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icymi from last week (plus…)

A little too much that’s related to auctions – but such is writing today – I hesitate to include it, as it makes me just an unpaid marketing extension of the wine-pricing bubble… Still, there’s quite an interesting range of things:   Honestly, despite doing quite a piece last year (the year before?) on the […]

Parc Bouzaise

around (not just) moulin à vent yesterday & beaune today…

I had a look for flowers in one vineyard in Morgon yesterday and couldn’t find any – I assumed I was too early – it seems the opposite! After lunch in St.Amour and a tour through (Mont) Brouilly, Morgon and Fleurie we came to the Château Moulin à Vent for a tasting of a dozen […]

land of the comte plus a little côte de nuits & albert bichot…

land of the comte plus a little côte de nuits & albert bichot…

Poligny is described as the capital of the Jura – the Comte cheese part anyway! Usually I pass through on my way to or from Home/Beaune – today the sun was shining, so what about some mid-morning coffee-drinking and cheese-buying? Then a small tour from north to south in the Côte de Nuits before finishing […]

my #ChardonnayDay – 1993 voillot, meursault les cras

my #ChardonnayDay – 1993 voillot, meursault les cras

1993 Joseph Voillot, Meursault 1er Les Cras A too often forgotten premier of Meursault – it can only be because of the small quantity of bottles – the wine today is brilliant, it’s lost all the strictness and rigour that it had back in 2010. The colour is deeply golden, but not quite orange! The […]

the measly montrachet 2016 update – for #ChardonnayDay

the measly montrachet 2016 update – for #ChardonnayDay

Pierre Vincent of Domaine Leflaive, pictured posing with the amalgamated 2016 production of 6 owners in Le Montrachet – image from October 2017 I’m sure you all remember the story of the frost at the end of April 2016, it was particularly cruel on the Chassagne-side of Montrachet – or Le Montrachet. For (even more) […]

a little mid-week griotte – another successful 1997

a little mid-week griotte – another successful 1997

The 1997s have been a revelation in the last year; they were quite good when young but then entered a long phase of spicy, leathery aromatics with neither focus nor distinction – for a long time 1997 was aromatically one of my least favourite vintages. Today it’s quite different for the better wines because their […]

vincent van gogh time…

vincent van gogh time…

Most of May, and some of June is my Vincent Van Gogh iris time – my last two colours are open today – two others didn’t oblige this year – it’s time to replant them. I’m already planning July’s thinning-out, cutting out the dead parts plus re-arranging a little – I’m expecting to have double […]

weekend wines – week 20, 2018

weekend wines – week 20, 2018

A long weekend – in much of Europe the Pfingst/Pentecost weekend means an extra day. My choice of wines saw a poor start but getting better: 1997 Sylvain Cathiard, Vosne-Romanée 1er Malconsorts Oof – not a great nose – balsamic and with brett. If you can get the wine past your nose and into your […]

offer of the day – Christophe Perrot-Minot 2016…

Relatively – the offers are coming in, thick and fast – that’s two this week! 🙂 Some more 2016s for you: VINS ROUGES Morey Saint-Denis La Rue de Vergy 2016 75cl 94.50 (*Swiss Francs) Gevrey-Chambertin 2016 75cl 94.50 Nuits St-Georges 1er ‘Les Murgers des Cras’ 2016 75cl 100.80 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2016 75cl 109.80 Vosne-Romanée […]

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