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more bottles, more hills…

more bottles, more hills…

One advantage of having a house full of Kiwis – pre vintage – is that there are plenty of bottles to be opened and sights to see.

summer holidays are over…

summer holidays are over…

I had a few nice wines whilst in the mountains last week, but it seems that the holidays are now over. I’ve a snowball of articles to publish over the next six weeks – oh, and there’s a harvest coming too! It seems that a number of domaines will be be starting with their whites around the 10th September, but reds won’t really start, in earnest, until the 15th. The weather is warming after a cool, often wet, August – hopefully this weather will stay around for the harvest…

fizzy chablis and fine volnay for the weekend…

fizzy chablis and fine volnay for the weekend…

I really can’t recommend Collet’s first vintage of Cremant de Bourgogne enough. Romain Collet made this from ‘Petit Chablis’ grapes, noting “We don’t have a lot of Petit Chablis, and we like bubbles!”. The clincher is that you can buy it from the domaine, including tax for just €8.40! It’s very yum! Then onto this. I don’t know much about this domaine, but the few examples I’ve tasted from them have been very good: 2006 Poulleau Père et Fils, Volnay 1er Cru Good depth of colour. The nose starts a little brusque, but aeration brings a smoother impression, and in short-order there’s a really gorgeous red-fruited aroma that’s completely captivating. In the mouth it changes very little; it’s concentrated, smooth, well-balanced but just a little [….]

bart’s 2006 marsannay les champs salomon

bart’s 2006 marsannay les champs salomon

2006 Domaine Bart, Marsannay Les Champs Salomon The nose was a little unappetising to start – oldish toasty oak – it took over an hour, but the aromatics slowly cleared and became more attractive: Very pretty red fruit, dark-shaded with a nice acid bite – I like! Wide, with good acidity this wine attaches lots of flavour to your gums. Still some tannin and it’s also a little unruly – but it’s also lots of fun. I’m very much enjoying this now – it was just the first hour that wasn’t so yum… Rebuy – Yes

two brilliant, bargain, weekend wines…

two brilliant, bargain, weekend wines…

2012 Antoine Olivier, Santenay Bievaux ‘L’Air de Rien’ 2012 Marchand-Tawse, Côte de Nuits Villages The first is almost identikit (good) Meursault, the second a wine with a super perfume and no lack of ripe, mid-palate width. A brilliant combination… Both, Rebuy – Yes Yum!

faiveley et billaud-simon…

Here is the press-release for the new acquisition of Faiveley which hit Twitter yesterday evening. I’m not going to complain about the concentration of domaines in fewer hands, because, let’s be honest, this has been happening for a long time. It is currently the way the industry operates. Faiveley make super wines and we can be 100% sure that these Chablis vines are in great hands. More interesting are the machinations that go on behind the scenes. This Chablis domaine has finally been sold after years of ‘difficulties’ between the families that owned the domaine. Let’s also be clear, Faiveley was clearly not the only suitor – indeed, another well-known Beaune name, thought they’d bought Billaud-Simon over two months ago – even before I tasted [….]

a great crop in fixin – of cut flowers…

a great crop in fixin – of cut flowers…

A great crop – of cut flowers – in Fixin… Except for the cars, a little Côte de Nuits action from this morning:

jadot 1993 beaune 1er boucherottes

jadot 1993 beaune 1er boucherottes

Ah, that marathon. I’m (semi) ashamed to say I didn’t take part. I waited at the start line, in the pouring rain with even worse weather forecast to come. The hilltops were lost in the cloud and I was supposed to run up to 2,739 metres. It didn’t seem worth it, wet, can’t see and slippy rocks. Next year perhaps – or maybe the easy and flat, by comparison, Beaune half-marathon in November… Anyway, a little something to warm me up: 1993 Louis Jadot, Beaune 1er Boucherottes The colour is showing a little browning. The first note seems a bit corky, but it fades into something more leafy that’s backed by acid cherry/redcurrants – it just keeps getting better and better in the glass. In [….]

the ins and outs of being very silly…

the ins and outs of being very silly…

The weather is vacillating. One moment picturesque, the next, very damp. Tomorrow I should take-part in my first marathon – it just so happens it’s the ‘highest in Europe’ – a mere 2,739m at the 25km point. I suppose it’s all downhill from there! Oh well, shame about the weather forecast too…

a 2006 rossignol-trapet with a 1999 nicolas potel…

a 2006 rossignol-trapet with a 1999 nicolas potel…

2006 Rossignol-Trapet, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Cherbaudes Here the nose is fresh and clean – a mineral dimension too. In the mouth this is sleek and also rather mineral. It’s a direct wine, but one of fine energy and dimension with very understated tannin and super balance. Very athletic in shape… Rebuy – Yes 1999 Nicolas Potel, Nuits St.Georges Quite deep coloured. A gorgeous nose of deeply pretty and fruit – you keep wanting to take another sniff. Much rounder and more textured in the mouth versus the Cherbaudes – balanced and with a faint undertow of tannin. Aromatically gorgeous, the flavours still seemingly quite young – but very approachable and enjoyable… Rebuy – Yes

article: benjamin lewin talks premox with dom lafon…

Excellent article on Benjamin’s site: here.

a pair of 2012 grèves – white ones!

a pair of 2012 grèves – white ones!

Two short notes, just to remind myself what these tasted like on Saturday evening… 2012 Le Grappin, Beaune 1er Les Grèves Blanc Round, comely aromas, reasonably fresh and very inviting. In the mouth this has a lovely balance and a faint richness. Good density and concentration. Tasty wine – don’t let it get too warm in the glass or becomes less fine. Very enjoyable wine! Rebuy – Yes 2012 Louis Latour, Beaune 1er Les Grèves Blanc A very different nose that’s a little fresher, more direct and more floral too. In the mouth it’s a similar story: It’s direct and fresh but with a lovely intensity. Less rich than the previous wine, but that’s no negative. Just a faint oaky vanilla component to the flavour [….]

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