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liger-belair 2004 vosne colombière

liger-belair 2004 vosne colombière

2004 Comte Liger-Belair, Vosne-Romanée La Colombière Medium, Medium-pale colour. Aromatically more impressive than you expect from the colour, deep with a faint edge of coffee – only turning redder and finer with a little tobacco and spice as you slowly drain the glass – no green notes. Light but intense in the mouth – it’s […]

harvest 2007 – ‘steady as she goes…’

harvest 2007 – ‘steady as she goes…’

From Berry Bros & Rudd website: “18, July. It’s all doom and gloom in the press at the moment with reports coming in thick and fast that there might not even be a harvest in Bordeaux or Burgundy. In actual fact, many vineyards are looking healthy and happy with a very early harvest predicted. This […]

kellen lignier’s story

Here The newly married Kellen Lignier was bored in her new life, since she didn’t know the language and hadn’t yet made friends in France. So she began working alongside her husband in the vineyards. That wasn’t always smiled upon, Lignier said. “A woman’s job was to provide heirs,” she said. “Or if they wanted […]

disney drop the rat wine promotion

Did I say something about committment? 😉 LOS ANGELES, July 28 (UPI) — Walt Disney Co. has shelved its plan to offer U.S. wine and rodent lovers a “Ratatouille Chardonnay” in honor of the star of its latest movie. Costco was to carry bottles of French 2004 white Burgundy with labels featuring Remy, the haute-cuisine-loving […]

1997 grand crus – a selection

1997 grand crus – a selection

There were many more on display, but this is the modest list of grand crus tasted, the others (including La Tâche, de Vogüé Musigny etc.) were quaffed before I could get to them. 1997 Frédéric Magnien, Bonnes-Mares Oaky top notes underpinned by creamy deep fruit – quite fresh too – nice. The palate is very […]

the wines of burgundy, hw yoxall (1968)

the wines of burgundy, hw yoxall (1968)

First published by The International Wine and Food Society (Pitman) in 1968, this copy is from the slightly updated 1978 second edition. Compared to the last book I posted on, by Philip Youngman Carter (1966), this 190-pager by Harry Waldo Yoxall is a little more studied and less spontaneously amusing, but Harry has his nicely […]

discovering the mâconnais…

Like almost all white Burgundies, Mâconnais wines are made from chardonnay grapes. Yet their contrast with California chardonnays is extraordinary, and they serve as a delicious introduction to what makes white Burgundies distinct. Good article by Eric Asimov today in the New York Times

cheap as chips? 1875 romanée-conti (possibly)

cheap as chips? 1875 romanée-conti (possibly)

November 9, 1875. Indian Wars: In Washington, D.C., Indian Inspector E.C. Watkins issues a report stating that hundreds of Sioux and Cheyenne associated with Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse are hostile to the United States (the Battle of the Little Bighorn was fought in Montana the next year). That same year, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti […]

1997 chambolles…

1997 chambolles…

The interesting thing about slowly writing up these 1997 notes, village by village, is that you notice that things get slowly better as you head further north. It was a rare red wine that stood out in the Côte de Beaune, but certainly more common as you head north. Shame then that I missed the […]

2 good, 1 great: a trio of guyon chambolles

2 good, 1 great: a trio of guyon chambolles

Drunk over about 5 days…2001 Antonin Guyon, Chambolle-Musigny Medium ruby red. The nose starts with a little deep oak and mainly red shaded fruit – just a little heavy and cumbersome. Slowly the oak fades (about 90% gone) and the impression becomes more high-toned and just a little more refined – by day two it’s […]

varia

A few nice pieces found today: Alice on soft openings and pizza… Bill on Beaujolais Sluggish Fermentations? Maybe it’s your soil

97 nuits and vosne

1997 Robert Chevillon, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Vaucrains Plenty of oak still on a nose that narrowly avoids reduction. Where the aromatics don’t involve, the palate delivers more; good dimension set against a furry tannin. Overall this is almost good but no more. Rebuy – No 1997 Jean Tardy, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Boudots The […]

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