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updating – just an average week – sort-of…

updating – just an average week – sort-of…

Bern, courtesy Bern Tourismus. Well yesterday I opened the booking for the Paulée Suisse – I’m very pleased to see how it’s coming together. See for yourself here. Then, just for the fun (I suppose!) we had hail yesterday in Beaune – about 17h45 – it looked like snow to start with, but got harder! Hopefully there’s not much more of that this year. To reduce the consequence of the weather, I found the Crémant of Collet highly effective! Made from Petit Chablis, it’s direct, fresh and very moreish without undue sweetness… Yum! Last week saw the publication of my first subscription report of this year – from all my visits in January (now I’m starting to type up all my visits from February – [….]

something for the weekend…

something for the weekend…

Ah, I remember when it was easy (financially!) to buy wines like these… Quite a nice selection this weekend. I also like the fact that you never ‘know’ beforehand (with any certainty) what the result will be – who would have called that the Cathiard would be the support-show for the other two… 1995 Sylvain Cathiard, Vosne-Romanée 1er Malconsorts Quite a deep colour. The nose alternates between pretty, older tones of dark roast fruit and something more of beef-broth – alternately nice/less nice. Good concentration of flavour still with a weight of tannin structure – plenty of shape to the tannin but they are not unlikeable. The flavour is good and quite long. This was a case that I bought through Sotheby’s about 2000 for [….]

Aluze

pics from the road…

Today…

the chalonnaise shuffle…

the chalonnaise shuffle…

Bouzern, Rully and plenty of trees with haircuts today.

the other montrachet…

the other montrachet…

Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of beaurocracy when it comes to wine ‘place-names’ especially when it’s a very important place-name. The place-name in question is Montrachet, but surprisingly the Côte de Beaune was the second place to start using this name – it is thought – because back in the 13th century the Cluniac monks already had a different place called Montrachet… The Cluniac Montrachet is near St.Gengoux le National just over the border from the Côte Chalonnaise in the Mâconnais. This single hillside vineyard, and the monks’ vaulted cuverie above it, are pretty much ancient history and ruins now. The hillside covered by this lieu-dit extends 100 hectares, but such is the problem with frost here – every second vintage loses at least half [….]

a little more mercurey…

a little more mercurey…

Not so sunny today – still the omellette (with everything including chips) in Mercurey’s L’Atelier is worth a stop!

finally made it…

finally made it…

Such a shame – living in Switzerland but this is the first day I’ve managed to ‘properly’ ski all year – in the second week of a virus too, so each long run was followed by much panting for breath. But it was worth it. My leg now seems healed so I can look forward to next year’s season – I really don’t think I’ve time for more this year- tsk!

Rebuy - Yes

a weekend selection…

A fine selection from the cellar this weekend. One of my favourite 2011s from Nicolas Rossignol – no-wonder his twitter ‘handle’ is ronceret! The Grands-Echézeaux is the 2005 – the purchased fruit of domaine René Engel – the last grapes that he tended – a very primary baby but with tons of potential. The Savigny from Le Grappin is just a very easy drink, the Fixin has been at peak for at least 3 years now – I wonder how long it will go…(?)

old buildings and good grub…

old buildings and good grub…

Old buildings eh? A leaky radiator in the apartment – typically it leakes in the middle. Who know that these old radiators are mad up of sections – you take them all apart, remove the broken bit and then re-assemble! Still, it took 36 hours and the weather was damn cold! It’s taken far too long, but I finally got to La Lune in Beaune this week – it’s been open for the best part of of a year too – but a mix of good and quite brilliant menu items that are all modestly priced. We washed it down with a bottle of David Moreau’s Côte de Beaune Villages – a wine that’s basically Santenay and totally tasty!

with a little help from drugs ;-)

with a little help from drugs ;-)

Really hard to get out of the door this morning – some virus was giving me a headache – or maybe that was the lack of sleep – probably both! But a beautiful day and the paracetamol slowly kicked-in. I was amazed to see a number of lizards basking in the sunshine today – already in February! Worth the effort… Mainly Mercurey…

today’s Beauneblick…

today’s Beauneblick…

Ouf – accounts. I finished January’s at any rate today… Of-course it’s important to get out – even with a stupid chesty-cough – particularly when there’s a nice colour to the waning sunlight 😉 Playing here with an old manual focus lens – I chose the ones that weren’t too badly focused 😉 Tomorrow I’m off to Mercurey. Views of Beaune today…

Mutually Assured (scoring) Destruction (shorthand – 99 points!)

Mutually Assured (scoring) Destruction (shorthand – 99 points!)

Copyright Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Atkin, Pierre Vincent? I’ve no idea either 😉 As a numerical shorthand, scoring wines has some place when faced with a large list of potentials for your glass. I have never been an advocate of the seemingly self-important, faux-accurate scoring implied by the 100 points system but I accede to this utility. I do sometimes score – but my 0-2 points system, plus the ‘3 for your favourite’ – a system I use in my blind reports when there are multiple tasters, but that’s something everybody can understand: 0=don’t like, 1=like, 2=would buy, plus your overall favourite =3. But 99 points? Call me an inadequate taster, but without some initial calibration, the first wine could just as easily for me be [….]

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