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Or, more correctly, more on Sour Grapes. Here.

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a little pommard…

Today I took my ‘B’ camera in hand for a jog around the vines – Pommard was my choice. Hardly a soul in the vines – certainly no pickers. The weather was cloudy but warm enough and with a little breeze too – drying, I hope. The first flashes of sun showed themselves about 5pm… […]

harvesting: exactly how much mud can you get on your boots?

harvesting: exactly how much mud can you get on your boots?

The last days of the last week delivered a lot of rain for some – but the growers say not too much – but further north it waned. Maranges and Santenay had approaching 50mm, in Meursault it was closer to 30mm and by the time the weather-front reached Beaune there was a deposit of only […]

offer of the day – camus?

offer of the day – camus?

I know I harp on about this from time to time, but Camus get the bad press that they deserve with regard to the average quality of their wines, but it is very easy to lose a certain perspective. Look at the offer I have this weekend from a Swiss merchant (in swiss francs). Now […]

rain and rainbows…

rain and rainbows…

Yesterday evening about 10pm we were treated to lots and lots of lightening, and occasionally heavy, but essentially modest, rain. Today, it’s been dark for most of the day, with a little rain here and there too. Just now, however, Beaune erupted with thunder, rain and even a little sunshine and rainbows – pretty, if […]

a beaujolais harvest update

a beaujolais harvest update

Translated from today’s news email from Inter Beaujolais. The progresses of the grape maturity in Beaujolais (16,000 hectares between Lyon and Mâcon): The first secateurs will be used in anger at the end of this week – for the earliest maturing areas. In terms of climate, the ideal conditions of recent weeks, with hot temperatures […]

grappl’in with savigny blanc

grappl’in with savigny blanc

Earlier this year I compared the 2011 and 2012 of this villages white: The 11 was open, soft and simply very, very tasty. The 12 was a little more angular and phenolic – impressive but not yet really tasty – things can change quickly, though. Here we are at the end of our summer and […]

abbaye de la bussière

abbaye de la bussière

Touring the Hautes Côtes de Nuits today, in particular the Valley of the Ouche. Here is the classic Burgundy canal-boat land, and with plenty of cafés along the way. Also here is the Abbaye de Bussière, up-market stop-over par-excellence. I took a coffee before an Aston-Martin club came for afternoon tea – the hotel hosted […]

some views from near the abbaye de morgeot in chassagne…

some views from near the abbaye de morgeot in chassagne…

And note that, since yesterday, my header picture is now accurate, as cremant producer Louis Picamelot started their harvest yesterday!  

the saint-vincent 2017 in mercurey

the saint-vincent 2017 in mercurey

The Saint-Vincent is a regional celebration that was created by the Confrérie des chevaliers du tastevin in 1938* and the poster (right) for the 2017 event has been released this week. It is a meeting of all the grower syndicates of Burgundy in one village each year, and their associated (about 80) small statues of […]

cool…

I have to say, fabulous design and photos. Nothing to do with Burgundy (fortunately!) but even the story is a good one! http://www.lepanmedia.com/cultivating-luxury/

how green & how red are my grapes? (beaune today)

how green & how red are my grapes? (beaune today)

Despite the header image (above) there’s no harvesting in the Burgundy yet. Since the big rain of the 5th of September, it’s been pretty warm here – wall-to-wall 30°C – or thereabouts. The weather was supposed to break tomorrow and bring a couple of cooler days with rain – it looked like it would come […]

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