
Boursot 鈥 2022
Bruno Clair 鈥 2022
Camille Thiriet 鈥 2022
Castagnier 鈥 2022
C茅cile Tremblay 鈥 2022
Ch芒teau de La Tour & Pierre Labet 鈥 2022
Ch芒teau de Marsannay 鈥 2022
Christian Clerget 鈥 2022
Clos de Tart 鈥 2021 & 2022
Clos des Lambrays 鈥 2022
Clos des Poulettes 鈥 2022
Collotte 鈥 2022
de Vog眉茅 鈥 2022
Dominique Gallois 鈥 2022
du Couvent 鈥 2022
Dujac 鈥 2022
G茅rard Mugneret 鈥 2022
Georges Mugneret-Gibourg 鈥 2022
Georges Noellat 鈥 2021 & 2022
J茅r么me Galeyrand 鈥 2021 & 2022
Jean Grivot 2022
Jean Tardy 2022
JF Mugnier 2022
Joseph Roty 2021
Huguenot P猫re et Fils 鈥 2022
l'Arlot 鈥 2022
Mark Haisma – 2022
Michel Noellat – 2022
Laurent Ponsot 鈥 2021
Mongeard-Mugneret 鈥 2022
Patrice Rion 鈥 2022
Philippe Charlopin 鈥 2022
Philippe Naddef 鈥 2022
Pierre Gelin 鈥 2022
Ponsot 鈥 2022
Roman茅e-Conti 鈥 2022
Rossignol-Trapet 鈥 2022
S茅rafin 鈥 2022
Sylvain Cathiard 鈥 2022
Sylvie Esmonin 鈥 2022
Vougeraie 鈥 2022

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The Finest Wines of Burgundy

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