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today, a little meursault touristique between visits

today, a little meursault touristique between visits

Mainly above Tessons and Grand Charons, looking towards the town…  

between appointments; dogs, horses and le montrachet

between appointments; dogs, horses and le montrachet

Looking over Vide Bourse and and Bâtard towards (left to right) the hillside of Chassagne and Montrachet. Then there was the ploughing in Le Montrachet…

a brace of weekend le grappins…

a brace of weekend le grappins…

2012 Le Grappin, Beaune 1er Les Grèves Blanc Quite a deep yellow. A round nose but one that’s also a little anonymous. In the mouth, also round, certainly quite tasty, yet, again a little anonymous versus my barrel tasting – lacking drive, energy and character. I suppose this gives me excuse to try another – here are DIAM seals, so it shouldn’t be a cork problem. Rebuy – No 2012 Le Grappin, Beaune 1er Les Boucherottes Deeply coloured and already some deposit of tartrate/tannin in the bottle. Unlike the Grèves, here is a full, energetic nose – primary of-course. Likewise in the mouth but here is a wine of depth, weight and some layers of flavour. A finely balanced wine, indeed a fine Beaune! Rebuy [….]

Musigny above Clos de Vougeot

sun-dappled sunday…

Already there are some patches of vines that have lost a majority of their leaves – a quick change in the weather-pattern and that could be the case everywhere, but for now, enjoy…   Savigny, Pernand (again) and Corton: Boisset’s new cuverie – I’m loving the attention to detail… : A litte high-class Côte de Nuits:

Savigny

saturday less perfect than friday, but still a privilege…

A super day, but rather cloudy for bringing out the full colour…  

Pommard

a perfect friday…

I’ve been visiting (and now living in) the Côtes for a long time, but I’ve never had such a perfect combination of vineyard colour and perfect skies to capture it…  

bgo time…

bgo time…

I guess not many of you are still holding your BGO’s from 1999 – but from the right producers they offer a brilliant surprise!

germain’s 1996 beaune les teurons…

germain’s 1996 beaune les teurons…

1996 Germain, Beaune 1er Les Teurons What a surprise! These half bottles have always been a bit too oaky and uninspiring – now, eventually, we have life – and what life it is! There remains more than a hint of oak texture, but now there is a frankly beautiful clarity of fruit – both aromatically and on the palate. Fine acidity and intensity, the tannin texture seems more of oak than grape but this was just a beautiful (3) glass(es). Rebuy – Yes Thanks Benoit!

andrée taupenot, 1989 pommard epenots

andrée taupenot, 1989 pommard epenots

The 1989. I’m such a big fan of Epenots – maybe too much so – as not much of this bottle remains from yesterday! 😉 Seen Today. Okay, but is Traverse City on the same parallel as Burgundy OR Bordeaux… 😉

week-day castagnier and fourrier ;-)

week-day castagnier and fourrier ;-)

1996 Guy Castagnier, Clos de Vougeot Hmm – starts a little disappointing – particularly after a stellar last bottle and a similarly brilliant 97 Clos de la Roche during harvest. The nose is sullen and hints at brett. The flavours are not terrible, but not special either. Day two this has way too much brett and is cloudy. Not really drinkable – yet – it was great in the sauce for my sausages! Rebuy – No 1999 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles-Vignes The cork is soaked beyond right through – a problem with many pre-2002 Fourriers – but the wine seems to have survived; it starts a little stinky/reduced but shaking to reduce the amount of gas (yes, it’s still in there!) improves things very quickly. Now [….]

the latest tastevinage wines…

the latest tastevinage wines…

The list for all those with an interest: Tastevines-2015

a viennese weekend…

a viennese weekend…

All quiet here over the weekend, but that was because I had to see some horses, some blue sky and a brilliant range of 1985 (mainly) grand crus. Cheers! 😉  

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