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Oïdium - normally more a pinot problem, but here on chardonnay...

harvesting – but will that be in september or august?

 Oïdium today in the Côte de Nuits… The harvest date: Some people are mentioning the 5th of September as a potential harvesting date, which is entirely possible, but as of today, it’s still too early say whether the 5th of September will be the start date, or the finishing date! We seem to have the potential for a record early vintage, or just a modestly early vintage – though there’s still time for even that to change. The weather has been so dry that: The vineyards look resplendent… There is no rot to be found anywhere…. But it’s becoming very stressful for the young vines – those suffering the most having yellow leaves nearest the ground, it’s really time that they were allowed to drink [….]

Just treated GE...

last sun in grands-echézeaux…

I’d planned to go for a run yesterday evening, but at the last minute there was an errand – so it was a run to the Côte de Nuits – in the car! I took some pictures about 9:15pm with the last rays of the sun, mainly in Grands-Echézeaux – and despite all the images on the interweb, no sign of veraison yesterday – here anyway. One or two late sprayers were dosing their vines with sulfur and copper – I assume to avoid the peak heat of the day, these seemingly preferring to spray before bed, rather than at 5am!

only bottles, no writing…

only bottles, no writing…

Yes, the house-moving has been a bit of a pain, but just to prove that I haven’t also been avoiding refreshments…

one (special) day in the climats…

one (special) day in the climats…

Yesterday was a celebration of the successful entry of ‘Burgundy’ into the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. If you have seen some/most of the coverage since this was announced on Saturday, you will have mainly noted that Champagne, also a new ‘inscription’ has taken the headlines, and that only the last paragraph mentions Burgundy. Truth be told, it’s really a sub-set of Burgundy, one that we Anglo-Saxon’s refer to as the Côte d’Or, but the locals will quietly correct you and say that the inscription is actually for the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits – and in this instance, the definition used was Chenove to Maranges – inclusive. And the ‘grounds’ for inscription? To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony [….]

99 volnay clos des ‘xxx’

99 volnay clos des ‘xxx’

Age shows the difference! My two wines from the Elégance de Volnay: As young wines, i.e. the first year or two from release, this Potel was qualitatively on the same level as the Lafon Santenots and the d’Angerville Clos des Ducs – I really can’t say that anymore. Today the Potel is wild, complex and interesting, but also a little rustic – but the d’Angerville is a wine of grand cru interest and a fabulous silky texture – differences that really weren’t apparent when young. I didn’t bring a bottle of the Lafon to compare, because I know I have only 1 more… 1999 Nicolas Potel, Volnay 1er Clos des Chênes Hmm – this smells good: complex, faint forest floor yet still with fine fruit [….]

relocation, muscle ache and 99 volnay (as a starting point…)

relocation, muscle ache and 99 volnay (as a starting point…)

It was a quiet week in this Diary – eh? Not so for me, in general, the above was my transport for part of the week. Full-power house-moving this week, and the refrigerated truck was just for my wine relocation. Although all my wine would have (just about!) fit into the truck, apparently I was not allowed to fill it with more than 1.5 tonnes – so I had to split the journeys. One trip to Bern and another slightly bigger parcel for a trip the Beaune – and fortunately no complications by customs/douane/zoll along the way – phew! Did I say phew? Maybe phew what a scorcher – and getting warmer every day. I did note one design fault on my truck – yes [….]

l’éphémère…

l’éphémère…

Coming soon to a monopole vineyard near you (me!)….

你好 – こんにちは – bonjour…

你好 – こんにちは – bonjour…

Over 10 years ago, I had multiple language options as standard on these pages – but after a few alleged updates, they didn’t really work well. But after a long pause, there’s (potentially!) a more elegant solution, so… Okay, it may be that the bottom of the page isn’t the first place that you’d look – I understand – but everywhere else looked just too scruffy to place the new ‘choose your language’ option. I’m happy to add other languages – as requested by you – but didn’t add German (so-far) as I find the translations pretty terrible. French looks not too bad to me, though don’t even bother asking me what I think of the accuracy of the (simplified) Chinese and Japanese translations 😉 [….]

producer map of meursault-perrières…

producer map of meursault-perrières…

I’m really happy to have my hands on a copy of this. Two weeks ago (maybe 3…), Laurent Gotti made a presentation in Beaune of some of the producers’ wines and discussed a little of the complex terroirs of Meursault Perrières – illustrated with this new map. The syndicate of Meursault producers were very happy to help Laurent produce the map, as the only other maps of this style are for much lowlier wines; Montrachet and the Clos de Vougeot! If you want a copy of the map, it will cost you €19.90 from @laurentgotti – it’s worth it. Now a trip to the picture-framers…

an evening in the clos vougeot with yo-yo ma?

an evening in the clos vougeot with yo-yo ma?

That sounds good to me. Here you can find the programme of ‘Musique et Vin’ at the Clos de Vougeot, starting with Yo-Yo next Sunday: http://www.closdevougeot.fr/fr/index.php?page=105

lundi – le grand deluge!

lundi – le grand deluge!

 Monday’s view down Chablis Les Clos Well if Saturday was a perfect day, Sunday was fine until the evening, when the rain began. From then-on, it just got heavier and heavier – torrential was the only apt word for Monday morning – so yesterday I headed with my touring group for Chablis. It was still raining in Chablis, but on a much more modest scale – in-line with a very modest, practically disappointing tasting at Le Chablisienne. Still, lunch and the service at Au fils du zinc was excellent, and with tear-inducing prices for those without private allocations of Dauvissat and Raveneau – here, their grand crus cost only €60 in the restaurant…! A brilliant tasting of brilliant wines followed under the tutelage of Christian [….]

Old, old...

saturday – such a perfect day in the vines…

Traveling with a family – on a Burgundy Report wine tour. We were so lucky with the weather…

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