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The first Burgundy-Report Extra! (by subscription)

The next days will see some technical improvements to what you see (I think!) and the updating of the Homepage to reflect this new dimension to Burgundy Report. But the basic implementation seems to work – unless you tell me otherwise…(?) So here is the first report, which contains the link to become a subscriber. I hope you enjoy it – 300 wines from 2012 from some important producers, together with their comments on the quality and pricing of the vintage. Issue two (February) will follow in two weeks and the first articles for March, two weeks later.

wine faults seminar (ladybirds, ladybugs…?)

wine faults seminar (ladybirds, ladybugs…?)

If anyone is interested to join-in this, drop me a line asap – and I’ll pass it on – there are only 3 bottles of each wine (there are a number of wines) so I’m guessing it might be limited to ~50(?) Dear wine enthusiast The Circle of Wine Writers’ committee has been in recent contact with Bill Nanson * regarding holding a seminar on wine faults. To quote a fellow Circle member, Clive Coates MW, Bill “is a gifted and experienced amateur… He is more than just a moderate or immoderate imbiber of good bottles. He knows his stuff.” However before we proceed with this seminar we would like to gauge interest as to whether this is feasible. The details are as below and [….]

2010 gevrey goulots from dominique gallois

2010 gevrey goulots from dominique gallois

I drank this over two nights, with the wine standing in the fridge overnight. Very stable – no obvious difference. It was just as nice on day 2! 2010 Dominique Gallois, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Goulots Medium-plus colour. Not super effusive, but the aromas have both width and depth, showing a glass dark-red, almost brambly fruit. In the mouth this is quite full, but perfectly cut with acidity. Faint, velvet tannin and a mouth-watering dark fruit, but whose last characteristic is of raspberry. Bright, focused and intense. Really enjoyable. Rebuy – Yes

thursday’s gallery: mixed côte de beaune

thursday’s gallery: mixed côte de beaune

Let’s just do the portrait-shaped ones…

2004 mischief & mayhem gevrey 1er ‘crazy love’

The moment I pull this from the rack, I think ‘quality’ – no, actually I think it’s a magnum because this bottle is so damn heavy – even when empty! It’s been at least 4 years since I last checked-in on one of these, but recent tastings of 2004s, where the tasters detected no vintage character made me think about breaking out a bottle – is it really on the wane? Well, last time round it was on a relatively low level in this wine, so maybe a good candidiate for a turnaround(?) Note from 2009: 2004 Mischief & Mayhem, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er, Crazy Love Medium colour. The nose starts very tight, just a little warmth, slowly it develops a heavy floral scent – in-part it’s [….]

tuesday’s gallery: gevrey-chambertin…

tuesday’s gallery: gevrey-chambertin…

the big site change – paid content – quelle horreur!!!

I know you’ve all (all 3 of you!) been waiting with trepidation to see how ‘no-score Nanson’ was going to ruin his site. Well, that time is drawing near! I’d planned to make the change last weekend, but a few technical issues still needed to be resolved, but really, I think that in the next 7-10 days it might really happen! So, what won’t change? Actually the majority of the site will be exactly as before, and I’ll still do a Spring, Summer & Autumn report in the format that you’ve become used to. New domaines will still be profiled in Burgundy Report. So, what will change? The tasting notes that were a significant chunk of previous reports will move to the ‘extra content’ area [….]

jean-marc pillot’s 2011 montagny 1er

jean-marc pillot’s 2011 montagny 1er

2011 Jean-Marc Pillot, Montagny 1er Les Gouresses More of a tasting recollection as it was drunk early in the weekend, and here we are on Monday: Mineral, flinty, not with the comfortable padding of the recent JMP Chassagnes, nor quite the same sweetness of fruit either. Actually if you’d been told this was a decent Chablis you might have been taken in. Very good for its price-point I think. Rebuy – Yes

rossignol-trapet’s 2011 savigny bas liards (take 2!)

Last time I tried this, there was something missing – actually there was quite a lot missing. This time there is a little more to see, and there’s definitely real interest in the glass this time – perhaps it was previously a faint cork issue. 2011 Rossignol-Trapet, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Bas Liards Medium, medium-plus colour. Aromatically very shy, but over about 3 hours it fills out a little with some truffle and a sweet undercurrent – modest but inviting. It’s round in the mouth, with modest, but fine-grained tannin. The fruit is more up-front and obvious this time, with all the sweetness and friendliness of the vintage, and as far as I can see, none of the negatives. Very, tasty. Rebuy – Yes

bruno clair’s 2009 chambolle veroilles

bruno clair’s 2009 chambolle veroilles

I recently tasted the 2012 of this, and it is one of the best villages I’ve tasted from Chambolle for quite some time. Despite that benchmark, this is pretty damn good too. I remember that Clair, together with Barthod really stood out in the Côte de Nuits for their relative freshness in this warm, ample-fruited 2009 vintage – I’m glad to see that carried through into the bottles too. 2009 Bruno Clair, Chambolle-Musigny Les Veroilles Only medium colour. Airy, sweet but fresh red fruit – a sort of raspberry/strawberry hybrid – it’s faintly floral too. Very inviting. Just a little fat but fine enough acidity bubbles below the surface. Sweet and brilliantly pretty flavours play across the tongue, with just a faint oak-cream addition as [….]

ilan’s 2010 morey 1er monts luisants

ilan’s 2010 morey 1er monts luisants

I waited a long time for these 2010s, mainly due to ‘Corbeaux-gate’ – such were some of the exaggerated complaints on wine-fora. For info, the Corbeaux didn’t start malo until 1 year late and our winemaker chose not to force it. It went through okay last year, was bottled and I picked up my selected 3 premier crus in January – simple. Late, but simple. It seems that some people didn’t like this non-interventionist approach, that being so, they probably shouldn’t have bought from this domaine in the first place! I will eventually publish my note on the Corbeaux, but this, if you prepare it properly, this is rather nice. 2010 Maison Ilan, Morey St.Denis 1er Les Monts Luisants The nose starts mainly with a [….]

jean-marc pillot’s 2011 chassagne les baudines – yum!

jean-marc pillot’s 2011 chassagne les baudines – yum!

Hmm – didn’t this domaine do just great things in the last couple of vintages, and maybe longer…(?) The 2010 Fairendes was brilliant at the weekend, and now this. I’ve also got a 2011 Montagny somewhere, I hope it’s as good as this! 2011 Jean-Marc Pillot, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Baudines Medium-pale lemon yellow. Fresh, high-toned blossom/fruit – it has a certain depth and weight about it too. Lovely freshness (you wouldn’t blink if told it was a 2010) width and weight. There’s a creamy extra dimension in the mid-palate flavour too. Truth be told, maybe there’s not quite the focus of this domaines’ 2010s, maybe… Lovely depth, layers of fresh but weighty flavours. I seem to have drunk rather more than a taster’s sip! Rebuy [….]

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