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all-round excellence last weekend…

all-round excellence last weekend…

5 from 5 – who would have thought! I’d rebuy all of these! The Collet (Chablis) crémant hits the spot as always for just €8. The 2012 Pernand Clos Berthet was my last from 6 – all have been a great – seriously under-rated wine for the price. Ah – the Clos des Ursules – […]

one brusque the other smooth and intense…

one brusque the other smooth and intense…

2006 Roger Belland, Santenay 1er Les Gravières As a baby this was a big fruit bomb of interest. Today, in middle-age, it’s still big but both aromatically and from the flavours it’s also brusque, indeed it’s borderline brutal – I really wouldn’t know that I came from Burgundy, though I might still guess it’s pinot […]

friday – must be engstligenalp day…

friday – must be engstligenalp day…

vendanges 2015 – vendanges!!

To be honest, it’s still very much the calm before the storm, but there are plenty of big names already in the vines… It started with Olivier Lamy on Wednesday and then on Thursday he was joined by Dominique Lafon and Jean-Marc Roulot – amongst others. Today both Dujac and Vougeraie were in the vines […]

lac de biel – oh so pretty…

lac de biel – oh so pretty…

Yesterday: Fifty different grape varieties packing into one hillside by the lake of Biel in Switzerland. It’s very pretty indeed!

henri latour and g&p ravaut – good stuff…

henri latour and g&p ravaut – good stuff…

2002 Henri Latour, Auxey-Duresses 1er Les Grands-Champs Just a lovely nose – some leafy development and a faintly spiced red fruit – this is very inviting indeed. In the mouth this lacks the width and richness of youth – it’s much more direct, yet not particularly strident. An easy, tasty-drinking wine – but don’t look […]

at last – a joyful pair: potel + dublère

at last – a joyful pair: potel + dublère

After a few disappointing wines, these two really bounced back to show what enjoying burgundies is all about. Certainly the best bourgogne blanc drunk this year too: 2002 Nicolas Potel, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Petits Monts This starts tight, but the nose opens up with direct, fresh, red fruit and spice – very inviting. In the […]

also a little disappointing – patrice rion & lignier-michelot (again)

also a little disappointing – patrice rion & lignier-michelot (again)

Let’s stick with Chambolle – here another 2007, but this time a 1er cru… 2007 Patrice Rion, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes Whilst there’s a strong whiff of oak-spice, this has a lovely, interesting and layered nose – nice. In the mouth this is far from overblown – a good line of fine fruit flavour – […]

très disappointing: bachelet & lignier-michelot

très disappointing: bachelet & lignier-michelot

Yet another reason that Denis might not have time for me later in the year! The Bachelet’s storage, save for shipping to Switzerland in April/May was direct IB from en-primeur purchase, followed by my own passive cellar for the last 10 years, which very slowly cycles between 13-19°C depending on the highs or lows of […]

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