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burgundy 2012 – already past the peak of interest?

burgundy 2012 – already past the peak of interest?

2012s tasted in Beaune last week… Are we seeing a peaking of Burgundy consumer interest – despite the mini industry that has become the London En Primeur tasting ‘circuit’…(?) I heard that there were to be 34 tastings in London this month – a new record – and certainly last week when I was in Burgundy, producers were busy, preparing their samples. Yet despite more and more producers donning a smart jacket or getting their hair done for a few days in the UK’s capital, it seems to me that the general level of ‘chatter’ surrounding this vintage is lower than at any time in the last 10 years. Next year’s 2013s will be no better in terms of supply and price, the latter probably [….]

nicolas rossignol’s 2010 beaune clos des mouches…

nicolas rossignol’s 2010 beaune clos des mouches…

Having seen the previously linked, semi-accurate, story about no harvest in the Clos des Mouches the other day, I thought I would open this one in sympathy – or should that be solidarity(?) 2010 Nicolas Rossignol, Beaune 1er Clos des Mouches The nose starts with toasty bread, faint reduction and some CO2. I give it the Fourrier shake and wait an hour. Medium, medium-plus colour. Now the nose is much higher-toned and there’s red-fruit that’s half-fruit and half flowers – it’s understated but it’s pretty and the reduction and toast is only a memory – slowly it becomes fuller, a little powdery and padded. In the mouth this has some padding and plenty of silk. The fruit seems quite modest at first but there’s an [….]

poster-girl…

poster-girl…

I sat with Axelle last week during lunch, but didn’t realise that she was a poster-girl… Spotted this evening on Facebook, picture by Thomas Nègre:

the burgundy vintage chart – updated with 2012…

the burgundy vintage chart – updated with 2012…

There, that’s one thing off the to-do list: My updated Vintage Chart, which of-course now includes 2012 (in parentheses as it is mainly not yet bottled!)

diams everywhere…

diams everywhere…

No one-track focus here at Burgundy Report – certainly not! How about wood-working(ish)? The perfect use for a 54mm DIAM 10, extracted from a 2012 Chevalier-Montrachet. Those birds are just so lucky! I even found a use for the wine too…

rossignol-trapet’s 2011 savigny bas liards

rossignol-trapet’s 2011 savigny bas liards

Well, I’m certainly not going to ‘trash-talk’ this wine from the perspective of P because I didn’t find any – and that’s the first 2011 in while that seems clean to my nose – yet I remain a little unsatisfied. Could there have a been a little below the radar cork taint? I don’t know, but for now, I will assume that this bottle isn’t representative… 2011 Rossignol-Trapet, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Bas Liards A pretty and bright medium, medium-plus colour. What can I tell you about the nose(?) – tough – there doesn’t seem to be one! There’s no oak or reduction (quite common for this domaine) but there is no fruit and hardly anything else either – strange. In the mouth this has a nice [….]

tidbits…

tidbits…

A couple of interesting news stories on the wires this morning: 1. Drouhin ex-cellar sale 2. Chanson’s Clos des Mouches obliterated – it was the same for Domaine du Pavillon (Bichot), though Drouhin and a couple of others were able to find enough in-tact grapes to make some wine. Re the appended pic – I really can’t understand why they didn’t contact me first, the organising committee of the St.Vincent would then have known to choose another day – I have my annual ski-race that day, so will have to miss it. Still, it’s not often that you get a bit of Hollywood in St.Aubin!

in burgundy: 08 jan 14…

in burgundy: 08 jan 14…

An early-ish start this morning as I had an appointment in the Côte Chalonnaise at 9:00am. All the way from Beaune, Mont Blanc was in silhouette as the sun was rising behind – if I’d had a longer lens with me, my picture would have looked closer and better – next time! In the ‘jargon’ this is a ‘100% crop’ from my image… Anyway, visited a couple of Châteaux or three, had a nice lunch in virtually the only place that was open today – still, it was tasty enough and only €21 for the 3 courses. I then headed back to Beaune for a 3:00pm tasting, mooched around Athenaeum and picked up some wines I’d ordered (of-course!). And wasn’t Beaune rather pretty in the [….]

an ‘alternative’ top 10 for 2014…

An 'alternative' Burgundian Top 10: http://t.co/DFkjCKixSa — bill nanson (@billnanson) January 7, 2014

an early start in the côtes…

an early start in the côtes…

Working on tomorrow’s apéro… Back to Côte d’Or today, and what a beautiful, almost clichéd, landscape – one to warm my heart: By late-morning the sun managed to break through the cloud, bathing the vines and pruning-vineyard-workers in warm sunlight but the remnant of that cloud was a lovely backdrop – it was just so photogenic. A shame then that I only had time for appointments before lunch! Don’t forget, we are in France, everything stops for lunch – well, as it turns out, today (at least) only in theory – almost everything in Beaune is closed. Even Athenaeum is closed until Wednesday! The rivers and streams are running brown and quickly as there’s been plenty of rain in the last couple of weeks – [….]

devevey’s 2011 beaune 1er pertuisots…

devevey’s 2011 beaune 1er pertuisots…

Jonah time again! Whilst the few Devevey wines that have passed my lips I remember enjoying – particularly so, the whites – I’ve never-yet managed to pay a visit to understand more about this domaine. However, here is a wine that for more than one reason, I wouldn’t buy again – a shame as it’s one of my favourite Beaune 1ers too… 2011 Devevey Beaune 1er Pertuisots Bright medium colour. The nose has a faint undertow of P, but overwhelmingly the aromas are dominated by pretty, precise red berry notes, whilst in the background there’s also a greener, herby note. Fresh and lithe – there’s a bit of an acid-kick in the mid-palate too – for-sure not the ripest of wines; yet it has energy [….]

1999 l’arlot, domaine de l’arlot

1999 l’arlot, domaine de l’arlot

My first wine at home in this new year – assuming the cork was a good one, I was pretty sure it should be a good start – and so it was. 1999 is the second-largest vintage in my cellar – maybe I’ll try a few more this year… 1999 l’Arlot, Nuits St.Georges 1er Clos de l’Arlot Just a little bit more than medium colour. Hmmm – what a forward, round and friendly mix of white chocolate, whole cluster aromas and roses – a real friendly ‘punch’. In the mouth there’s a palpable weight of fat texture that’s cut with good acidity – this wine is incredibly enjoyable – yet, seems a little soft at the core for ‘brilliant’. Return to the glass a couple [….]

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