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books that jancis likes…

Jancis has some books for next year’s Christmas stocking!

jolly hols…

jolly hols…

All will be quiet around here until next year – have fun.

roger belland 2006 bourgogne pinot noir

2006 Roger Belland, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Medium colour. The nose has wide, slightly alcoholic top-notes that mix with a little spearmint and narrows to a base of dark red fruit. In the mouth the fruit has a nice sweet dimension, but the acidity is just slightly in the ascendant providing a sour, perhaps for some […]

benoit germain

I was shocked. I heard yesterday via a bulletin-board, but having made a few calls I can confirm that we have lost Benoit and the funeral is this morning. I tasted with him at the end of July; he was quite young (late 30s, early 40s was my guess) and was full of energy and […]

antonin guyon 1998 corton-charlemagne

antonin guyon 1998 corton-charlemagne

Guyon make a powerful Charlemagne that has often brought me great joy, but my last bottles of both 2000 and 2002 brought instead oxidised wines. Frankly this has been hanging around in the refrigerator for almost six months as I couldn’t face opening another oxidised grand cru – but like an early Christmas present… 1998 […]

Nationale 74, Divine-Comédie (2010)

Nationale 74, Divine-Comédie (2010)

Divine Comédie If you can get by in French, let me introduce you to a great guidebook to the Côte d’Or. Published in the summer and described as a ‘roadbook’, it seems quite up-to-date, and is filled with the (obligatory) Pitiot-Poupon-derived vineyard maps and some lovely photos from the same people that do the Panogeo […]

muzard 2008 santenay 1er beauregard

muzard 2008 santenay 1er beauregard

2008 Lucien Muzard, Santenay 1er Beauregard Medium colour. Medium width too, and some reduction for the first hour; eventually a nice red dominated-berry fruit and the last drops have a lovely acid-cherry impression. In the mouth there is a freshness that dovetails nicely with the width – again emphasising an acid-cherry note. There was again […]

jean chauvenet 2008 nuits 1er les perrières

The tasting I had at the domaine last week was a resounding success – a very fine selection from 2008, but it’s often interesting to compare your notes with a bottle at home. I loved the Perrières best, despite the Vaucrains being the ‘top wine’ (most expensive) in the cellar, so bought half a dozen. […]

2007 château de puligny-montrachet 1er folatières

2007 château de puligny-montrachet 1er folatières

It might be from my all-time favourite vintage, but anyone who can make Folatières taste like liquid rock must be working very hard – bravo! 2007 Château de Puligny-Montrachet, Puligny 1er Les Folatières Medium-pale yellow. The nose has a ripe but sweet yellow lemon about it, but with a minerality that makes me reminisce about […]

2008 château de puligny-montrachet 1er folatières

2008 château de puligny-montrachet 1er folatières

2008 Château de Puligny-Montrachet, Puligny 1er Les Folatières Starts deep and very faintly of baked bread, but swirl and the nose has a nice freshness and the fruit behind is high-toned and citrussy . This is a mouthful of energy and joy – blind I might have guessed it to be the 2007 (I must […]

alex gambal buys 5 hectares – or does he…

Edit/Note: I discussed this with Alex and apparently this does not reflect his actual position, but he also doesn’t want to comment further until everything is ironed out. Will let you know when it is. Thumbs up for Clive – still first with the news: Philippe Brenot of Santenay has sold his 5 hectare estate […]

more on 2009 whites + a 2008 red from muzard

more on 2009 whites + a 2008 red from muzard

Last week, as you will have gathered from the snowy images, was a little chilly in the Côtes, but it was a good time to get a better understanding of the whites – even though many will not be bottled until February-April 2011. I think I tasted almost 200 wines with their producers, a significant […]

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