Travels in Burgundy 2017

weekend promenading…

By billn on October 15, 2017 #travels in burgundy 2017

The top of Côte du Py

This weekend, a little pacing around Solutré and Château Pizay:

week 41’s ‘rogues’ gallery

By billn on October 14, 2017 #reports#travels in burgundy 2017

Some lovely visits to kick off the work for October’s 2016 White Burgundy Report. Wines that are really a surprise (to me) and it was particularly good to see some smiles on the faces of many vigneron(ne)s after their 2017 harvest – not everyone, but most.

Now it’s my birthday weekend (I’ve been told!) so time to open some bottles – no?

to trip, or not to trip – rosé style…

By billn on October 12, 2017 #degustation#travels in burgundy 2017

Château Pizay…

I was invited to a ‘press trip’ by the syndicate of growers from Moulin-à-Vent, and normally I don’t make press trips – you would be forgiven for asking why(?) Okay, I’ll answer that anyway:

The only previous ‘press trip’ that I’ve done, was to Chablis. I was one of five who were deemed worthy of invitation – I formed the opinion that two of the invitees were very serious and were busy writing copy, the other two seemed interested only in emptying every mini-bar that they could find…

I wasn’t very impressed that everything that the free-loaders were eating and drinking was on somebody else’s ‘tab’ – I know that they were freeloaders, because this pair published nothing that I could find.

Then there are the days (weeks!) where I see half a dozen people on twitter, tweeting images of the same bar and same cocktails in Buenos-Aires or Capetown – for instance. It just doesn’t taste very nice. So why did I say yes to this one? Well, it is Moulin-à-Vent, and that’s my day job. Whatever the other people do, I’m here to work – and on the positive side, it’s clear that the organisers want us to work too – there are 100 samples to taste in the morning – in roughly 3.5 hours – which sounds at least one hour too little to me! Then in the afternoon after a quick lunch (really – only a quick lunch on a press trip?) visiting 3 producers, culled from our notes from tasting.

The setting and accommodation are classic ‘press trip’ though – the Château Pizay and its hotel. Let’s see how this works out!

And the rosé? Driving to the Château Pizay from Beaune, as the sun was setting, left a beautiful view of Mont Blanc in the East – all rosé coloured due to the setting sun….

givry, puligny and meursault today…

By billn on October 10, 2017 #travels in burgundy 2017

I’m touring, tasting mainly 2016 whites in October, here pictures from Givry:

And after lunch, pictures from Meursault:

weekend photos

By billn on October 08, 2017 #travels in burgundy 2017

Just a few pics to appreciate the weekend in Beaune – nice light and blue-sky on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning – fading to gray and some rain showers on Sunday evening:

a little mâcon and a little early evening beaune…

By billn on October 04, 2017 #travels in burgundy 2017

In Mâcon for most of the day – only 88 wines to taste – ignoring lunch of-course! Back in Beaune for the the last of the pink-red, post-sunset, light.

a walk around saint-véran today…

By billn on October 03, 2017 #travel pics#travels in burgundy 2017

The morning was wet, but the afternoon was altogether better. We took in the north and the south of the appellation plus some lovely vantage points between the villages that make up Saint-Véran and the views toward Saint Amour and Juliénas…

today’s walk in chablis

By billn on August 10, 2017 #travels in burgundy 2017#vintage 2017

Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, 10th August 2017 – after the rain.

Due to the rain, it was a modest tour in the muddy grand crus of Chablis. I would say a rather meagre looking quantity of fruit on the vines if compared to the Côte de Beaune, but like in the Côte d’Or, no obvious signs of rot, et-cetera…

Oh, and did I mention the temperature? 13°C at 3 in the afternoon – brrr… Back to 30° on Monday, says google weather…

touring the vines in the côte de beaune

By billn on August 09, 2017 #travels in burgundy 2017#vintage 2017

Starting in Beaune, finishing with coffee in Puligny. We started in sunshine, ending with threatening, dark cloud – still a little muggy but dry.

Here in the Côte de Beaune we are 3-4 weeks from harvesting and there looks to be plenty of grapes on the vines – in good shape too – there is a little loss due to sunburn, but I saw neither oïdium, nor rot. The grape clusters are all of varying colours and sweetness for now – or sourness – it depends how you want to look at it 🙂

Fingers crossed!

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