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weekend wines – weekend 26 2018

weekend wines – weekend 26 2018

It was a hot one – the weekend – and we were out a lot, enjoying the views and the fresh (lake) fish – but I still managed to find the time for a couple of cold ones! 2016 Domaine Diconne, Auxey-Duresses Vieilles-Vignes Modest colour. A deep nose, with a good line of clean freshness […]

this morning’s jog – predominantly-pommard

this morning’s jog – predominantly-pommard

There’s some impressive attention to detail in the work to renovate the wall of the the Clos Marey-Monge (presumably with some funds from the ‘climats’) but don’t tell that to the single-file traffic waiting their turn at the lights! I don’t expect that all will be finished before their Rootstock weekend, but I applaud any […]

the only way is up!

beaune: chemin des vaches but its horses that are ploughing…

A short and easy (apart from the hill!) morning jog to take advantage of the cool – this week it’s becoming scorchio in Beaune. Nice to see a horse (and team) being trained to plough, at the bottom of Les Teurons, on the way back to Beaune centre…  

weekend wines – week 26 2018

weekend wines – week 26 2018

Three winners this weekend, including two honorary Burgundians, one of whom sadly missed: 2014 Alain Geoffroy, Chablis 1er Fourchaume Relatively pale colour. The nose has a small vibration of minerality but is relatively tight. Wide over the palate but with such a ripe, almost honied flavour that I’m surprised I’m drinking a 2014, not a […]

new signs on their way…

new signs on their way…

New signs are on their way for the UNESCO World Heritage climats and sites of Burgundy… here the Château du Clos de Vougeot…

too many grapes? – sunday’s walk between morey and gevrey…

too many grapes? – sunday’s walk between morey and gevrey…

The 2018 vintage: It’s certainly starting to look like some dropping of fruit will be required in places. I counted some vines with 16 bunches – that’s almost as much as the worst I saw in 2017 – 18 – and I’m sure I could have found vines with more if I’d been patient. I […]

mainly nuits les crots on saturday – château gris…

mainly nuits les crots on saturday – château gris…

The sky was blue, blue, blue for our Saturday walking – the light actually a little harsh, but with super views over Nuits…  

midsummer beaune….

We arrived in Beaune about 9pm on Thursday – I say ‘in’ but that’s not technically correct – virtually all the entrances to the centre of Beaune were blocked. A little local knowledge, followed by reversing 300 metres up a one-way street finally got us to our usual parking place. Why? Well it’s midsummer’s night […]

Over Auxey vines towards Monthelie

auxey, meursault, blagny, puligny – today’s 10km walk

Today was the day – almost 10°C cooler than 2 days ago, but beautiful weather. Breakfast in Le Montrachet to give us enough strength – then 2 hours of walking…  

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