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last weekend’s bottles…

last weekend’s bottles…

A modest, but very tasty set of wines that accompanied DVDs and popcorn (amongst other choice materials…) It’s nice to reflect on the diversity of wines; here the lovely Passetoutgrains probably cost not much more than 10 Euros, but (on a different price level) last night I was also able to taste (okay, I took […]

offer of the day – Faiveley 2012…

DOMAINE FAIVELEY 2012 – En Primeur PREMIERS CRUS Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 2012 75cl 69.80 Swiss Francs Pommard Les Rugiens 2012 75cl 78.00 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 2012 75cl 98.00 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 2012 150cl 201.00 Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées 2012 75cl 119.00 Chambolle-Musigny La Combe d’Orveau 2012 75cl 119.00 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 2012 75cl 228.00 GRANDS CRUS […]

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a vendangeur’s (pictoral) tale… (part dix)

But actually, days 11 and 12 – 11 being the last harvest day. The wood burning stove thing looked like something out of an illicit still operation from the backwoods Southern USA. Très bizarre! Romain A was using it to heat ‘pure’, for bio purposes, very hot water although the initial lighting of the wood […]

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a vendangeur’s (pictoral) tale… (part neuf)

And whilst this is part nine, note it’s not day nine – it’s day ten as we had one day off…

a nice day out…

a nice day out…

my weekend bottles…

my weekend bottles…

Sadly the ’59 Clos St.Jacques was just a bit too oxidative to be any fun but its replacement was altogether more interesting, concentrated, silkily textured and rather intense – the 2005 Dr.Georges Mugneret , young vines Ruchottes-Chambertin (a.k.a. ‘villages’ Gevrey-Chambertin) – yum – that was a wine to savour. To replace the Mugneret came the […]

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a vendangeur’s (pictoral) tale… (part eight)

Day 8, the Thursday, 10th Oct 2013, one week after the start of the Arlaud vendange saw us experience the worst weather to date by some margin, and for me, to then the most seriously unpleasant weather I’d ever experienced in a vendange. It had rained heavily overnight and was much colder. We commenced under […]

1988 savigny champ chevrey from tollot-beaut…

1988 savigny champ chevrey from tollot-beaut…

1988 Tollot-Beaut, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Champ Chevrey Hmm, the sniff after removing the cork smells a bit cooked – maybe an hour in the refrigerator to give it a cool aeration. The nose now has a little soy sauce and meat and a darker slightly pruny depth – not magnificent, but still no turn-off – a […]

First thing with Cyprien doing TESA paperwork for new vendangeur. Annie & Thierry in background.

a vendangeur’s (pictoral) tale… (part seven)

Onwards…

books in the post…

books in the post…

Ooh! Another day another book – it’s an avalanche! A nice delivery this morning – just leave it with me for a couple of weeks to digest 😉 oh, and yet another DRC fraud story broke cover yesterday too…

wresting the crown back from jasper?

wresting the crown back from jasper?

I spotted a fantastic new book while I was doing the vendanges, not cheap at €69 in Athenaeum in Beaune, but once the pages are thumbed you are (I was!) compelled to buy. Let’s be clear, it’s in French, but who cares with such wonderful new maps from Sylvain Pitiot – but wait, how can […]

catching-up with andrew @legrappin

catching-up with andrew @legrappin

In-between clearing-up the aftermath from the previous evening’s Paulée, and lunch on Thursday, I and the traveling Kiwi & Jura winemakers (from the home domaine) paid a visit to Andrew Nielsen in the shiny-new premises for Le Grappin, that he recently acquired in the centre of Beaune. Okay, shiny-new it certainly isn’t – not yet […]

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