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jean gros

I was very sorry yesterday, to hear that Jean Gros, the great patriarch of Vosne-Romanée, had died. I can recall drinking no-more than half a dozen wines that he produced, but they remain twinkling stars in my memory. RIP…

a couple of bottles – tasty bottles…

a couple of bottles – tasty bottles…

A couple of delicious, very, very different wines this week: 1992 Comtes Lafon, Monthelie 1er Les Duresses A mature but warm looking colour. Sweet, plum-style fruit on the nose and a clear attractive maturity. In the mouth this was simply a very charming, sweet-fruited wine. Not super energetic, nor super complex but really wonderfully charming. […]

week 15’s new producers…

week 15’s new producers…

Of-course, this week was a Beaujolais week…

a storm in morgon – worse in pouilly

a storm in morgon – worse in pouilly

Mid-afternoon yesterday (Wednesday) the skies considerably darkened in Morgon. Thunder, lightening, a little rain and a lot of wind. But It was less ‘fun’ in Pouilly as you can see from the images below, images of vines near Solutre, sent to me by a producer. Many young, opening, buds were damaged or completely removed. It’s […]

a màv tuesday…

a màv tuesday…

Nice weather in the Beaujolais yesterday – except in the late afternoon, and seemingly only in the heights of Moulin-à-Vent – and what vent! There was also the thunder and lightening though fortunately only modest rain. Given the number of desolate, ‘herbicided’ vineyards, it was really nice to see one magnificent steed at work in […]

them thar hills…

them thar hills…

Only a crop from a pic taken with my phone! I thought the view of the distant mountains quite good on Sunday, but above was a spectacular display of alps this morning from my room in Beaujolais. Below are some pics I took on Sunday, mainly during a 90 minute walk up and then back […]

can you ever have too much volnay?

Can you ever have too much Volnay? For subscribers, the wines of 29 domaines in the village: https://t.co/X9MvV4LfcN pic.twitter.com/dtCK84Oviy — bill nanson (@billnanson) April 8, 2016 The new report, now online for all you subscribers…

jefford on clos de tart…

A thoughtful and in-depth article on the Clos de Tart by Andrew Jefford – it only took him 6 months since his tasting in September to publish it – but a welcome addition, nonetheless 😉 http://www.decanter.com/jefford-monday-tasting-history-297081/

lafarge-vial – beaujolais…

lafarge-vial – beaujolais…

Frederic and Chantal Lafarge – Chantal was a Vial – have a new(ish!) small domaine of 4-hectares in the Beaujolais. They have vines in Fleurie and Chiroubles, and quite old vines too. The vines were already, ‘very well cared for, mainly organic’ but, as you would expect, they immediately set out on a biodynamic course. […]

week(end) 13 – the wines – lucky us…

week(end) 13 – the wines – lucky us…

A weekend in the mountains – plus some clear ‘wine-joy.’ 2010 Francois Mikulski, Meursault 1er Charmes I’ve never yet had a problem, but I see reports of advanced bottles from François – which is a shame because I love both the man and his wines – but this was in fine shape. A fresh wine […]

bejot – to fraud or not to fraud?

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/anti-fraud-squad-raids-burgundy-producer-bejot-vins-et-terroirs/534156.article Really there’s not much to be said, or rather that can be said, about the above – yet. I saw the first reports – illegible text and photos from Burgundian newspapers at the end of last week. Here is the first English note of the ‘fraud investigation.’ I’ve met the people from Bejot, and […]

1st snow bbq of the year…

1st snow bbq of the year…

A higher altitude weekend – but the sausages were well cooked.  

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