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faiveley et billaud-simon…

Here is the press-release for the new acquisition of Faiveley which hit Twitter yesterday evening. I’m not going to complain about the concentration of domaines in fewer hands, because, let’s be honest, this has been happening for a long time. It is currently the way the industry operates. Faiveley make super wines and we can be 100% sure that these Chablis vines are in great hands. More interesting are the machinations that go on behind the scenes. This Chablis domaine has finally been sold after years of ‘difficulties’ between the families that owned the domaine. Let’s also be clear, Faiveley was clearly not the only suitor – indeed, another well-known Beaune name, thought they’d bought Billaud-Simon over two months ago – even before I tasted [….]

a great crop in fixin – of cut flowers…

a great crop in fixin – of cut flowers…

A great crop – of cut flowers – in Fixin… Except for the cars, a little Côte de Nuits action from this morning:

jadot 1993 beaune 1er boucherottes

jadot 1993 beaune 1er boucherottes

Ah, that marathon. I’m (semi) ashamed to say I didn’t take part. I waited at the start line, in the pouring rain with even worse weather forecast to come. The hilltops were lost in the cloud and I was supposed to run up to 2,739 metres. It didn’t seem worth it, wet, can’t see and slippy rocks. Next year perhaps – or maybe the easy and flat, by comparison, Beaune half-marathon in November… Anyway, a little something to warm me up: 1993 Louis Jadot, Beaune 1er Boucherottes The colour is showing a little browning. The first note seems a bit corky, but it fades into something more leafy that’s backed by acid cherry/redcurrants – it just keeps getting better and better in the glass. In [….]

the ins and outs of being very silly…

the ins and outs of being very silly…

The weather is vacillating. One moment picturesque, the next, very damp. Tomorrow I should take-part in my first marathon – it just so happens it’s the ‘highest in Europe’ – a mere 2,739m at the 25km point. I suppose it’s all downhill from there! Oh well, shame about the weather forecast too…

a 2006 rossignol-trapet with a 1999 nicolas potel…

a 2006 rossignol-trapet with a 1999 nicolas potel…

2006 Rossignol-Trapet, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Cherbaudes Here the nose is fresh and clean – a mineral dimension too. In the mouth this is sleek and also rather mineral. It’s a direct wine, but one of fine energy and dimension with very understated tannin and super balance. Very athletic in shape… Rebuy – Yes 1999 Nicolas Potel, Nuits St.Georges Quite deep coloured. A gorgeous nose of deeply pretty and fruit – you keep wanting to take another sniff. Much rounder and more textured in the mouth versus the Cherbaudes – balanced and with a faint undertow of tannin. Aromatically gorgeous, the flavours still seemingly quite young – but very approachable and enjoyable… Rebuy – Yes

article: benjamin lewin talks premox with dom lafon…

Excellent article on Benjamin’s site: here.

a pair of 2012 grèves – white ones!

a pair of 2012 grèves – white ones!

Two short notes, just to remind myself what these tasted like on Saturday evening… 2012 Le Grappin, Beaune 1er Les Grèves Blanc Round, comely aromas, reasonably fresh and very inviting. In the mouth this has a lovely balance and a faint richness. Good density and concentration. Tasty wine – don’t let it get too warm in the glass or becomes less fine. Very enjoyable wine! Rebuy – Yes 2012 Louis Latour, Beaune 1er Les Grèves Blanc A very different nose that’s a little fresher, more direct and more floral too. In the mouth it’s a similar story: It’s direct and fresh but with a lovely intensity. Less rich than the previous wine, but that’s no negative. Just a faint oaky vanilla component to the flavour [….]

veraison – it seems that today is the day…

Véraison has begun! pic.twitter.com/qDWFKpKdjS — Jeremy Seysses (@JeremySeysses) July 21, 2014 Début de #véraison dans les #NuitsstGeorges, pourquoi ce pied la et pas les autres? Peut être du pinot gris pic.twitter.com/9MtLikSBvh — Gregory Patriat (@GregoryPatriat) July 21, 2014

article…

Interesting on the Clos de Vougeot…

côtes de nuits yesterday…

côtes de nuits yesterday…

I simply love this line, arcade, procession, avenue of trees on the Quai Dumorey in Nuits St.Georges. I guess I’m lucky I don’t have such ‘cherry-picker’ equipment at home – otherwise I’d spend my life pruning and then lying back, thinking I’d missed a bit: Just to show that even the most hideously expensive domaines don’t always get the quantity of spray just right – no-matter how green, bio, biodynamic, Demeter they may be! Madame B-L’s Richebourg: Also, just to show that not everyone is suffering with yields! – Again in Richebourg:

congratulations greg…

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2012, Jean Claude Boisset has been awarded IWC Champion Red Wine #IWC2014 — Int'l Wine Challenge (@WineChallenge) July 16, 2014 See, I told you months ago that it was a brilliant wine, now didn’t I 😉

v et d berthaut, 1982 fixin…

v et d berthaut, 1982 fixin…

I visited Amélie Berthaut in Fixin today and tasted her very lovely 2013s. I mentioned that I’d some 92s from the domaine that I bought at auction and they tasted rather good. At the end of our tasting she disappeared into the cellar and came back with a tissue-wrapped bottle – “You did say 1982 didn’t you?” she inquired. “Oh well, I’ve got this now!” Wax topped, labelled and with only about 1cm of level-loss, this most perfect of provenance wines looked as good as any 30+ year-old wine could. We had a quick taste and Amélie wasn’t impressed – I said it would almost certainly improve with air, so she said “Take it with you and let me know…” Well, it seemed rude not [….]

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