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a little gjpv tasting…

Tasted Friday 17 November in Ladoix… Back row: Charles-Édouard Drouhin, François Berthenet, David Cachat, François Ambroise. Front row: Alice Rion, Chloé Chevalier, Claude Nadeau. A little post-2017 Trophy tasting, afternoon de-stressing with ex-laureats of the GJPV Trophy: ​2016 Thierry Drouin, Macon-Vergisson La Roche 10.5 ha domaine, 5 generations making wine. 0.25 hectares, elevage in barrels […]

decanter – perpetuating confusion when they should be bringing clarity?

The linked article gives the impression that the new Bourgogne Côte d’Or label could be potentially problematic from the perspective of either price, or because it’s an ‘extra complication.’ I’d like to challenge that: Complication? Let’s be clear: For Côte d’Or producers making wine from pinot noir – assuming those vines are also in the […]

2012 vosne-romanée from david clark

2012 vosne-romanée from david clark

The second bottle from this ‘mixed-case’ of David’s last vintage before selling-up to Yann Charlopin. ​2012 David Clark, Vosne-Romanée The 2012 Côte de Nuits Villages is currently quite an acid-forward wine. This also started in modest fashion too – I was starting to have some concerns about David’s 2012s. But this is a wine that […]

leflaive’s 2016 pricing…

Just a little update to my previous post: It seems that regardless of their prices, the (Swiss) market has lapped up all the grand crus from this offer, but the Bourgogne, Puligny, Clavoillons, Folatières and Pucelles remain unsold for now – the merchant has had to send out a second email – who knows, the […]

the trophy winners – burgundy’s young talents of the 2015 vintage!

the trophy winners – burgundy’s young talents of the 2015 vintage!

This year, I was more than honoured to be asked to be a judge at the blind tastings to determine the young winemaking talents of Burgundy, 2017. Lots of new names and great wines here for you. The Groupe des Jeunes Professionels de la Vigne were running their event for the 29th time this year, […]

the château du moulin-à-vent view of 2017

Here, for your info, is a personal view of 2017 from the Château du Moulin à Vent. It should be noted, however, that their’s is a view based on being located in the area that was really brutalised by the hail in 2017. 95% of Beaujolais, however, had ‘normal’ yields and healthy fruit. Their results […]

a merry, merry-go-round (or wine-criticism eating iteself…)

I’ve heard that it’s not done to critique other writers, but I think it’s a subject which, in itself, can be approached in a proper manner. So, Burgundy crtics ahoy… William Kelly who quite recently joined Decanter to write (mainly) about Burgundy is the new appointee in the hot seat of ‘Burgundy’ for the Wine […]

weekend wines – week 47 2017

weekend wines – week 47 2017

​ 2012 Alex Gambal, St.Aubin 1er Murgers des Dents du Chien This has finally shed a large part of its oak padding – there’s still a little on the nose, and finish is a little more creme brulee than there is St.Aubin, but in the middle it is both poised, concentrated, pure and a little […]

week 47’s ‘rogues’ gallery

week 47’s ‘rogues’ gallery

Four days of visits last week – a couple of first appointment Côte de Beaune domaines, but then deep into the Côte de Nuits. The 2016 White Burgundy Report was published last week, and I’m projecting 18-20 December for the 2016 Red Burgundy Report. I’m now back in Switzerland for 10 days, so chance to […]

2016 White Burgundy Report

There are 550 wines in this issue, 400 of them in the White Report but there’s also plenty of Moulin à Vent & Central Otago pinot noir too. Want to see what you might be missing? Check out my 2014 White Burgundy Report – now free for all…

Clos de Tart

the chorey chicane and moody morey (mainly)…

No frost in Beaune again but definitely minus on the roads outside of town – I don’t know if that was the excuse of the upside-down car in Chorey-lès-Beaune – there’s not much of chicane there! More patchy mist/fog this morning, not so much between Beaune and Vougeot, but thereafter plenty. By 10 a.m. the […]

Over Combe de Lavaut towards the (D31) road

a view from gevrey…

It was as misty this morning as it was yesterday – but without the ice on my windscreen – 3°C. On the positive side, by about 1pm, the mist had largely given way to a nice blue sky – perfect for a little wander around Gevrey – mainly the Côte St.Jacques – before my 2pm […]

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