death in beaune and the first weekend bottles (of 2016)…



We  weren’t planning on being in Beaune over the new year holiday, rather we had the 31st planned with friends in Bern – but due to problems their end, this was postponed – so why not Beaune(?) Well the obvious answer (having now done it!) is that Beaune is completely dead! Walk around the Boulevard (periphique, if you prefer) at 11pm and you may be passed by half a dozen cars – only! The central streets were silent, just the occasional music from an apartment. We decided to walk to Hotel Le Cep for a little bubbles – and there were more staff than people – actually it was about equal – 4 of each, including us! Still it was a lovely moment when 24h00 passed and the bar-man came around with fresh champagne for everyone – classy!

I’m starting a campaign of about 40 domaines in Chablis today, so these are probably the last bottles until next weekend – anyway, considering the amount of food and drink to have passed through my lips over the last couple of weeks – probably a little discipline won’t go amiss! Given the vintages I wasn’t sure if I’d end up drinking all of these, but as it turned out… 😉

2004 Pascal Lachaux, Clos Saint Denis
Deep colour. I’m looking for a bit of pyrazine but I know from experience (I bought 6!) that this wine has shown it on only the lowest level, and sometimes, depending on my detection equipment, not at all. Today is a not at all day. The nose still lacks for any delicacy though there’s the first interesting showing of a little leafy development. In the mouth it tastes much nicer than it smells. The texture is lovely, silken but with a hint of richness that tells you it’s from a very good vineyard. The flavour is ripe enough, layered and tasty. If you don’t want to sniff this is very fine for the vintage.
Rebuy – No

2011 Nicolas Rossignol, Volnay 1er En Chevret
Here’s a wine that needs air-time as it’s a big, tight bundle of dark aroma – there’s a little reduction here. Air allows it to unwind its limbs and become much more aromatically welcoming. In the mouth this has plenty of power for a 2011, weight but balance – excellent balance. I’m obviously drinking this far too young but there’s more than a suggestion of good things to come…
Rebuy – Yes

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There are 3 responses to “death in beaune and the first weekend bottles (of 2016)…”

  1. phil eaves4th January 2016 at 12:02 pmPermalinkReply


    are you by any chance going to visit DOMAINE DAVENNE CLOTILDE – LES TEMPS PERDUS whilst on your 40 in Chablis?


    • billn4th January 2016 at 4:43 pmPermalinkReply

      There just might be a chance at the end of the month 😉
      Happy new year!

    • billn4th January 2016 at 4:42 pmPermalinkReply

      Yep, the one in Place Madeleine looked the same yesterday 😉

  2. Sycamore5th January 2016 at 7:15 amPermalinkReply

    Call me a contrarian, but that depiction has me wanting to book a trip to Beaune for an upcoming December 31!

    • billn5th January 2016 at 5:34 pmPermalinkReply

      It was kind of nice, but not for every year 😉

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