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today: blue-sky, horses & concrete to make a grand cru…

today: blue-sky, horses & concrete to make a grand cru…

La Romanée today… Simply a beautiful day today – almost 18°C, despite a cool start – and a cloudless sky too. I took in a few sites around the Côtes today, before heading back to Bojolais tomorrow. I passed a couple of nice horses along the way, but really I was more interested by the […]

week 15s weekend wines…

week 15s weekend wines…

Normally I’d give you a quick phone-shot of the bottles, but as you can see today, I had the windows phone ‘smiley’ of death. Nothing comes close to the prettiness of the windows 10 phone interface – but a bit flaky doesn’t quite cover the day to day usage experience. It may have been my […]

damp!

damp!

Puligny, this afternoon. The weekend in Switzerland was okay – half sun, half rain, but to quote an unsmiling vigneron in Puligny-Montrachet today, “The rain was much more consistent than that here!” Indeed, the TGV took me through many a flooded area this morning. The vines look fine though, the first chardonnay leaves starting to […]

jean gros

I was very sorry yesterday, to hear that Jean Gros, the great patriarch of Vosne-Romanée, had died. I can recall drinking no-more than half a dozen wines that he produced, but they remain twinkling stars in my memory. RIP…

a couple of bottles – tasty bottles…

a couple of bottles – tasty bottles…

A couple of delicious, very, very different wines this week: 1992 Comtes Lafon, Monthelie 1er Les Duresses A mature but warm looking colour. Sweet, plum-style fruit on the nose and a clear attractive maturity. In the mouth this was simply a very charming, sweet-fruited wine. Not super energetic, nor super complex but really wonderfully charming. […]

week 15’s new producers…

week 15’s new producers…

Of-course, this week was a Beaujolais week…

a storm in morgon – worse in pouilly

a storm in morgon – worse in pouilly

Mid-afternoon yesterday (Wednesday) the skies considerably darkened in Morgon. Thunder, lightening, a little rain and a lot of wind. But It was less ‘fun’ in Pouilly as you can see from the images below, images of vines near Solutre, sent to me by a producer. Many young, opening, buds were damaged or completely removed. It’s […]

a màv tuesday…

a màv tuesday…

Nice weather in the Beaujolais yesterday – except in the late afternoon, and seemingly only in the heights of Moulin-à-Vent – and what vent! There was also the thunder and lightening though fortunately only modest rain. Given the number of desolate, ‘herbicided’ vineyards, it was really nice to see one magnificent steed at work in […]

them thar hills…

them thar hills…

Only a crop from a pic taken with my phone! I thought the view of the distant mountains quite good on Sunday, but above was a spectacular display of alps this morning from my room in Beaujolais. Below are some pics I took on Sunday, mainly during a 90 minute walk up and then back […]

can you ever have too much volnay?

Can you ever have too much Volnay? For subscribers, the wines of 29 domaines in the village: https://t.co/X9MvV4LfcN pic.twitter.com/dtCK84Oviy — bill nanson (@billnanson) April 8, 2016 The new report, now online for all you subscribers…

jefford on clos de tart…

A thoughtful and in-depth article on the Clos de Tart by Andrew Jefford – it only took him 6 months since his tasting in September to publish it – but a welcome addition, nonetheless 😉 http://www.decanter.com/jefford-monday-tasting-history-297081/

lafarge-vial – beaujolais…

lafarge-vial – beaujolais…

Frederic and Chantal Lafarge – Chantal was a Vial – have a new(ish!) small domaine of 4-hectares in the Beaujolais. They have vines in Fleurie and Chiroubles, and quite old vines too. The vines were already, ‘very well cared for, mainly organic’ but, as you would expect, they immediately set out on a biodynamic course. […]

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