By billn on October 02, 2018 #reports#travels in burgundy 2018

It’s colder. And the birds are starting to gather in the vineyards. I guess it’s Autumn!

Monday was the first day of my programme of vintage 2017 domaine visits – it was also the day of a very rare occurance – rain! Okay, only modest rain! But it was the first in this neck of the woods since the middle of the harvest – actually the end of the harvest for many white domaines – so that’s about 3 weeks – but we’ll soon have 25°C again – it’s forecast for the end of the week!

Yesterday brought visits in Puligny, Meursault and Chassagne. Today there was more Puligny and Chassagne but tomorrow I will get out a little more, adding St.Romain and Pernand!

A few views from my first two days:

july’s burgundy-report is online…

By billn on August 24, 2018 #reports

Just in time to get my teeth into the harvest, next week, July’s report is now online – so it’s only a notional ‘holiday’ that there’s no August report 🙂

July marks the first serious tastings of 2017s at a modest number of domaines – but a vintage that largely had very fast malos so the wines are already ‘readable.’ There’s also a big blind tasting of Brouilly and CĂ´te de Brouilly from multiple vintages, 2017-2011, but predominantly from 2017-2015. Then there are the beautiful 2016 Mâcons of Les Artisans Vignerons de Bourgogne du Sud.

I hope that you will enjoy…

june’s burgundy report…

By billn on August 03, 2018 #reports

Some of the producers of Auxey-Duresses.

I might be on holiday, but the June Burgundy Report is now online for you here.

The synopsis? Something stirring in flatlands near Beaune. The 2017 Cave Prestige of the BIVB. Auxey-Duresses profiled plus multiple domaines profiled…

down south – a 2018 mâconnais update…

By billn on July 25, 2018 #report: producers#reports#travels in burgundy 2018#vintage 2018

Yesterday I hit the Mâconnais to taste wines from the Artisan Vignerons of South Burgundy – wines that are as good as Mâcon can be. They will be in my July report at the end of August.

Northern Mâconnais got pretty badly hit by the hail this year, some vineyards (to use the local black humour) completely harvested. Most people have some hail damage, the very worst affected domaines have lost over 80% of their production. By contrast, the south of Mâconnais which includes the important areas of Saint Véran and Pouilly-Fuissé were overwhelmingly untouched.

In the south the vines and grapes look fabulous – despite a little mildew towards the bottom of the slopes – their one (joint north-south) issue is that the hot and dry weather – much drier than the CĂ´te d’Or – is starting to block the onset of maturity. So whilst the south are planning on a harvest start of ~25 August, it could easily slip into September without the help of a little rain. The grapes are plentiful but small – see images below – rain will not just be needed to rejuvinate the progress towards maturity, it will also be needed to bring better balance to the grapes. The producers of the northern Mâconnais are already looking at September for harvesting, their vines being 7-10 days behind those in the south…

May’s Burgundy Report:

By billn on June 21, 2018 #reports

May’s Subscriber Report went live on Thursday.

Highlighting the first meeting of the ‘Les Aligoteurs‘ where I managed to taste only half the wines – after 77 it was becoming too hard to differentiate – plus I still had to drive back to Beaune! The producers were arranged alphabetically and I started from A. If they do it again next year, I’ll start from Z so as to be sure to have them all!

But it’s not just about aligotĂ©, there’s also more than 100 wines from 2016 – Mâconnais and Chalonnaise – plus a few domaines revisited, including a dozen producers of Moulin Ă  Vent and a tale of two Ponsots!

the april-2018 burgundy report

By billn on June 01, 2018 #reports

A modest Burgundy Report for subscribers:

A profile of Gevrey-Chambertin’s grand cru – Latricières-Chambertin:

  • 11 of it’s 12 proprietors profiled (I tried for 12!)
  • 47 different Latricières tasted by me on your behalf!

Oh, and how to avoid oxidised white burgundy completely!
For those of you who find the annual subscription of 85 swiss francs too steep to learn about this, that’s a shame, but you buy this single article – oh-so cheap, here. After which you will be able to read it here.

I think it’s an issue that’s worth your time!

PS Yes I know that there’s a problem with not all the articles showing in the right-hand navigation of each separate report – it’s why I’m late publishing – I still haven’t found the reason/solution. But I’m still working on it!

Online – Burgundy Report, March 2018

By billn on May 02, 2018 #reports

It’s a couple of days late – sorry about that – but now online is my March report for subscribers:

Included in this issue are the wines of over 50 domaines – about 40 of which are new names to the report.

The domaines cover the full geographic spectrum of Burgundy – from Beaujolais, Chablis, Chalonnaise, Mâconnais, the CĂ´te de Beaune and the CĂ´te de Nuits. One includes a visit to Domaine Rebourseau in Gevrey, looking at the changes put in place since they finally sold their picking machine!

Then there are two tastings from during the Grands Jours de Bourgogne, covering over 60 grand crus.

Finally – what is it about amphora?

So, since my October 2017 report, that’s now over 260 domaines covered and over 2,750 wines from the 2016 vintage tasted. Enjoy…

February 2018 Burgundy Report – 2 books and counting…

By billn on March 22, 2018 #reports

The fifth of my quintet of 2016 Vintage Burgundy reports is now online for subscribers, namely Beaujolais 2016.

I usually feel inadequate when I hear of 100s of domaines, 1,000s of notes plus maybe 100,000 words delivered in other places, but this time I forced myself to do a little benchmarking: So, so far, my October to February reports covering the 2016 vintage are arranged; CĂ´te d’Or Whites, CĂ´te d’Or Reds, the ‘Grand Maisons,’ Chablis and Beaujolais – amounting to 210 domaines and 2,440 wines – over 180,000 words – there were only 90k words in my book!

I feel better already!

Whilst the core of my Beaujolais report remains those domaines that I’ve slowly discovered through blind tasting, this time I decided to include alternative facets of the market for Beaujolais – there are 9 cave co-operatives and I managed to visit 7 of them. On the opposite side of the market I decided to visit some of the more successful ‘natural’ winemakers; Foillard, Sunier, Thillardon, Dutraive and Lapierre – among others – there is no single truth to good wine!

I hope that you will enjoy. From now until the harvest, my reports will return to the freestyle approach.

The January 2018 Burgundy Report is now online – Chablis 2016

By billn on February 19, 2018 #reports

Chablis 2016 Report – now online for subscribers – Here!

Sixty domaines and almost 540 wines tasted – then there is the bonus of a look at the 2016s from an extra seven CĂ´te d’Or domains, with an additional 60+ wines tasted.

If you are not a subscriber and would like to see what might be included, then check my report on the 2014 Chablis Vintage – published 2 years ago. All my Burgundy Reports are free to view after 2 years, so see what you might be missing!

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