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weekend wines – week 2 2018

weekend wines – week 2 2018

After sub-optimal performances from last weekend’s wines, it was nice to get into a good groove this weekend: 1995 Domaine Parent, Pommard 1er Les Pezerolles Rather lighter colour than, for whatever reason, I was expecting. Ooh – what a nose! A little sous-bois, and brooding, bloody fruit – what a charmer across the palate too. […]

wet, wet, wet…

wet, wet, wet…

Prehy, today… No, not the crooning Scottish boy band – before Boy Bands were a ‘thing’ – but rather the weather. December started in the vein of the winter of 2015/2016 – cold, frosty, there was even some snow. Since then there have been waves of wind, rain and warm-fronts. The weather has been much […]

week 2 2018’s ‘chablisesque rogues’ gallery

week 2 2018’s ‘chablisesque rogues’ gallery

A fuller week this week – 23 visits – one pic comes twice – the grid has to be equal (tsk!) – so that’s more than half of my 60 already done. Another full week comes next week – but first recuperation in Bern! Practically I saw almost 2 hours of sunlight this week – […]

offer of the day – thibault liger-belair 2016s

Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair 2016 EP/Pre-Arrivals Prices arrived today from my Swiss merchant. The 2015 prices (from last January) are in brackets for comparison. This year it’s the case of the missing Richebourg, still no Beaujolais and the arrival of wines from Corton! : NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES La Charmotte 75cl 55.00* (49.50) (Swiss Francs) CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 75 cl 69.00 […]

offer of the day – joseph drouhin’s beaune 1er clos des mouches

The offer doesn’t differentiate, but I’m pretty sure that these are all red! Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2010 75cl 79.00 *Swiss Francs Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2011 75cl 69.50 Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2011 150cl 144.00 Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2012 75cl 79.00 Beaune Clos des Mouches […]

icymi – week 2 2017

I don’t find that many things to alert you to read, but it seems that publications have been saving things up – so here you go, 3 things in one day! Why Burgundy is the hottest property in fine wine terms Interview with Frederic Drouhin Bourgogne Côte d’Or – Death by Boredom? (I’m with Christine […]

weekend wines – week 1 2018

2004 Louis Jadot, Beaune 1er Clos des Ursules I bought a six-pack on release – this was awful young – how about now? Deep colour. The nose is a little wild – but deep – a little peanut (old pyrazine) and a darker fruit. Honestly hard to like. Plenty of volume in the mouth, dark […]

the last 3 days…

the last 3 days…

week 1 2018 – the ‘chablisesque rogues’ gallery

week 1 2018 – the ‘chablisesque rogues’ gallery

A short first week in Chablis, but there’s two more weeks (plus a bit) to come. Here my first ‘rogues’ galley and already it’s clear that 2016 in Chablis is a fascinating vintage – already three distinct styles – and that’s with only 10 of 60 visits done! Now recharging the batteries in Beaune for […]

beaujolais en primeur

beaujolais en primeur

Beaujolais En Primeur – And from a wine merchant to the Queen too. For a region that has, for too long, been unfairly ignored this seems like something of a breakthrough. I well remember the first Burgundy En Primeur that BB&R ran – for the 1996 vintage – I bought two cases. Those were very […]

ICYMI* – a few of my favourite things from 2017 – including the general

ICYMI* – a few of my favourite things from 2017 – including the general

*In Case You Missed it… My favourite short sketch: The General… [winemaker 1]You know, we have have a pet-name for winemaker 2, we call him the General… [me]And why do you call him the General? [winemaker 1]Because he puts all the medals he wins on the labels of his bottles… [winemaker 2]Not all of my […]

spot the difference

spot the difference

One day in Switzerland, the next (today) in deepest Chablis:  

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