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chalon, before the rain

chalon, before the rain

Chalon is a place that I invariably bypass – heading south to Mâcon, and then back north to Beaune – but there was a window in the forecast for rain today, so we successfully see the last of the market, drink a coffee, make a small tour of the old town and safely make our […]

vosne and ‘out-houses!’

vosne and ‘out-houses!’

A new year’s day walk on the first part of the footpath from Vosne to the Abbaye de St.Vivant – including the shit cabottes of Vosne. Just because it is Vosne-Romanée, don’t think that everything is like a palace! 😉 Happy New Year!!!  

Dec 26

one or two holiday bottles…

Just a modest selection that’s kept mind and soul together over the last days; but quickly going through (most of) them: 2001 Mugneret-Gibourg, Vosne-Romanée Really something of a modest disappointment – though consistent with previous bottles; fine bones, sleek, but modest, indeed dilute – not a patch on the flamboyance of its youth – at […]

Murten, 25 Dec

a few christmas destinations

In Switzerland during the winter break – unseasonably warm just like in Burgundy – pretty though, once the almost daily mist lifted….

a little something from the (last) weekend…

a little something from the (last) weekend…

Wines with friends on Saturday – that I mainly managed to finish on the Sunday! Just a few reminisces… The bubbles came from Perrier-Jouet, just the normal (gold label) NV, but this particular bottle was laid-up in the cellar for at least the last 6-7 years – the nose was okay but not the best, […]

pretty – but where’s the snow?

pretty – but where’s the snow?

Yesterday – Interlaken…

pillot, engel, esmonin – thursday’s training for christmas!

pillot, engel, esmonin – thursday’s training for christmas!

Actually, even with help, I didn’t finish these, so I think the Engel and Esmonin will live on – for tonight at least 😉 2008 Paul Pillot, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Clos St.Jean Medium lemon yellow colour. A toasty reduction lasts about 5 minutes to be replaced by a fresh, bright yellow, slightly padded citrus fruit. Wide […]

varoilles and bruno clair – a bit of pre-christmas training

varoilles and bruno clair – a bit of pre-christmas training

Back in Switzerland and given that I’m not tasting 20 wines (plus!) per day, I really do have a thirst for opening things – surely it’s good training for Christmas too 😉 2002 Domaine des Varoilles, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos des Varoilles I though I had this in magnums – but not – it must be […]

this weekend’s duo, two more hits…

this weekend’s duo, two more hits…

2013 Berthaut-Gerbet, Vosne-Romanée A bottle bought after the super tasting in Fixin the other week. On first opening there are a few sulfites clouding the dark fruit. Really this needed 15 minutes of air to freshen up, but then it was super; a mildly sweet and spicy dark-fruited nose. In the mouth just modestly sweet […]

weeping and sweating in the vines…

weeping and sweating in the vines…

Well, it might not be winter yet, but at least it’s starting to head in the right direction! We’re still not seeing a lot of rain and every other day has the typical end of year mist, but finally during the second half of this week, the temperatures were often in the low single figures […]

The Louis Vuittonification of Burgundy

Burgundy, its market, and the big wall coming: I have to say, extreme lover of Burgundy’s wine and people as I am, I have the fear that harder times lie ahead. I hate to write notes such as this, but whilst my reports of the actual wines of 2014 are laced with joy, my view […]

week 49…

week 49…

A selection of producers in the bag from this weeks visits…

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