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frost – a close call in the côtes

frost – a close call in the côtes

April 2016… To be honest, I hardly remember frost in Burgundy – I began tasting here in 1997 (the 1996s), and I’ve rarely seen much – but there was a sense of deja-vu to this week’s weather forecast. Typically, back home in Switzerland, I brought out my non-hardy plants last week after literally weeks without […]

good neighbours!

good neighbours!

I eventually moved apartment in Beaune today – it looks like I have good neighbours 🙂 Lots of memories of the old place – which I first visited in 2003 – but today starts a new chapter. Still a lot more painting to do though 🙁

Boris Champy – the new man for Domaine des Lambrays…

Boris Champy – the new man for Domaine des Lambrays…

Boris Champy in action, right… It is official this week – ultra-athlete Boris Champy will be the new face of Domaine des Lambrays – taking over the role of Thierry Bruin as he moves into his retirement. Boris, who hails from a family of vignerons in Champagne, studied in Bordeaux and worked for the Moueix […]

“a hailstone shield to kill destructive storms”

It’s in the newspapers – so it must be true! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/15/entire-burgundy-wine-region-covered-hi-tech-hail-shield-kill/

david clark’s 2009 bourgogne au pelson

david clark’s 2009 bourgogne au pelson

2009 David Clark Bourgogne Pinotr Noir Au Pelson This was the first, and probably only, wine that David Clark made with all the stems – 100% whole cluster – and it really smelled of it when young. Today we have really a more perfumed impression – rose-petals – and it smells delicious. In the mouth […]

maurice chapuis 1990 corton-charlemagne

maurice chapuis 1990 corton-charlemagne

1990 Maurice Chapuis, Corton-Charlemagne Golden colour – but no brown. The nose, amazingly, starts in a firework/gunflint reductive style – with time the glass becoming richer with more of a salted caramel and lanolin style. In the mouth there’s really a nice volume of flavour, some richness and sweetness but also a base of saline […]

ponsot’s 2009 griotte

ponsot’s 2009 griotte

A cellar search for something ‘disruptive and belligerent‘ – Laurent Ponsot is certainly disruptive so this was not a bad choice. Actually I was surprised to note that even the 2009s bear his domaine name stamped into the base of the bottle – I had assumed that this was, relatively, a more recent change. I […]

early hail in savigny, yesterday…

It’s very early in the season, and I’m not aware of very much damage – so far! – but there was hail in Savigny yesterday, reported by both Maison Harbour and Nicolas Rossignol. See the video below (via Instagram) that Nico posted from Les Lavières: A post shared by Nicolas Rossignol (@nico_rossignol) on Apr 10, […]

weekend wines – week 14 2017

weekend wines – week 14 2017

The sun was out and I’d also spent some time with wines from Mâcon last week – so why not keep it going over the weekend? 2014 Château des Rontets, Pouilly-Fuissé Les Birbettes Medium yellow colour. The nose is fresh waft of lemon curd – very attractive. Lovely in the mouth, incisive enough but at […]

a late afternoon walk around corton…

a late afternoon walk around corton…

It’s not just the vines that need some pruning in Corton! Beautiful 20-22°C weather late this afternoon – so at 4pm we took ourselves for a wander around Corton – a number of pictures seemed to focus on Le Corton…  

the last few days on tour…

the last few days on tour…

A collection of images from this week – the obligatory bud-burst picture above from today in Mâcon-Cruzilles – so chardonnay. Cruzilles is a relatively cool spot, so not so advanced as Meursault, for example. Versus an ‘average year’ the vines are about 10 days ahead so far in 2017. I toured some of the vines […]

2009 château des jacques oak-a-go-go

2009 château des jacques oak-a-go-go

2009 Château des Jacques, Moulin à Vent Champ de Cour Still quite a deep colour, not too much maturity. The nose is large, forward, sweet and cushioned – but this potentially delicious red fruit is still completely wrapped in vanilla oak – how did that happen?! This is supple and round with juicy, sweet fruit […]

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