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‘anthology’ of the last days…

A shocking tasting by Allen Meadows: “1996 white burgundy, and in particular Ramonet though Niellon and Sauzet contributed, continues to disappoint as 8 of 9 bottles were premoxed and another one (1976 Leflaive “Clavoillon”) was corked as was one of the reds (1989 Roty Griotte). It was one of the bigger debacles that I have […]

pascal chevigny’s 2002 vosne…

pascal chevigny’s 2002 vosne…

These were very will priced, about €20 or less, way back when. Let’s say in 2004/2005… 2002 Pascal Chevigny, Vosne-Romanée Opened too cold – from the fridge – but it will warm in my glass. The nose starts very closed, but ever-so slowly it opens with a modest but charming vosne-style nose – all is […]

thomas-moillard’s 96 corton clos du roi

thomas-moillard’s 96 corton clos du roi

1996 Thomas-Moillard, Corton Clos du Roi Deeply coloured. Ooh – diving into the aromas from the high-board. A faint graphite and deep, dark half plum/damson fruit that’s partly sweet-baked. Direct line of fresh flavour – much as I remember – but today there’s more padding and more weight of buffering flavour than 5+ years ago. […]

2 (assorted) echézeaux…

1998 François Lamarche, Echézeaux A fresh, intense nose with a very good fruit flavour but it quickly becomes ever-more herbal – borderline unpleasant. Plenty of modest rasp from the tannin – but the grain is clearly fading. A bit of bitter herb in the finish too – eventually a noticeable TCA flavour in the finish […]

1998 clos napoleon…

1998 clos napoleon…

What’s the old saying? – Buy in haste, repent at leisure – for a long time I had thoughts along those lines about this wine. Of-course time is often a healer, and that seems to be the case even for Fixin in the most astringent (tannins) of vintages: 1998 Pierre Gelin, Fixin 1er Clos Napoleon […]

yesterday was a rock day: solutré & vergisson

yesterday was a rock day: solutré & vergisson

Hot work, followed a short storm, then a nice dinner. I thoroughly recommend the views from the top of Solutré – though I didn’t get too close to the edge 😉

Beaune...

Beaune: today is a cloud day…

[launch] üllo – wine purification?

[launch] üllo – wine purification?

Or maybe better – ‘sulfite removal’! I had some PR puff about this, and normally I avoid gizmos such as this, like the plague, but as a former research chemist I was interested in what the process might be. From the website and the linked Kickstarter page it probably works like an ion-exchange resin – […]

cooler and, at last, wet…

cooler and, at last, wet…

It hasn’t rained in Beaune since the 15th June, but today at 09h35:

Criots to the left (almost), Blanchots Dessous to the right...

today, mainly chassagne…

One of many clos...

a bit of meursault yesterday evening…

Oïdium - normally more a pinot problem, but here on chardonnay...

harvesting – but will that be in september or august?

 Oïdium today in the Côte de Nuits… The harvest date: Some people are mentioning the 5th of September as a potential harvesting date, which is entirely possible, but as of today, it’s still too early say whether the 5th of September will be the start date, or the finishing date! We seem to have the […]

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