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rené engel 96 vosne

rené engel 96 vosne

1996 René Engel, Vosne-Romanée Medium ruby-red. The nose right from opening is a bit of a star. Deep with a twist of oak before transparent red berry and redcurrant notes come through. Plenty of higher, slightly volatile notes too – but always quite compelling. The palate is just a little more challenging – very forward […]

spring 2007 issue is out

spring 2007 issue is out

Here you can find the index page for the Spring 2007 Burgundy-Report. It’s easily the biggest issue yet, but as normal for the first issue of the year, the content goes wide, rather than deep. I will answer such comments as I can until Saturday morning – then I will disappear for a well-earned (for […]

what’s next(?)

Very little time to add things here this week as I’m finalising the Spring Burgundy Report. The deadline (tomorrow) is immovable as I will go on holiday (Saturday) so the site will in ‘stasis’ for a whole week. But I look forward to responding to your observations on my return. Once back it will be […]

investing in wine?

Today at Decanter.com http://www.decanter.com/specials/104729.html Before I make any complaints let us be clear: there is a lot of useful/good advice in “Decanter’s wine investment guide in association with Berry Bros. & Rudd” Now I’ve said that let me take one excerpt from this ‘advice’: Investment grade wine is also an improving asset. As fine wines […]

96 hospices, corton charlotte dumay

96 hospices, corton charlotte dumay

A wine to separate the men from the boys! Joking aside I think you have to be that curious ‘burgaholic’ breed to take enjoyment from a wine like this – the ‘unconverted’ will simply screw up their faces and cry! 1996 Hospices de Beaune, Corton Charlotte Dumay Classic 1996 Corton. The nose is of blood […]

hemingway, kirschtorte and cuckoo clocks

hemingway, kirschtorte and cuckoo clocks

A sunny day out in the country yesterday – German Blackforest country. Of-course Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (Blackforest Gateau) was eaten (merely okay) and many cuckoo clocks were seen. To the left is the ex-largest cuckoo clock in the world – well in Schonach Germany anyway. The cuckoo weighs in at 20 kilos – but as you […]

the result – musigny, richebourg or chambertin

the result – musigny, richebourg or chambertin

And the winner is – the one and only Mr Tom Blach ! Bouchard’s Chambertin today only has an average vine age of 25 years – I’m not sure about in 1998. The vines are on the Chambertin, Latricières-Chambertin border and on average there are much less than the 100 cases I initially mentioned – […]

musigny, richebourg or chambertin? #3

So, the last piece of the jigsaw – everything should be easy now. Wine #3 The first 20 minutes: The first few sniffs disappoint, a little undergrowth but little else. Slowly a dense red note builds at the core with a slightly herbal, menthol note above. The palate is dense, plush and very well textured […]

musigny, richebourg or chambertin? #2

Wine #2 – now we’re talking! The first 20 minutes: Deeper colour, a core of garnet with a ruby rim. The nose is very deep, and quite reduced. A fresh palate with laser-like intensity – this is excellent – plenty of velvetty tannin and certainly longer than wine #1, though that length (like wine 1) […]

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