the last (floral) days…

By billn on June 15, 2021 #vintage 2021

Batch 2 - iris 2021

I thought I’d update you after this first image of the iris crop chez-moi this year. Two were missing in action this year – no blooms – but still a creditable 14 different ones this year. The yellows were the first and the last…

With all the seedlings, I’m running out of space for more.

A later flowering year but still a good year for them, without too much rainy weather over the flowering season – maybe I’ve another 10 days to enjoy the blooms before it’s all over for 2021…

an open day – château moulin à vent

By billn on June 14, 2021 #events

Chateau moulin a vent open day 2021

New in my inbox today.

I guess that this is the covid-successor to the last few years’ Jazz à Moulin à Vent – also held at the château. I can’t make it as I have a new kitten to collect that day(!) but feel free to head along yourself!

See Here.

the 99 potel volnay vv

By billn on June 13, 2021 #degustation

1999 Nicolas Potel Volnay Vieilles-Vignes

1999 Nicolas Potel, Volnay Vieilles-Vignes
The colour is starting to show some age and is certainly not clean and bright. The nose starts with a small whiff of brett but it’s borderline and seemingly reasonably volatile – it soon disappears from the glass – what remains is a very attractive blend of creamy iron and flowers – eventually a little tobacco/leather too. Lots of mouth-filling volume and fresh energy here – this is still a structural wine but one of mouth-watering sweetness that offsets some slight tannic bitters. Open, giving, still rather young but offering clarity to its many flavours. Bravo villages and just really getting into its stride, I think. The 97 of this was well thought of, indeed I bought plenty myself, but in comparison to this wine, that 1997 was always a little stolid. This has all you could wish for, for its label…
Rebuy – Yes

yesterday in the côtes…

By billn on June 10, 2021 #travels in burgundy 2021#vintage 2021

Beaune Gréves - mainly
Yesterday afternoon. Mainly Beaune Gréves but a little Toussaints and Bressandes to the right…

Obviously, some damage in Gevrey-Chambertin yesterday but the storms were extremely localised. The rest of the Côte d’Or was threatened – like Beaune above – but there was rarely more than occasional rumbles of thunder and a few spots of rain – unlike the 40mm of rain in just a few minutes that fell on the vines of Gevrey! Of course, there is damage here, which will compound the frost from April…

For me a trip to see the work (and what work!) that is underway at the Château de Pommard and then in the afternoon a chance to see the rare vine varieties that are being conserved in Beaune; Tressot Noir, Côt, Troyen, Gamay Castille or Oberlin Noir anyone? That latter variety the only one that was starting to flower – it was also the first (of these) in 2020 too.

As for flowering, in general; there are some early outliners in the vines – usually those in sunny spots, protected by walls – but it will be another week before the Côte d’Or really gets into the swing of flowering. Almost a week ago there were some flowerings in the ‘Americans’ as the locals describe the suckers that sprout from the American rootstocks – normally the proper flowering of the chardonnays and then pinots begins 10-14 days later…

For me, today will be a little typing, coffee drinking (terraces!), jogging and a visit to taste some Meursault…

hail storms in gevrey-chambertin this afternoon…

By billn on June 09, 2021 #vintage 2021

Or just storms with some hail? It’s merely cloudy in Beaune right now, but in Gevrey:

offer of the day – lambrays 2019

By billn on June 08, 2021 #the market

It looks like this domaine have a lot of investments to recoup!

You can see the prices from my usual Swiss merchant with 2018, 2017 & 2016 pricing in the brackets!
— indicates not offered.

Domaine Clos des Lambrays:
Clos des Lambrays 2019 75cl 445.00 (258.00, 238.00, 225.00) * (Swiss Francs)
Clos des Lambrays 2019 150cl 910.00 (536.00, 481.00, —)

The price you see is ‘delivered’ but ex 7.7% Swiss purchase tax.

So, not quite up to Clos de Tart levels – but Lambrays look to be on their way to ‘equivalence‘ – eh?

It seems but a blink of the eye (to me) when I could buy magnums from this estate for well under 150 Swiss francs. Okay, I’m also old enough to remember the last bottles of Clos de Tart I bought on release for 70 UK pounds a bottle – the 2001 vintage – it seemed too much at the time but they remain grand vin!

3 fine bottles with less ‘fashionable’ labels

By billn on June 08, 2021 #degustation

Burgundy - Verret, Poulette, Saint Marc

2017 Verret, Côtes d’Auxerre Chardonnay Les Gaudiers
Chardonnay planted around Saint-Bris, cork sealed.
This is a a good wine of both aromatic and flavour freshness that I would automatically assume comes from ‘northern’ Burgundy. It’s not astoundingly good wine per se, but tasty and an absolute bargain for a Burgundy. There’s clarity and minerality to this flavour that makes it much more than an anonymously good chardonnay.
Rebuy – Maybe

2017 Poulette, Nuits St.Georges Les Vallerots
Yes. it’s a shame, but Nuits seems so out of fashion these days…
Medium-plus colour. The nose is airy and red-fruited – it’s quite an invitation. Not a deep, concentrated, structural Nuits, this – rather a wine of red-fruited energy and completely delicious flavour – there’s a joie de vivre here that is very Beaujolais in style – a wine that is drunk at an impressive pace – except that the bottle is too soon empty. Great, easier styled, villages Nuits – bravo!
Rebuy – Yes

2019 Saint Marc, Santenay Saint Jean Blanc
Whilst there’s a little oaky padding to the aromas, I have to say that this is very well done – it’s a good invitation to drink. In the mouth this has a nicely mouth-watering, almost saline minerality it’s completely delicious despite the visibility of the barrels here too. There’s more than good concentration though I’d keep this a year or two in cellar to lessen the visibility of the oak – no problem as DIAM-sealed – but this is a really super villages Santenay Blanc…
Rebuy – Yes

offer of the day – 2017 comtesse de chérisey

By billn on June 07, 2021 #the market

From a Swiss merchant. I have only tasted their 2018s and 2019s but here is a producer who I admire very much – they were one of my star domaines for the 2019 vintage. Don’t go looking for great bargains but the context of the current market these are not outrageously priced bottles:

Domaine Comtesse de Chérisey
Meursault, Bois de Blagny 2017 75cl 69.00* (Swiss Francs)
Meursault La Genelotte Monopole 1er Cru 2017 75cl 109.00
Meursault La Genelotte Monopole 1er Cru 2017 150cl 223.00
Puligny-Montrachet, Hameau de Blagny 1er Cru 2017 75cl 109.00
Puligny-Montrachet, Hameau de Blagny 1er Cru 2017 150cl 223.00
Puligny-Montrachet, Les Chalumeaux 1er Cru 2017 75cl 109.00
Puligny-Montrachet, Les Chalumeaux 1er Cru 2017 150cl 223.00
Puligny-Montrachet, La Garenne 1er Cru 2017 150cl 223.00

Blagny La Genelotte Monopole 1er Cru 2017 75cl 109.00
Blagny La Genelotte Monopole 1er Cru 2017 150cl 223.00

*These prices include the local 7.7 purchase tax but not the cost of delivery – which will depend on order size.

wines de la weekend – week 22 2021…

By billn on June 06, 2021 #degustation

weekend 22 2021 wines

Friday/Saturday wines in Beaune – something required for the Sunday evening with mushroom risotto – I’m sure I’ll think of something 🙂

2017 Jean-Claude Ramonet, Mâcon-Péronne
The last from my refrigerator in Beaune. Cork sealed
Fresh, young colour. An equally fresh and young nose – even a small agrume reduction that initially hides the more ‘southern fruit.’ The palate is no less fresh and young but here is a little richness of flavour too. A little saline, nicely lingering on a more mineral note. Fully enjoyed – a shame that they are now all gone!
Rebuy – Yes

2015 Château Ravatys, Côte de Brouilly Reserve
A domaine that in some years I find a quality match for Thivin – but they are certainly less consistent…
The deep, saturated, colour of 2015 – youthful too. A blast of black fruit – blackberry but not quite blue – there’s a mineral, graphite, undertow to this nose too but nothing that’s overtly too ripe or roast. Mouth-filling, intense, perhaps more than the stated 13.5% alcohol but seemingly balanced and there’s nothing burning. The graphite minerality of the nose more pronounced in the sweet finish. If you’re interested in that kind of thing, it’s also still great for staining your tongue purple! Utterly impressive – the next 10 years seem assured for this wine and who knows thereafter…
Rebuy – Yes

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