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tastevinage v101 – the results

You may have noted some pictures of snow in this dairy, and for that reason I missed this 101st Tastevinage tasting. But for those of you who follow them, here are the wines that ‘won’ Tastevinage labels last Friday. 557 wines were presented to 220 tasters, and 181 wines were deemed good enough. You can […]

beaujolais exports grow

beaujolais exports grow

For the second year in a row, exports of Beaujolais have grown. Figures compiled by Business France from French customs data show an increase of 5.7% in volume and 7.8% in value for the year 2017 versus the same in 2016. 40% of the production of Beaujolais is now exported. Europe accounts for 35% of […]

the doctor’s baby ruchottes – fragrant, beautiful wine

the doctor’s baby ruchottes – fragrant, beautiful wine

A wine made from the produce of young vines in Ruchottes-Chambertin. The domaine replanted half of their 0.64 hectare Ruchottes-Chambertin parcel in 2000, the original vines had been planted in 1950 but were not very productive. So this ‘Gevrey-Chambertin’ was the first cuvée of the new vines – from the ‘traditional’ third flowering. In the […]

weekend corkscrew work – week 12 2018

weekend corkscrew work – week 12 2018

A weekend away, not control over the glassware. The whites showed great, less-so the reds… ​2009 Alex Gambal, St.Aubin 1er Murgers des Dents de Chien Half golden. The nose starts with a toast, ends with a riper fruit. In the mouth this has youth and freshness – much more-so than I would have expected – […]

a little weekend snow and pasta…

a little weekend snow and pasta…

After publishing my February report, it was off to the Valais for a Friday on skis (Belalp) then Saturday, just a quick train ride away, in Domodossola (Italy) for a little market action, pasta buying and lunch. I’m ashamed to say that I missed the last 3 ski-seasons, and only hit the slopes right at […]

February 2018 Burgundy Report – 2 books and counting…

The fifth of my quintet of 2016 Vintage Burgundy reports is now online for subscribers, namely Beaujolais 2016. I usually feel inadequate when I hear of 100s of domaines, 1,000s of notes plus maybe 100,000 words delivered in other places, but this time I forced myself to do a little benchmarking: So, so far, my […]

two mid-week-ers

two mid-week-ers

​ 2005 Cornu, Savigny Les Saucours I haven’t popped one of these for about 10 years – maybe a little more – but I’ve a distant memory of it being very good! Not the deepest colour for a 2005 but still plenty. The aroma is of a fine and frank red berry fruit. Lots of […]

icymi…

icymi…

It may not look like much, but this is Clos de Vougeot ‘Musigni’ – pictured last week… Just a few things collected in the last days: A tale of two Dujacs from Bruce Sanderson – worth a read! Andrew Jefford on Billionaire ownership – It’s all been said before, and quite some time ago, but […]

weekend corkscrew work – week 11 2018

weekend corkscrew work – week 11 2018

2013 Olivier Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet A faint, slightly reductive, toast on this nose – the depth hinting at a little grapefruit – which becomes more and more overt with aeration and as the toast fades. Fresh but with a melting width over the palate rather than direction. The flavour is of slightly sweetened grapefruit and has […]

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