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Bielersee / Lac de Bienne

a year-ending promenade in frenchie speaking switzerland

Our last day of the year took in a little tour around the Bielersee (Lac de Bienne) and stop-offs in Champagne and Avenches. I well remember the outrage of Swiss colleagues in the early 2000s when it became official that the (Swiss) town of Champagne was banned from making wine under their own name. Of-course […]

a lunchtime corton

a lunchtime corton

1997 Bouchard Père et Fils, Le Corton After a run of corked wines from the same case, here one that’s just right. Medium, medium-plus colour. A nose of pinched florals and spice above, and below a wider macerating-plum depth. A big wine in the mouth – with a leading wave of freshness followed by a […]

December 2017 Burgundy Report is now online for subscribers!

December 2017 Burgundy Report is now online for subscribers!

Here The trilogy of October to December reports cover 101 Côte d’Or domaines and over 1,600 wines. With over 100 more domaines to be covered in January and February – that’s for 2016 Chablis and 2016 Beaujolais – nobody else provides such depth and perspective of the new vintage in Burgundy. Enjoy!

some christmas bottles…

some christmas bottles…

1997 Bouchard Père et Fils Le Corton My last bottle of this – during The September Report’s look at 1997s, 20 years on – was completely corked. This cork, looks fine but was as hard as concrete – still, had it protected not corrupted the wine this time? My first sniff I thought yes, but […]

gros frère et soeur’s 1995 grands-echézeaux

gros frère et soeur’s 1995 grands-echézeaux

1995 Gros Frère et Soeur, Grands-Echézeaux Now that’s an informative cork! From a small parcel of vines just behind the wall of the Clos de Vougeot, next to the vines of DRC. Much of the domaines vines were replanted between 1980-1995, this could be quite young vines, or… A spicy nose, open above, still with […]

benoit germain’s 1995 beaune 1er les teurons

benoit germain’s 1995 beaune 1er les teurons

It’s a little more than 7 years since I visited Benoit Germain in Chorey-lès-Beaune, and for the combination of great weather, great wines and Benoit’s shining personality, it was my favourite visit of the year. In some ways Bertrand de Villaine today reminds me a little of Benoit, but Benoit was more ebullient. It was […]

offer of the day – 2016 l’Arlot

In my inbox today – I offer the comparison with the price (in brackets) of the 2015 this time last year… Domaine de l’Arlot Nuits-Saint-Georges Mont des Oiseaux 1er Cru 2016 75cl – – (59.00)* Swiss Francs Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de l’Arlot 1er Cru 2016 75cl 85.00 (79.00) Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos Forêts St-Georges 1er Cru 2016 75cl […]

2016 red burgundy – report online

For subscribers, my November report with 50 visit reports and 650 wines and more is now online: 2016, not much wine, a complex yet highly rewarding red burgundy vintage And if you’re undecided about subscribing – here is my report on the 2014 Reds: Burgundy Report 11-2015

pierre boillot’s 1993 volnay santenots

pierre boillot’s 1993 volnay santenots

1993 Pierre Boillot, Volnay 1er Santentots This domaine/vines now being exploited by François Mikulski – this clearly the backend of the era where it wasn’t thought necessary to actually write ‘1er Cru’. The cork is shorter than yesterday’s Lafarge, but better as it wasn’t spongy and crumbly – and both bottles were bought at the […]

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