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pretty – but where’s the snow?

pretty – but where’s the snow?

Yesterday – Interlaken…

pillot, engel, esmonin – thursday’s training for christmas!

pillot, engel, esmonin – thursday’s training for christmas!

Actually, even with help, I didn’t finish these, so I think the Engel and Esmonin will live on – for tonight at least 😉 2008 Paul Pillot, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Clos St.Jean Medium lemon yellow colour. A toasty reduction lasts about 5 minutes to be replaced by a fresh, bright yellow, slightly padded citrus fruit. Wide […]

varoilles and bruno clair – a bit of pre-christmas training

varoilles and bruno clair – a bit of pre-christmas training

Back in Switzerland and given that I’m not tasting 20 wines (plus!) per day, I really do have a thirst for opening things – surely it’s good training for Christmas too 😉 2002 Domaine des Varoilles, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos des Varoilles I though I had this in magnums – but not – it must be […]

this weekend’s duo, two more hits…

this weekend’s duo, two more hits…

2013 Berthaut-Gerbet, Vosne-Romanée A bottle bought after the super tasting in Fixin the other week. On first opening there are a few sulfites clouding the dark fruit. Really this needed 15 minutes of air to freshen up, but then it was super; a mildly sweet and spicy dark-fruited nose. In the mouth just modestly sweet […]

weeping and sweating in the vines…

weeping and sweating in the vines…

Well, it might not be winter yet, but at least it’s starting to head in the right direction! We’re still not seeing a lot of rain and every other day has the typical end of year mist, but finally during the second half of this week, the temperatures were often in the low single figures […]

The Louis Vuittonification of Burgundy

Burgundy, its market, and the big wall coming: I have to say, extreme lover of Burgundy’s wine and people as I am, I have the fear that harder times lie ahead. I hate to write notes such as this, but whilst my reports of the actual wines of 2014 are laced with joy, my view […]

week 49…

week 49…

A selection of producers in the bag from this weeks visits…

a few pics from last days…

a few pics from last days…

weekend stuff –  three bull’s-eyes…

weekend stuff – three bull’s-eyes…

2010 Camille Giroud, Bourgogne Cuvée L Magnum – and how good was this! (That was a statement, not a question!) I’ve a magnum of the 08 waiting for Christmas but, for fun, thought I’d broach this. If you don’t know, the cuvée ‘L’ stands for ‘lees.’ The lees from all the reds in the cellar […]

a bit of fixin this afternoon…

a bit of fixin this afternoon…

It was ‘open day’ in Fixin today 😉   After a long walk checking out Napoleon and his digs, only time to visit 3 domaines, but a couple of outstanding and some very good wines – I even bought one! 2013 Domaine Joliet, Fixin The young vines of the Clos de la Perrière Deep, wide, […]

week 48…

week 48…

A few more producers in the bag from this weeks visits…

The Times They Are a-Changin – (repeat)

The Times They Are a-Changin – (repeat)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-02/don-stott-burgundy-collection It’s a sign of the times. Today there’s an apparent lauding of ‘flash wealth’ and narey a critical word over such things. Certainly the linked article seems a celebration of what Stott has, and is, doing. There are, of-course, multiple perspectives to this: Now if Don Stott had been publicly selling these (link above) […]

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