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The Times They Are a-Changin – (repeat)

The Times They Are a-Changin – (repeat)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-02/don-stott-burgundy-collection It’s a sign of the times. Today there’s an apparent lauding of ‘flash wealth’ and narey a critical word over such things. Certainly the linked article seems a celebration of what Stott has, and is, doing. There are, of-course, multiple perspectives to this: Now if Don Stott had been publicly selling these (link above) […]

2014 white burgundy

2014 is the greatest white wine vintage that I’ve ever tasted… Online yesterday for subscribers. The full info on why, what to buy, and from whom, here. 38 producers and almost 400 wines…

just a few whites from this week…

just a few whites from this week…

Drunk slowly over the last 4 days, with a little Volnay here and there. The first two being part of a selection opened for tour-guests which also included a Puligny Champs Canet and a Bienvenues plus more Volnay 😉 2012 Olivier Leflaive, Bourgogne Oncle Vincent A bit of toasty reduction fades to reveal a hint […]

a weekend duo…

a weekend duo…

2009 Ramonet, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Modesty coloured. A warm but welcoming aroma here – nicely detailed red fruit and not ‘too warm.’ Nicely textured with decent balance and a sweetness of fruit. Not a wine for dissecting, rather to lubricate discussion – works very well in that context. Tasty too! Rebuy – Yes 2010 Joseph […]

week 47…

week 47…

A few producers in the bag from this week…

a nouveau wine – and it’s a beaujolais…

a nouveau wine – and it’s a beaujolais…

Today is Beaujolais Nouveau day isn’t it? Well, this is nouveau to me! This is a hybrid fermented – so part carbonic maceration, part ‘burgundian’ fermentation, i.e. with destemmed grapes. Here from a 3.5 ha domaine bought by Albert Bichot last year. Personally I prefer my BJ at least 10 years old as I’m no […]

my weekend two, from the hill…

my weekend two, from the hill…

2005 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Corton-Perrières Deeply coloured. The nose has depth and width; sinewy dark red fruit that plumbs deep bass notes. In the mouth there is muscle to match the sinew, but there are also layers of ripe, intense, but never jammy or roast flavour. This is excellent and is showing well today. A wine that […]

a loose moose – but not for long: faiveley, dufouleur and some musigny…

a loose moose – but not for long: faiveley, dufouleur and some musigny…

Due to the multiple news headlines of the weekend, you would be forgiven for having missed it, but this month, for the first time in many years, a chunk of Musigny changed hands. News of this transaction was broken by the Winespectator, just before the Hospices auction. Anyway, The Dufouleur family were parting with a […]

A view from below of above...

an hospices sunday…

Of-course, there wasn’t just the half-marathon in Beaune this weekend! The auction, despite sombre reflections dedicated to those who lost their lives in Paris, started with full-blast bidding – over-exuberance? – perhaps. Security was certainly in evidence; without the right pass, or the right name to come to the door to your aid, you were […]

week 46…

week 46…

A few producers in the bag from last week…

made it…

made it…

Multiple massages and heat patches just about did the trick – save for the (should know better) sprint for the line. I was in shape to do 5 minutes faster, but made a conservative start. A super day – and lots of emotion on the start-line as everyone belted out La Marseillaise…

The 'fête' not really 'on message'

tada! lights, action…

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Christmas has come a little too early for Beaune, but the Christmas lights (which went up, around town, in October) were switched on tonight! Of-course, today is the first day of the ‘Les Trois Glorieuses’ – the weekend that marks the auction of the Hospices de Beaune:  

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