March Burgundy Report online

By billn on May 05, 2022 #reports

March 2022[It goes without saying – for subscribers!]

Mopping up some Beaujolais domaines moved from February into March and a mix of names – new and old – from the Côte d'Or and Mâconnais.

This report, as always, has those wines worth a special search highlighted for you in blue. That's now over 300 domaines (304) for this 2020 vintage season – with, the winemakers giving their thoughts on 2020 and 2021. Of course, there are more to come before we switch to the 2021 vintage!


2020 Beaujolais Report – online…

By billn on April 21, 2022 #reports

Moulin à Vent - February 202068 domaines visited in February – all the reports plus my summation are now online. There are also another 14 from Beaujolais which will come in the March Report.

As of the end of February, that’s the wines and thoughts of over 290 domaines that have been published since beginning my tour of Burgundy’s 2020 vintage – and you can be sure that I didn’t stop in March!

One or two domaines, during bottling for instance, are preferring (already!) to show their 2021s – but for now, they remain rare – the normal changeover to the new vintage comes around July. I’ve another 43 domaines already visited so will easily pass 350 domaines before the 21s start to dominate.

Anyway, enjoy the 2020 Beaujolais Report – there is much to enjoy in this vintage, despite higher than average alcohols…

early april visits…

By billn on April 19, 2022 #reports#travels in burgundy 2022

Early April 2022 visits

Okay, that was a nice week’s holiday, I’ll put some images of the places visited online tomorrow. But now it’s time to get the site back in order.

Later this week the Beaujolais 2020 report will be online, but first a peek at the visits that I started this month with. See how many you can name – enjoy!

2020 Chablis – report now online

By billn on February 20, 2022 #reports

Prehy - January 2022The January 2020 Report is online – 2020 Chablis.

More than 60 domaines, over 600 wines. The wines are 90% great – but here, there’s a sting in the tail of 2020 Burgundy…


And six more important domaines from the Côte d’Or too – so that’s now more than 220 domaines’ 2020s online in Burgundy report, with 50 more already done in Beaujolais and more to come next week. The February report should already see nearly 300 domaines reported. Enjoy!

this week in the côte – visits and (over?) large events

By billn on February 03, 2022 #events#reports

After three January weeks in Chablis, I made a short interlude in Beaune this week – so I’ll add these domaine reports to my (January) Chablis report which should be out in 2 weeks: That’s 64 Chablis domaines’ 2020s, plus the six domaines from the Côte d’Or that are pictured above.

In other news, various events have been postponed or ‘repositioned’ in Burgundy: For the second year in a row – due to covid reasons – the Chablis Saint Vincent (in Fleys) has been pushed back a year, and is now planned to take place 4 & 5 February 2023. Unlike their counterparts in Chablis, Puligny/Corpeau/Blagny are still planning to run their event this year at the repositioned timing of March 19th and 20th – this coincides with the auction of the Hospices de Nuits – which has many in that place grumbling that they will see fewer visitors due to this ‘competition’ for tourists. Additionally, the Grands Jours de Bourgogne are holding firm with their plan to run this year during 21-25 March.

As, amongst others, the UK and Switzerland put forward their plans for the loosening of covid-restriction I think there will be much more optimism in Beaune, Nuits and Puligny that their events will actually take place – despite high infection rates and little indication that France will be changing their covid-related rules – at least in the very short term. I can honestly say that such large gatherings remain off the table for me at this stage, though I’m happy to continue visiting vigneron(ne)s one-on-one across their tasting tables. Indeed next week I start my three week tour of Beaujolais 2020!

Wish me, continued, luck – ie to remain ‘negative!’

2020 Red Burgundy – report now online…

By billn on January 17, 2022 #reports

2020 Beaune 1er BelissandNew online today for subscribers.

So that’s:
– My 2020 red vintage summary plus
– 67 new red domaines and their 2020s to add to
– 15 red domaines’ 2020s that were already online, plus
– 65 white domaines’ 2020s that were already online
There are a few 2020s from Beaujolais too – so that’s over 150 domaines and their 2020s now online.

In this 2020s tasting season, I may not match the 344 domaines’ 2019s that I’ve done over the last 12 months – there was one month less tasting time after the late harvest in 2021 – but I’m sure that I’ll still manage over 300 this year – open borders and good health permitting.

The new report is here – enjoy!

The 2020 white burgundy report (part 2) now online

By billn on December 23, 2021 #reports

Beautiful 2020 Corton-CharlemagneBeautiful 2020 Corton-Charlemagne…

Just a heads-up to let you know that this report is now online.

Together with part one which covered domaines from the Mâconnais to Bouzeron, that’s now 61 white (mainly) domaines published. Last year at this time I’d managed a dozen more but that was with an extra month of visiting time to play with – as the harvest was so early in 2020 – no such luxury this year!

Okay, onwards with the reds – probably not online before the 10th of January – but let’s see!


October Report Online

By billn on December 02, 2021 #reports

October 2021 Burgundy Report
October’s Burgundy Report – now online.


2020 White Burgundy Part 1:
Two from Bouzeron and the rest from the Mâconnais – the first vintage with 1er Crus in the Mâconnais!

My roundup of the statistics and my overall impression of the vintage to come when I publish the ‘White Burgundy Part 2’ with the white domaines of the Côte de Beaune. But, hopefully, there’s something here for you to get your teeth into while waiting for that. White Burgundy Part 3 will be my usual trip to Chablis in January!

Cheers to all…

the 2020 reports already online…

By billn on November 21, 2021 #reports

2020s - the first wave online
The domaines with 2020s already online in Burgundy Report…

Just a taster for the big ‘2020 White’ issue, otherwise known as the October report: above are all the domaines with 2020s online in Burgundy Report right now – there’s another 11 added in the September report

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