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#2017burgundyreport – grisaille, boulevard repetitions and now some côte de nuits…

#2017burgundyreport – grisaille, boulevard repetitions and now some côte de nuits…

It’s a normal winter week in the Côtes – grey, and sometimes for good measure, with wet mixed into the grey. It’s not all that photogenic – particularly if you have to get wet whilst taking a grey photo! My trusty Subaru (now almost 370,000km since new!) seems to have developed a funny noise from […]

weekend wines, week 47 2018

weekend wines, week 47 2018

Wow – week 47 done already – where did all that time go? Anyway, two wines that doubly underscore the fabulous utility of less well-known appellations – Savigny white and Ladoix red, anyone? 2016 Serrigny, Savigny-lès-Beaune Blanc What a little beauty! Fresh, faintly phenolic like a good Chablis, depth and zing like a great Savigny […]

icymi – week 47 2018…

Just a couple this week: 2017_Burgundies_could_ease_sky-high_prices_ahead_of_Brexit Distilling a vintage into a few words is never easy – this is not so bad… the-paradox-of-burgundy Oxidisation – a new word for me – but ‘banal: weary, stale, flat and unprofitable’ – well we’ve all been there, eh? This article is also the first time I even considered […]

the tastevinage majors of 2018…

For this ‘award’ just twenty wines were chosen from 1,033 that were submitted to blind taste in 2018: CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE BRUT BLANC – Maison Veuve AMBAL BOURGOGNE VÉZELAY 2015 – CAVE HENRY DE VÉZELAY RULLY PREMIER CRU – RABOURCÉ 2017 – DOMAINE MANIGLEY CHABLIS PREMIER CRU VAILLONS 2016 – DOMAINE GUY ROBIN CHABLIS PREMIER […]

fourrier’s 2001 griotte, today…

fourrier’s 2001 griotte, today…

Home-made Shepherd’s Pie (for the detail-conscious, actually Cottage Pie!) so what to drink? This fell nicely to hand: 2001 Fourrier, Griotte-Chambertin I opened this 2001 with a bit of trepidation – well, it’s said that JMF had some cork problems in this vintage – but this is in perfect shape. Not such a big nose, […]

30th edition of burgundy’s young talents…

30th edition of burgundy’s young talents…

I finally got to see the result of this years competition – decided at the end of last week. Here are the domaines, winemaker who got the trophy and the wines that they presented. Enjoy: Catégorie Mâconnais – Charles Edouard DROUIN of Domaine Thierry DROUIN Mâcon Vergisson « La Roche » Pouilly Fuissé « Maréchaude […]

analysing the sales numbers from the 158th hospices auction

As promised (late) on Sunday evening, a little, more thoughtful analysis of the statistics of the 158th Hospices de Beaune, sale. Here is a list of the ‘top lots.’ (pdf) Whilst these are, at the outset, domaine wines, the sale should still be viewed in the context of a market where the bulk prices – […]

rip – henry-frederic roch

It seemed almost an apologetic first report of the death of HFR – and then the article was suddenly gone from the publication’s website – had they made a terrible mistake? It seemed to cause sufficient doubt that further reports took some time to surface – but surface they did. Henry-Frédéric Roch (HFR) died overnight […]

a special treat – weekend wines, week 46 2018

a special treat – weekend wines, week 46 2018

Certainly not every year, and hardly every second or third year, but every so often you have to do it properly eh? Or how can you have benchmarks? A couple of empty soldiers from a tasting chez Bouchard Père which I will write-up in my Bouchard visit report – the others from a very above […]

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