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grèves vs le chapitre – and the winner is….

grèves vs le chapitre – and the winner is….

1998 Louis Jadot, Beaune 1er Les Grèves A ‘maison’ wine – as there’s no hint of ‘domaine’ on the labels. And this time not corked! The nose is a little herby but there’s a deep, dark-red fruit on the nose too – good focus, though it’s just a little raucous/rustic. In the mouth it’s similar […]

ultra-orange wine…

ultra-orange wine…

No, not a lecture on ‘off-wine’ – well not in an ‘orange direction’ anyway. I expected maybe one glass from the Puligny, but fortunately it was on fire, because the 98 Beaune Grèves that I had planned to follow was corked. I open all 1990s wines with a certain (cork) trepidation as it was a […]

monday 2010s – one corked one not…

monday 2010s – one corked one not…

Two 2010s but unfortunately the first – the Talmettes – was heavily corked… 2010 Hervé Murat, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Le Clos Duc Medium, medium-plus fruit. A dark and herby nose – but with brilliant flashes of fine, dark-red fruit – the herb isn’t so great, but the fruit is. This is supple and […]

time to start your 100 day countdown!

time to start your 100 day countdown!

Pic by Olivier Lamy. Floraison in Burgundy (flowering in Burgundy) – reported and pictured by Olivier Lamy today. He saw the first flowers today in Criots, Chaumées and Gravières vineyards. Those are all chardonnay – the pinot is usually later to flower…

Terrace of Château Gris

a sunday nuits walkabout…

A hike up to Château Gris and higher…

Beaune Musée du vin...

a saturday (mainly) puligny walkabout…

mâcon wine note(?)

mâcon wine note(?)

Mâcon wine note – Friday evening, 22nd May (and Saturday too) on the ‘Esplanade Lamartine’ in Mâcon…

04 de vogüé and 12 comte liger-belair

04 de vogüé and 12 comte liger-belair

Dinner in Caves Madeleine yesterday, and generous diners wanted to open the 2004 de Vogüé – so I naturally had to find something to pique interest too. Not a bad pair of after-dinner bottles.. 2004 Comte Georges de Vogüé, Bonnes-Mares The 2005 of this is magical, but less fortunately this shows in a classic 2004 […]

Meursault-Blagny...

hail update & get ready for the léproserie

 La Léproserie de Meursault… So, late yesterday afternoon we had the first hail of the growing season. I linked Thibault Morey’s hail video (on Facebook) yesterday, and today I spoke with some growers and looked at the vines. The spread of hail was a little wider than was first reported (by me), with vines also […]

opening hail season :(

opening hail season :(

https://www.facebook.com/thibault.morey/videos/856586747755715/ For those of you with a Facebook account – you might be able to see this video. Hail today in the area of Chassagne and St.Aubin recorded by Thibault Morey. Not too much damage – a few perforated leaves and the odd (latent) cluster touched, but basically minimal damage. If the same was to […]

finding a mouth-wash can be troublesome…

finding a mouth-wash can be troublesome…

So when a 15 year-old Beaujolais Nouveau is too excruciatingly corked, where to turn? Well, the first wine didn’t pass the test! 1999 Jean-Claude Belland, Santenay 1er La Comme It’s ages since I had one of these – this might even be that last – all bought on release. Yuk! I might have some tolerance […]

2000 beaujolais nouveau ‘not nice’ shocker…

2000 beaujolais nouveau ‘not nice’ shocker…

I liked the look of the seriograph-printed 2000 nouveau from Duboeuf, so kept it as a memento of the millennium, surrounded by empty bottles of DRC and Musigny (of-course!) in my ‘bottle-art’ installation in my office. But I’m in the process of moving house – or more aptly, still making a big mess of the […]

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