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weekend wines – week 42 2017

weekend wines – week 42 2017

A few of the wines collected for last weekend saw the light this weekend – actually, they mainly saw the corkscrew – let’s call it recycling! Friends helped consume everything, that’s the best way – no? 2011 Ramonet, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Ruchottes Fresher and more complex and mineral than I remember when young. There is […]

week 42’s ‘rogues’ gallery

week 42’s ‘rogues’ gallery

This week’s visits for October’s 2016 White Burgundy Report – published around 20 November – or so!

today in the abbaye de st.vivant…

today in the abbaye de st.vivant…

Despite (many times) previously having bored you with photos of the place, until today, I’ve never actually been inside of the abbaye before. Today was a final get-together of the Central-Otago/Burgundy Exchange crew – together with a few glasses of the abbaye’s Hautes Côtes Blanc made by the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and with its […]

central otago – in beaune

central otago – in beaune

Brilliantly done – a tasting of Central Otago wines in Beaune today. Not just breaking boundaries in terms of who and where (in the Hôtel Dieu) but breaking boundaries in glassware – real, proper tasting/drinking glasses – apparently designed by Riedel specifically for for CO pinot – it’s not really as big as it looks […]

Meursault (of-course!)

2 days of views

A full programme of visits and tastings just now, but to show that I’m still alive, here are a few pics from today and yesterday! There were the first few drops of rain for quite some time this morning, but it was just a few minutes until the sun returned. The vineyards remain full of […]

weekend wines – week 41 2017

weekend wines – week 41 2017

AKA – birthday weekend! Not ridiculous wines, nor ridiculous quantities, but some great stuff nonetheless. And my best wine of the year – so far – so not bad! Friday night started with a ‘Charmes’ double-bill: 2015 Albert Joly, Puligny-Montrachet Les Charmes Only a villages wine, but this vintage is terrific, and this particular cuvée […]

the office today…

the office today…

Just a stunning day today in the Côte de Beaune – perhaps in other places too 🙂 25°C was easily attained in the latter half of the afternoon, and whilst the colours in the vines might have been just that little bit better last week – we’ve lost some leaves and others have browned since […]

weekend promenading…

weekend promenading…

The top of Côte du Py This weekend, a little pacing around Solutré and Château Pizay:  

week 41’s ‘rogues’ gallery

week 41’s ‘rogues’ gallery

Some lovely visits to kick off the work for October’s 2016 White Burgundy Report. Wines that are really a surprise (to me) and it was particularly good to see some smiles on the faces of many vigneron(ne)s after their 2017 harvest – not everyone, but most. Now it’s my birthday weekend (I’ve been told!) so […]

to trip, or not to trip – rosé style…

to trip, or not to trip – rosé style…

Château Pizay… I was invited to a ‘press trip’ by the syndicate of growers from Moulin-à-Vent, and normally I don’t make press trips – you would be forgiven for asking why(?) Okay, I’ll answer that anyway: The only previous ‘press trip’ that I’ve done, was to Chablis. I was one of five who were deemed […]

givry, puligny and meursault today…

givry, puligny and meursault today…

I’m touring, tasting mainly 2016 whites in October, here pictures from Givry:   And after lunch, pictures from Meursault:  

september’s burgundy report is online

september’s burgundy report is online

Here. Of-course the 2017 harvest, observations and some hints to what we might be tasting (and buying) in another 12-15 months are centre-stage. With vintages ending in a ‘7’ in mind, a look at some ‘executive wines’ from the 1997 vintage – 20 years on. Even in a modest vintage, such things are only borderline […]

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