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vendanges 2015 – vendanges!!

To be honest, it’s still very much the calm before the storm, but there are plenty of big names already in the vines… It started with Olivier Lamy on Wednesday and then on Thursday he was joined by Dominique Lafon and Jean-Marc Roulot – amongst others. Today both Dujac and Vougeraie were in the vines – though only for their Côte de Nuits whites – in particular, Pierre Vincent was only picking his young vines in the Clos Blanc de Vougeot. One vigneron from Meursault dryly noting that much of Meursault might be picked before people start picking their grapes for cremant! Given the thick skins of the (both colours of) grapes, it is clearly going to be something of a phenolic vintage, so maybe [….]

lac de biel – oh so pretty…

lac de biel – oh so pretty…

Yesterday: Fifty different grape varieties packing into one hillside by the lake of Biel in Switzerland. It’s very pretty indeed!

henri latour and g&p ravaut – good stuff…

henri latour and g&p ravaut – good stuff…

2002 Henri Latour, Auxey-Duresses 1er Les Grands-Champs Just a lovely nose – some leafy development and a faintly spiced red fruit – this is very inviting indeed. In the mouth this lacks the width and richness of youth – it’s much more direct, yet not particularly strident. An easy, tasty-drinking wine – but don’t look for plush fruit any more. Rebuy – Yes 2006 G&P Ravaut, Ladoix Les Carrières Yum – directly this is really yum. The nose has just a little development but has width and dimension – plenty of complexity here – lovely. Unlike the Latour, here is still plenty of youthful richness – yet the wine is completely open and tasty – dark red fruit, good energy and a lovely lingering finish [….]

at last – a joyful pair: potel + dublère

at last – a joyful pair: potel + dublère

After a few disappointing wines, these two really bounced back to show what enjoying burgundies is all about. Certainly the best bourgogne blanc drunk this year too: 2002 Nicolas Potel, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Petits Monts This starts tight, but the nose opens up with direct, fresh, red fruit and spice – very inviting. In the mouth, this is sleek, has fine direct flavour, very good energy and decent complexity – it’s a wine of muscle and latent structure – young but very satisfying indeed. Young but very drinkable today. Rebuy – Yes 2008 Dublère, Bourgogne (Blanc) Les Millerands Medium-plus colour. This has a big nose, very Chassagne in style, with a little oak and a backing of modest reduction too. Lovely weight and energy in [….]

also a little disappointing – patrice rion & lignier-michelot (again)

also a little disappointing – patrice rion & lignier-michelot (again)

Let’s stick with Chambolle – here another 2007, but this time a 1er cru… 2007 Patrice Rion, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes Whilst there’s a strong whiff of oak-spice, this has a lovely, interesting and layered nose – nice. In the mouth this is far from overblown – a good line of fine fruit flavour – unfortunately for this wine, the finish is quite oaky, indeed it’s borderline harsh. I have more in the cellar so obviously hope that this comes around – apart from the harshness it reminds me of Comte Liger-Belair – but on the current showing I wouldn’t be a buyer… Rebuy – Maybe 2004 Lignier-Michelot, Chambolle-Musigny Gammaires A merchant wine from Lignier-Michelot. As in many, but not all, 2004s ‘the character’ is [….]

très disappointing: bachelet & lignier-michelot

très disappointing: bachelet & lignier-michelot

Yet another reason that Denis might not have time for me later in the year! The Bachelet’s storage, save for shipping to Switzerland in April/May was direct IB from en-primeur purchase, followed by my own passive cellar for the last 10 years, which very slowly cycles between 13-19°C depending on the highs or lows of the seasons. 1999 Denis Bachelet, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles-Vignes Ouf – that’s strong! The nose that is, and of brett too – it’s not just strong, it’s a big shame. In the mouth this has quite fine flavour, but it’s nae-on impossible to enjoy a wine without actually sniffing said wine. I know that with brett, every bottle is likely to be different, but it seems I should drink these up ‘just [….]

wasps – lucky burgundy…

wasps – lucky burgundy…

In central Switzerland (at least) these critters are a serious problem this year. Not only can you hardly enjoy a drink or a plate of food in the garden, they are now beginning to devour the grapes as their sugar levels reach and pass 8°. Lucky Burgundy – only 300km overland from these pics, but I’ve hardly seen any in the vines there – it certainly wouldn’t be the most pleasant picking conditions if you are competing with the wasps for what remains of each cluster…

gevrey, rôtisserie, beze – dead?

gevrey, rôtisserie, beze – dead?

Finally! you say – a bit of Côte de Nuits action! Today, a small tour around Gevrey centre, followed by an excellent lunch in the bistro of Rôtissèrie du Chambertin (good value too) and then a walk through Clos de Bèze to recover. Although only about 21°C today, the sun was hot – only later in the afternoon was there more cloud and a threat – but no more – of rain. Clos de Bèze – despite its lofty status – is a great place to get an average view of how the grapes are progressing; it starts low but goes quite high on the hill, there are dark areas by the forest too – very different to the sunny, lower and mid-slope vines. The [….]

chablis – looking up and looking down

chablis – looking up and looking down

I know I’ve been a bit Côte de Beaune focused the last days/posts, so I thought that today I’d make a change – we went to Chablis instead! Actually the weather (as you can see) was very nice – about 25°C and better than darker, showery Beaune. Lunch at Au Fils du Zinc and Raveneau’s 2010 Les Clos for a mere €62 Euros!!! It’s unobtainable elsewhere at double that price – très yum, of-course! Chablis – looking up! Chablis – looking down!

Love this view: Villages Haut + Sous la Château

and today in the afternoon – saint romain

More cloud on Sunday afternoon and a mere 16°C in the Hautes Côtes – it snowed in Switzerland today – just a few spots of rain here. Still, Saint Romain (Haut) is a lovely walk with epic views and super houses – a bit too far from the co-op to think of buying a place though 😉

chanzy’s 2013 mercurey 1er clos du roy

Is a tasting-note better in a bite-sized twitter aside? Mercurey, so often so-la-la or over-extracted/wooded but this is brilliant, crunchy raspberry + textured weight. Yum! pic.twitter.com/vtiZvxENwh — bill nanson (@billnanson) August 16, 2015

Gardens!

a little morning puligny?

After Le Montrachet’s breakfast, of-course!

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