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a perfect 100(th) tastevinage day…

a perfect 100(th) tastevinage day…

A beautiful day in the Côtes today – 26°C – and the vines are just starting to change colour. Better make the most of it, tomorrow is rain. Oh, and it will rain on Sunday too! Today was the 100th Tastevinage – I’m still mightily impressed by the tasting teams I’ve joined with – nothing […]

2014 white burgundy – what to buy…

2014 white burgundy – what to buy…

My 2014 White Burgundy Report – The October 2015 issue of Burgundy-Report I promise all the producers – and readers too(!) – that my subscription reports are available to all, less than 2 years after subscribers get them. So here you go, the best vintage of whites that I ever tasted from barrel…

david clark’s 2012 côte de nuits villages vv

david clark’s 2012 côte de nuits villages vv

I felt fortunate at the time in managing to secure a mixed case from David from this, his last vintage – I think Berry Bros. bought-out just about his whole production! This is the first from that case, a mixed pack of 4 of these and 4 each of his Morey St.Denis and his Vosne-Romanée. […]

offer of the day – henri boillot 2016s…

The first offer on 2016s that I’ve seen – the comparison to the 2015 offer from the same merchant is in the brackets. Whilst there was frost in 2016, and much was lost, it was highly variable with some white wine vineyards offering full yields. Here the increases are seemingly across the board – Côte […]

only 56 years age difference…

only 56 years age difference…

I suppose that given the title, you might be forgiven for assuming that sub-title could be ‘A Las Vegas Wedding!’ Boringly, this is actually about wine, but certainly not about boring wines… 1959 Maison Roger Moreau, Gevrey-Chambertin “Clos Saint Jacques” I bought a few of these at an auction in Switzerland – maybe 10 years-or-so […]

weekend wines – week 38 2017

weekend wines – week 38 2017

Another week/weekend of 1997 research for the forthcoming Burgundy Report – but I managed to slip in another bottle… 2011 Domaine Albert Joly, Puligny-Montrachet Les Tremblots A little deeper colour than seems correct for such a (theoretically) youthful wine. Waxy lemon and a suggestion of caramel on the nose – but alive and attractive. Mouth-filling, […]

cuvée magazine…

cuvée magazine…

I bought this, because it’s about Chablis, and Chablis is my day-job! For €20 there’s virtually no advertising across Cuvée Magazine’s 120 pages of content, though the text is large and the pictures are page-filling. You could certainly buy a more in-depth book for that. There is much about this magazine that reminds me of […]

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marko de morey’s (hautes) côte de nuits harvest gallery – the last day

Monday the 18th was Marko’s last day harvesting this year – Saturday and Sunday were ‘off’ days due to a) the weather and b) waiting for the ripeness of the Hautes Côtes fruit – helpful for Marko as he was suffering from some man-flu. But Monday they attacked: Thank-you Marko!  

a little swiss cow action!

a little swiss cow action!

In Switzerland, like everywhere else, what goes up, must come down – but particularly in Switzerland, because that also includes the cows! At the beginning of June the cows are walked up the hikers’ paths to the higher pastures of the Alps, and in September they are walked back down – before the weather changes. […]

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