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some weekend stuff….

some weekend stuff….

2012 Alex Gambal, Meursault Clos du Cromin This wine has always had ample width and weight – almost old-style Meursault from both the aromas and impression across the tongue – but there’s really plenty of energy to keep pace. That said, it’s a bottle that I prefer to drink a glass of, before moving onto […]

wine of the year – with a bullet – so far…

wine of the year – with a bullet – so far…

No, not the one on the right – very good as it was – the one on the left. It was a Paulée wine. Only two bottles remained in the cellar; this one with a little air-space and a second one which had a perfect fill – presumably from re-corking. You know when everybody puts […]

ponsot’s 2005…

ponsot’s 2005…

Okay, I realise that was just a bit clickbaity, but I really did open one – if only the Bourgogne Rouge – fortunately it was drinking very well indeed 😉 Since Allen Meadows scored this domaine’s 2005s, they basically departed the world’s list of ‘available’ wines – at least for mere mortal pricing. My recent […]

not half good – 1999 mugnier chambolle

not half good – 1999 mugnier chambolle

I’m really at a loss with these half bottles – luckily I have less and less of them… Way-back-when, when the 1999s were released I was fortunate enough to buy Mugnier’s Musigny, Amoureuses and villages Chambolle. I didn’t have much of the villages, but it tasted great, so I jumped in and bought a dozen […]

changing the guard at clos de tart…

It’s en Français but here is a great post by Jacques Perrin, covering the recent Clos de Tart tastings, celebrating the vintages and retirement of Sylvain Pitiot as winemaker. There will another, similar, tasting at his UK importers in October, but unfortunately I’m fully booked! Look out for the floral descriptor ‘gentiane’ (gentian) in the […]

vougeraie’s 2000 clos de vougeot…

vougeraie’s 2000 clos de vougeot…

2000 Vougeraie, Clos de Vougeot A big round, faintly developed nose of leaves with a sweeter, complex depth – a great start. Versus the last time I opened one of these, the overall impression is a little more direct and less padded, yet still with just a hint of Clos de Vougeot strictness. I’m liking […]

19 september – 2015 harvest day 16

19 september – 2015 harvest day 16

Le Roi Chambertin. Harvest day 16, but only our 12th day with grapes… As we say, it’s only over after the Chambertin is in – and today, finally, it was. Despite the wait, no complaints about the cleanliness and presentation of the grapes. More info after a short (maybe long) Paulée… 😉  

17 september – 2015 harvest day 14

17 september – 2015 harvest day 14

Hooray! At 16h00 today, the rain stopped – so that was only 23 hours of rain… That said, the sky remains very dark with just a few patches of blue – in fact it’s averaged several hours of rain per day since Saturday! At the home domaine there is nothing to report – our last […]

16 september – 2015 harvest day 13

16 september – 2015 harvest day 13

For those who were asking, here’s the difference between (very ripe) pinot noir and pinot gris – locally called pinot beurot – from Charmes-Chambertin today. [2x life-size] We wake to rain – not particularly heavy, but unyielding. It’s still raining when our first truck of grapes arrives from Gevrey-Chambertin – avec nos Charmes-Chambertin – I […]

15 september – 2015 harvest day 12

15 september – 2015 harvest day 12

Lavaux St.Jacques. The finishing-line is in sight now, but today we’re just going to focus on more Marsannay Les Longeroies and one of Gevrey’s bigger guns – Lavaux St.Jacques. Still, it won’t be very much fun cutting grapes today, due to multiple showers of rain overnight – but by 09h00 the streets and pavements of […]

14 september – 2015 harvest day 11

14 september – 2015 harvest day 11

It’s a bit confusing I suppose, as it is the 11th day since we began harvesting, but it is only the 9th day of harvesting for our team as we did none on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend had no grapes as the forecasts were for apocalyptic rain-storms and hail – some moderately heavy rain […]

world of fine wine – two great articles…

world of fine wine – two great articles…

I get to see copies of World of Fine Wine relatively infrequently – probably less than half of those issues that are published. I’m not pushed to improve on this ratio, as I often struggle to find articles to suit my interests, but the current issue (48) has a couple of beauties. First, a relatively […]

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