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some week 48 wines…

some week 48 wines…

I’m sitting at home today with a virus, but I have to be thankfull for its timing, because Saturday was a great night of wines with friends – more from that (maybe) tomorrow. My nose chose to close only on Sunday night! And provided my nose re-opens in time for next Monday’s return to Beaune […]

tasting beyond the limit…

tasting beyond the limit…

It’s not without peril this wine-tasting thing. Yesterday was a modest day from the perspective of ‘number of tastings’ – I had just four appointments, one in the morning and three in the afternoon. But it was far from a modest quantity of samples: Tasting #1 – 31 wines Tasting #2 – 31 wines Tasting […]

tuesday – 2 côtes…

tuesday – 2 côtes…

Just a few pics from Tuesday. Chilly but the Christmas lights are on in Beaune – so that’s a nice balance 🙂  

a chilly monday…

a chilly monday…

oof – it’s chilly this week. The skies are blue, and whilst it was a modest 7°C yesterday, the north wind was ‘to the bone’ – today it was more like 3° in the morning (after -2°C overnight in town) – it definitely doesn’t feel warmer 🙂  

my favourite comment of last week:

I was worried about putting air-conditioning into a 250 year-old cellar, because then I have the power of god – as I decide when it’s winter or not. Jean-Marie Fourrier

offer of the day – le grappin

Not from a merchant this time, as Le Grappin sell direct. But you can see their offer here. No afilliation, et-cetera, but you can find my report and notes on their 2015s in my last (October) Burgundy Report – here.

just a few bottles from last week/end – week 46

just a few bottles from last week/end – week 46

“Just!” Of-course it was something of a week of spoiling ourselves – almost exclusively in the company of Marko de Morey and his wife, celebrating his 60th birthday. I’m not the biggest fan of conspicuous ‘trophy bottle’ pictures, but they are made to be drunk – and drunk they were 🙂   Just a quick […]

the (ex) tree of aux reignots…

the (ex) tree of aux reignots…

 A superb pic, courtesy of fellow Burgundy tour-guide, Sue Boxell. Updated: With feedback from Charles Lachaux. For a long time, and particularly in early spring, the Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru of Aux Reignots could easily be spotted above Romanée-Conti and La Romanée – because towards the bottom of the 1er cru was an ‘amandier’ (almond) tree […]

(the organic) gevrey wine club…

No afilliation (et-cetera), but this looks potentially quite interesting, and it’s connected to the people who own/run the (very comfortable) Les Deux Chevres hotel in Gevery-Chambertin. http://gevreywineclub.com/

the 2015 white burgundy report

Online today is my October 2016 report covering the 2015 white burgundy vintage. In the usual place. Less consistent than 2014, this is still a vintage with many rewarding wines. The report will give you some insight into the character of the vintage, where to exercise some caution and, of-course, the best wines are highlighted […]

that hospices sale…

that hospices sale…

 Base image courtesy Christie’s. The 156th wine auction for the Hospices de Beaune started in a sombre mood, beginning with a minute of silence in honour of the 28-year veteran of the Hospices, its former director, Antoine Jacquet, who recently and unexpectedly died whilst travelling and promoting the sale. Thereafter, in-line with the massive crowds […]

sunday – perfect for an 8.5km walk around puligny…

sunday – perfect for an 8.5km walk around puligny…

Breakfast in Le Montrachet, followed by a beautiful walk today:  

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