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a tale of two chambolles: ponsot & de villamont

a tale of two chambolles: ponsot & de villamont

I recognise their headquarters in Savigny, but I can’t recall tasting many wines from de Villamont – they have quite a mix of domaine vines, and like most producers in Burgundy, they are trying to emphasise quality over quantity – so I heard! – this should be a good test, despite the different vintages. [Edited […]

life and times of jacques…

From Vinography on Saturday… [Archived]

louis chenu 2011 savigny blanc

louis chenu 2011 savigny blanc

My first 2011 at home. And very tasty it was too. 2011 Louis Chenu et Filles, Savigny-lès-Beaune Blanc Bottled a little earlier than usual because they had already run out of 2010 and needed something to sell! Medium-pale lemon-yellow. After the last of the previous day’s Chassagne, this has a more floral aromatic with an […]

champy 2009 chassagne-montrachet

champy 2009 chassagne-montrachet

Looks like I’ll be going through a white wine phase – it’s 33°C outside – let’s see how long it (both!) lasts 😉 2009 Maison Champy, Chassagne-Montrachet Medium lemon-yellow. The nose starts with a faint soap-powder note that has me thinking more of 2010 than 2009, but there’s a warm core of ripe, green-skinned fruit […]

louis jadot (gagey) 2010 beaune gréves

louis jadot (gagey) 2010 beaune gréves

2010 Louis Jadot (Gagey), Beaune 1er Les Grèves Clos Blanc Medium lemon-yellow. The nose has a faint creamy undertow from the oak, but largely this wine is about a tight core of fruit. In the mouth this has silky texture and good intensity too – there’s just a little oaky angularity too, but this fades […]

it’s the soil…

When I think of my wines, I do not see the vines or fruit, but the incomparable quality of these soils, which are the clearest difference between a wine “bien fait” and wine “hors classé” Patrick Essa Terre,terroirs et crus … Qui commande?! degustateurs.com/forum/forum_po… — Patrick Essa (@Patrick_Essa) Juli 24, 2012

a change is afoot!

a change is afoot!

Just back from a largely wine-free weekend away. Despite the sci-fi cloud image from Manchester Airport on Friday (a quick and painless immigration check by the way!), I have the impression that the jet stream might finally be heading Northwards: Whilst the 2012 harvest volumes will be modest (or lower!), the final quality of those […]

Reading Between The Wines, Terry Theise (2010)

Reading Between The Wines, Terry Theise (2010)

Published by UCP. I finally get the time to place my fingers on the keyboard, about two weeks after I’ve actually finished this book – I’m already a third of the way through a follow-up volume… ‘Reading Between The Wines’ (with the addition of a little, but not too much, writing) sounds just like my […]

vintage 2012 – côte de nuits style…

And to add a little balance to the 2012 vintage commentary, let’s not forget that the major hail ‘events’ have been in the Côte de Beaune, and perhaps the largest rot pressures too. Jeremy Seysses, today, shows a cracking row of vines… Through much hard work, vyds still looking pretty great. 2012 is still a […]

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