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very rare birds…

very rare birds…

Perhaps I should save the word ‘dregs’ for another sentence, but here are the last drops of 2013 Musigny and 2013 Montrachet. It was a very good end to the week’s tastings…

living the dream…

living the dream…

Well, what a difference – Beaune tonight @ 23h00 – nobody! It’s cool and a little shivery though – or maybe that’s just me, not yet quite recovered from my lunch on Monday. The food tasted great, the people were a hoot – and the wines? Well, at some point, adjectives lose their impact… But something disagreed with me though, and I was totally frozen for the next 8 hours – including in bed. I don’t think I can blame that on the wine – though maybe my head today 😉 Anyway, some nice addresses today, and it goes without saying great wines too, but today I found it easier to spit – ah, living the dream! Also, finally met up with @winewomansong tonight – [….]

beaune on a busy weekend…

beaune on a busy weekend…

I thought the mass of people in Beaune might have peaked yesterday evening, but clearly THE Sunday has another level. So instead of fighting for a place to drink coffee we chose make a walking tour of Meursault, and like any Sunday afternoon in Meursault the place was completely dead – pretty but almost a ghost-town. Still, it meant that I could poke my nose into a few corners and see a few lunch preparations! There’s been on-and-off rain all weekend, indeed it was pretty heavy on Friday – probably perfect for teasing-out all the snalls from their lairs, because mountains of snails seem to have been consumed in Beaune this weekend – I’m not sure it’s really rain-clouds above, they have a green tinge [….]

Premeaux

friday & saturday – busy, busy in beaune…

It’s hard to avoid the crowds in Beaune as you close in on the weekend – is something happening? Today was just manic in the centre. I find it best to try and find a quiet cellar – particularly when it has a nice 62 to taste – oops, I mean drink!!!! Friday: Today:

yesterday…

yesterday…

Today will be a busy day – perhaps over-exercising the palate! But the following were taken yesterday…

news for burgundy report…

I just wanted to keep you updated with content and news for Burgundy Report. First – thanks to all my subscribers in this launch year – you are managing to make an old man very happy. Thank-you! I’m currently working through masses of 2013s to get the reports online in the next weeks. My time-table for you is as follows: 2014 EXTRA! October Report: Focusing on ‘domaine’ 2013 vintage whites (next week) November Report: Focusing on ‘domaine’ 2013 vintage reds (mid December) December Report: Grands Maisons 2013s (before Christmas lunch – I hope!) 2015 EXTRA! January: Chablis 2013 February: Mâconnais 2013 And for those of you who hated the Paypal approach to subscribing, there is now a new credit-card payment option. Hopefully this avoids the [….]

a new domaine to follow…

a new domaine to follow…

Another domaine to add to the Rebourgeon clan(s) of Pommard. I tasted the 2013s this week and found them lovely – not dissimilar to Rebourgeon-Mure (cousins) whose plots are often side-by-side. The wine above was fresh and tasty – despite hailing from 2003…!

offer of the day – Faiveley 2013…

DOMAINE FAIVELEY 2013 – En Primeur PREMIERS CRUS Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 2013 75 cl 72.50 (69.80*) Swiss Francs Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 2013 75 cl 98.00 (98.00) Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées 2013 75 cl 119.00 (119.00) Chambolle-Musigny la Combe d’Orveau 2013 75 cl 119.00 (119.00) Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 2013 75 cl 228.00 (228.00) Corton Clos des Cortons 2013 75 cl 139.00 (139) Corton Clos des Cortons 2013 150 cl 283.00 (283) Mazis-Chambertin 2013 75 cl 167.00 (169) Grands Echezeaux 2013 75 cl 198.00 (—) Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2013 75 cl 249.00 (235) Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2013 150 cl 503.00 (475) Chambertin Clos de Bèze Les Ouvrées Rodin 2013 75 cl 598.00 (598) Corton Charlemagne 2013 75 cl 169.00 (159) *Same merchant, 2012 prices. As we [….]

fluffy clouds & autumn colour…

fluffy clouds & autumn colour…

Perhaps a little sad on my part – but great clouds before it got dark yesterday 😉 Actually it was a very clear-skied night, so much so that the Hautes Côtes had their first frost of the Autumn – but beautiful skies and colours in abundance today, interspersed between tastings in Vougeot, Gevrey and Vosne. Dinner with Jancis and Neal where we put the world to rights too! Probably no time to post anything tomorrow, but I’ll be starting in Pommard, moving to Nuits (to congratulate Jacques Desvauges, the (soon to be) winemaker at Clos de Tart and then finishing at an address in Marsannay!

to be, or not to be, 2004…

to be, or not to be, 2004…

I know, I know, ‘here we go again’ you are thinking. Well yes, and no… I’ve actually tried a few very good 2004s in the last days – I looked very hard at them, but found nothing amiss. So everything’s alright now say some. Hold your horses say I! The three wines that were fine, in every way, have not suddenly got better and lost their pyrazines – not as far as I know anyway – because I’d never tasted these wines before (as far as I remember) so I don’t know how good or bad they were before. But let’s be fair to those good wines and note them here, because I’d happily drink all three again: 2004 Domaine Lafon, Volnay 1er Champans 2004 [….]

de l’eau…

de l’eau…

I drove to the Côtes yesterday evening – it started dry in Switzerland, but it soon got very wet in France. Only the last few kms before Beaune allowed me the luxury of ‘intermittent’ windscreen-wipers! It seems that the department of the Côte d’Or got it (the rain!) quite badly – about 1 month’s rain in 24 hours. The Côte d’Or itself seemed to have only very limited patches of standing-water in the vines, but my first appointment today was at Vougeraie in Premeaux – Pierre Vincent was having to pump-out some of his cellar – “Perfect humidity” he quipped, also noting “That’s why it’s called Premeaux – it’s the first with water!” Hard to believe, but it was actually dry today (post-7am!) and the [….]

a year in corton…

a year in corton…

A very cool book – really super photos from Jon Wyand – it also looks like he’s been flying a very sturdy kite, given some stunning aerial shots…

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