burgundy, week 43 2019

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

This week’s lucky recipients of my visits for October’s report!

It’s been a pleasure to be in the Côtes this week; the vines resplendent, though – photographically speaking – the light has been sub-optimal for the best photos, with mainly greyer skies. But still a pleasure!

The leaves in some places have dropped – whole sections – clearly there are places where clone type trumps the weather – but generally all is still beautiful – maybe the chance of some nice pictures over the weekend.

mugshots from week 42, 2019

By billn on October 19, 2019 #reports#travels in burgundy 2019

Some very classy wine tasted this week – my thanks to the domaines that made some time available to see me – of-course all will be in the October report, published next month.

The week was a mix of sun and much needed rain – the latter, of-course, less photogenic. We also had the first day with typically autumnal weather – a misty morning that slowly gave way to sunshine – that was Wednesday. A week with 400,000 km on the clock of the scoobydoo too!

comments are fixed…

By billn on June 20, 2019 #reports

The whole of the last report had a bug – the comments were disabled on all the new reports – it was a mistake that’s just been rectified today in the new report ‘template’ – sorry for that, but all is now good. Note that only subscribers get to see the comments in the reports, that is until the reports are visible to all after a couple of years.

april’s burgundy report now online…

By billn on May 29, 2019 #reports

Clos des Grands VignesThe new April 2019 Burgundy Report online: Here

350 wines – still mainly 2017 and with a Marsannay and Echézeaux focus – but some 2018s are also now starting to creep into the mix. Then there are the newly profiled domaines and many magnums of older Beaujolais tasted. You know it makes sense 🙂

I can see some new issues with the site when subscribers login – they go directly to an admin page (so have to click top-right onto ‘visit site’ to get back to where you should be), instead of the page they should see – that’s going to take a week to fix as my ‘technician’ is on holiday – c’est la vie!

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!


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