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week(end) 13 – the wines – lucky us…

week(end) 13 – the wines – lucky us…

A weekend in the mountains – plus some clear ‘wine-joy.’ 2010 Francois Mikulski, Meursault 1er Charmes I’ve never yet had a problem, but I see reports of advanced bottles from François – which is a shame because I love both the man and his wines – but this was in fine shape. A fresh wine of line and intensity with a rather classic, faintly gingerbread nose. The finish edged with a little salinity – it just drank beautifully – yum! Rebuy – Yes 2009 Patrice Rion, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes Deep of colour, deep of nose… The aromas are dark-fruited, faintly oak-spiced but with sumptuous fruit and a suggestion of florality. In the mouth there’s real presence – concentration and very fine texture. Yum-flavoured with [….]

bejot – to fraud or not to fraud?

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/anti-fraud-squad-raids-burgundy-producer-bejot-vins-et-terroirs/534156.article Really there’s not much to be said, or rather that can be said, about the above – yet. I saw the first reports – illegible text and photos from Burgundian newspapers at the end of last week. Here is the first English note of the ‘fraud investigation.’ I’ve met the people from Bejot, and Vincent Sauvestre (right – a very nice man, clearly successful, who has bought many old brands) comes across in this report as a little evasive – I really don’t believe that he doesn’t have a working knowledge of what’s in his tanks – that said he wasn’t present in any of my tastings or technical discussions. It seems to be business as usual for now, but ‘no smoke without fire?’ [….]

1st snow bbq of the year…

1st snow bbq of the year…

A higher altitude weekend – but the sausages were well cooked.  

volnay – not so still-life…

volnay – not so still-life…

Yesterday touched 20°C in the vines. Despite what has seemed like a winter of consistent 10°C days, the vineyards are not particularly precocious this year – so-far at least – because the night-time temperatures have been ‘cool enough.’ It was a beautiful day in the vines, without the ‘April showers’ of Wednesday – so much ploughing is underway. I visited a few of the Volnay vines of Bouchard Père – their full compliment of over 20 tractors were hard at work yesterday – well they do have 130 Côte d’Or hectares to tend!  

week(end) 12 – the wines

week(end) 12 – the wines

Belated, I know – but places to go, people to see – et-cetera 😉 It was a long-weekend, with an added Monday – so an extra bottle or two…. Louis Picamelot, Crémant de Bourgogne Les Terroirs I love their blanc de blancs, but the shop had run out! This started in very anonymous fashion – okay, but certainly not special. With time in the glass it took on a little more interest – never anything particularly wrong with the wine, but completely un-involving. Some way behind the very fine BdB… Rebuy – No 2013 Alain Geoffroy, Chablis 1er Beauroy A bright wine – indeed quite perky aromatically and on the tongue too. A certain extra vintage sweetness, but no overt apricot or anything like that. [….]

big buds, birthdays and sad losses…

big buds, birthdays and sad losses…

Picture (crop) ex-Faiveley… Since last Easter Friday we have seen all aspects of ‘life’ in Burgundy: First, something to celebrate! Today was the 80th birthday of one of Volnay’s great characters – Regis Rossignol (right), who I visited in February; he’s still going strong, indeed, as far as I can tell, he’s actually still making the wine. He loves nothing more than disappearing into the cellar find yet another ‘older’ bottle to discuss! On the other side of the same coin we lost Bernard Dubreuil of Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine in Pernand-Vergelesses on Friday. He’d been unwell for a while but was seemingly in remission, that changed all too quickly. My thoughts are with his daughter Christine. Here is a fine image of Bernard from Jon Wyand. [….]

easter monday in the côte de beaune

easter monday in the côte de beaune

 

a sunday stroll in (mainly) meursault…

a sunday stroll in (mainly) meursault…

just a few grands jours images

just a few grands jours images

Four collages that just about summarise 5 days of tastings…  

graperadio – walker / ilan…

Worth listening to the recent Grape Radio interview with Ray Walker. I no-longer have contact with this producer, and I regret their use of this site as their initial marketing, but the story has resonance for many and is worth hearing. There’s also a large, mainly critical, thread on this on the wineberserkers forum – It’s probably better to start with ‘mid-page 5’ of that, as the previous pages are largely speculation, pre-posting of the interview.

rain, rain, go away….

rain, rain, go away….

Ha! Yesterday, in the sunshine, I was contemplating the massive magnolia tree in the gardens of Bouchard Père et Fils – almost, but not quite, ready to burst into flower. The view above, is not the same in Beaune today. Still we’ve had a great week of blue-sky and sunshine – despite the chilly north wind. And a couple of images from Wednesday evening and Thursday:  

joseph voillot now x2 + hospices de beaune echézeax (vv)

joseph voillot now x2 + hospices de beaune echézeax (vv)

It was great to catch up with the (almost) newly expanded team at Joseph Voillot today. Etienne Chaix, the nephew of Jean-Pierre Charlot is due to start full-time at the domaine in April – but today he was roped in, early, for a tasting in Beaune. I know that Jean-Pierre was super-happy to have settled the ‘succession’ of the domaine in this way – and now that he can concentrate on his vines, he is, as you can see, a very happy man – I’m not so sure about Etienne though 😉 ——————————————————————— Then the news I heard yesterday was of a new cuvée for the Hospices de Beaune – an Echézeaux no-less. A tasting this week at Mongeard-Mugneret of Vosne-Romanée, raised the question of [….]

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