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Irancy 2016…

Irancy 2016…

Well, all week the armchair forecasters were saying nice on Saturday, terrible on Sunday – the weather that was! As it was, the rain and wind arrived early – midday on Saturday. This was one day where everyone was happy that it was 8°C and not 1°C! The Irancy Saint Vincent parade started in the […]

week 04 2016 – the last of january’s chablis visits

week 04 2016 – the last of january’s chablis visits

This week’s portraits… 😉

breaktime for ‘Rose’

breaktime for ‘Rose’

I was driving up and down between Maligny and Chablis town between appointments today, and noted this lady at work this morning – but I had no time to stop… When I returned for my first afternoon rendezvous, the horse was still at work but yet again I had no time to admire – curses! […]

january weekend bottles, part 2…

january weekend bottles, part 2…

Over a year ago when I tasted the 2013s chez Dufouleur Frères, it might well have been a root day; the wines really didn’t show very well, but they certainly did show a strong accent of dark oak – François-Xavier (FX) Dufouleur really wasn’t happy with the overall showing that day. When I tasted the […]

le corton 01 and 02…

le corton 01 and 02…

This week I re-acquainted myself with a couple of old friends; Bouchard’s Le Corton. Always a very well-priced cuvée but with a great a quality – I know this is young for Corton, but how are these two doing? 2001 Bouchard Père et Fils, Le Corton Hmm – a lovely nose of seemingly mature fruit, […]

the champions of chablis – this year…

the champions of chablis – this year…

I had breakfast with the redoubtable Allen Meadows on Friday; he’d arrived in Chablis to head the jury for the 30th ‘Concours des vins de Chablis’. He didn’t actually taste the 300+ wines, rather he and fellow jurors were selecting from the best of previously tasted samples. A great, and actually very interesting, list of […]

1h40 to Zürich? No, 3.5 hours!

at last, just a tiny bit of snow ;-)

No, not in Burgundy, rather the weekend in Graubunden. Our hut was a bit cold, so I can tell you that the 2013 Puligny shows much more oak at 5°C than it does at 12-15°C! The 1993 Clos St.Jacques was very good but not great – but probably 10-15°C at consumption may have had much […]

week 02 2016 – chablis

week 02 2016 – chablis

This week’s mugshots 😉

Inexplicable Chablis…

Don’t expect me to explain the market for Chablis to you – it generally leaves me confused! There is a certain lack of wine here in Chablis, and a lot of it sells rather quickly; yet a significant amount of this volume departs the producers’ cellars for less than €7 per bottle for Chablis, and […]

a grand cru chablis courir…

a grand cru chablis courir…

I had more appointments in the afternoon than the morning today, so when finished at 11am, I decided it was time not just for a jog around the grand crus, ‘B’ camera gripped tight, but also enough time for a shower afterwards – so I don’t smell more than the wines in the afternoon! It […]

in chablis – week 2…

in chablis – week 2…

It was a really pretty morning in Chablis today – the sun and blue sky with a particular clarity. They say it’s like that before it snows – let’s see. The temperature was not much lower this morning, still 6°C in town, but a couple of degrees cooler out and about in the local villages. […]

A little dijon-ing on saturday

A little dijon-ing on saturday

The only day that it wasn’t forecast to rain, so on Saturday we thought ‘why not take the 20 minute train ride(?)’ Massive versus Beaune, Nuits, or Chalon – but lots of cool places to visit… Highly recommended.  

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