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weekend wines – week 21

weekend wines – week 21

It’s been hot – so whites it was! They could all have been better – as my old school report used to say – must try harder! 2013 Dublère, Meursault 1er Charmes Hmm, there’s a nice aromatic volume here – classically Meursault too. In the mouth I find the wine a little tighter – there […]

ouch – some dangers in mixing and matching…

ouch – some dangers in mixing and matching…

As I sat tasting a few excellent Beaujolais last week, my tasting partner asked – fancy a P-M interlude? It wasn’t really my subject du jour but I can be a game old boy, so why not? Of-course I was expecting a gulf of difference, of elegance, of effortless excellence – but it didn’t work […]

An open door! 1243..

what’s new in beaune and peeking behind (usually) closed doors…

So first, what’s new this week? The first flowers were seen this week in a parcel of Louis Latour’s Corton-Charlemagne, though most are expecting to see flowers later next week – I think a weekend of wall-to-wall 33°C will help that! So we seem to be looking towards a harvest starting-time of roughly the 10th […]

big works in nuits…

big works in nuits…

On Wednesday afternoon I managed to get a tour of massive re-modeling of the Faiveley winery in Nuits St.Georges – together with JC Boisset, they are dragging winemaking in NSG into the 21st century. The demolition was already well underway when I visited last December to look at their 2015s. They say that all the […]

held hostage by a beaujolais producer

held hostage by a beaujolais producer

Two visits today, in La Chapelle de Guinchay, not far from Saint Amour – so lunch was there – some pics above. I had a 14h30 appointment after lunch so got there early – 14h20 – just as well, I finally crawled into my car at 20h50. Apparently the police were not yet looking for […]

jane eyre’s new beaujolais!

jane eyre’s new beaujolais!

It seems that the Aussies are all starting to find their way round to the gamay grape, and that now includes Jane Eyre too, who bottled her first Fleurie – a 2016 – in the last 2 weeks. The labels haven’t yet arrived, but that doesn’t mean we can’t taste it – right? So tasted […]

weekend wines – week 20 – pinot from british columbia…?

weekend wines – week 20 – pinot from british columbia…?

A long-term contact (from Canada) was in Beaune this week, he and his compatriots enjoying a more than enviable week of tastings, but on Friday evening he thrust into my grubby hands a couple of bottles – “I’m saying nothing, just tell me what you think of these.” They are both 2009 pinot noirs from […]

a sunny sunday in burgundy – at last!

a sunny sunday in burgundy – at last!

It’s been quite changeable weather since Friday – lots of showers – and even a little of the hard stuff (hail!) in Nuits on Friday – largely leaving just punctured leaves, but they won’t want any of that during flowering! Today was fine and sunny, so a trip to Chalon for the Sunday market – […]

some ‘midweeklies’

some ‘midweeklies’

The Juillots were auction purchases – despite the vintages (2003 and 1990) they are nothing more than easy drinking wines with a nice depth of fruit – really not quite great 1ers – essentially worth what I paid though they definitely brought enjoyment – rebuy-maybe(s) – a few more lie in the cellar. The 2013 […]

weekend wines – week 19 2017

weekend wines – week 19 2017

2002 Nicolas Potel, Vosne-Romanée 1er Malconsorts Hmm – this smells a beauty! Some previous bottles have been a little bretty but not this one. The palate is a little tighter – silky texture and beautifully poised but I’d like a little more flavour action. Very attractive wine today though. Rebuy – Probably! 2013 Clotilde Davenne, […]

vézelay – the new kid in town…

vézelay – the new kid in town…

Vézelay from the air via AuxerreTV – here. You may have come across the label Bourgogne Vézelay – an appellation/label created only in 1998 – but one that’s already going to be phased out. The new kid in town is Vézelay – and it’s a villages appellation. The INAO (Institut National des Appellations d’Origine) voted […]

über-niche beaujolais – jules desjourneys

über-niche beaujolais – jules desjourneys

A nice way to ‘recover’ after a week without tasting, due to a head-cold: While the vast majority of Beaujolais struggles to get €10 a bottle for their produce, I have in my hands two bottles that have been sent to me from a producer that is really pushing the pricing envelope. A Fleurie and […]

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