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home domaine harvest day 1 – 22-sept-2016

home domaine harvest day 1 – 22-sept-2016

 Not really representative, but good to see how great some gamay fruit can be… The home team’s first grapes of this 2016 vintage arrived in the dark close to 9pm yesterday evening – all the way from Morgon – so a good 1 and a half hour’s drive away. They overnighted in the refrigerated truck […]

ladies of beaujolais…

ladies of beaujolais…

Honestly, I dislike positive/negative profiling, so ‘women wine-makers‘ at least as a concept, grouping or genre has always seemed odd to me, because the job-title wine-maker is in itself sexless. I’ll give you that from a historical perspective, women winemakers are clearly in the minority – yet that is also ‘so last century…‘ That said, […]

19 years of bio in the clos du château des ducs…

19 years of bio in the clos du château des ducs…

The Lafarge method of hand destemming: This morning Domaine Lafarge – that’s Michel (‘Lafarge Senior’ who made his first harvest in 1950) Frederic (whose first harvest was in 1979), Frederic’s wife Chantal Lafarge and their daughter Clothilde – harvested the grapes of their Volnay 1er Cru and monopole Clos du Château des Ducs. It wasn’t […]

Côte de Brouilly - Got my hair up!

a tour de beaujolais – plus…

Today I took a day-tour through Beaujolais with a little Saint-Veran and Pouilly-Fuissé tagged on for good measure. It started with blue sky and sunshine in Beaune, if only 14°C. Beaujolais, however, was cloudy with a temperature too warm for a pullover, but borderline too cold without – tsk… I started my Tour de Beaujolais […]

the first cut in beaune?

Exciting first day watching the grapes come in at the Hospices de Beaune #Hospices2016 pic.twitter.com/H4mACtWJX9 — Jasper Morris (@justjasper) September 20, 2016

more sour grapes

Or, more correctly, more on Sour Grapes. Here.

My favourite road...

a little pommard…

Today I took my ‘B’ camera in hand for a jog around the vines – Pommard was my choice. Hardly a soul in the vines – certainly no pickers. The weather was cloudy but warm enough and with a little breeze too – drying, I hope. The first flashes of sun showed themselves about 5pm… […]

harvesting: exactly how much mud can you get on your boots?

harvesting: exactly how much mud can you get on your boots?

The last days of the last week delivered a lot of rain for some – but the growers say not too much – but further north it waned. Maranges and Santenay had approaching 50mm, in Meursault it was closer to 30mm and by the time the weather-front reached Beaune there was a deposit of only […]

offer of the day – camus?

offer of the day – camus?

I know I harp on about this from time to time, but Camus get the bad press that they deserve with regard to the average quality of their wines, but it is very easy to lose a certain perspective. Look at the offer I have this weekend from a Swiss merchant (in swiss francs). Now […]

rain and rainbows…

rain and rainbows…

Yesterday evening about 10pm we were treated to lots and lots of lightening, and occasionally heavy, but essentially modest, rain. Today, it’s been dark for most of the day, with a little rain here and there too. Just now, however, Beaune erupted with thunder, rain and even a little sunshine and rainbows – pretty, if […]

a beaujolais harvest update

a beaujolais harvest update

Translated from today’s news email from Inter Beaujolais. The progresses of the grape maturity in Beaujolais (16,000 hectares between Lyon and Mâcon): The first secateurs will be used in anger at the end of this week – for the earliest maturing areas. In terms of climate, the ideal conditions of recent weeks, with hot temperatures […]

grappl’in with savigny blanc

grappl’in with savigny blanc

Earlier this year I compared the 2011 and 2012 of this villages white: The 11 was open, soft and simply very, very tasty. The 12 was a little more angular and phenolic – impressive but not yet really tasty – things can change quickly, though. Here we are at the end of our summer and […]

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