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another day, another pyre…

another day, another pyre…

Fiery image from Caroline Parent-Gros Whilst very few of the hay-bails in the Côte de Beaune were lit on Friday morning – temperatures only hovered around zero – the Côte de Nuits saw more hot-hay-bail action. One example was the Clos St.Jacques in Gevrey-Chambertin which was ringed by the smoke making pyres. The skies have […]

fighting the frost in the côte d’or…

fighting the frost in the côte d’or…

Above, via Regis Rossignol in Volnay… For the past week or-so, the Côte d’Or has been relatively protected from the frost seen in other parts of Burgundy, indeed the wider France. But this morning, starting before 5am, groups of vignerons in multiple villages, began lighting bails of hay, in and around their vines, with the […]

new burgundy report online…

March 2017’s Burgundy Report is now online for subscribers – I hope that you enjoy! Thanks to all…

weekend wines – week 16 2017

weekend wines – week 16 2017

2015 Dampt Frères, Chablis 1er Beauroy Pale lemon yellow. A sumptuous nose of freshness and fine citrus notes – going quite deep – really an invitation. Bright, fresh – steely even, but with density and intensity. The flavour begins to fade rather quickly but then holds a modest but very long, mineral and mouth-watering finish. […]

the frost – a quick look at chablis…

the frost – a quick look at chablis…

I got up early today to visit Chablis – an 08h30 producer appointment before tasting a range of wines from Irancy (2015). I often encountered temperatures of 1-2°C whilst on the autoroute, but nothing lower – the skies were clear blue and the sun was shining. As I approached Chablis I could see that it […]

Clos du Château des Ducs

a little sunday afternoon volnay…

16°C in the shade – but definitely not in the sun!  

a little sunday morning beaune…

a little sunday morning beaune…

A little remparts and the town centre – quick mobile phone snaps…  

this week’s frost (part deux)

this week’s frost (part deux)

Last night in the Côte d’Or there was nothing to report – unlike the devastation in my Swiss domicile – not just vines but the fruit industry too. The corridor to Burgundy – the Jura – is likewise terribly affected. Here in the Côte d’Or, the last days saw lit candles in the vines in […]

weekend wines – week 15 2017

weekend wines – week 15 2017

I’m late getting these out – what with moving apartment and-all! 2014 Rebourgeon-Mure, Bourgogne Chardonnay Only a very faint yellow colour. The nose has freshness and equally modest flashes of citrus. In the mouth there’s fine direction and energy – indeed almost getting to mouth-puckering – but not quite. If the sun is shining, and […]

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