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a 2006 rossignol-trapet with a 1999 nicolas potel…

a 2006 rossignol-trapet with a 1999 nicolas potel…

2006 Rossignol-Trapet, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Cherbaudes Here the nose is fresh and clean – a mineral dimension too. In the mouth this is sleek and also rather mineral. It’s a direct wine, but one of fine energy and dimension with very understated tannin and super balance. Very athletic in shape… Rebuy – Yes 1999 Nicolas Potel, Nuits St.Georges Quite deep coloured. A gorgeous nose of deeply pretty and fruit – you keep wanting to take another sniff. Much rounder and more textured in the mouth versus the Cherbaudes – balanced and with a faint undertow of tannin. Aromatically gorgeous, the flavours still seemingly quite young – but very approachable and enjoyable… Rebuy – Yes

article: benjamin lewin talks premox with dom lafon…

Excellent article on Benjamin’s site: here.

a pair of 2012 grèves – white ones!

a pair of 2012 grèves – white ones!

Two short notes, just to remind myself what these tasted like on Saturday evening… 2012 Le Grappin, Beaune 1er Les Grèves Blanc Round, comely aromas, reasonably fresh and very inviting. In the mouth this has a lovely balance and a faint richness. Good density and concentration. Tasty wine – don’t let it get too warm in the glass or becomes less fine. Very enjoyable wine! Rebuy – Yes 2012 Louis Latour, Beaune 1er Les Grèves Blanc A very different nose that’s a little fresher, more direct and more floral too. In the mouth it’s a similar story: It’s direct and fresh but with a lovely intensity. Less rich than the previous wine, but that’s no negative. Just a faint oaky vanilla component to the flavour [….]

veraison – it seems that today is the day…

Véraison has begun! pic.twitter.com/qDWFKpKdjS — Jeremy Seysses (@JeremySeysses) July 21, 2014 Début de #véraison dans les #NuitsstGeorges, pourquoi ce pied la et pas les autres? Peut être du pinot gris pic.twitter.com/9MtLikSBvh — Gregory Patriat (@GregoryPatriat) July 21, 2014

article…

Interesting on the Clos de Vougeot…

côtes de nuits yesterday…

côtes de nuits yesterday…

I simply love this line, arcade, procession, avenue of trees on the Quai Dumorey in Nuits St.Georges. I guess I’m lucky I don’t have such ‘cherry-picker’ equipment at home – otherwise I’d spend my life pruning and then lying back, thinking I’d missed a bit: Just to show that even the most hideously expensive domaines don’t always get the quantity of spray just right – no-matter how green, bio, biodynamic, Demeter they may be! Madame B-L’s Richebourg: Also, just to show that not everyone is suffering with yields! – Again in Richebourg:

congratulations greg…

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2012, Jean Claude Boisset has been awarded IWC Champion Red Wine #IWC2014 — Int'l Wine Challenge (@WineChallenge) July 16, 2014 See, I told you months ago that it was a brilliant wine, now didn’t I 😉

v et d berthaut, 1982 fixin…

v et d berthaut, 1982 fixin…

I visited Amélie Berthaut in Fixin today and tasted her very lovely 2013s. I mentioned that I’d some 92s from the domaine that I bought at auction and they tasted rather good. At the end of our tasting she disappeared into the cellar and came back with a tissue-wrapped bottle – “You did say 1982 didn’t you?” she inquired. “Oh well, I’ve got this now!” Wax topped, labelled and with only about 1cm of level-loss, this most perfect of provenance wines looked as good as any 30+ year-old wine could. We had a quick taste and Amélie wasn’t impressed – I said it would almost certainly improve with air, so she said “Take it with you and let me know…” Well, it seemed rude not [….]

of memorable wines from slighted vintages…

I thought it was about time that I added my wines of the year – so far – so see the updated ‘A-List’ to the right of this page. I’ve noted that 93s are starting to become not just potentially brilliant, but downright brilliant, the 96s are becoming rather rewarding too. My enjoyment of 95s remains variable. Oh, and many of those critically slighted vintages (where was Pierre Antoine Rovani two weeks ago) offer supreme pleasure right now – in the right hands of-course! See exhibits 1993, 1998 and 2000… Of-course there was no more space in the ‘widget-thing’ on right-hand side of this page, so the A-List of 2006 is gone to make space for 2014 – oh well – and what was once [….]

back in old beaune town…

back in old beaune town…

Back in old Beaune town – it seems like ages I was away – hmm – 8 days! The road to Beaune was shared yesterday evening with the service vehicles of the Tour de France – at least as far as Besançon. They were all much faster than me – even with a dozen bicycles on their roofs – I suppose somebody has to observe the speed limits 😉 Here in the Côte d’Or the first half of July has been wetter and cooler, virtually since the big storm of the 28th, but this morning we’re already in the mid 20°s at 09h00 and the forecast is for 30°+ by Thursday. It’s a beautiful blue sky too. On this post-Bastille Day I think I’ll ease [….]

hail and volnay 2013…

Why you shd be v v circumspect when buying Volnay 2013 http://t.co/PhnXMyu19R — Jancis Robinson (@JancisRobinson) July 11, 2014 One of the best articles I’ve read in a while, on Jancis’s site, written by Mark Haisma. I really should try to visit Mark! As you will note from the tweet of Jancis above, she’s worried about 2013 Volnays and urging caution. This is only a small part of the article, but to my mind, this article is the perfect example of why you won’t have a problem with 2013 Volnay if you buy from respected names. My reasoning? Triage should have been relatively easy because there was less to triage – though there was rot to remove too! The best domaines are very serious about [….]

bart’s 2008 chambolle veroilles

bart’s 2008 chambolle veroilles

I often have difficulty with young wines from Bart – too much CO2 or too much toasty oak. Here’s a wine that is slowly coming round to my palate – but it still needs a couple of years I think. 2008 Domaine Bart, Chambolle-Musigny Les Veroilles A little more than medium colour. There’s still a little rubbery oak here – not very much Chambolle aroma – except for the last drops in the glass, which show a lovely acid-redcurrant note. After two hours it gives a slightly more toffeed expression. The texture is quite nice and the flavours play across the tongue in a very nice way – understated freshness for the vintage plus a faint oak flavour in the finish. Where this wine shows [….]

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