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the return of the clos marey-monge…

Hello from a windy beach in the UK! I’m back in the saddle on Thursday, but this is hot in today – très French – I haven’t seen a translation, not yet, anyway, but I’m sure you all know how to use google 😉 Cheers! Château de Pommard : le Clos du Château reprend son […]

les bottles de la weekend (week 20)

les bottles de la weekend (week 20)

Vincent Audras, ‘Verigoude’ Viognier (Beaujolais) The producer thrust this bottle into my hand, after I told him I’d prefer just to taste just his reds – ‘try it over the weekend‘ he said. I’d already mentioned that I wasn’t the best person to review Viognier, as it isn’t to my taste – but you can’t […]

portraits of a few southern burgundians…

portraits of a few southern burgundians…

Visited in Beaujolais last week. All profiled in the April Burgundy Report, though that’s (of-course) after the rather late, to be published, March Burgundy Report!

images from the beaujolais this week

images from the beaujolais this week

Not super-warm despite many of the pics, yet it was a fresh and bright week in Beaujolais. There were a couple of evening storms with strong wind, rain and a little thunder and lightening, but no damage – more storms are forecast for Sunday onward, though. If the growth of the vines had been a […]

a few bottles… (weeks 18+19!)

a few bottles… (weeks 18+19!)

A little remiss of me, but here are two week(end)s worth of bottles:   In no particular order: 2010 Rebourgeon-Mure, Beaune 1er Vignes Frances – brilliant/excellent! 2010 Rebourgeon-Mure, Pommard 1er Les Arvelets – even better! Again brilliant/excellent! Le Grappin, Rosé de gamay – very tasty, finished in 2 weekends! 1996 Wynns, John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon […]

Volnay Clos des Chênes

wandering around the côtes this weekend

A mix of rain, cloud and sun – it’s immediately 20+°C when the sun breaks through – otherwise we are stuck in the 12-15°C rut – and it feels much colder than that when the wind blows. The weather is still a little bizarre though, this morning it was a little less than 2°C in […]

the effects of frost in marsannay (and wider)…

the effects of frost in marsannay (and wider)…

Right: Pictured today in Marsannay Les Grandes Vignes – compare it to the picture at the top of the page – that’s what the growth looks like (this week) in an average year! It was nice and warm just over a week ago in the Côte d’Or, but this week the weather is back into […]

Charles Rousseau (1923-2016)

Remembering that great character, Charles Rousseau. He was always an ambassador for the domaine that wore his father’s name, remaining on hand, in his office, chatting with all visitors, despite having long stopped working in the barrels… Armand RousseauIt has been said that if you want the safest route to a fine bottle of Chambertin, […]

a few swiss days…

a few swiss days…

The last days in Switzerland have been quite nice – but oday there’s rain in Beaune. Back to the typing!  

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