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a day of mâconnais and pierres dorĂ©es…

I think the sun returned today – 23.5°C – that’s the first time since the second half of March! My visits were a homage to Chardonnay Day, though I’ll admit – one day early:

After my morning tasting of Mâconnais, I decided to jog up to the top of the Rock of Solutre – kind of disappointed that it turned out to be only 1.4 km – in my memory, it was more! Still, the distance was double as there’s also only one way down 🙂 The afternoon brought a visit to Thivin’s Clos de Rochebonne in the Pierres DorĂ©es* region of Beaujolais – their white wine, of course! Though I should note that contrary to the ethos of Chardonnay Day, Claude Geoffray has a little Gouais Blanc planted in the vineyard – well, I suppose we could say that it’s chardonnay’s mum (or dad!)

Of-course much more about today’s visits in my May Report, for subscribers…
*Did you know that ‘La Pierre DorĂ©e’ is a commercial brand of ‘industrially produced’ cheese in France? Who would have thought!?

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03-2019

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The March 2019 issue of Burgundy-Report

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Profile: Chevallier
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02-2019

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The February 2019 issue of Burgundy-Report
Beaujolais 2017

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The Producers
45 producers and over 300 wines – all visited in the month of February 2019. Comment from their producers on 2018 as well as 2017. As always, those extra-special wines are highlighted, though not any 2018s at it's still too early:

Anne-Sophie Dubois – 2017
Bois du Chat – 2017
Château Bellevue – 2017
Château Bonnet – 2017
Château de La Chaize – 2017
Château de La Terrière – 2017
Château des Bachelards – 2016
Château des Jacques – 2017
Château Moulin à Vent – 2016
Château Pierreux + Mommessin – 2017
Château Poncié – 2017
Château Thivin – 2017
Claire & Fabien Chasselay – 2017
Clos de la Roilette – 2017
Daniel Bouland – 2017
David-Beaupère – 2017
de Bel Air – 2017
des Nugues – 2017
du Breuil – 2018
du Paradis – 2017
Fabien Collonge – 2017
Georges Duboeuf – 2017
Girin – 2017
Jean Foillard – 2017
Julien Sunier – 2017
La Pirolette – 2017
Labruyère – 2017
Le Nid – 2016
Longère – 2017
Louis-Claude Desvignes – 2017
Manoir du Carra Sambardier – 2017
Mathieu et Camille Lapierre – 2017
Mee Godard – 2017
Monternot – Les Jumeaux – 2017
Paul Janin – 2017
Profile: Bernard Jomain
Profile: Château du Basty
Profile: David Large
Profile: Jean-Marc Burgaud
Profile: Philippe Deschamps
Raphaël Chopin – 2017
Richard Rottiers – 2017
Thillardon – 2017
Trenel – 2017
Vincent Audras – 2017

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