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week 3 of bo-jo-lays 2015 visits…

week 3 of bo-jo-lays 2015 visits…

The last, lucky, producers who were unfortunate enough to host me to taste their 2015s! There will be more visits/tastings to look at specific crus, but that’s enough for February’s report – now to finish January’s report – and that will be at least 5 days more work!

today, a beautful beaujolais day…

today, a beautful beaujolais day…

My first lizard of the year was seen last week, and today was my first butterfly and bee – all outside the home of Yvon Metras. Too much for February? Only time will tell… Before midday there were some far-reaching views, but by lunchtime, all was a little cloudier. Still, as I ‘summit-ed’ the Col […]

maps and wine-sales…

maps and wine-sales…

A nice link to a Côte d’Or map from 1861, sent by a reader. It looks a lot like the colour map found in the original Lavalle book. Plus two articles in the mailbox today: No surprise! Burgundy prices are high! Beaujolais is selling more – given the above, also no surprise!

sheep, felines & sausages…

sheep, felines & sausages…

It’s really just another day in Beaujolais!  

a little wine, weekend 7, 2017

a little wine, weekend 7, 2017

2001 Albert Bichot, Vosne-Romanée This was actually the wine the ‘turned me on’ to Albert Bichot as a producer – bought in 2003 – this could also be my last bottle of those 2001s – but what a bottle to finish on! It has simply a beautifully aromatic, and is beautifully complex, gorgeously tasty wine […]

week 2 of bo-jo-lays visits…

week 2 of bo-jo-lays visits…

The poor, unlucky group of producers that had to put up with me this week 🙂

the view from côte du py this evening…

the view from côte du py this evening…

It was just a shame about the electricity cables!

well that was a quick change!

well that was a quick change!

Last month in Chablis, my visits were largely in a window of -3°C to -12°C. This week in Beaujolais, Monday/Tuesday p.m. temperatures were about 12°C, and I’ll admit to having used the aircon in the car at one, seemingly, stressful point as I struggled to find a domaine – often an address in no more […]

a little wine, weekend 6, 2017

a little wine, weekend 6, 2017

A very modest selection last weekend, but in their own way, all delicious. 2009 Gilles Bouton, St.Aubin 1er En Créot Red St.Aubin. I bought this in what I thought would be a very handy size – 500ml! Actually, it seems that they just empty faster – at least in this delicious case. Domestic management helped […]

The long slow death of (Saint) Amour(?)

The long slow death of (Saint) Amour(?)

Saint Amour, today… Here. Will it really require the return of a few Mercedes 4×4 to resurrect one of the greatest wines of Beaujolais? Fine writing from Aaron Ayscough…

a few beaujolais views from last week…

a few beaujolais views from last week…

week 1 of bo-jo-lays visits…

week 1 of bo-jo-lays visits…

A few faces from my first week of February visits in Beaujolais – and there are two more weeks to come. I’m sure you noted how quiet it was here last week – the internet in my Beaujolais hotel is basically non-existent – pff! Not much I can do about that, and it won’t be […]

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