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some weekly wines…

some weekly wines…

This Mugneret-Gibourg was just an unbelievably sumptuous, delicious wine when young – I drank more than half a case in the first year without any pangs of regret. The wine then slowly began a diet, getting thinner and thinner – the last time I tried it – 3 or 4 years ago – it was […]

hong kong drinks it in…

Here. “Hong Kong is now Burgundy’s fifth biggest market in terms of revenue and the 13th largest in terms of volume” i.e. its not really the cheap stuff that they are buying! Hong Kong is, it seems, doing a great job of mopping up top production from the Côte d’Or. It’s a relatively new market […]

a little wine, weekend 8, 2017

a little wine, weekend 8, 2017

2015 Château Thivin, Côte de Brouilly Clos Bertrand A good, deep 2015 colour – though still transparent. Ooh… That’s a deep and ripe dark-red fruit – lots of freshness though. Oof! It’s really the same on the palate too; a super line of fresh, ripe, red-fruited flavour of width and dimension. Tons of complexity and […]

enforcing the status quo?

Interesting. I would say that here it is the ‘revitalising the region‘ comment that is up for interpretation – at least if we look at at past actions. Louis Latour, and I have to say Drouhin too, seem to approach the Beaujolais region purely as a source of ‘entry level wines.‘ Which (perhaps simplistically) could […]

week 3 of bo-jo-lays 2015 visits…

week 3 of bo-jo-lays 2015 visits…

The last, lucky, producers who were unfortunate enough to host me to taste their 2015s! There will be more visits/tastings to look at specific crus, but that’s enough for February’s report – now to finish January’s report – and that will be at least 5 days more work!

today, a beautful beaujolais day…

today, a beautful beaujolais day…

My first lizard of the year was seen last week, and today was my first butterfly and bee – all outside the home of Yvon Metras. Too much for February? Only time will tell… Before midday there were some far-reaching views, but by lunchtime, all was a little cloudier. Still, as I ‘summit-ed’ the Col […]

maps and wine-sales…

maps and wine-sales…

A nice link to a Côte d’Or map from 1861, sent by a reader. It looks a lot like the colour map found in the original Lavalle book. Plus two articles in the mailbox today: No surprise! Burgundy prices are high! Beaujolais is selling more – given the above, also no surprise!

sheep, felines & sausages…

sheep, felines & sausages…

It’s really just another day in Beaujolais!  

a little wine, weekend 7, 2017

a little wine, weekend 7, 2017

2001 Albert Bichot, Vosne-Romanée This was actually the wine the ‘turned me on’ to Albert Bichot as a producer – bought in 2003 – this could also be my last bottle of those 2001s – but what a bottle to finish on! It has simply a beautifully aromatic, and is beautifully complex, gorgeously tasty wine […]

week 2 of bo-jo-lays visits…

week 2 of bo-jo-lays visits…

The poor, unlucky group of producers that had to put up with me this week 🙂

the view from côte du py this evening…

the view from côte du py this evening…

It was just a shame about the electricity cables!

well that was a quick change!

well that was a quick change!

Last month in Chablis, my visits were largely in a window of -3°C to -12°C. This week in Beaujolais, Monday/Tuesday p.m. temperatures were about 12°C, and I’ll admit to having used the aircon in the car at one, seemingly, stressful point as I struggled to find a domaine – often an address in no more […]

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