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ringing the changes for the report

ringing the changes for the report

Coming to the end of the 4th year of Burgundy Report, the format has essentially remained static since issue 1; there’s been the odd design tweak here and there but otherwise it’s the same. I’m constantly aware that this format could become rather stale; i.e. the (potentially mad) ramblings of one individual. To hopefully counter […]

the last gevrey of the week (probably!)

the last gevrey of the week (probably!)

The last Gevrey of the week is the deepest coloured, most juvenile and perhaps most concentrated; it also came from a producer that I don’t think I’ve tried before – Thierry Mortet is the younder brother of the late Denis Mortet and also based in Gevrey-Chambertin. His range when I last saw them listed is […]

one from laurent (no the other one!)

one from laurent (no the other one!)

2001 Domaine Ponsot, Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée l’Abeille Medium ruby red. The nose starts with a little undergrowth then soil, both fade to reveal a diffuse red-fruit curtain – improvement is required and the patient are rewarded; first with a deeper plum fruit before a lovely high-toned and focused red fruit effect – very nice. The palate […]

chassagne from philippe colin

chassagne from philippe colin

2004 Philippe Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet Les VergersMedium-pale lemon yellow. There’s a well-integrated nose of toasted bread and rich fruit. Very forward acidity is the initial impression. The acidity is very smooth and very mineral in aspect, initially rather dominating the linear fruit, but there’s no missing that sneaky and very creamy length. Once my palate adjusted […]

the golden age of burgundy

the golden age of burgundy

Subtitled: The Magnificent Dukes and their Courts. Let’s be clear about this at the outset – this is, despite its main title, a virtually wine-free book. Of-course, gifts by way of a few barrels here and a few barrels there pop-up from time to time but no more often than a prince of the realm […]

another bachelet

another bachelet

2001 Denis Bachelet, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Medium-plus ruby red, but still hinting at cherry-red at the rim. A really impressive nose that starts a little reduced – but only for a minute or two – then red fruit, edged with mint, becoming ever-more intense and deep – wow! Fresh presentation, very understated tannin, equally understated […]

a couple of weekend wines from 2004

a couple of weekend wines from 2004

2004 Louis Carillon, Puligny-Montrachet Pale yellow. The nose launches forward with ripe, citrus edged fruit before settling into a more brioche dominated lime fruit. The palate retains the citrus edge to its sweet fruit, though the key attribute is the mouthwatering acidity. This wine exemplifies perfectly the vintage – lovely aromatics and fresh presentation – […]

the week’s second from fourrier

the week’s second from fourrier

I’m hoping that the remnants of this one will taste a little better tonight… 2001 Fourrier, Chambolle-Musigny Gruenchers Medium-pale ruby-red colour. The nose starts out a little dark and chocolatey; time takes away the darker elements to be replaced with slightly volatile, high-toned estery notes and a faint core of tight red fruit – not […]

update for the jacks

update for the jacks

Overnight what’s the change in these two Clos St.Jacques?? Fourrier has less oak on the nose and also the palate – it’s like a veil has been lifted a little. The nose is now a little more floral with a savoury aspect replacing the juvenile oak. I would say that this is now on the […]

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