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.
The 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!
- 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!
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…
[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!
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:
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:
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:
And a few pics from last week – mainly taken in a 10 minmute window where there was actually some blue sky!
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: