lafarge – you can lead a horse to water…


But first, happy new year to all of you who accidentally (or otherwise…) end up on these pages. In the spirit of 2013-ness, here is a small collection of New Year ‘cards’ from some people you may know and love – note there were others too, but why would I want a boring picture of their bottles in my inbox? – note for next year, send me a real bottle 🙂 !

But let’s return to those lovely people, the Lafarges: This is the last of three bottles bought at auction: The first was irreparably damaged by oxidation, the second was quite drinkable – indeed good for a 1986 – and then there was this one:

1982 Michel Lafarge, Volnay 1er Clos des Chênes
Once-more, the cork slides out rather too easily and looks damp across its full length – it carries the smell of oxidation, but the wine seems to have largely escaped that fate. Actually there is a trace of an oxidative note but there’s pretty fruit too, but it’s the cork taint spoils it most…!
Rebuy – No Chance

Luck is a fickle thing! I suppose I should really be drinking 85-92 to break my duck and have a really great Lafarge – but they are hard to come by…

Lastly – a good article on David Clark here. I visited him at the end of November and got to see his tidy row of demijohns – interesting that a small strip of silicone rubber that ‘seals-off’ (seal is clearly the wrong word) his aspirators were quite porous enought to allow gas exchange.

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There are 2 responses to “lafarge – you can lead a horse to water…”

  1. Mark Gough4th January 2013 at 9:08 amPermalinkReply

    Welcome back Bill, and a Happy New Year to your goodself, the DM and Elsa. May your problem burgundies be few and far between in 2013 (errr………)

    You ‘survived’ New Zeland then 🙂 . Can we expect Burgundy tasting notes, news from the Cote etc etc to now be joined by select NZ wine tasting notes or did the luggage allowance not permit :-)) ?

    Saw the article on David myself yesterday – as discussed am pretty much avoiding the 2011’s but have ‘taken the plunge’ direct for a few of the DDC wines. Thanks for keeping an eye on my 2010’s for me.

    Enjoyed the card selection, thanks . Really like the French way of sending Nouveau Annee cards. Only two I’ve had are a nice on from the lovely Saurel family at Montirius (not Burgundy I’m afraid but humblingly appreciated) and a lovely personalised one with sound from the owners of our summer 2012 holiday rental property including their dog and cat. Think my favourite above is the Seguin-Manuel for its irreverent humour. Like the evocative winter scene on the M & M one though – any idea where that tree is – somewhere around Meursault or somewhere else entirely ?



    • billn4th January 2013 at 9:16 amPermalinkReply

      Thanks Mark – happy new year to you too.
      No, NZ is in Feb (in fact most of Feb!). There is a generous 30kg baggage allowance (if you can carry it) from the UK, but first I travel from swaziland, where the limit is 20kg – not many OWCs then…
      As for M&M’s card; I suppose it could be Meursault, but I kind-of assumed it was from the flat of Aloxe, where they are based…

  2. Eric26th January 2013 at 3:11 pmPermalinkReply

    I just bought some 82 From Rene Monnier, cross my fingers…

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