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gueguen’s 2014 chablis 1er vaucoupin

gueguen’s 2014 chablis 1er vaucoupin

Whilst I might wish that there was a little more sunshine for enjoying this, it seems that it brings a little sunshine of its own! 2014 Domaine Gueguen, Chablis 1er Vaucoupin This nose is a real beauty; fresh citrus and salt – here come goosebumps! Vibrant in the mouth. Gorgeously sweet acidity and like the […]

where was the p.ox?

where was the p.ox?

Yes, I know that we were lucky girls and boys, but 14 whites were opened and appraised (drunk!) last night in Zürich – and we were all very happy bunnies. 13x Meursault and one ‘pirate’ a Puligny! Hardly an oxidative note – save a couple that smelled of cider, but didn’t taste like that! Generally, […]

‘floraison’

‘floraison’

Vineyard Floraison The weather is far from settled – or for that matter, warm – we have about 18-22° in the forecast for this week – more rain than sun, too! But the first/early flowers can be seen, here and there, across the Côte de Nuits. It looks like we will be in ‘peak flowering’ […]

weekend (23) drinking…

weekend (23) drinking…

A modest, but tasty, selection: 2005 Joseph Voillot, Volnay 1er Brouillards This retains a deep and young-looking colour. The nose is big, but with some perfumed red fruit – looking good! Tasty, layered wine – no obvious tannin – there are 05s with more oomph, and 05s with more focus, but this does what it […]

the first flowers of 2016…

the first flowers of 2016…

It was cool to see the first flowers of 2016 yesterday – even more-so to have the ‘buzzing’ accompaniment of the hover-flies too. I only had my phone with me, so I’m doubly impressed by this result! This picture was taken in the southern Beaujolais Villages area – but truth be told it’s a semi-fake! […]

beaune’s clouds – pretty but dangerous

beaune’s clouds – pretty but dangerous

A beautiful start to the day here in Beaune – with particularly pretty clouds too – but they hide approaching danger; by 12h00, as you can see (above), they are turning darker. There’s a weather warning for violent storms in the départment of the Côte d’Or today – most of the worst weather looks like […]

burgundy vineyard update: no flowers yet…

burgundy vineyard update: no flowers yet…

Meursault 1er Clos des Perrières – today. Well, having been away for 10 days, I though that my first job today should be to tour the vines of the Côte de Beaune – more particularly the place where flowering usually starts in the chardonnay. Two years ago I found the very first flowers in this […]

a couple of week(end) 22 wines…

a couple of week(end) 22 wines…

1999 Nicolas Potel, Volnay Vieilles-Vignes Medium-plus colour A little herb and a lot of sweet, plummy fruit. A middle-weight, but one of sweet silkiness, supple delivery of flavour, widening and intensifying a little in the mid-palate. The finish is tasty and medium-plus length, slowly fading on a more floral register. Very drinkable now – one […]

the u.k. riviera

the u.k. riviera

Eight days in the UK, and unbelievably, only half a day of rain!  

the return of the clos marey-monge…

Hello from a windy beach in the UK! I’m back in the saddle on Thursday, but this is hot in today – très French – I haven’t seen a translation, not yet, anyway, but I’m sure you all know how to use google 😉 Cheers! Château de Pommard : le Clos du Château reprend son […]

les bottles de la weekend (week 20)

les bottles de la weekend (week 20)

Vincent Audras, ‘Verigoude’ Viognier (Beaujolais) The producer thrust this bottle into my hand, after I told him I’d prefer just to taste just his reds – ‘try it over the weekend‘ he said. I’d already mentioned that I wasn’t the best person to review Viognier, as it isn’t to my taste – but you can’t […]

portraits of a few southern burgundians…

portraits of a few southern burgundians…

Visited in Beaujolais last week. All profiled in the April Burgundy Report, though that’s (of-course) after the rather late, to be published, March Burgundy Report!

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