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once upon a wine – nicely done!

once upon a wine – nicely done!

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a little something from the weekend…

a little something from the weekend…

It was nice to have the counterpoint of one last glass from the Gérard Mugneret, before diving into the 2004 Pascal Lachaux, Clos St.Denis – this CSD, from the start had borderline P to my taste – sometimes it’s there, sometimes not. This particular bottle was a little reduced and this reduction never blew off – it was on a modest level, but enough to mask any pyrazines. Interestingly for me was the clear extra width and depth and interest that this wine had over the 2010 villages Vosne despite coming from the weakest vintage in a long, long time – it really underlines that it’s hard to go wrong if you buy from good makers! The 2002 Louis Jadot, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Petits Monts [….]

guy amiot’s 2011 chassagne vv…

guy amiot’s 2011 chassagne vv…

2011 Guy Amiot, Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles-Vignes I can’t put my finger on why, but I’ve always loved this label – sometimes the wine is less interesting – but not today, just! The nose is wide and high-toned yet also understated and quite pretty. Slightly anonymous entry, but the flavour builds through the mid-palate. In the end, this is very nice, still showing a hint of oak in the finish for now. Rebuy – Yes

(tawdry?) – is that strictly necessary…?

(tawdry?) – is that strictly necessary…?

#HospicesdeBeaune Asia trip contd. Forbidden City tasting with A Jacquet (r), R Masse (centre) pic.twitter.com/DkfzKSboXh — Anthony Hanson (@ahansonmw) November 10, 2013 With all the reduced yields in Burgundy, I find it more than a hint tawdry that the Christies marketing machine is pushing ever-harder in China to sell the latest Hospices de Beaune auction wines – particularly given that there is so little 2013 wine to sell. Clearly it is an unnecessary expense whilst times are hard for the many Côte de Beaune producers with little or no wine to sell… That said, one assumes that Roland Masse is travelling on Christies’ coin, because this is Christies marketing their latest wine auction, and more particularly their own name (in this ‘potentially golden’ territory), it [….]

alain michelot’s 2007 les saint georges…

alain michelot’s 2007 les saint georges…

2007 Alain Michelot, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les St.Georges Herbs and warm plum fruit on the nose. Full and nicely round in the mouth, the acidity slowly developing through the core of the wine. Nice finishing flavour. Essentially ‘nice’ but not that special… Rebuy – Maybe

news on the bourgogne du jura purchase

From Decanter here…

gérard mugneret’s 2010 vosne-romanée…

gérard mugneret’s 2010 vosne-romanée…

2010 Gérard Mugneret, Vosne-Romanée Plenty of colour here, roughly medium-plus. The nose begins with discretion; faint spice over a deeper note. With aeration the nose rounds out and adds a slight musk – it is very pleasant indeed. Right from the first sip there’s plenty of acidity, but like the nose, the flavours need time to round out as the structure supporting them, starts just a little brusque. Slowly but surely the wine comes together in the glass: The flavour is sweet, dark-red fruit, and whilst you never lose a little grainy texture in the mid-palate, there is excellent concentration and great length of flavour – the last seconds being more mineral. This may not be most suave-suited Vosne in the cosmos, but it has [….]

at last, a genavrières..

at last, a genavrières..

There’s always a little excitement when you find something that you’ve never tasted before, and finally this year I came across a bottling of Morey St.Denis 1er Les Genavrières. This 1er cru is a constituent part of many MSD 1er blends, but apart from the Domaine des Monts Luisants and more recently the Le Moine (both of which I’d never seen) I wasn’t aware of other standalone versions – then this ‘popped up’ – and from an interesting source too! The Les Routiers truck-stop restaurant in Morey is a fun place, and indeed a regular haunt when the Très Girard needs too much time, but it turns out that the owner also owns a few vines – some of which are in Genavrières. A friend [….]

more weekend bottles…

more weekend bottles…

As always, I started with an old one, the ’92 Fixin Les Clos from D&V Berthaut – and what a bit of a stunner it was! An enveloping, warm strawberry nose was also reflected by the ripe fruit flavour and a smooth texture to boot. I have just one more of these – and happily so! Next came the 2010 Rebourgeon-Mure Pommard – and what a difference compared to the villages Volnay from 2 weekends ago; this is deeper in colour, and more intense and brooding too. A polished wine but with rippling muscle despite its understatement. Very drinkable, but partly uncommunicative. The last wine for this weekend was the 2010 Louis Max, Gevrey-Chambertin Les Azerottes – this, unlike the Pommard, was a typically ebullient [….]

a few new things…

a few new things…

Dreamy tasting location: Lausanne last Thursday… Believe it or not, I’ve actually been doing a lot of typing! What that basically means is that an annual Burgundy Report will be winging its way onto the net after my last tasting appointments – so roughly by the end of this month. Additional things I’ve seen, include: A motivational review of ‘A Year in Burgundy’ – which means I should buy a copy. Then there’s a 2013 Burgundy Harvest Review, over on Winesearcher – I prefered my original text, but hey… And it’s also nice to see that Jon Wyand is keeping busy 😉 Very interesting from Jancis’s team: Fighting fakes in China – Part 1 Cheers!

last weekend’s bottles…

last weekend’s bottles…

A modest, but very tasty set of wines that accompanied DVDs and popcorn (amongst other choice materials…) It’s nice to reflect on the diversity of wines; here the lovely Passetoutgrains probably cost not much more than 10 Euros, but (on a different price level) last night I was also able to taste (okay, I took the train, so drink!) the 2010s from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. The DRCs were clearly very special – though quite stemmy, I wonder if that was the Zalto glasses, I haven’t used those before – but in the right context (Star Trek or whatever!) the David Clark was hard to beat! NB the last pour was very cloudy from DC – no filtration there then!

offer of the day – Faiveley 2012…

DOMAINE FAIVELEY 2012 – En Primeur PREMIERS CRUS Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 2012 75cl 69.80 Swiss Francs Pommard Les Rugiens 2012 75cl 78.00 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 2012 75cl 98.00 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 2012 150cl 201.00 Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées 2012 75cl 119.00 Chambolle-Musigny La Combe d’Orveau 2012 75cl 119.00 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 2012 75cl 228.00 GRANDS CRUS Echezeaux 2012 75cl 139.00 Corton Clos des Cortons 2012 75cl 139.00 Corton Clos des Cortons 2012 150cl 283.00 Mazis-Chambertin 2012 75cl 169.00 Mazis-Chambertin 2012 150cl 343.00 Latricières Chambertin 2012 75cl 158.00 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2012 75cl 235.00 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2012 150cl 475.00 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Les Ouvrées Rodin 2012 75cl 598.00 Corton Charlemagne 2012 75cl 159.00 Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet 2012 75cl 229.00 Bâtard Montrachet 2012 75cl [….]

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