good day, sunshine….


Day two in the Côtes, grey again – or is that my eyes – a group of us ‘professionals’ didn’t leave the bistro until 1am, it’s purely rumour that we left a lot of bottles behind (some rumours say 8+ and mainly drained). 8am for an alarm-call seemed somehow unfair…

My favourite wine of the night was a Domaine de Bellene 2008 Bienvenue, though interestingly you could interchange it (without detriment) with a brilliant 08 Buisson-Charles Meursault 1er (a long lieu-dit I haven’t had before and would have to took up again to remember!), the Meursault was that good, though I noted the unusual nose; slightly saline, toasty / oxidised (a poor word to use) that reminds me a little of Coche-Dury – chapeau!

Showered, I arrive at my 9am appointment – as is so often the case the producer is elsewhere, but in this case he’s back in only 5 minutes. We taste through a range of 2009s; unlike some places where the malo were finished already in November, here it’s a mix of recently finished and not quite finished. You can contrast the colours and the depths of flavour, but little else when some are recently sulfured, some still have malo aromas and others some petillance.

Then I have the first casualty from the late night – the battery in my iPod dies – in my ‘tired’ state the night before I forgot to recharge it!

I emerge from the cellar to unaccustomed brightness, there is even some hint of blue sky – I haven’t seen that for 1 week – but typical, here’s me with a car full of wine as the temperature goes up – makes it hard to find a parking space out of the sun! Two more hours with a new producer to me before firing up the road from Beaune to Morey for lunch – the Clos de Vougeot looked magnificent as I passed because only the the château was in the sun.

Back to Beaune (such is life…) to meet the maker of the previous night’s Bienvenue – the first time in 3 years – and he’s on great form, just like his wines. Having tasted enough, I hit the road home – 2 super days.

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 3 responses to “good day, sunshine….”

  1. Mark Gough8th May 2010 at 8:32 amPermalinkReply

    Where for lunch in Morey, Bill ?

    A rather reproachful look from those soulful eyes in one of the pics (am not referring to to M POtel of course !).

    Where does your faithful friend sit in the car when it’s full of wine ?

    • billn8th May 2010 at 8:41 amPermalinkReply

      I really pushed the boat out Mark and took someone to lunch – at the Les Routiers in the RN74 😉

      Reproachful because it’s actually not my faithful friend -maybe I should make it a quiz to see who knows the producer’s dog – so I didn’t have to compromise (space for wine / space for dog) on this trip 🙂


  2. Mark Gough8th May 2010 at 12:48 pmPermalinkReply

    Thought the photo and the hound looked a bit grey for your Ridgeback – should have known better !

    No idea who’s dog it is – nowhere I’ve been lately. Only the horses at Arlaud and no animals at all at Dubreuil-Fontaine.

    Must try that Les Routiers ;-)))

  3. Micha_E11th May 2010 at 6:26 pmPermalinkReply

    Hi Bill,
    a nice account of what must have been two tough days of tasting:-) I can help with the Buisson Charles – it was a Meursault 1er Cru Les Bouchères (though Patrick Essa prefers to spell it Les Bouches-Chères 2008…).

    I will tell Patrick that you really liked the wine – after all, we told him kwhen we visited the domaine that we meet you afterwards and he spontaneously gave this bottle to try together with you!


    • billn11th May 2010 at 6:34 pmPermalinkReply

      Thanks Micha_E – from my ‘tired’ state, I probably wouldn’t have worked that out – I’d have to have asked Patrick 😉

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