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A Vineyard in My Glass, Gerald Asher (2011)

A Vineyard in My Glass, Gerald Asher (2011)

Published by UCP. Buy from Amazon. I’ve had this book ‘waiting in-line’ for a while now, but what a lovely introduction to the writings of Gerald Asher it is. Although the book was published only last year, the vast majority of the short essays were originally published in the 1980s and ’90s when Asher was […]

want to get your hands dirty? :-)

Le domaine Buisson-Charles à Meursault cherche des vendangeurs pour une semaine à partir du 22/09. Logement+nourriture+ambiance = garantis! — Patrick Essa (@Patrick_Essa) August 30, 2012

derain @ st.aubin

Lovely profile by Bert of the St.Aubin grower, Dominique Derain…. And a very interesting discussion of ICONE therein!

2012 views…

Les vins blancs 2012 ressembleront je penseaux 2010 avec sans doute plus de finesse. La grêle a réduit les rendements, pas la qualité… — Patrick Essa (@Patrick_Essa) August 29, 2012 Not sure to what to make of hail, mold, and mildew. When fruit gets dropped you still can end up with stunning fruit that is […]

thomas-moillard 1998 nuits 1er clos de thorey

thomas-moillard 1998 nuits 1er clos de thorey

1998 Thomas-Moillard, Nuits St.Georges 1er Clos de Thorey Medium-plus colour. Deep, dark, macerated fruit aromas, perhaps a little roasted with some coffee but slightly alcoholic notes too. There’s plenty of background tannin, but given the Moillard extraction techniques coupled to the early presentation of the vintage tannins, this is much better than I hoped. The […]

la gibryotte 2006 charmes-chambertin

la gibryotte 2006 charmes-chambertin

A bit of a step-up from the villages – or it should be – but this wine’s still not that much more expensive than father Claude’s domaine villages wine. 2006 La Gibryotte, Charmes-Chambertin Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is a little more mineral than the villages and shows plenty of wood spice too but the […]

there’s a lot of it about

It’s not “Gevrey-Chambertchang”, but… Les châteaux de Meursault et de Marsannay seraient vendus pour vingt millions d’euros à Olivier Halley, sans les vignes (et la Safer?). — Bernard Burtschy (@Burtschy) August 24, 2012

jean-marc bouley 2010 Beaune les reversées

jean-marc bouley 2010 Beaune les reversées

2010 Jean-Marc Bouley, Beaune 1er Les Reversées Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts with a bit of reduction, slowly clearing to give a hint of toffee and sweet red cherry fruit. Wide, lovely fresh acidity and a slowly growing intensity of flavour in the mid-palate – long and lingering to, if more mineral in aspect […]

château de gevrey-chambertin – sold!

I was travelling the last days so couldn’t post the news, hence, Keith beat me to it. But the news is that the small domaine which includes Gevrey-Chambertin’s most iconic building is now sold. Whilst that (surely) must auger for some eventual improvement in the quality of the wines, there is local angst that the […]

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