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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.  

week 01 2016 – chablis

week 01 2016 – chablis

This week’s lucky, lucky group of producers (Because I visited ;-)) Well, that’s the first week (of three) in Chablis successfully noted. It seems to me that the weather has been much nicer ‘up north’ than in Beaune this week – emphasised by the crashing rain and some fog when I got back to Beaune […]

a little lunchtime (older) chablis…

a little lunchtime (older) chablis…

Well, it’s so rare that anyone seems to drink anything more than 3 years old, I thought I might as well list them! Fortunately the vintage played right into my preference zone, the 2007s easily the best for me! Nice to see that these were all so fresh too! 2008 Domaine du Chardonnay, Chablis 1er […]

death in beaune and the first weekend bottles (of 2016)…

death in beaune and the first weekend bottles (of 2016)…

We  weren’t planning on being in Beaune over the new year holiday, rather we had the 31st planned with friends in Bern – but due to problems their end, this was postponed – so why not Beaune(?) Well the obvious answer (having now done it!) is that Beaune is completely dead! Walk around the Boulevard (periphique, if […]

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