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updated vintage chart – v.1.7

updated vintage chart – v.1.7

Updated to include, among other things, my early thoughts on the 2015s. Here. The ‘other things’ include: A small increase in the average score for 2007 reds – a nod to their opening out Increasing the number of ‘red flagged’ white vintages – i.e. ones to drink up to minimise your exposure to oxidised bottles. […]

1996 hospices de beaune corton charlotte dumay

1996 hospices de beaune corton charlotte dumay

1996 Hospices de Beaune Corton Charlotte Dumay – Prosper Maufoux Hmm, a miserly cork – about 45mm worth – I expect better from my half-bottles! I had 4 bottles of this remaining from a whole case bought many years ago for a good price in Switzerland – but I’ve never seen anything even vaguely hinting […]

tastevinage – version 100

tastevinage – version 100

The images for this post were stolen from the website of www.tastevinage.fr. Next week I’ll be attending the 100th edition of Tastevinage tasting in the Château du Clos de Vougeot – as a little background, here’s what I previously learned and wrote about the Tastevinage tastings. The twice-yearly tastings have been organized since 1950, but […]

lafon’s 1992 monthelie les duresses

lafon’s 1992 monthelie les duresses

1992 Comtes Lafon, Monthelie 1er Les Duresses The last bottle was corked, but this is fine – unfortunately it’s my last. A wide, fresh and open nose with a depth of faintly spiced raspberry. The palate starts narrow – and like the nose, fresh. After a fine set of 1997 grand crus over the last […]

2017 harvest – 19 september

2017 harvest – 19 september

99.9% of the harvesting is now over, only the late finishers of the Côte de Nuits (and maybe Hautes Côtes!) such as Damoy, Ponsot and Grivot seem to be unfinished. Even Marko de Morey finished his harvesting yesterday – surviving a weekend bout of a sore throat and heavy head-cold – so didn’t join us […]

weekend wines – week 37 2017

weekend wines – week 37 2017

Some great wines – nearly all 1997s – but that’s the start for a write-up about the 1997 reds – 20 years on – to be published in my September report. But there was a lovely Ampeau too! 1995 Robert Ampeau, Meursault 1er La Piece Sous la Bois The nose is deep and slightly toasty, […]

2017 harvest – 15 september

2017 harvest – 15 september

Nuits St.Georges – almost a double rainbow 5 minutes later… Today was more like April – despite a dry forecast – the showers came blustery and sometimes heavy. There was even hail at lunchtime at Gevrey rail-station – but the localised nature of these squalls seems to have completely missed the Route des Grands Crus. […]

2017 harvest – 14 september

2017 harvest – 14 september

Nuits’ Clos de l’Arlot , this afternoon… Although I ‘did’ Nuits and Chambolle yesterday, I’m a sucker for a nice view – so today, the team of l’Arlot were at it again, plus more again in the swathe of vines (Premeaux) south of Nuits close to Les St.Georges. As I pulled off the D974, direction […]

2017 harvest – 13 september

2017 harvest – 13 september

Chambolle today… The morning was pretty Autumnal and cold, so it was a surprise when it became a little muggy and 24°C in the afternoon – rain was forecast but never really materialised. I started my afternoon tour on the northern border of Chambolle-Musigny with Morey – where Marko de Morey was picking some Aligoté […]

weekend wines – week 36 2017

weekend wines – week 36 2017

A little harvest (if not wine!) pause, with friends who were visiting, in Pommard. 2013 Gilles Bouton, St.Aubin 1er En Remilly Starting a little toasty – slightly reductive – becoming more open and prettier with air. Good line and even a little minerality here. A modest but tasty wine with a little finishing sweetness. Tasty. […]

2017 harvest – 12 september (home domaine finish)

2017 harvest – 12 september (home domaine finish)

There followed a very enthusiastic and global use of water-hoses – to many shouts of ‘No – not on my phone!’… Starting our day with the last white – a small parcel in Pernand-Vergelesses Les Pins – here just 0.2 ha in a high sector that was once predominantly planted to aligoté behind Sur Frétile […]

2017 harvest – 11 september

2017 harvest – 11 september

An overused descriptor, but really, practically caviar… Our penultimate harvesting day – and today was a grand cru day. We started with Corton-Charlemagne – and we had quite a lot too. There was a little rot to remove, but as all our whites go over the triage table that was no problem – many white […]

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