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pics from out and about in the côtes…

pics from out and about in the côtes…

Quite a lot from in Nuits today and Tuesday, but a few others too… 😉

wet côtes…

wet côtes…

Hmmm. It’s all a bit slow and damp here this morning. Partly the after-effects of an evening with Neal and Milly-Martin, but of-course the rain doesn’t help. Still, appointments, appointments…

mr halliday’s scoring – yes but…

Halliday on (some) Nicolas Potel. Yes, I liked it too, but 96 points for 2011 Suchots? What space does that leave for really good wines? Sorry, but ridiculous, or was James scoring in the context of Australian pinot? Not that I’m stirring the pot… 😉

gevrey 2009 1er clos des varoilles

I guess I’ve been a lone voice reviewing these wines since at least 2003, but here’s yet another wine that offers serious value… 2009 des Varoilles, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos des Varoilles Medium-plus colour. The nose has a lovely depth of red berries but despite that extra twist of 2009 ripeness, there’s fine freshness too. Full, intense and with concentrated sweet fruit – yet, just like the nose there’s tons of freshness too – I suppose that’s the way it should be, given its position on the hillside. There’s a bit of silken fat that slowly becomes more velvet as you hold the wine in your mouth. Very tasty stuff, and at a price to embarrass many famous names in the village… Rebuy – Yes

catching up on the news…

Just back from skiing and there are few things worth reading: Victoria Moore on Burgundy 2012 Jancis, also on 2012 And some tweets too! En direct de la St-Vincent depuis la cave wifi de St-Aubin avec @DijonBeaune @C_BONVALOT http://t.co/Fxufx25V0m pic.twitter.com/UskoS5meUX — Bourgogne Live (@BourgogneLive) January 25, 2014 #Saint Aubin : un vigneron retraité a photographié les cabottes de la commune http://t.co/oI6DaZ7513 @F3Bourgogne pic.twitter.com/6lzYFR8kv5 — Histoire de Beaune (@histoirebeaune) January 25, 2014 #SaintVincent #SaintAubin Tout un village dans un verre de vin. Reportage photo : http://t.co/MTlxCyiTAJ pic.twitter.com/s8yHsQA4Ll — JC Tardivon (@jctardivon) January 26, 2014 Cette année c' le domaine Denis Mortet qui reçoit saint Vincent à #GevreyChambertin #vin#bourgogne. pic.twitter.com/vAxPNITXtW — Jerome Galeyrand (@jeromegaleyrand) January 26, 2014

watching through the window…

watching through the window…

Of-course it can’t always be sunny, otherwise I wouldn’t be here! But like a good (adopted) Swiss, I choose not to venture out when I can’t see the ground under my skis – although I may go for a jog! Will change resort tomorrow, finally home on Sunday. Still, that means time to write a few words… Have drunk some 2011 Au Pied de Mont Chauve Chassagnes, 2010 Gambal Dents de Chiens and 2009 Mischief & Mayhem Puligny Sous les Puits – all good 😉 Now, of-course, there’s time to read something too. I like Adam BS, but really and truly, there is a level of commoditisation already to be seen, for a small cadre of Burgundy growers, that is far from divergent from Bordeaux, [….]

a different style of clos de la marechale…

a different style of clos de la marechale…

2002 Faiveley, Nuits St.Georges 1er Clos de la Marechale I’ve been patient for long enough – so today I’ve decided to open one of these. There’s none of that ridiculous shaking needed to loosen the hold of any CO2, because this is when wines were made sensibly – you can simply pop and pour, and then taste wine! The colour’s still medium-plus and the nose has some spice and a sharp note of red fruit coupled with a little herb – it makes me think that this wine could bite me! As it turns out, it’s more of playful love-bite; yes there’s a faintly astringent tannic baseline, but the fruit is cool yet rather seductive. As your mouth waters, you have a fine, if understated, [….]

burgundy 2012 – already past the peak of interest?

burgundy 2012 – already past the peak of interest?

2012s tasted in Beaune last week… Are we seeing a peaking of Burgundy consumer interest – despite the mini industry that has become the London En Primeur tasting ‘circuit’…(?) I heard that there were to be 34 tastings in London this month – a new record – and certainly last week when I was in Burgundy, producers were busy, preparing their samples. Yet despite more and more producers donning a smart jacket or getting their hair done for a few days in the UK’s capital, it seems to me that the general level of ‘chatter’ surrounding this vintage is lower than at any time in the last 10 years. Next year’s 2013s will be no better in terms of supply and price, the latter probably [….]

nicolas rossignol’s 2010 beaune clos des mouches…

nicolas rossignol’s 2010 beaune clos des mouches…

Having seen the previously linked, semi-accurate, story about no harvest in the Clos des Mouches the other day, I thought I would open this one in sympathy – or should that be solidarity(?) 2010 Nicolas Rossignol, Beaune 1er Clos des Mouches The nose starts with toasty bread, faint reduction and some CO2. I give it the Fourrier shake and wait an hour. Medium, medium-plus colour. Now the nose is much higher-toned and there’s red-fruit that’s half-fruit and half flowers – it’s understated but it’s pretty and the reduction and toast is only a memory – slowly it becomes fuller, a little powdery and padded. In the mouth this has some padding and plenty of silk. The fruit seems quite modest at first but there’s an [….]

poster-girl…

poster-girl…

I sat with Axelle last week during lunch, but didn’t realise that she was a poster-girl… Spotted this evening on Facebook, picture by Thomas Nègre:

the burgundy vintage chart – updated with 2012…

the burgundy vintage chart – updated with 2012…

There, that’s one thing off the to-do list: My updated Vintage Chart, which of-course now includes 2012 (in parentheses as it is mainly not yet bottled!)

diams everywhere…

diams everywhere…

No one-track focus here at Burgundy Report – certainly not! How about wood-working(ish)? The perfect use for a 54mm DIAM 10, extracted from a 2012 Chevalier-Montrachet. Those birds are just so lucky! I even found a use for the wine too…

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