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a pictorial jog around beaune and pommard ce soir

a pictorial jog around beaune and pommard ce soir

Looking to Clos des Mouches from over the border with Pommard. Jogging around Beaune/Pommard tonight – my back appreciates it more than standing all day at the triage table. Through my chose route, over 90% of the grapes seem to have been harvested here:  

Book: Recipes from the French Wine Harvest

Book: Recipes from the French Wine Harvest

This book has been waiting for more love than I had time for for, there were simply too many things to do, but now the timing seems perfectly appropriate as the home domaine is approaching mid-harvest. Rosi, just in case you hadn’t made the connection, is clearly the better half of Anthony Hanson, author of […]

From perfect to 'bulky'

08 september – 2015 harvest day 5

Great fruit this morning – in parts anyway – and that was Santenay Clos Rousseau. There’s a young-vines part, an old-vines part, and a very old-vines part. It seems to me that there’s usually a bit of competition with the grower’s own pickers as to who gets what – we seemed to have a bit […]

07 september – 2015 harvest day 4

07 september – 2015 harvest day 4

Let me tell you – it’s quite chilly in the mornings. After handling the grapes for a while, you beg a large, restorative mug of coffee to tease the blood back into your fingers – well, I do anyway! The week is set fair with sunny days and cold nights – the forecasters suggest that […]

Debris

06 september – 2015 harvest day 3

Don’t believe the 2015 hype – well, don’t accept it as universal anyway – this is Burgundy. Today was a Volnay at the home domaine – Volnay 1er cru and Volnay villages. This vineyard/plot/vine selection delivers plenty of rot – every year. It also usually brings a lot of unripe clusters which are simply thrown […]

Lying in wait.

05 september – 2015 harvest day 2

It’s Saturday, and at 07h00 it’s not fully light – where did the summer go?! Today is a cool, cloudy day – it’s also a relatively modest work-day – and for 2 reasons: 1 we only have two loads of chardonnay to triage today, and 2 there is almost no triage to do! A few […]

04 september – home domaine’s 2015 harvest day 1

04 september – home domaine’s 2015 harvest day 1

Only two vines today – Beaune Cras and Santenay Comme – both 1er crus. The Beaune is usually quite good from a fine selection of more than 80 year-old vines, the Santenay always needs a lot of triage from this plot/grower – but! – the triage table going at full speed, and not many triagers […]

2015 harvest update – hail!

2015 harvest update – hail!

Video Here  Photo belongs to Aurélien Blugeot Happy are those in the Côte de Beaune that have already cut a significant portion of their whites – Dominique Lafon and Olivier Lamy leading the way with accompanying social-media images of perfect grapes picked under perfect blue skies. Yesterday night it turned stormy – a modest amount […]

all-round excellence last weekend…

all-round excellence last weekend…

5 from 5 – who would have thought! I’d rebuy all of these! The Collet (Chablis) crémant hits the spot as always for just €8. The 2012 Pernand Clos Berthet was my last from 6 – all have been a great – seriously under-rated wine for the price. Ah – the Clos des Ursules – […]

one brusque the other smooth and intense…

one brusque the other smooth and intense…

2006 Roger Belland, Santenay 1er Les Gravières As a baby this was a big fruit bomb of interest. Today, in middle-age, it’s still big but both aromatically and from the flavours it’s also brusque, indeed it’s borderline brutal – I really wouldn’t know that I came from Burgundy, though I might still guess it’s pinot […]

friday – must be engstligenalp day…

friday – must be engstligenalp day…

vendanges 2015 – vendanges!!

To be honest, it’s still very much the calm before the storm, but there are plenty of big names already in the vines… It started with Olivier Lamy on Wednesday and then on Thursday he was joined by Dominique Lafon and Jean-Marc Roulot – amongst others. Today both Dujac and Vougeraie were in the vines […]

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