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year-end new articles…

Lots of news on Beaujolais and Jura to finish 2014, but I’ll try to keep my focus from Irancy to Saint Veran in 2015, starting on Monday with two weeks in Chablis…! beaujolais-contest-cancelled-in-drink-fuelled-row burgundy-winemakers-buy-more-of-jura And a little champagne? That might be nice… champagnes-big-gaffe-and-5-ways-to-mend-it Oh, and do yourself a favour – if you’ve a cellar full of DRC – get a better door! I have noted some other ‘wits’ mentioning that the French Laundry’s $150 corkage fee should similarly be classed as robbery 😉 Anyway, imagine having to drink all that wine, just because the auction houses won’t touch it – some of them anyway 😉 The French Laundry (@_tfl_) victimized by fancy wine robbery on Christmas Day: http://t.co/XU0Zk8isC8 pic.twitter.com/VwoqZr80fG — Inside Scoop SF (@insidescoopsf) December [….]

Happy 2015…

Happy 2015…

It was a great day here in Switzerland – hopefully the snow will hang around a little longer… My best wishes for 2015…

just a few year-end bottles:

just a few year-end bottles:

2010 Rebourgeon-Mure Volnay 1er Santenots Bright, with a pretty nose. Not a big burly Santenots, rather one of transparency, vibrancy and beautiful flavour – very yum! Rebuy- Yes 1999 Nicolas Potel, Volnay Ouf! This smells gorgeous – just a little leaft development and a fine floral note. In the mouth too this is really exellent and has the density and complexity of a much more self-important label. The finishing structure is a hint strict – so it’s still young, but this was really excellent! Rebuy- Yes 1998 Bruno Clair, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Dominode Hmm – the nose is a bit bretty (it’s been in my cellar only 12 years but I can’t account for it’s first couple) so not really to my taste, but not [….]

‘museum-ification of wine’

“Have ultrahigh prices distorted our understanding and enjoyment of wine?” Well, have they? I think so. I didn’t used to think and then re-think whether to open a bottle from, for instance, DRC 10-15 years ago. Today it is hard, because it’s not just great wine, it’s a new garage door or a fancy new refrigerator – or in some cases, even a new kitchen. Good writing, and more importantly, thought-provoking writing, from Matt Kramer – he still has it…

peak-a-boo!!!

peak-a-boo!!!

A funny kind of day – we had an interested furry audience for the tasting this afternoon!

interesting stuff…

PUNCH | Is the Jura Dealing with the “Urban Outfitters Effect”? http://t.co/gA9inFNPQe — Melissa M Sutherland (@melissa_ful) December 13, 2014 http://punchdrink.com/articles/is-the-jura-dealing-with-the-urban-outfitters-effect/ A well-written and thought-provoking piece. There are many viewpoints of-course, and it is really no different a complaint to that of people lamenting the high-price purchases of ‘outsiders’ in Burgundy i.e. LMVH, Château Latour and/or whoever is eventually going to stump up the cash for Pousse d’Or (I don’t see anyone stumping up the cash for Rebourseau!). The argument cuts in all directions; Guillaume d’Angerville himself, hardly happy about a ‘negociant from Nuits’ having bought a sizable chunk of villages Volnay, when he would have preferred the vines to have stayed in ‘Volnay hands.’ It’s sometimes described as progress – it’s always transient – [….]

Nice label

cold but no chill…

After the virtually non-existent winter of 2013-2014, the winemakers are getting impatient for the chill of winter – especially those hoping to ski at Christmas 😉 There’s no chill yet, temperatures hardly dropping below 5°C overnight – still, that’s close to perfect if you don’t want to melt while jogging!

offer of the day – Leflaive 2013…

DOMAINE LEFLAIVE 2013 – Puligny-Montrachet (En Primeur) Just for reflection, you will see the same offer prices of their 2012s in the brackets. Oh, and can anyone tell me if Montrachet was really included for the first time? I remember seeing a price but was temporarily blinded! Bourgogne 2012 75cl 35.00 Swiss Francs (35.00) Puligny-Montrachet 2012 75cl 65.00 (65.00) PREMIERS CRUS Puligny-Montrachet Les Clavoillons 75cl 88.00 (85.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Clavoillons 150cl 186.00 Puligny-Montrachet Les Clavoillons 300cl 412.00 Meursault Sous Le Dos d’Âne 75cl 99.00 (96.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 75cl 148.00 (139.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 75cl 159.00 (149.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 75cl 175.00 (175.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 150cl 360.00 (355.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 300cl 760.00 GRANDS CRUS Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet 75cl 319.00 (289.00) Bâtard-Montrachet 75cl 355.00 (310.00) [….]

last weekend’s wines…

last weekend’s wines…

Quite a nice selection – the 2011 was a baby but a tasty one, the 2005 was a bit more porty and more volatile than I remember, but very good. Lastly the 2008 was the same as always! 2011 JC Boisset, Clos de la Roche Quite a deep colour. The nose is fresh, mineral and seems a little muscular. In the mouth this entirely reflects the nose – no fat, decent concentration and plenty of interest. As a vintage it’s some way behind its equivalent in 2012, but in its own right a good and tasty wine. Rebuy – Maybe 2005 Bertagna, Chambolle-Musigny Le Village This was originally a magnificent example of 2005 Chambolle (I think Chambolle the pinnacle of 2005!); today I find the [….]

NYT – best winebooks of 2014(?)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/10/dining/the-best-wine-books-of-2014.html I’m guessing that editorial deadlines didn’t leave space for Jon Wyand’s ‘A Year in Corton’ – or maybe because the prose is in French – but the words are only a minor part of this book; a pictorial view of the producers and vines of that famous hill. Worth more than an honourable mention I think 😉

shrubbery and grand crus…

shrubbery and grand crus…

Easy to guess today – even without the manicured gardens – where else will you taste Chevalier, Chevalier Cabotte and Montrachet side-by-side? Tasted for the first time with new winemaker Frederic Weber…

98 roty mazy, plus mountains of (iPad?) typing

98 roty mazy, plus mountains of (iPad?) typing

The recent 2000 Trapet Chambertin was really fine, but overall, this was just a little better… 1998 Roty, Mazy-Chambertin Deep but round nose of fine and ripe red fruit – only the merest suggestion of some leafy maturity. In the mouth this is full and well-textured, showing just a little plushness. There is still a little 1998 anecdote but this tannin has largely faded into the mix. Complex and very moreish – this was simply a delicious wine – as such it was consumed very quickly. Rebuy – Yes The domaine tell me I won’t be disappointed if I drink my 2000 Griotte with my Christmas lunch – maybe I should put Ponsot and Drouhin side-by-side(?)! Anyway, I can only say – Ouf! – I [….]

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