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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 […]

Just treated GE...

last sun in grands-echézeaux…

I’d planned to go for a run yesterday evening, but at the last minute there was an errand – so it was a run to the Côte de Nuits – in the car! I took some pictures about 9:15pm with the last rays of the sun, mainly in Grands-Echézeaux – and despite all the images […]

only bottles, no writing…

only bottles, no writing…

Yes, the house-moving has been a bit of a pain, but just to prove that I haven’t also been avoiding refreshments…

one (special) day in the climats…

one (special) day in the climats…

Yesterday was a celebration of the successful entry of ‘Burgundy’ into the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. If you have seen some/most of the coverage since this was announced on Saturday, you will have mainly noted that Champagne, also a new ‘inscription’ has taken the headlines, and that only the last paragraph mentions Burgundy. […]

99 volnay clos des ‘xxx’

99 volnay clos des ‘xxx’

Age shows the difference! My two wines from the Elégance de Volnay: As young wines, i.e. the first year or two from release, this Potel was qualitatively on the same level as the Lafon Santenots and the d’Angerville Clos des Ducs – I really can’t say that anymore. Today the Potel is wild, complex and […]

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