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an hospices sunday…

Of-course, there wasn’t just the half-marathon in Beaune this weekend! The auction, despite sombre reflections dedicated to those who lost their lives in Paris, started with full-blast bidding – over-exuberance? – perhaps. Security was certainly in evidence; without the right pass, or the right name to come to the door to your aid, you were not going to get your foot across entrance – and that’s just the way it has to be. There is a certain type of person that will always cause my blood to boil, and whilst waiting to get through the press door, here was one of them; somebody without any credentials was really pissed that he was being ‘held-up’ at the door – he didn’t seem to give a shit [….]

week 46…

week 46…

A few producers in the bag from last week…

made it…

made it…

Multiple massages and heat patches just about did the trick – save for the (should know better) sprint for the line. I was in shape to do 5 minutes faster, but made a conservative start. A super day – and lots of emotion on the start-line as everyone belted out La Marseillaise…

The 'fête' not really 'on message'

tada! lights, action…

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Christmas has come a little too early for Beaune, but the Christmas lights (which went up, around town, in October) were switched on tonight! Of-course, today is the first day of the ‘Les Trois Glorieuses’ – the weekend that marks the auction of the Hospices de Beaune:  

clos de tart in the mainstream

clos de tart in the mainstream

https://t.co/VJxN0nab8N Okay, I’m afraid it has to be in a yukky ‘luxury’ section of the mainstream news, but mainstream news it is, and that’s a rarity. Given the pricing of the wine, this categorisation as a luxury can hardly be quibbled with. Personally I’d much prefer it to appear in a ‘culture’ section; because here is something quintessentially French and with more than 1000 years of history. So be it, but ‘luxury’ adds a certain intellectual ‘baggage’ which will prevent some people from even wanting to turn that page. It’s the smallest of domaine thumbnails by Victoria Moore, but certainly given the probable word-count constraints (the terror, not the terroir) of modern writing, this is a very nice job indeed. Merci!

want to buy 2015 hospices?

want to buy 2015 hospices?

Time is running out if you do (of-course!) I have this in my inbox today, and it is, I suppose, an easy (read cheap!) entry into the world of Hospices de Beaune wine – though you won’t get to see your name on the label 😉 Albert Bichot have, for the best part of 15 years (to my personal knowledge) been making great wine, arguably as good as any négoce in Beaune. If you really must have your own name on the label, but hanker for an Australian to look after the elevage for you, drop me a line, as I may have a useful name for you 😉 just click on my name at the bottom of any page, send me a note, and [….]

‘corkscrewed’

Half a billion dollars of fake wine are ‘out there somewhere.’ And that’s only Rudy Kurniawan’s contribution to the pot! Really an important topic for us all…

sporting deadlines

sporting deadlines

Amazingly (sounds like a well-worn record…) today’s the second consecutive day for shorts and a T-shirt whilst out jogging. The last time was probably in September. Report deadlines are not the only ones in Beaune just recently, there was also the entry for next Saturday’s Beaune 1/2 marathon last week, the day after which, something ‘popped’ in my hamstring after 85 minutes of a 90 minute run – humph! Yesterday, it was only problematic after 45 minutes of running, requiring to be stretched every 5 minutes to avoid any potential for exploding. I’m currently working on the strategy of lots of stretching, anti-inflammatorys, and that’s about it. Oh and there was some Latricières-Chambertin too – I’m sure that will help, despite being from 2004 😉 [….]

côte dijonnaise…

An addition to the glossary: #cote-dijonnaise : “…At the end of the 1600s, there were over 300 vignerons in Dijon, mainly centred in an area called Saint-Philibert (now called Condorcet). When last measured before the onset of phylloxera (late 1800s), there were 1,200 hecares of vines…”

are sommeliers really responsible for global warming?

are sommeliers really responsible for global warming?

Weekend bottles: My first thought when I picked up the Jadot was ‘Wow! That’s heavy.’ For my second thought, ‘wow’ had already been replaced by sorrow for the people who have to deliver these wines into retailers and cellars. The bottle of the Bouchard wine is maybe less than half the weight, and certainly of less ‘thick’ glass, I assume, or at least hope, that this is out of their respect for the environment, a wish for modest use of raw materials, or indeed Bouchard’s general wish to keep their CO2 burden of modest proportions. Even Bouchard’s Montrachet is similarly modestly packaged. Jadot, on the other hand are moving in the other direction – more and more of their ‘labels’ are beginning to receive the [….]

the perfect late-summer weekend (in november!)

the perfect late-summer weekend (in november!)

Well, it almost seems to be getting silly. It was a couple of degrees cooler today, but still almost nudging 20°C. For virtually the first time since we were harvesting the 2015s, out came my (long) shorts, and the air-con flickered into life in the car. You expect the reality of the season to show when you walk into the shade and the breeze – but none of it. Perfect late-summer weather on the 8th of November! Today, touring in Meursault, Saint Aubin and Gamay:

‘super saturday’

‘super saturday’

Of-course, as it’s Saturday, the morning started in a very leisurely way; coffee and croissants – plus, for a change after this weeks misty weather, sun and blue sky! Friday afternoon the weather had turned warm – approaching 18 degrees, but today we topped out at about 22°C – the 5th of November too – it should be 5 or 6° – and wet! Lunch at the Auberge du Vieux Vigneron in Corpeau – excellent – then a walking tour around Chassagne-Montrachet. There’s still nice colour in the vines, though they’ve lost 90% of their leaves – now it’s the ground-cover and the trees that are offering the colour contrasts. Returning to Beaune I spotted a man and his horse below Criots Bâtard-Montrachet, only a [….]

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