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Abbaye de Morgeot

not all doom and gloom today – some horsing about too

frost – 2

frost – 2

I asked a couple of producers this morning if it was bad, or really bad, both said the latter. Without doubt it is a very important event, though I’m sure it’s better to wait until after the fruit-set to see if 30% or 75% of the potential harvest is lost. But however we look at […]

and last week’s producer visits?

and last week’s producer visits?

Hmm, let’s not forget those heroic (for putting up with me) producers of Beaujolais that I visited last week (week 16…)

frost!

Whilst in ‘relatively’ warm Beaujolais this week, I’ve watched all the pictures of ‘candles’ and water-sprays to combat the frost in Chablis, but this morning it seems the Côte d’Or has been touched – and it seems to have been more severe than a ‘touch.’ “I think I lost 90% in the villages and regional […]

a bouquet of fleuries

a bouquet of fleuries

After 3 days this week and about 230 wines tasted, I think it’s time to head back to Beaune today! And for those who’d like to taste some black-coloured Fleurie, 6 months too early, here’s a link 😉

week 16s weekend wines…

week 16s weekend wines…

Hmm – a nice selection I thought – but there were a couple of disappointments. 2013 Olivier Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Champ Canet A hint of oak spice and a width of engaging aroma. Ooh! This is nice; layers of beautiful flavour and a fine line of enlivening acidity. Fine finishing too – really super wine […]

friends stop by for the weekend

friends stop by for the weekend

Friday I had to rush back from Beaujolais because I had friends coming to stay for the weekend – amongst touristy vineyard viewing we managed to squeeze-in a Friday-dinner at Ma Cuisine and a Sunday-lunch at Auprès du Clocher. I think that all our expectations were met 😉 Saturday began with croissants, pain-au-chocolat and lots […]

Chateau de Cercy

pics from last week in beaujolais…

The week (mainly) was in Beaujolais, visiting producers. Next week I’ll be back for the third week in a row, but with just one task – to taste through 250 bottles of 2014s. Call me a wimp, but I’m going to do it over 3 days… First some pics from Wednesday:   Then some more […]

today: blue-sky, horses & concrete to make a grand cru…

today: blue-sky, horses & concrete to make a grand cru…

La Romanée today… Simply a beautiful day today – almost 18°C, despite a cool start – and a cloudless sky too. I took in a few sites around the Côtes today, before heading back to Bojolais tomorrow. I passed a couple of nice horses along the way, but really I was more interested by the […]

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