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christies change gear for the hospices de beaune

It seemed to me that in 2005 the selling ‘machine’ of Christies (at theit first attempt) did not really get into full gear for the sale of the 2005’s; prices were average and the wines should be excellent – perhaps Christies needed to get into the swing of things. This year, for the 2006’s, the […]

cold-calling winesales

Something very strange happened last night – or unusual at-least. At ~7:30pm the phone rang; “it’s xyz-merchant in Germany, remember you bought a bottle of ‘xxx’ from us – I just wondered how it was?” Then through a serpentine road of compliments, brown nosing, dropping references to various producers he/they represent, he finally tried (manfully) […]

the bad and the good – chassagne

the bad and the good – chassagne

Two wines – both from Marc Morey. A 2001 that started very subdued and not so interesting, but ended up rather nice – however, I shall start with a worrying ‘turkey’: 2002 Marc Morey, Chassagne 1er MorgeotMedium-plus golden – certainly a worrying colour for one so young. The nose confirms quite a high level of […]

the bad and the good – 2004

the bad and the good – 2004

[Pommard-free posting!] Here in two bottles you can see the two faces of the 2004 vintage in the Côte de Nuits. It’s a rather extreme difference given that the bottles come from the same cellar, and slightly disappointng given that I still have 5 of each in my cellar, but I’m in no rush and […]

pommard #17

pommard #17

Okay, okay! It’s the last pommard for a few days – though I might try and sneak another past you next week 😉 1995 Pousse d’Or, Pommard 1er Les JarollièresMedium, medium-plus ruby-red colour. Bright, ripe red fruit – baked tarts – depth but limited width, the aromas are very persistent. Interesting, concentrated and ripe – […]

pommard #16

pommard #16

Don’t worry – something without a pommard label will be appearing here soon! 1995 de Montille, Pommard 1er Cru Les RugiensMedium colour with just a hint of amber. This is a sniffer’s wine, subtle and complex – only slowly widening and becoming softer. This is also rather understated in the mouth; it has good freshness, […]

autumn 2006 burgundy-report

Just a quick note to say that the last report of the year is now available here Thanks to all that accommodated my tastings 😉

pommard #15

pommard #15

A very ‘competent’ wine that needs a little more ‘soul’: 1996 Comte Armand, Pommard 1er Clos des Epenots Medium-plus colour. A wild and impressive nose at the start; oak, a little blood, interesting width, but slowly the oak becomes a little more dominant and the joy fades. Much more subtle entry than the Lejeune Rugiens, […]

pommard #14

pommard #14

A real star this one… 1996 Lejeune, Pommard 1er Rugiens Medium, medium-plus colour. Sweet, ripe red fruit – almost confiture – not so wide but very lovely depth. Wow – very impressive complextity – explosions of taste on the palate, real concentration followed by a slowly tailing-off diminuendo finish. This might not be the smoothest, […]

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