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what price a real winter?

what price a real winter?

Chablis, like the Côte d’Or, is wet and not particularly cold for the time of year. The temperature has ranged between 4 and 6°C today and the rain has hardly stopped. Actually it rained so hard between 9 and 10pm yesterday, that I decided not to jog – so all the Chablis-based chains were safe […]

heading to beaune to avoid the cold!

heading to beaune to avoid the cold!

Monday morning I arrive home, planning to head to Chablis for my first appointments on Wednesday – but oups! 7°C in the house. Following a heating-oil delivery, the machine refuses to function, and 7°C is cold, it’s much warmer in the cellar @ 12.5°C! The engineer only gets there at 6pm so I’m dressed like […]

sunday lunch…

sunday lunch…

Sunday is our last day in the mountains – and its snowing again. Up (somewhere!) on the hill above Klosters is a nice restaurant and you can sledge back to the town if you like. I don’t know about the sledge, but I’m up for lunch 😉

moving on…

moving on…

On the third day I ditched the ‘langlauf’ skis! I’d pretty much stopped falling over – except when I couldn’t snow-plow those tiny skis on icy snow – but was frustrated by all the ‘skaters’ zooming past me. I was too slow, and a little bored! But the next day was gorgeously pretty in the […]

to be classic, or not to be classic…

to be classic, or not to be classic…

Well, I have to stave of boredom, despite being in the spectacularly pretty mountains. Okay not that pretty today due to cloud and snow! So if I can’t do downhill, what about cross-country? And then the vexed question of skating or ‘classic.’ I decide that I’m the classic type and take a lesson – I’ve […]

oups!

oups!

Regular readers will be aware that each year in January I disappear for what I like to call ski-training before doing a downhill race in Mürren. Well, about 10 days ago, jogging at night in Chablis, I failed to observe a chain between two massive ‘plant-pots’ – I hit the ground hard and fast, and […]

back to the snow…

back to the snow…

A week away from Chablis and ouf! – snow 🙂 Definitely not a skiing day – rather a train-ride a nice Italian lunch and the impressively cool spa of Samedan…

chablis 2013 – no reference points…

chablis 2013 – no reference points…

My hat of the day award! I’m more than 75% of the way through visiting roughly 35 domaines for my January, Chablis Vintage 2013 Report (though my last half-dozen visits are not for another 10 days) and its a very particular vintage. I won’t publish my report until the start of the second week of […]

blinded by the light – chablis encore…

blinded by the light – chablis encore…

I came out of my last appointment, Billaud-Simon, at about 17h10 and noticed a beautiful red light on the hill-top vines. I zoomed up in the car to Les Clos but the last rays of the sun had already departed the vines in those 3 or 4 short minutes. Of-course the sunset lasted a little […]

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