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offer of the day – 2014 clos de tart

The last offer from my Swiss merchant (that I have notes for) was 2009, and the jump to 2014 is not very big in the context of the current market – maybe there was market push-back on their recent pricing? Of-course I’d be much more interested in what the 2015 will be ‘going for!’ CLOS […]

Mercurey – Saint Vincent – 28-29 Januray

Mercurey – Saint Vincent – 28-29 Januray

It’s getting closer and closer – the Saint Vincent in Mercurey, that is – and let’s not forget its co-host, Saint-Martin-sous-Montaigu! Don’t forget to save the date! Unfortunately (and typically!) I can’t attend, I’m already too much in France in January and February, but I’m hoping that it runs well and everyone enjoys better weather […]

bonneau du martray – part 2 – more info

bonneau du martray – part 2 – more info

The best (most) information to date on the transaction and some of the drivers for the sale. Here.

chablis – day 2

chablis – day 2

Oof! Today was chilly. Before I could go anywhere, I needed I needed 10 environmentally unfriendly minutes for my car to warm-up and shed its layer of ice – overnight temperatures of about -9°C were to blame. I managed a couple of short hops into the vines between appointments – a selection of photos below […]

chablis – day 1

chablis – day 1

My first day of a three-week tour of duty in Chablis – almost 50 domaines lined up for some Vintage 2015 action. A chilly day but 3°C – it’s forecast to be -6 to -8°C overnight – that should be fun judging by the damp roads! Anyway, my first visits delivered delicious wines – one […]

bonneau du martray (largely) sold

So, Stan Kroenke, owner of Screaming Eagle & sports teams aplenty, now owns majority of Bonneau de Martray. A white to go with the red — Jancis Robinson (@JancisRobinson) January 4, 2017 Jancis (above) was the first to post on this, in English. One hour ahead of her was the following in French. My rough […]

hello 2017, hello taillepieds…

hello 2017, hello taillepieds…

My first day, this year, in Burgundy today. A short trip to a producer in Volnay this afternoon was my only visit, and tomorrow I will start my campaign in Chablis. When I arrived at midday, the vines and hillsides were white with frost, but slowly as the afternoon temperatures reached the dizzy heights of […]

week 52, weekend wines…

week 52, weekend wines…

There was more Pommery – it has served a very useful, delicious function this Christmas! 1985 Michel Voarick, Pernand-Vergelesses A little must and apparently some deep, kind of dirty oak too – fortunately with this wine, aeration is our friend – it cleans up remarkably, delivering a deep nose with some sous-bois and an attractive […]

pierre vincent – goodbye vougeraie, hello leflaive…

More Leflaive: I originally posted about this in my Domaine de la Vougeraie 2015 report, in December 2016. Seemingly, and for many weeks, this was Burgundy’s worst kept secret, yet no-one publicised it, and I’ve still seen nothing official about this from either domaine; but, just before Christmas, Pierre Vincent finished his career as winemaker […]

‘new old’ labels, chez leflaive…

‘new old’ labels, chez leflaive…

The Domaine Leflaive label is has changed little since its inception in the 1920s, when Joseph Leflaive decided to bottle at the property – itself an innovation at the time. The label when first done stood out from contemporaries, because creamy ‘parchment’ colours were the fashion, but the background to Leflaive’s label was very white. […]

some week 52 wines…

some week 52 wines…

2005 Albert Bichot, Grands-Echézeaux The grapes from the Engel estate. This had rather too much vanilla in its youth, so let’s see now! Hmm – this nose is not bad at all! It’s lost the vanilla, though the overall impression is of a wine with a subtle intensity of aroma. The palate is fresh and […]

out and about…

out and about…

Yesterday, given our altitude, some thing was missing – too many people for not enough piste! But today was lovely, if seemingly colder!   Enjoy your 31st December – I will!

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