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hail and volnay 2013…

Why you shd be v v circumspect when buying Volnay 2013 http://t.co/PhnXMyu19R — Jancis Robinson (@JancisRobinson) July 11, 2014 One of the best articles I’ve read in a while, on Jancis’s site, written by Mark Haisma. I really should try to visit Mark! As you will note from the tweet of Jancis above, she’s worried about 2013 Volnays and urging caution. This is only a small part of the article, but to my mind, this article is the perfect example of why you won’t have a problem with 2013 Volnay if you buy from respected names. My reasoning? Triage should have been relatively easy because there was less to triage – though there was rot to remove too! The best domaines are very serious about [….]

bart’s 2008 chambolle veroilles

bart’s 2008 chambolle veroilles

I often have difficulty with young wines from Bart – too much CO2 or too much toasty oak. Here’s a wine that is slowly coming round to my palate – but it still needs a couple of years I think. 2008 Domaine Bart, Chambolle-Musigny Les Veroilles A little more than medium colour. There’s still a little rubbery oak here – not very much Chambolle aroma – except for the last drops in the glass, which show a lovely acid-redcurrant note. After two hours it gives a slightly more toffeed expression. The texture is quite nice and the flavours play across the tongue in a very nice way – understated freshness for the vintage plus a faint oak flavour in the finish. Where this wine shows [….]

2 bourgognes, 5 for germany (so far…)

The dream has gone for Brasil – I’m not even sure I’ll stay up to watch the second half of the football – but I’ve two bottles open, so… 😉 2011 de Villaine, Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise La Digoine Good colour. Hmm – not such a good nose – pyrazine and a round, diffuse, herby warmth. Good texture and quite good concentration. There’s a little pyrazine in the flavour too though the finish is quite good. Honestly, I’ve no interest in taking a second glass. Day 2 (overnight in the fridge) and I can’t detect anything nasty – indeed it smells and tastes rather pretty… Rebuy – No 2009 Buisson-Charles, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Also a good, deep colour. The nose has plenty of ripeness but develops [….]

split loyalties…

split loyalties…

I had split loyalties in front of the TV on Friday evening. But with a little consideration – would I drink Pilsner or wine? – actually I found the choice quite easy! Given the result, it seems my support was not enough! For info, the Collet Crémant de Bourgogne was very tasty, as usual. The Mikulski even tastier. The Jobard had a bit more mid-palate depth and seemed the more mineral. I would say that both showed a similar quality-level, but today the Mikulski is much tastier!

muggy, warm chassagne…

muggy, warm chassagne…

First visit in Chassagne-Montrachet this morning, 09h00. Overnight there’s been a little rain – dirty rain – my car is filthy. It’s muggy and warm and storms are once-more forecast – many, many fingers are crossed! A short tour of the vines shows that Chassagne was very lucky last weekend – very little of the potential crop was spoiled by the hail – probably no more than 5%. Their fingers remain firmly crossed, remembering that they lost almost 70% in 2012 to hail and other maladies… Chassagne, today:

i can see you…!

i can see you…!

Spotted – or rather first heard! – in Meursault Perrières today. I’ve been touring the vines – some in reasonable condition, some are very sad – pockets of vines in Pommard and Beaune seem particularly hard hit, some have more grapes left than leaves! It’s early enough (the hail) that split and damaged grapes will have plenty of time to dry out and drop off, but the rest will need new leaves to do the necessary photosynthesis… Plus a few views from this morning:

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sober, sombre reflection…

sober, sombre reflection…

To take stock, it’s always better to take a step back – emotions can be raw in the first minutes / hours after such an attack. My experience of the hail on Saturday was in the Place Carnot in Beaune. It started at 17h10 with heavy rain – then for 3-4 minutes there was hail too – big enough pellets to hurt, but modestly sized – say 1+cm in diameter. Of-course, it turned-out that was only the first wave. Fifteen minutes later it hit again, but this time the first notice was the hail, not rain, and this time the projectiles were the size of a 2 Euro coin – they can also damage your body as you can see below – the clusters on [….]

how far are you going?

how far are you going?

Santiago de Compostela. Beaune still really is the crossroads of Europe it seems. In the hotel today I met a couple who were clearly on a walking tour – today they were walking ~4 hours to Chagny. But actually their final destination was a good deal further away – the Santiago de Compostela – in Spain! Oh, and that’s not the closest part of Spain either! Historically, Beaune was an important stopping-off point in many a pilgrimage and it seems that for some people, little has changed. The owner of my hotel has a special stamp for these people’s notebooks/routebooks to register that they were in Beaune. People start from as far away as Bonn or Strasbourg, she says. But normally they don’t do it [….]

all change at l’arlot…

This was in the ‘post’ today. Lots of speculation about Jacques’ destination – some say Morey St.Denis 😉 Change of Technical Director at Domaine de l’Arlot: a smooth transition After three very successful years at Domaine de l’Arlot during which he has contributed a great deal to the life of the property, Jacques Devauges has received a proposition to take charge of a another major vineyard in Burgundy which he felt he could not refuse. He will take up his new responsibilities in January 2015. We are happy to announce the arrival of our new Technical Director, Géraldine Godot, who will be joining us at the beginning of September. This means that there will be a very smooth transition between Jacques and Géraldine as they [….]

weekend wine / monday weather

weekend wine / monday weather

Some lovely wines at the weekend. Collet’s (Chablis) first vintage of Crémant is super and for a mere €8.40 from the domaine too! Gambal’s Dents du Chien is, you already know, a long-time favourite of mine. The 2011 is firmly in that traditiion – yum! Then, two from 2006, and they were super. The Morey is the most impressive aromatically with iron, mineral and cherry, the Vosne takes over in the concentrated sweet palate. A really super pair – 2006s seem in quite a good place right now – if these are anything to go by! Today, I was early in the car, heading t the Côtes. Warm and sunny at 07h00 in Switzerland, it was sullen and cooler in Chassagne when I arrived – [….]

1962 chambolle-musigny

1962 chambolle-musigny

There were three of these in the auction lot I bought last year, the first had good colour, and a nice balance, but far too much oxidation to make a second pour. On Saturday night this, however, was different. 1962 Selection Banderole Grise (Caves Mövenpick, Suisse), Chambolle-Musigny Again, very good colour – certainly nothing hinting at brown. The nose starts with a bit of funk, but 2 minutes later I’m in raptures – that almost sweetly textured old Burgundy note, a hint of truffle and fresh iron – you have to take a sip. That sip is not disappointing either; lovely freshness and good weight – there’s the merest suggestion of something oxidised but it’s on a very, very low-level. Slowly, over about 1 hour [….]

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