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the return of the mark: part last…

ARLAUD VENDANGE, Wednesday, 24th September 2014 By now I was really wondering just when we were going to finish as there seemed to be no sign. I was acutely conscious my Channel ferry back to the UK was booked for Friday lunchtime, delaying was not an option, and I was also keen to undertake various wine collection/pursuit errands I’d agreed to undertake for mates in the UK (two of whom are regular Burgundy-Report readers). As part of my vendange its always my aim to try and have at least one, if not two days post vendange for what I call ‘me time’ i.e to allow me to wind down and spend time for myself exploring parts of the Cote, visiting friends in the vigneron community [….]

weekend walks…

weekend walks…

Okay, last weekend was Emmental, this week it was Graubunden. Yesterday it was beautiful, Saturday and today not so! Tomorrow it’s a tasting in London – ouf!

warmth, flies and the colours of autumn…

warmth, flies and the colours of autumn…

This week in the côtes I have begun my attack on the 2013 whites – already some lovely wines to recommend. It’s also remained very unseasonably warm – almost 25°C. There was a measure of respite on Friday afternoon – the heavens opened – lots of rain! But this week, people have been very busy with ‘decuvages’ – basically emptying their (red) fermentation tanks and literally digging out the solid mass of grape and stem residue in the bottom of their tanks. Hot and sticky work! There is also no respite yet from the season’s (drosophila) fruit flies – there are some suzukis about, but mainly it is the traditional European version… The vineyards are taking on a beautiful colour right now, it’s a shame [….]

too soft? good! rain and comfy goats

too soft? good! rain and comfy goats

Apparently this is a négoce wine from Arlaud – or maybe not – see Mark’s comment… 2012 Arlaud, Bourgogne ‘Oka’ Good, medium-deep colour. The nose is fresh but with a lovely bright and mainly red fruit nose note – it’s very inviting. In the mouth too there’s the same gorgeous fruit note – but – seemingly nothing else, just a fruit cordial impression. I should note that this wine came out of the fridge as we were enjoying 20°C+ temperatures. I decided to let it warm in the glass. Whilst still not very structured, the wine tightens up and certainly shows a little more grip as gets nearer to room temperature. The fruit remains lovely, quite unruffled by any fuss about serving temperature. A tasty-enough [….]

dark side of the sun…

dark side of the sun…

Okay, I probably got that album title wrong! Actually, I’m not really, and obviously tenuously, combining those two thoughts – except that I was too lazy to make two separate posts 😉 The pic above was snapped on my phone yesterday – yet another gorgeous day in the Côtes – but I’ll have to cut that theme/meme short as it’s becoming monotonous! So quickly moving on… This article (the dark side) also has only a tenuous link with wine as I appreciate it. Yes, I know they are bottles, but the collections have been ‘assembled’ as ‘collections’ not really cellars – the could just as easily be stamps or pictures it seems – hence they are quickly consigned to sale because they have become more [….]

1st sun, 2nd october…

1st sun, 2nd october…

The picture-perfect weather continues – even if my pics aren’t perfect 😉

Indian Summer…

Indian Summer…

I do hope that’s not now regarded as a racist comment(?) Actually I don’t really care 😉 It just goes on and on this fine weather: Low to mid 20s°C and staying largely dry too. I heard of some grapes still being harvested today – but in the Hautes Côtes – which reminds me, I should call Laurent Ponsot – I assume that even he’s finished by now…! Anyway, embarking on 2013 whites visits today. Some very different styles but lots to love. Who knows what tomorrow will bring!

weekend – old and new vosne (ish…)

weekend – old and new vosne (ish…)

Okay, Clos de Vougeot is close, but not quite Vosne, but elevage was there – surely the yeasts count for something 😉 1997 René Engel, Clos de Vougeot Okay, I’ll admit – this is a little cloudy. And whilst the nose starts wide, Vosne in style, with a little beef and mocha, it slowly settles down in to a less interesting, more beef, potential brett mode. Luckily, it tastes brilliant; sweet, but focused and showing fine clarity and acidity – all of which are hard to come by in a 1997. To be honest, and despite the nose, I drank this with relish. This is clearly a ‘drink now’ wine but despite its issues, it was delicious! Rebuy – Yes Out with the old… 2012 [….]

haha! find the codes…

there’s a hole…

Luckily, I’ve plenty of things to type. I’ve even more things to arrange – such as my first wave of tastings for white 2013s. But there’s a bit of a hole… There are no more grapes – and come to think of it, no Mark de Morey either – he seems lost in action! Of-course, it can be a little wearying, but it’s great to be part of a team, and one that can make such a difference – that’s the triage team – of-course! We brought (almost) the last grapes in on Tuesday, and then yesterday it rained – it seems planned like a well-oiled machine – eh?! 🙂 But more of today – I see that Panos beat me to the punch at [….]

a couple of links…

Decanter News: “The latest Burgundy export figures suggest the region’s wines are becoming harder for consumers to find and there are fears that prices have risen too strongly.” …I suppose the obvious reaction is – no shit Sherlock… To distract me from such pricing, I’ve been reading Jerome’s tour of domaines during harvest. Good stuff.

Lovely Lavaux

Burgundy Harvest 23 September 2014…

OUF! That’s cold! We woke today to blue skies and what would turn out to be a day of glorious sunshine – but OUF (again) – the temperature, and that wind is cold – are we suddenly in November? Heading to the triage table, my gillet wasn’t enough – I needed double-gillet-ing! Today we started with grapes from Lavaux St.Jacques – they were grapes to warm the hart – if not my blue fingers while sorting. Really only the most peripheral of sorting was required, indeed they were so good that half our cache went straight to the fermentation tank with their stems intact. Lovely stuff. Actually not so many grapes today, so we have the luxury of lunch closer to 12h00 than 14h00. My [….]

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