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bookending the 2007 harvest

My cold has intensified so no bottles, I just round up a few loose-ends. If it carries on, by Tuesday I’ll have to cancel my appointments in Burgundy, set for Friday 🙁 Anyway, I thought I’d ‘book-end’ the 2007 burgundy harvest report with a round-up of some producer reports. We have here the last of […]

2005 nuits 1er clos st.marc – bp&f

I’m starting with a cold. Today it’s only a sore throat but it might be my last bottle for a few days if it spreads to my nose. Context notwithstanding, this is a wine I’ve been looking forward to open, particularly after tasting the 2006 with Patrice Rion. Here is the last of the run […]

full-on 05, daniel rion vosne 1er beaux-monts

After three 2005’s tinged with a measure of disappointment, normal service is resumed. 2005 Daniel Rion, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux-Monts Medium-plus cherry-red colour. Initially a nose of deep, soft and sweet medium-toast oak and a little peppery dark fruit, time bestows more caramel and red fruit. Mouthfilling and concentrated yet remaining athletic rather than […]

another reluctant 2005 – bouchard père’s savigny 1er lavières

If I look back to my note from my tasting together with Christophe Bouchard, from a value perspective, this was an easy ‘buy’ for me: 2005 Bouchard Père et Fils, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavières 28th Feb.2007 With almost 4 hectares of vines, Bouchard P&F own close to one quarter of this vineyard. Bottled at […]

05 lignier-michelot chambolle-musigny VV

2005 Lignier-Michelot, Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose starts with a forward mix of red and black cherry plus a rather mineral note. The longer it stays in the glass, it becomes redder and finer but with much less volume. The palate is mainly about balance – reasonable concentration and a sneaky […]

bouchard père 05 mercurey

2005 Bouchard Père et Fils, Mercurey Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose is high toned and very, very pinot with a faint oaky undertone. The palate is fresh with a faint astringency coupled to some grain from the tannins. Not so dense, but flavour-packed, though perhaps the acidity is just a little to the fore. […]

a.-f. gros 2005 vosne clos de la fontaine

a.-f. gros 2005 vosne clos de la fontaine

2005 A.-F. Gros, Vosne-Romanée Clos de la Fontaine The cork seems surprisingly ‘spongy’ and pliable. Medium-plus colour. The nose is dark, spicy and shows a black oak toast and tar – eventually faint red fruits diluted by cream and faint ginger. In your mouth there’s a little fat and some silky texture – the tannin […]

g et p ravaut, 05 ladoix 1er le bois roussot

More sophisticated than this wine but less ‘upfront’. Today I have a slight preference for the initial joie de vivre of the previously tasted wine – it will be interesting to compare them over time. 2005 Gaston et Pierre Ravaut, Ladoix 1er Le Bois Roussot A deep cherry-red core. The nose is understated but deep […]

f et d clair, 05 st.aubin 1er dents de chien

The second test from my delivery of en-primeur purchased 2005’s. Given the Indian Summer it had to be another white – it was too cold to drink much white this summer. Relative to other ‘Dents de Chiens’ this bottling is usually ‘only’ almost good to good, but wins for its bargain price, even in an […]

the burgundy market ‘spin’

“Even as we move out of a comparatively difficult period in terms of sales, Burgundy still has major assets as regards its reputation and power of attraction. Wine lovers place great confidence in the Burgundy “brand”, which conveys strong values of authenticity, a centuries-old historical legacy, quality and typical features. Moreover, Burgundy wine professionals have […]

2005 bouchard père chablis bougros

2005 bouchard père chablis bougros

My first ‘bulk’ delivery of en-primeur 2005’s, all ordered from the Swiss co-op back in April 2006. I’ve only had a bottle of Bouchard’s 2002 Bougros before and it was a beauty, but sadly sold out before I could make a second order. This time I wasn’t going to miss out – so a full […]

2001 drouhin vosne 1er petits monts

2001 drouhin vosne 1er petits monts

From the same source as the last two Drouhins. Whilst not so cheap at 62 Swiss francs, it’s a relative bargain as it’s about 65% of the initial price of the 2005 – which is anyway now sold-out. 2001 Joseph Drouhin, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Petits Monts Medium-plus ruby-red colour. The nose starts wide, wild and […]

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