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Chablis 2020
Chablis ‘centre’

Saturday saw the Concours des Vins de Chablis – a big taste-off of 2018 Petit Chablis, Chablis and 1er Crus, plus the 2017 grand crus!

I didn’t do the tasting. Given that I’m in Chablis for 3 weeks in January, I otherwise wouldn’t see my better-half for the whole of the month if I was there too – instead, the pair of us still took the Autoroute to Chablis, but rather to lunch at Au Fil du Zinc – there’s not much time left, it closes for good before the end of March.

Lunch was actually fabulous – one of my best ever there. If I ask myself, irrespective of price – i.e. if someone else was paying – whether I would rather dine here or at Lameloise, it would be here! Jean-Claude Bessin’s 2016 Valmur was one of my wines of that vintage, so we availed ourself of a bottle of that too – super…

But back to the Concours des Vins de Chablis: a few names that I haven’t previously visited in the list of ‘medals‘ – left – you can find all of the announcements and the list of the winners – enjoy!

And after – just a few photos from the last days / this weekend – picture from and around Chablis mainly, but also a couple from or Sunday morning in Dijon – we had to take advantage of the blue sky 😉

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Volnay in November, 2019

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First, South to North, 21 Côte de Beaune domaines, 315 wines…
Profile: Château de Chamirey
Faiveley (Mercurey) – 2018
Profile: Belleville (& Château Commaraine)
Gouffier – 2018
Chevrot – 2018
Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent – 2018
Antoine Olivier – 2018
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Claudie Jobard – 2018
Diconne – 2018
Monthelie Douhairet Porcheret – 2018
Pierrick Bouley – 2018
Angerville – 2018
Jean-Marc et Thomas Bouley – 2018
Thierry Glantenay – 2018
Catherine et Claude Maréchal – 2018
Clerget – 2018
Comte Armand – 2018
des Croix – 2018
Dubreuil-Fontaine – 2018 (& much older!)
Gaston et Pierre Ravaut – 2018

Then, South to North, the Côte de Nuits domaines, over 27 domaines, 433 wines
2018 vintage – Roi Chambertin
Profile: Hoffmann-Jayer
Bertrand Machard de Gramont – 2018
l'Arlot – 2018
Patrice Rion – 2018
Vougeraie – 2018
Ambroise – 2018
Thibault Liger-Belair – 2018
Gérard Mugneret – 2018
Comte Liger-Belair – 2018
Romanée-Conti – 2018
Christian Clerget – 2018
Mark Haisma – 2018
Château de La Tour / Pierre Labet – 2018
Castagnier – 2018
Hubert Lignier – 2018
Arlaud – 2018
Perrot-Minot – 2018
Dominique Gallois – 2018
Joseph Roty – 2017
Pierre Damoy – 2017
Heresztyn-Mazzini – 2018
Profile: Sylvie Esmonin
Armand Rousseau – 2018
Pierre Naigeon – 2018
René Bouvier – 2018
Berthaut-Gerbet – 2018
Bart – 2018

Not forgetting, from July:
Nicole Lamarche – 2018
Jacques-Frederic Mugnier – 2018 & 2017
Comte Georges de Vogüé – 2018 & 2017
Rossignol-Trapet – 2018

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The October 2019 issue of Burgundy-Report
The 2018 vintage report: 2018 White Burgundy
The largest 'white issue' to-date: 45 visit reports, 67 domaines, 757 wines, enjoy…

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First visits. New domaines for Burgundy Report:
Profile: Bernard Millot
Profile: Château de Rougeon
Profile: Christophe Jolivet
Profile: Comtesse de Chérisey
Profile: Jean-Charles Fagot
Profile: Latour-Giraud
Profile: Rougeot Père et Fils
Profile: Roux Père et Fils
Profile: Sylvain Dussort
Profile: Thomas-Collardot

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Albert Grivault – 2018
Albert Joly – 2018
Anne et Pierre Morey, Morey-Blanc – 2018
Antoine Jobard – 2018
Artisan Vignerons du Bourgogne du Sud – 2018 Mâconnais
Ballot-Millot – 2018
Baron Thénard – 2017
Bernard Moreau – 2018
Blain-Gagnard – 2018
Buisson-Charles – 2018
Caroline Colin-Morey – 2018
Château de Meursault – 2018
Comtes Lafon – 2018
François Mikulski – 2018
Heitz-Lochardet – 2018
Henri et Gilles Buisson – 2018
Hubert Lamy – 2018
Jacques Carillon – 2018
Jacques Prieur – 2018
Jean-Marc Pillot – 2018
Jean-Philippe Fichet – 2018
Jomain – 2018
Lamy-Caillat – 2018
Leflaive – 2018
Matrot – 2018
Meurgey-Croses – 2018
Michel Niellon – 2018
Morey-Coffinet – 2018
Olivier Leflaive – 2018
Patrick Javillier – 2018
Paul Pernot – 2018
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey – 2018
Roulot – 2018
Vincent Latour – 2018

And don't forget, from July:
Jean Chartron – 2018
Vincent Girardin – 2018

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