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yesterday on the vierwaldstättersee…

yesterday on the vierwaldstättersee…

Two hours on-board ship from Lucerne to Treib (Tribe) for the tastiest fresh fish you will ever try, then back again!

Weekend 31 – some wines…

Weekend 31 – some wines…

2008 Sylvain Pataille, Bourgogne Le Chapitre Medium plus colour. What a lovely nose – almost a coal-style mineral impression, and a fine red fruit edged with reduction. Fresh, mouth-filling, growing in intensity – really growing! This has a lovely texture and lots of flavour complexity. It’s really a beauty, holding onto a good note in […]

more weekend lakes…

more weekend lakes…

Shot with my phone, so obviously none of them are straight 😉 Still – Estavayer-le-Lac – very nice!

2x chassagne

2x chassagne

Typical – perfect condition for this, the last white from my case of 08 Pillots – but the one with my least favourite profile due to the riper fruit and vanilla, still, rather a tasty wine. Can’t win them all… 2008 Paul Pillot, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er La Grand Montagne Hurrah – yellow colour! The nose is […]

more hills and lakes…

more hills and lakes…

Yesterday was the Niederhorn (‘neederhorn’) – gorgeous views and mountain goats. We’ve a few unsettled days now, but it will be nice again next week, when more hills will attacked!

great reds but more p.ox too…

great reds but more p.ox too…

I wasn’t really picking on M&M in the last couple of weeks, it’s only that their bottles were close to hand. The Pillot that follows was still fabulous a couple of years ago, but not today… 2008 Paul Pillot, Chassagne-Montrachtet 1er Les Caillerets Bottle #1: Dark colour – oops. The nose has a kind of […]

a hilly day…

a hilly day…

Sorry Beaune, but this is really my most favourite place – even when there’s no snow!

weekend 30 – 3 bottles with a better return

weekend 30 – 3 bottles with a better return

2007 Mischief & Mayhem, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Caillerets On pouring in the kitchen, the dark colour hard my heart sinking (once more) but outside in the garden, it was clear that this remains yellow not golden – even if dark yellow! The nose actually has a reductive twist and some exotic yellow fruit. In the mouth […]

saturday’s swiss walking

saturday’s swiss walking

Saturday – a lovely day (mainly!) – first a little St.Gallen i.e. mainly windows! Then Appenzel: Finally lake Constance (Bodensee) where a little rain and hail caught up with us:

3 bottles – only a modest return…

3 bottles – only a modest return…

2014 Domaine Gueguen, Chablis 1er Vosgros This wine is burly yet impressive – there are flashes of fine flavour and aroma too, but compared to the domaine’s Vaucoupin (here) this is a longer-term prospect – you should wait 2-3 years I think. This, today, and good as it still is, is simply not in the […]

new burgundy report(s)

So the April and May reports were all about Beaujolais – lots of domaines visited, wines tasted – and blind too – about 650 bottles of them. Now the June report is also online with an interesting selection of themes, including a pinot vs gamay rosé face-off, plus other interesting (for me!) looks at vineyards, […]

walking in aloxe and pernand this weekend

walking in aloxe and pernand this weekend

Actually not a bad temperature for walking last weekend. The storms forecast for Thursday evening never came, but there were deluges of water on Friday morning – it was literally as black as night at 09h15! I assume the treatments in the vines of previous days were completely washed away. Cloudy but comfortable walking with […]

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