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offer of the day – henri boillot 2016s…

The first offer on 2016s that I’ve seen – the comparison to the 2015 offer from the same merchant is in the brackets. Whilst there was frost in 2016, and much was lost, it was highly variable with some white wine vineyards offering full yields. Here the increases are seemingly across the board – Côte […]

only 56 years age difference…

only 56 years age difference…

I suppose that given the title, you might be forgiven for assuming that sub-title could be ‘A Las Vegas Wedding!’ Boringly, this is actually about wine, but certainly not about boring wines… 1959 Maison Roger Moreau, Gevrey-Chambertin “Clos Saint Jacques” I bought a few of these at an auction in Switzerland – maybe 10 years-or-so […]

weekend wines – week 38 2017

weekend wines – week 38 2017

Another week/weekend of 1997 research for the forthcoming Burgundy Report – but I managed to slip in another bottle… 2011 Domaine Albert Joly, Puligny-Montrachet Les Tremblots A little deeper colour than seems correct for such a (theoretically) youthful wine. Waxy lemon and a suggestion of caramel on the nose – but alive and attractive. Mouth-filling, […]

cuvée magazine…

cuvée magazine…

I bought this, because it’s about Chablis, and Chablis is my day-job! For €20 there’s virtually no advertising across Cuvée Magazine’s 120 pages of content, though the text is large and the pictures are page-filling. You could certainly buy a more in-depth book for that. There is much about this magazine that reminds me of […]

a little swiss cow action!

a little swiss cow action!

In Switzerland, like everywhere else, what goes up, must come down – but particularly in Switzerland, because that also includes the cows! At the beginning of June the cows are walked up the hikers’ paths to the higher pastures of the Alps, and in September they are walked back down – before the weather changes. […]

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. […]

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