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The Heat of 2003

Looking across La Tâche 25.07.2003 Already two months of close to 40°C and another month of the same still to endure – praying for a little rain? Still it’s a little cooler as we start September, but most vineyards are already cleared. It seems that some vineyards have problems; the increasing sugars and decreasing acidity […]

Terry Thiese

I cannot lie, Terry Thiese was a new name to me when I came across his work this week. An ardent terroiriste he writes with wit verve and for me the occasional bolt of blinding clarity. Do yourself a favour and check out some of his work.

Oaky Wine & En Primeur

Just in case you didn’t know, there’s a big problem with en-primeur tastings; Back in January 2002 the 2000 Grand Cru of Clos des Lambrays really stood out for me at a tasting organised by the UK merchant Howard Ripley. The problem is that the wines are sometimes not representitive of what eventually gets bottled. […]

The New France

Can one vineyard consistently produce wine of a different quality or expression despite being separated by no more than a small dirt road? It is the basis of the French A.O.C system and the clarion call of the ‘terroiristes’. There are those who find this (very) frankly an unsatisfactory and even worse a completely unscientific […]

New Website…

Nicolas Potel’s first website had a touch of the ‘off the shelf’ about it, but this new one looks a lot smarter. Hopefully we will see plenty of updates!

free lunch?

Can there ever be such a thing as a free lunch? Well Tom Stevenson’s superb and completely free 2003 Champagne & Sparkling Wine Guide at 228 pages seems hard to argue with.

fly and dine…

Fight the flies and dine in a restaurant with a cellar to die for. It must be the Bison roaming the fields that attract the flies, but I know what attracted me to Farnsburg. Next time I’ll go in winter!

all kneel (neal)…

Neal Martin don’t you hate him? Young enough to get away with liking trendy bands (that you’ve never heard of), gorgeous Japanese girlfriend, spends all his time drinking 1785 claret, writes with a rare witty style – and on top of all that – his new website is already (probably) the best repository of (up-to-date) […]

tough day!

On Wednesday this week I had the really tough job of visiting Joseph De Bucy – a nice man who makes very tasty Meursaults, and Nicolas Potel for a marathon tasting of 2002’s. In between I had to shoe-horn a 3 hour lunch and afterwards a pizza and lots of water to ensure full concentration […]

lazy boy!

A mixture of a dead laptop and finding the time means I’ve been very lazy of recent – at least in terms of adding material to the site – Burgundy Report is ticking along nicely for next months issue though. Anyway a nice dinner on Friday evening and no TN’s but here’s a brief overview […]

testing times…

Just testing too much Burgundy at the moment for the Burgundy Report so it’s a bit quieter than normal – tough life 🙂

The January Burgundy Session

Absolutely good food, good wine, good company. Warming up with two red wines with friends on the Thursday evening (Clos de la Roche and Grands Echézeaux), and considerably more on the Friday evening when 13 of us from the wine-pages forum got together in London. As you can see from the first picture, everything started […]

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