Travels in Burgundy 2019

bj so far this eventful week

By billn on February 13, 2019 #travels in burgundy 2019

Back to Beaujolais this week – a modest 21 domaine visits.

Of-course it started in a less than optimal fashion; Storms, high winds and snow were forecast for Sunday evening and early morning on Monday – so it seemed better to head to Beaune on Sunday evening, and onwards to St.Amour on Monday. The forecast was, indeed, correct and much snow arrived chez-moi, en Suisse, overnight Sunday-Monday.

So I had a good plan, but what wasn’t planned was running over an object on the Autoroute that within 200 metres had sucked the air out of one of my tyres – oups! There followed 3 hours of slow-paced driving to Beaune between 20-23h00 on what the French would call a ‘galette’ – my space-saving spare wheel. Early on Monday my usual tyre-garage in Beaune said ‘not repairable, we can order new but they won’t be here until Thursday’ – to which I said a polite ‘no’ – mainly for the pain of having to return to Beaune from Beaujolais midweek – so decided to find another ‘tyre-merchant’ in Mâcon-Beaujolais. Of-course that meant another slow drive – this time to Beaujolais!

Cutting a long story, short. The next garage I stopped at turned out to be Subaru enthusiasts and ‘of-course’ could fix the tyre, and for a mere €25 too! The extra hour of slow driving saved me €300!

Anyway – still some cold mornings this week, but getting warmer every day – ‘teens’ degrees are forecast for Beaujolais on Friday/the weekend – today started misty, but the last half of the afternoon had a lovely light:

week 1 of 3 in the beaujolais

By billn on February 10, 2019 #reports#travels in burgundy 2019

The ‘lucky’ vignerons I visited last week, including ‘Fedora’ – le chien de Lapierre!

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:

a little màv in the morning…

By billn on February 04, 2019 #travels in burgundy 2019

Lovely light in Beaujolais this morning – but becoming cloudier in the pm. Still, the weather looks nice for the next two days. Following just a few pics from today – all around Moulin à Vent, except where noted elsewhere – usually Fleurie in that case…

chablis winemakers visited in week 4 2019

By billn on January 26, 2019 #reports#travels in burgundy 2019

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:

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And a few pics from last week – mainly taken in a 10 minmute window where there was actually some blue sky!

chablis – only snow…

By billn on January 22, 2019 #travels in burgundy 2019

Not many people were out when I decided to exercise the Scooby in the snow up Les Clos this afternoon.

Maybe even more snow tomorrow 🙂

yet more chablis, but no dogs…

By billn on January 17, 2019 #travels in burgundy 2019

I really don’t have the time to get into the vines – until it’s dark – likewise with the jogging – pff! But here’s a few snatched photos from along the way. There are rain-showers like April and relatively few morning frosts this week. Versus last year it’s much drier – some of the roads around here were flooded at the same time in 2018…

a little second week chablis – it’s gone to the dogs…

By billn on January 15, 2019 #travels in burgundy 2019

the chablis winemakers visited in week 2, 2019

By billn on January 12, 2019 #reports#travels in burgundy 2019

2017 Burgundy is far from over – this was my first group of visits in Chablis this year – the first of three weeks. So for me #Burgundyweek lasts three weeks in January.

‘Roughly’ 62 visits are planned – the report will be online before the end of February – yes I know that’s a long time, but in the meantime you can read the three previous reports; Côte d’Or white, red and ‘Grands Maisons’ – here – for subscribers. When Chablis is published that will be more than 170 domaines and about 2,400 wines from the vintage – then Beaujolais comes in February.

For subscribers that need specific info now re Chablis – send me note.

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