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weekend wines – week 32 2019…

2014 Julien Duport, Côte de Brouilly Empreinte
Plenty of colour. Hmm, airy, wide, elegant, modest fruit, less modest, indeed forward, florals – that’s a nice nose! The palate has fine width and a juicy, mouth-watering, style to the flavour – much more wine of line, than the width and weight of 2015-2018. Elegant, deliciously high-toned fruit. More classic than the aforementioned vintages – but really enjoyable wine…
Rebuy – Yes

2006 Alex Gambal, St.Aubin 1er Murgers des Dents de Chiens
Medium golden colour. The nose is forward, pungent almost, some caramel, custard and plenty of mineral. In the mouth there’s much mouth-filling volume, a flavour that’s a little clinging but slowly fades in waves from the middle, onwards into the finish. The nose and first flavours are almost too much right now, but the mid and finishing flavours are excellent. As the volatile custard/caramel of the oak fades I find a more interesting balance to this wine.
Rebuy – Maybe

RIP Bernard Hudelot

I never met Bernard Hudelot, and now never will, but I only heard only positive anecdotes about this character.

Bernard who died in the last days, aged 77, had rejuvenated the estate of the Château de Villars Fontaine to over 30 hectares of vines. The château a once important bastion, literally, of the region and also of winemaking in the Hautes Côtes.

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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

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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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