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bonneau du martray 2000 corton-charlemagne

bonneau du martray 2000 corton-charlemagne

One large tranche of work behind me, it’s time to play with oxidation fire – but the dice roll and this is a good, or rather, very good one. Hooray! Fair to say, however, that my happiness is tinged with the sadness of even contemplating failure with such a bottle… 2000 Bonneau du Martray, Corton-Charlemagne […]

books & jomain 2007 puligny 1er les perrières

books & jomain 2007 puligny 1er les perrières

I’m away for a couple of days and a big pile of envelopes are waiting for me. Once or twice a year I scour a few favourite booksellers to see if they have anything new (old actually) for me. You can buy books for relatively nothing – such are authors reduced to, their book becoming […]

jadot 2001 gevrey clos st.jacques

I was a bit concerned before I even poured the wine – the cork was a nightmare to remove; welded into the neck, the second half (!) needing both ah-so and screwpull-worm in the manner of a 1970s wine – except I was having to tug more. 2001 Louis Jadot, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos St.Jacques The […]

exuberant hospices de beaune 2010…

Auction prices were up by about 20% versus last year – so not too irrational pricing (reds at least will offer high potential quality) – perhaps because the Chinese actor couldn’t get to the sale, the Chinese (for now) kept their powder relatively dry. Reuters report here.

updating and a selection of bottles…

updating and a selection of bottles…

Various things: I’ve just done what I suppose will be a roughly annual updating of my Burgundy Vintage Chart, it slightly preempts the Autumn Burgundy Report which should be online by the end of next week (should be!). As mentioned, you’re having to wait for the Autumn report because I have too many things – […]

auction weekend…

It’s that time of year again. This weekend is the auction for the Hospices de Beaune – and there is added spice. It’s the 150th auction and the (red) grapes looked very fine, but with Christies driving the marketing of the sale into China, part-Chinese auction catalogues and a Chinese actress to stand beside the […]

mugnier 1999 chambolle – part deux

After the (half) bottle at the weekend I was compelled to check it wasn’t an aberrant bottle – it wasn’t. One might convince oneself that the volatile impression is actually a heavy floral note – and the last drops in the glass are quite fine – but that would be stretching a point, and the […]

château de chorey 1996 beaune 1er teurons

château de chorey 1996 beaune 1er teurons

After the 99 Château de Chambolle-Musigny villages, this 96 Château de Chorey 1er is clearly a much better wine – at least, from these 2 half-bottles anyway. I expect the ‘general market’ chooses to position these wines differently, but the market often occupies a world where taste is irrelevant. Not as tannic and (perhaps) concentrated […]

mugnier 1999 chambolle

mugnier 1999 chambolle

Way-back-when (actually about 8 years ago), out of half a dozen decent 99 Chambolles this was the one that had that extra dimension. I put plenty of halves in the cellar to keep me away from the bigger bottles, but also to for keeping an eye on the vintage; I have to say that this […]

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