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saturday’s swiss walking

saturday’s swiss walking

Saturday – a lovely day (mainly!) – first a little St.Gallen i.e. mainly windows! Then Appenzel: Finally lake Constance (Bodensee) where a little rain and hail caught up with us:

3 bottles – only a modest return…

3 bottles – only a modest return…

2014 Domaine Gueguen, Chablis 1er Vosgros This wine is burly yet impressive – there are flashes of fine flavour and aroma too, but compared to the domaine’s Vaucoupin (here) this is a longer-term prospect – you should wait 2-3 years I think. This, today, and good as it still is, is simply not in the […]

new burgundy report(s)

So the April and May reports were all about Beaujolais – lots of domaines visited, wines tasted – and blind too – about 650 bottles of them. Now the June report is also online with an interesting selection of themes, including a pinot vs gamay rosé face-off, plus other interesting (for me!) looks at vineyards, […]

walking in aloxe and pernand this weekend

walking in aloxe and pernand this weekend

Actually not a bad temperature for walking last weekend. The storms forecast for Thursday evening never came, but there were deluges of water on Friday morning – it was literally as black as night at 09h15! I assume the treatments in the vines of previous days were completely washed away. Cloudy but comfortable walking with […]

weekend bottles – week 29

weekend bottles – week 29

2013 Clothilde Davenne, Saint Bris A fresh nose and one that is a little more obviously sauvignon blanc than the 2012. Ooh – a lovely line and minerality to this wine – fresh, tasty and very moreish. Yum. Definitely a more varietal wine than the (I remember) more concentrated 2012. I prefer that wine, but […]

p.ox-y mischief

p.ox-y mischief

Having mistakenly opened a (remarkably super!) 2007 M&M to follow-up on my p.oxed 2005, here – eventually – are a couple of 2005 follow-ups. Sadly, and in my cellar at-least, these are for the fish or chicken sauce – only. 2005 Mischief & Mayhem, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Caillerets Deep colour. Basically like the last bottle – […]

ex-cellar bouchard père et fils auction…

ex-cellar bouchard père et fils auction…

Article link here It must have been around 1999 that Sotheby’s made the very same ex-cellars sale. It quickly followed the purchase of Bouchard Père et Fils by Henriot (of Champagne). I actually bought a few things as I liked that they came direct from Bouchard’s cellars. Provenance is, of-course, king, but most of my […]

mid-july burgundy vineyard update

mid-july burgundy vineyard update

“I know it’s only July, but frankly I can’t wait for this vintage to be over. We were proud to have survived the growing seasons of 2012 and 2013, but 2016 is on another level. The harvest will not be better, very few grapes and a massive competition to buy grapes too – probably at […]

weekend walking in burgundy:

weekend walking in burgundy:

It was a perfect weekend for walking, getting a little hotter each day. For the first time this year, there is more ‘definition’ in the vineyards as the vines are trimmed and more regimented – I love this time of year! Auxey-Duresses   Northern Beaune 1ers   A little Gevrey-Chambertin

camille giroud & chezeaux/ponsot – weekend stuff – week 28…

camille giroud & chezeaux/ponsot – weekend stuff – week 28…

Despite the temperature closing in on 30° this weekend, my boss said – No, it has to be red! So here you go: 2012 Camille Giroud, Volnay 1er Les Lurets Hmm – the nose is not the best – it’s not bad, but I’d want more purity from my Volnay – here the fruit is […]

(my) failed p.ox watch!

(my) failed p.ox watch!

Given my rotten 05 Puligny Caillerets, I decided to pop another M&M 05 to see if it was an isolated incident. As you can see – and (as you prefer) call it old age or blindness – but only after I’d poured this, did I realise that I’d actually pulled out an 07, not the […]

new(s) from inter beaujolais…

Inter Beaujolais* is the ‘southern‘ equivalent of the BIVB. Yesterday they announced some changes: At their Extraordinary General Meeting on July 13, the members of Inter Beaujolais endorsed the appointments of Dominique Piron as President and David Ratignier as Vice-President. Every two years these positions switch between ‘traders’ and ‘growers’ – we now enter the […]

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