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the march 2019 burgundy report

By billn on May 03, 2019 #reports#site updates

I really ought to publicise that the March report is online – so here you go!

  • With 8 new names from Chablis – so already bringing to you 70 domaines and their 2017s from that region this year – coverage like no other!
  • Visits to ‘older’ names to catch-up on their 2017s…
  • 100 wines from 2017 tasted blind – from Irancy and Beaujolais Blanc – I’m thinking of your bank balance here. Particularly the Beaujolais was interesting, because I generally find only about 1 in 10 wines that I would open with relish – here you will find 6 great wines – from over 60 tasted!
  • Screw-cap versus cork – comparing the seals back to 2004 with one winemaker – intriguing, if unsurprising results!

Online for subscribers here. Note that for my coverage of the 2017 vintage, that’s already 2,890 wines from 235 producers. This month I’ve even started tasting a few domaines’ 2018s!

NB: This is the last Burgundy Report on my old server before a big site update. ‘Architecturally’ – i.e. behind the scenes – it will be a major step forward in both speed and stability. I’ll probably have to revisit the design in 6-12 months to make it prettier, but function and content rules – eh? Particularly now that a touch more than 50% of you visit only using your tablets and (i)phones!

Enjoy…

the visits – week 12 2019…

By billn on March 25, 2019 #reports#travels in burgundy 2019

Above the ‘lucky’ winemakers I managed to visit last week on a whirlwind tour of practically the whole of (greater) Burgundy – I missed a little Mâcon, but there were representatives from the Auxerrois, Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte de Chalonnais and the Beaujolais. 100 wines tasted blind too.

Included were some well-known faces that I couldn’t fit in at the end of last year, 8 new domaines – first visits – for me, plus blind tastings of Vézelay, Irancy and Beaujolais Blanc. Hyper interesting, and as a partner-piece to my tasting, last year, of 2017-2006 Chablis with DIAM seals, last week I did similar with screw-caps – in this case comparing with their cork-sealed analogues – most intriguing results too! All in the March Report…

february 2019 report –

By billn on March 19, 2019 #reports

[Online for subscribers]

The, now, regular February report that has Beaujolais as its main focus. Including my 2017 vintage summary and highlights – as always, including a bunch of new names – in total 45 domaines and over 300 wines.

Look-out for some explanation, plus discussion and notes on the first vintage for the Bourgogne Côte d’Or label too – 2017. Enjoy!

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2017 Chablis – report now online…

By billn on February 16, 2019 #reports

[For Subscribers]

62 domaines, over 50 2017 Petit Chablis – blind, and my vintage summary and highlights. Including a bunch of new names. 625 wines, even including some (shock) already bottled from from 2018!

That’s 2,425 wines in the vintage reports to-date. Plus notes from each producer on their 2017 and 2018 campaigns. As always, those extra-special wines are highlighted. You know it makes sense:

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week 1 of 3 in the beaujolais

By billn on February 10, 2019 #reports#travels in burgundy 2019


The ‘lucky’ vignerons I visited last week, including ‘Fedora’ – le chien de Lapierre!

I write this whilst trying to work out where the odd sock has disappeared too – it’s already time to pack my bag for week 2 in Beaujolais!

Week 1 was such a change from the weather at home and most of the three weeks in Chablis too – they have been characterised by rain, mist, snow, and often sub-zero temperatures. There was a little of the latter in Beaujolais too, just one day of rain, but plenty of clear skies. Some fast jogging times for my Strava too – I’m much slower back home this weekend, it’s poor under foot – icy, from not completely melted snow and plenty of standing water – ho-hum!

And don’t forget – next weekend my Chablis 2017 report is online – 64 separate articles!

Anyway a few views from this week:
 

chablis winemakers visited in week 4 2019

By billn on January 26, 2019 #reports#travels in burgundy 2019

More 2017 white burgundy – this from the last of my three weeks in Chablis this year – #Burgundyweek3 already.

I’ve visited Chablis to make broad tastings since the 2012 vintage, usually for 3 weeks in January – last week was the first time that I managed to see some real snow in all that time – usually the snow comes later (if it comes at all) like in March last year. So now I’ve amassed 62 domaines in Chablis and will publish the report in 3 weeks – probably 17 February 2019. That amounts to over 2,400 wines from 2017 before February’s, now traditional, 3 weeks in Beaujolais. I’m expecting March to be a mix of additional new names from Chablis and rounding up some other domaines that I missed in the Côte d’Or.

For subscribers that need specific info now re any of the Chablis producers above – send me note – and for those with a wider interest, I’ve already visited over 170 domaines, writing about how each one of them sees their 2018 and 2017 vintages, and have amassed about 2,400 notes on 2017 burgundy:

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And a few pics from last week – mainly taken in a 10 minmute window where there was actually some blue sky!
 

chablis winemakers (and their dogs) visited in week 3, 2019

By billn on January 19, 2019 #reports

More 2017 Burgundy – this from my second of three weeks in Chablis this year – #Burgundyweek2 – but isn’t every week #Burgundyweek ?

Occasional showers and some frozen mornings – but this week, at least, I avoided the snow – but it looks like I might get some for my camera next week! But then it’s also a matter of time – last week there was some great light, and I saw some very photogenic scenes – but whilst hurrying to my next appointment – so not enough images, I’m afraid.

As last week, for subscribers that need specific info now re any of the Chablis producers above – send me note – and for those with a wider interest, I’ve already visited 150 domaines, writing about how each one of them sees their 2018 and 2017 vintages, and have amassed about 2,200 notes on 2017 Burgundy:

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the chablis winemakers visited in week 2, 2019

By billn on January 12, 2019 #reports#travels in burgundy 2019

2017 Burgundy is far from over – this was my first group of visits in Chablis this year – the first of three weeks. So for me #Burgundyweek lasts three weeks in January.

‘Roughly’ 62 visits are planned – the report will be online before the end of February – yes I know that’s a long time, but in the meantime you can read the three previous reports; Côte d’Or white, red and ‘Grands Maisons’ – here – for subscribers. When Chablis is published that will be more than 170 domaines and about 2,400 wines from the vintage – then Beaujolais comes in February.

For subscribers that need specific info now re Chablis – send me note.

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2017 Red Burgundy Report – the ‘Grands Maisons’

By billn on January 06, 2019 #reports

Quite frankly, 2017 is the most complex, the most variable, red wine vintage that I’ve ever tasted.

The 2017 Vintage Grands Maisons Report

In December 2018’s Burgundy Report there are over 440 wines for you to add to the last two months reports – so that’s already more than 1,800 wines from 110+ producers in the October to December 2017 vintage reports.

With the visits for my Chablis 2017 report starting tomorrow (January 2019 Report) and Beaujolais 2017 visits in the February 2019 Report still to come. Nobody else brings you such a wide perspective of Burgundy!

I hope you enjoy – here.

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