2019 Red Burgundy – part 1 – Côte de Beaune

By billn on December 31, 2020 #reports

2019 Vintage - Red Côte de BeauneComing after my first two 2019 Burgundy Reports on:
The whites of the Mâconnais, followed by
The whites of the Côte de Beaune

Now my latest report, covering the reds of the Côte de Beaune is now online – here. This will be Part 1 of my two 2019 Red Burgundy Reports.

This, first, red report covers the visits to taste 2019s at domaines #74 – #113 and includes my summary of the vintage characteristics – and what and who I like.

I hope that you enjoy this in-depth look. The reds of the Côte de Nuits will follow in the next days – hopefully, before I leave for Chablis to start my White Burgundy Report – Part 3!

2019 White Burgundy – part 2

By billn on December 23, 2020 #reports

After part 1 – the Mâconnais, now part 2 of my tour of 2019 White Burgundy domaines (domaines 27-73) is now online with my summary of the vintage – and what and who I like.

I hope that you enjoy this in-depth look. White Burgundy part 3 will be my January report from Chablis – assuming the borders stay open – and I don’t succumb!

I’m already underway with my November report which will be Côte de Beaune (& Chalonnaise) reds: another 38 domaines – online before the 31st December!

Burgundy Report – Mâconnais 2019

By billn on December 15, 2020 #4 subscribers#reports

Just in case anyone missed it, my Mâconnais 2019 Burgundy Report is online. 26 domaines’ wines and their comments on recent vintages too. There are also a bunch of tasting notes on 2018s as a number of domaines thought it too early to show their 2019s. Does that leave you thirsty for some red(?) If…

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A new Burgundy Report….

By billn on September 10, 2020 #reports

July 2020 Burgundy Report

For those that haven’t yet noticed, my July 2020 Burgundy Report is online.

Some new domaines visited and now starting the transition from tasting 2018s to tasting the new 2019 vintage. Full-power on that from the end of September!


June 2020’s report – now online

By billn on July 30, 2020 #reports

Lantignié soil
Lantignié’s soil – there’s even some organic material!
From Monday 15th June, the French borders re-opened for ‘aliens’ such as I.

Eventually!‘ I hear you say.

I’m in agreement – never has 13 weeks of absence seemed so long! It’s much worse for some of my US colleagues – they haven’t been allowed to return to France since their mutual borders closed in mid-March!

All things considered, I managed to pack in a reasonable schedule into those last two weeks of June: Visits to producers in the Côte d’Or, Mâconnais and Beaujolais plus a deeper look into Gevrey 1er cru of the Clos des Issarts and the hot ‘new’ label of Beaujolais-Lantignié.

The report went live – HERE – today. I hope that all you subscribers will enjoy it 🙂

July and some of August is, and will be, Puligny-Montrachet time, with a deeper look at the terroirs of Puligny with the winemakers (mainly) of that village…

at last…

By billn on June 20, 2020 #degustation#picture gallery#reports#travels in burgundy 2020

domaines week number 21 2020

I’ve only missed 12 weeks of being able to visit producers, but to be honest, it has seemed longer.

My thanks – of course – to the domaines that had the time to see me this week – they will all be in my June report. I’m planning to be ‘en place‘ for a few days every other week, and there are always many more people worth paying a visit to!

May 2020 Burgundy Report

By billn on June 03, 2020 #reports

May 2020 Burgundy Report… is online for subscribers.

This ‘lockdown’ report concentrates on the value propositions for 2018 Burgundy:

  • Where the real value lies in ‘2018 Bourgogne’
  • Very fine and well price 2018 Chablis 1er Vaillons
  • Super and ageworth Pouilly-Fuissé
  • 28 wines with unreserved recommendadtions from many more tasted


2018 Beaujolais – it’s where the value lies

By billn on March 23, 2020 #beaujolais#reports

Burgundy Report - 2018 BeaujolaisMost wine merchants are still making deliveries to self-isolators – so what are you going to drink at home?

If you’re looking at 2018s, then the value – and often the consistency of quality – is more often with Beaujolais than the Côte d’Or. So with that in mind:

Newly online is my February Report – 2018 Beaujolais.

62 domains, well over 400 new wines from an, often, great vintage. That’s now over 3,000 wines tasted from 260 domaines for the 2018 vintage reports of October 2019 to February 2020, and in each case with vintage commentary from their winemakers.

Now, who’s going to be the first to buy my mixed case recommendation? – That’ll keep you perky at home!

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