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30th edition of burgundy’s young talents…

30th edition of burgundy’s young talents…

I finally got to see the result of this years competition – decided at the end of last week. Here are the domaines, winemaker who got the trophy and the wines that they presented. Enjoy: Catégorie Mâconnais – Charles Edouard DROUIN of Domaine Thierry DROUIN Mâcon Vergisson « La Roche » Pouilly Fuissé « Maréchaude […]

analysing the sales numbers from the 158th hospices auction

As promised (late) on Sunday evening, a little, more thoughtful analysis of the statistics of the 158th Hospices de Beaune, sale. Here is a list of the ‘top lots.’ (pdf) Whilst these are, at the outset, domaine wines, the sale should still be viewed in the context of a market where the bulk prices – […]

rip – henry-frederic roch

It seemed almost an apologetic first report of the death of HFR – and then the article was suddenly gone from the publication’s website – had they made a terrible mistake? It seemed to cause sufficient doubt that further reports took some time to surface – but surface they did. Henry-Frédéric Roch (HFR) died overnight […]

a special treat – weekend wines, week 46 2018

a special treat – weekend wines, week 46 2018

Certainly not every year, and hardly every second or third year, but every so often you have to do it properly eh? Or how can you have benchmarks? A couple of empty soldiers from a tasting chez Bouchard Père which I will write-up in my Bouchard visit report – the others from a very above […]

hospices wine auction – that was the (record) weekend that was…

hospices wine auction – that was the (record) weekend that was…

I never taste the wines of the Hospices – I don’t consider them commercial and they are far too young for somebody (i.e. me) who habitually tastes wine just before bottling, to gain any more than a general idea of the vintage. I can wait… But the buyers at the auction – it seems that […]

1 year’s vineyard work distilled into 13 and a half beautiful minutes…

With thanks to Vins de Bourgogne BIVB A brilliant introduction the workings of a vineyard in Burgundy. Almost 1 year’s work distilled into 13 and a half minutes – absolutely worth your time! After one year of filming, resulting in 40 hours of footage and some 30,000 photos, the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) is proud […]

#2017burgundyreport – the winemakers visited in week 46, 2018

#2017burgundyreport – the winemakers visited in week 46, 2018

Plenty of tastings this week for the November Burgundy Report, moving ‘fulltime’ onto the mainly red domaines in the Côte de Beaune. Hmm, I think it must nearly be time to start on the Côte de Nuits 🙂 A Burgundy Report EXTRA! subscription costs 85 Swiss Francs per year. Subscribe to Burgundy Report

a couple of mid-weekers…

a couple of mid-weekers…

2001 Comtes Lafon, Meursault 1er Les Perrières A deepish colour. The nose is a little tired, but not oxidised – it remains, almost, an invitation. The palate starts narrow then opens wider and wider – there is an energy zip here and a really profound depth of delicious finishing flavour – surely for drinking up, […]

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wind, sun, rain and fog – a normal autumn in beaune

Wednesday morning in Aloxe-Corton… I haven’t yet posted any pics of this week so far – truth be told it’s been quite miserable this week so far, except for Monday and Tuesday afternoon. On Monday the mercury (not the wine) hit 22°C and there was a strong wind too – I wouldn’t have wanted to […]

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