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weekend wines from week 24…

weekend wines from week 24…

Just a couple of modest ones to start with then another where I didn’t take a photo – slapped wrists! A good set this weekend! 1999 Gilles Remoriquet, Vosne-Romanée 1er Au Dessus des Malconsorts Deep colour. The nose is fresh, if a little meaty with macerating plum fruit. In the mouth this is fresh and […]

summer!

summer!

Pommard Les Chanlins Hautes… I didn’t want to depress you (me actually!) with a picture of yesterday’s first day summer – low cloud and rain, indeed rain through the whole night of the the 20th too – but by mid-afternoon yesterday, there was blue sky and by 6pm the temperature had increased to t-shirt level!’ […]

more (or less) flowers…

more (or less) flowers…

Beaune 1er Bas du Teurons on Friday. We’re still not into what I’d call mid-flowering here in the Côte d’Or. Although there have been flowers here and there all over the Côte d’Or, particularly in the perfectly located grand crus, but it’s easy to see that virtually nothing was flowering in most of Savigny over […]

easily better than poland vs germany – though shorter…

easily better than poland vs germany – though shorter…

A pre-weekend, football wine – and in this case, it didn’t outlast the game – indeed it was more exciting than the game – I’m looking at you Poland and Germany!! 2002 Domaine du Clos Frantin, Vosne-Romanée The current Clos Frantin differs from this wine, due to an exchange of vines with Domaine d’Eugenie – […]

gueguen’s 2014 chablis 1er vaucoupin

gueguen’s 2014 chablis 1er vaucoupin

Whilst I might wish that there was a little more sunshine for enjoying this, it seems that it brings a little sunshine of its own! 2014 Domaine Gueguen, Chablis 1er Vaucoupin This nose is a real beauty; fresh citrus and salt – here come goosebumps! Vibrant in the mouth. Gorgeously sweet acidity and like the […]

where was the p.ox?

where was the p.ox?

Yes, I know that we were lucky girls and boys, but 14 whites were opened and appraised (drunk!) last night in Zürich – and we were all very happy bunnies. 13x Meursault and one ‘pirate’ a Puligny! Hardly an oxidative note – save a couple that smelled of cider, but didn’t taste like that! Generally, […]

‘floraison’

‘floraison’

Vineyard Floraison The weather is far from settled – or for that matter, warm – we have about 18-22° in the forecast for this week – more rain than sun, too! But the first/early flowers can be seen, here and there, across the Côte de Nuits. It looks like we will be in ‘peak flowering’ […]

weekend (23) drinking…

weekend (23) drinking…

A modest, but tasty, selection: 2005 Joseph Voillot, Volnay 1er Brouillards This retains a deep and young-looking colour. The nose is big, but with some perfumed red fruit – looking good! Tasty, layered wine – no obvious tannin – there are 05s with more oomph, and 05s with more focus, but this does what it […]

the first flowers of 2016…

the first flowers of 2016…

It was cool to see the first flowers of 2016 yesterday – even more-so to have the ‘buzzing’ accompaniment of the hover-flies too. I only had my phone with me, so I’m doubly impressed by this result! This picture was taken in the southern Beaujolais Villages area – but truth be told it’s a semi-fake! […]

beaune’s clouds – pretty but dangerous

beaune’s clouds – pretty but dangerous

A beautiful start to the day here in Beaune – with particularly pretty clouds too – but they hide approaching danger; by 12h00, as you can see (above), they are turning darker. There’s a weather warning for violent storms in the départment of the Côte d’Or today – most of the worst weather looks like […]

burgundy vineyard update: no flowers yet…

burgundy vineyard update: no flowers yet…

Meursault 1er Clos des Perrières – today. Well, having been away for 10 days, I though that my first job today should be to tour the vines of the Côte de Beaune – more particularly the place where flowering usually starts in the chardonnay. Two years ago I found the very first flowers in this […]

a couple of week(end) 22 wines…

a couple of week(end) 22 wines…

1999 Nicolas Potel, Volnay Vieilles-Vignes Medium-plus colour A little herb and a lot of sweet, plummy fruit. A middle-weight, but one of sweet silkiness, supple delivery of flavour, widening and intensifying a little in the mid-palate. The finish is tasty and medium-plus length, slowly fading on a more floral register. Very drinkable now – one […]

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