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big buds, birthdays and sad losses…

big buds, birthdays and sad losses…

Picture (crop) ex-Faiveley… Since last Easter Friday we have seen all aspects of ‘life’ in Burgundy: First, something to celebrate! Today was the 80th birthday of one of Volnay’s great characters – Regis Rossignol (right), who I visited in February; he’s still going strong, indeed, as far as I can tell, he’s actually still making […]

easter monday in the côte de beaune

easter monday in the côte de beaune

 

a sunday stroll in (mainly) meursault…

a sunday stroll in (mainly) meursault…

just a few grands jours images

just a few grands jours images

Four collages that just about summarise 5 days of tastings…  

graperadio – walker / ilan…

Worth listening to the recent Grape Radio interview with Ray Walker. I no-longer have contact with this producer, and I regret their use of this site as their initial marketing, but the story has resonance for many and is worth hearing. There’s also a large, mainly critical, thread on this on the wineberserkers forum – […]

rain, rain, go away….

rain, rain, go away….

Ha! Yesterday, in the sunshine, I was contemplating the massive magnolia tree in the gardens of Bouchard Père et Fils – almost, but not quite, ready to burst into flower. The view above, is not the same in Beaune today. Still we’ve had a great week of blue-sky and sunshine – despite the chilly north […]

joseph voillot now x2 + hospices de beaune echézeax (vv)

joseph voillot now x2 + hospices de beaune echézeax (vv)

It was great to catch up with the (almost) newly expanded team at Joseph Voillot today. Etienne Chaix, the nephew of Jean-Pierre Charlot is due to start full-time at the domaine in April – but today he was roped in, early, for a tasting in Beaune. I know that Jean-Pierre was super-happy to have settled […]

188 tastevinage wines for you…

188 tastevinage wines for you…

The Spring tasting of the Tastevinage was done in the Clos de Vougeot last week. For those of you with an interest, here is a list of the 188 wines chosen, from the 565 which were presented, that are now allowed to wear the tastevinage label. Lots of great 2014s from the Mâconnais and Chablis, […]

a quiet night among the books…

a quiet night among the books…

Just a quiet evening among the books of Athenaeum in Beaune tonight. Fred Ménager was cooking (with his team) plus multiple bottles of 2008, mainly in magnum, from Christian Clerget, Jean-Jacques Confuron, Vincent Dureuil-Janthial, Michel Lafarge, Hubert Lamy, Jean Louis et Andrée Trapet, Tollot-Beaut, Vitteaut-Alberti and Guiseppe-Rinaldi. The wines were some thing of a free-for-all […]

a tasting audience…

a tasting audience…

Some of the people watching us taste yesterday evening:     Notes will follow in the March report, unfortunately it was mainly the reds as I started to get some tooth sensitivity – still, a trio of Bâtards to finish was something of a balm…

week(end) 11 – a tasty wine selection (part 2)…

week(end) 11 – a tasty wine selection (part 2)…

I suppose you could call this a warm-up for the ‘Grands Jours’, that week of tastings every two years, where it is literally impossible to attend every ‘session’ that you are either invited to, or have subscribed for! Having decided to miss the Nuits St.Georges half-marathon, the associated tasting in Nuits and the auction of […]

week(end) 11 – a tasty wine selection (part 1)…

week(end) 11 – a tasty wine selection (part 1)…

2000 Louis Jadot, Beaune 1er Clos des Ursules This must be about the 7th or 8th bottle from a full case – like all the others, this has a modest intensity but a far from modest complexity and overall drinkability. Lovely wine – also a better showing than the recent 2000 Clos des Lambrays… Rebuy […]

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