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pics from tuesday and wednesday…

I might have posted a few more images this week, but with the ‘state’ of the wifi in my hotel, this post actually required 2 hours to engineer – so you may, or may not see anything more before Friday – let’s see how patient I can be!

Anyway, the light has been good this week, but each day it’s cooler and cooler. Today’s start with 0°C would be nothing if it weren’t for the cutting wind – but the forecast says than the region will get colder still, closer to -10°C by the middle of next week. I suppose my little red fingers might get to take a few properly frosted pics before I head to Beaune on Friday afternoon!
 

week 7 2018 – my weekend wines

I got home from Beaujolais late on Thursday. On Friday we went to meet with friends who stay in Mürren for a few days each year. I havent skied for nearly 3 years, and given Friday’s rain at 1,600 meters, not to mention the slushy snow and poor visibility, Friday definitely wasn’t going to be my much anticipated return! Still, it’s always good to meet up with friends, and the first wine, the Santenay, we drank in the resort on together on Friday evening. Saturday and Sunday we were at home, as usual, before I left, once-more, for Beaujolais early on Monday morning.

2010 Capuano-Ferreri, Santenay 1er La Comme
I’ve never come across this producer before.
A rather round nose, edged with a little vanilla. Similar in the mouth, glossy, a little fat to the texture – some sweetness of fruit. The flavours are a little oaked here too. A round wine, nothing exceptional or worth a search – but quite okay.
Rebuy – No

2016 Marcel Lapierre, Morgon Cuvée MMXVI
This is the cuvée without sulfur – you can have with or without…
Ooh – what a deep and interesting nose – wide too, practically cushioned, textured dark fruit. This is really a mouth-filler, round and powerful with beautiful texture. Melting, mouth-watering, approachable flavour – simply a wow wine. Bravo.
Rebuy – Yes

2007 Chézeaux/Ponsot, Griotte-Chambertin
The last vintage with cork seals.
A hint of toasty reduction and lots of sous-bois, dried leaves and even a hint of mushroom. All those things visible on the palate too – but frankly, despite a little attractive sweetness of flavour, this wine is a pale shadow of the Lapierre which it follows – now that’s a turn-up! This wine needs at least 2 hours of aeration, after which the nose is open, supple and sweetly fruited. Likewise the palate fills out, adds depth of flavour – there’s lots of sweet fruit now – and frankly the last two glasses are absolutely delicious. Not better than the Lapierre, but really super wine all the same.
Rebuy – Yes

2008 David Clark, Côte de Nuits Villages
Perhaps a bottle too far – but we needed another glass. Like how the Griotte started after the Lapierre, this was a pale shadow of the last glass of the Griotte (as it should be!). The nose had good volume and shape, though its sweetness was certainly augmented by a little barrel vanilla. In the mouth, relatively modest but clean (apart from the oak) and sweet flavours. Probably better than the Santenay, but whilst still young, it was well behind in third place from these last three bottles.
Rebuy – Maybe
 

The January 2018 Burgundy Report is now online – Chablis 2016

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 Côte 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!

offer of the day – william fevre 2016

Hot from my inbox from a Swiss importer. The prices of the 2015s are in brackets for you to compare:

CHABLIS WILLIAM FEVRE CHABLIS 2016
CHABLIS Village 75cl 22.00 (19.00) Swiss Francs*
PREMIERS CRUS – DOMAINE
CHABLIS Montée de Tonnerre 75cl 45.00 (42.00)
GRANDS CRUS – DOMAINE
CHABLIS Preuses 75cl 75.00 (65.00)
CHABLIS Bougros Côtes de Bouquerots 75cl 79.00 (65.00)
CHABLIS Les Clos 75cl 89.00 (75.00)

Quite large jumps versus last year, but Les Clos was one of the best wines of my whole tour of 60 domaines in January…
*The prices are ‘delivered’ but will attract another 8% Swiss tax

views from the last 2 days…

Snow then rain, then slowly beginning to clear – just as I was departing!
 

gallery 2 of 3 – this week’s beaujolais visits…

My second gallery from 3 weeks of tasting 2016s in Beaujolais – the weekend now beckons, but I’m back to Morgon on Monday!

beaujolais – getting into the crus this week


 With obligatory shot of Mont Blanc, brilliantly visible on both Tuesday and Wednesday – this the best I could do with my 52 mm equivalent lens!

Fernand VerpoixA super first three days in Beaujolais this week. Of-course the weather has been alternately grey, then sunny, and then erupts with storms of snow – snowflakes bigger than a €2 coin – though it doesn’t stick around for too long – despite -4°C on Tuesday morning!

Of-course I was very sorry to hear yesterday of the death of Fernand Verpoix – pictured with his wife to the right in their Chapelle du Bois vineyard. He died just a little over two weeks ago, well into his 80s. I hadn’t planned to visit Fernand this year (I tasted his 2014s and 2015s and still have one or two bottles at home) because last year he told me that he was the only vigneron in Fleurie to declare no yield in 2016 because of the hail – 2017 wouldn’t have been much better for him. He was such a lovely man – I hope that his son and daughter find enough time to continue the domaine – all his equipment looked brand new – let’s see…

The week started with a little Morgon, moved to Brouilly and then filled a day and half in Fleurie. There’s more to come in Chénas, Juliénas and more Morgon on Thursday before I head back to Switzerland – then that’s already two of my three weeks here finished.

Here are a few views collected so far this week:
 

week 6 2018 – my weekend wines

A great start and middle, then…

2012 Le Grappin, Savigny-lès-Beaune
Hmm – high tones, dark fruit and a fine width of aroma. This wine fills the mouth with freshness and dark sour cherry fruit – it’s mouth-wateringly delicious and that’s before it adds another creamy dimension in the mid and finishing flavours. Pure, intense, fine textured and getting better and better with aeration – absolutely delicious. 2-3 years really add an extra something to Mr Neilson’s wines!
Rebuy – Yes

2016 Chateau Thivin, Brouilly Reverdon
Such a deep colour after the Savigny. A deep, dark, fresh mineral impression to the nose – very inviting. Fresh, a depth of earthy cherry flavour that’s both direct and beautifully textured. Such a delicious baby wine!
Rebuy – Yes

1990 Michel Juillot, Corton-Perrières
The cork comes out relatively easily – therein the problem – this pale coloured wine was completely oxidised. Poured away…

visits in beaujolais – week 6, 2018

My first week of three, looking at the 2016 vintage. The weather was largely cold and wet – but the welcome, as always, was warm…

a few more beaujolais pics – 9 feb, 2018

Who would have thought it – some blue sky!
 

a few beaujolais pics – 5-8 feb, 2018

​ week 5 2018 – my weekend wines

Sneakily extending this year’s ‘Cremant January’ into February.

Gilles et Romain Collet, Cremant de Bourgogne
Of-course, ‘Cremant de Chablis’ with wine from the 2015 vintage.
Like the recent wine of Clothilde Davenne, a simply delicious nose of ripe mirabelles – but still with freshness and deliciousness. Loved this.
Rebuy – Yes

Louis Bouillot, Cremant de Bourgogne Extra Brut – Limited Edition
Deeper golden. Oh – now we are talking! A much finer bubble and already suaveness too – this could be an expensive wine from another place. Extra Brut but not a hint of sharpness – if anything this delivers its flavour in a very composed and fine style. Truly great cremant – fine and not a hint of oxidative notes.
Rebuy – Yes

2016 Jean-Claude Ramonet, Mâcon-Péronne
A nose of chalky fruit, faint spearmint – this is so very inviting. Oh this is lovely in the mouth too! Flinty minerality, accented with citrus, and just a hint of barrel cushioning. Fresh and sooo delicious. Great Mâcon – even if it comes out of Chassagne!
Rebuy – Yes

1995 Pousse d’Or, Santenay 1er Clos Tavannes
Right from opening a clarity and brilliance of aroma – clean as a mature nose can be – but so rarely is – brown sugar, red fruit, almost a little pomegranate and fresh leaves. Fresh, direct, flavour that reflects the nose, only slowly widening as it flavours melt over the palate. Stable, delicious, great mature wine – bravo!
Rebuy – No Chance!

2005 Lignier-Michelot, Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles-Vignes
Deep colour. This is rather a compact nose, underpinned with an attractive purity of raspberry conserve. Intense, relatively direct, but with great texture for such impressive concentration. Yet… This is a little workmanlike; I expect much more from this combination of cuvée/vintage. Perhaps a little cork scalping here? – there’s a suggestion of herb in the mid-palate. This is still, more than good wine, but I had higher expectations…
ReBuy – Maybe

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