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1982 sauzet puligny

1982 sauzet puligny

1982 Etienne Sauzet, Puligny-Montrachet Of-course this is orange wine, but it’s orange for a reason – it’s 35 years-old. The nose has a toasty, reductive, biscuit-crumb and lanolin style – but there’s really no sherry-style oxidation here. In the mouth it’s actually large-scaled, in an almost overblown style, yet, as the shouted flavours fade, this […]

a mid-week malconsorts…

a mid-week malconsorts…

The last of my small cache – 3 excellent bottles and a less good bottle – the previous one. In this 2001 vintage Camille Giroud bought a couple of half-finished wines, post-malo, but still in barrel – both from the same source. The other wine was a single barrel of Romanée St.Vivant – of which […]

weekend wine – week 29 2017

weekend wine – week 29 2017

Of-course there were others, etrangers, but I thought I’d concentrate on this one. I bought a few of these at a Swiss auction a few years back – though I later stopped buying from the auction house concerned as there were too many ‘questionable’ bottles for sale. But this has always had GREAT potential – […]

monday morning in st.amour…

monday morning in st.amour…

A little blustery and – not surprising given the ‘active’ cloud – there were some rain-showers here and there. The vines go high here, with breath-taking views – though Mont Blanc was absent this morning: ‘Good‘ said the vigneron – ‘When we can see Mont Blanc, it means that bad weather is coming!‘ We talked […]

3 things to note from this weekend:

3 things to note from this weekend:

Fantasy Pricing #1 If in Gevrey, and if not taking a coffee at Jeanette’s, then I like to sit on the big sofas of the Rotisserie for drink. The drink prices are okay for such a place – but stay with the drinks. I ordered a couple of (disappointingly small) early-afternoon sweets to go with […]

sunday in the vines – givry gates…

sunday in the vines – givry gates…

Yesterday Gevrey, today Givry

Boisset's winery

saturday in the vines

First, Nuits, Vosne (Flagey), Chambolle, Morey:   Then into Gevrey:  

grivot’s 1995 nuits roncière

grivot’s 1995 nuits roncière

I think it’s absolutely fair to say, that the combination of this surly (for a long time) vintage, plus the wine-making chez Grivot at this time, really don’t make for a salivating prospect, but: 1995 Jean Grivot, Nuits St.Georges 1er Roncières The 96 Lavières of last week was, save its ‘robustness,’ was rather unremarkable. This […]

jadot acquires… (plus gratuitous musigny pics)

jadot acquires… (plus gratuitous musigny pics)

A nice day today, mainly touring the Côte de Nuits – in the meantime, an email in my inbox regarding Louis Jadot’s newest acquisition (press release to the right) – and it’s a whole 18 hectares worth with the acquisition of Prieur-Brunet in Santenay. I tried to visit PB a couple of times, but both […]

girin 2013 l’ancestrale

girin 2013 l’ancestrale

Probably the best producer of straight Beaujolais… 2013 Domaine Girin, Beaujolais l’Ancestrale Quite deep colour. A nose that starts fresh but seems to body-build, taking on more aromatic volume and weight. The nose is quite nice, but the palate is even tastier than I’m expecting – wide, decently concentrated and with a little rigorous lick […]

weekend wines – week 28 2017

weekend wines – week 28 2017

This weekend, after the must try harder of last weekend – full marks! Even the 2009 ‘swissie’ was a lovely bottle! 2007 Camille Giroud, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Cazetiers Hmm – this was still too young when I last opened one – but no more! The nose deep, seemingly textured with dark and enticing layers of […]

mapping beaujolais

First published in 2015, I’m happy to have a full, physical, set of these useful maps – and you can now find them all – here online – courtesy (& of-course copyright!) of Inter Beaujolais; though I’m still prevaricating over having those physical versions framed – as it will cost well-over €1,000 to do them […]

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