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abbaye de la bussière

abbaye de la bussière

Touring the Hautes Côtes de Nuits today, in particular the Valley of the Ouche. Here is the classic Burgundy canal-boat land, and with plenty of cafés along the way. Also here is the Abbaye de Bussière, up-market stop-over par-excellence. I took a coffee before an Aston-Martin club came for afternoon tea – the hotel hosted […]

some views from near the abbaye de morgeot in chassagne…

some views from near the abbaye de morgeot in chassagne…

And note that, since yesterday, my header picture is now accurate, as cremant producer Louis Picamelot started their harvest yesterday!  

the saint-vincent 2017 in mercurey

the saint-vincent 2017 in mercurey

The Saint-Vincent is a regional celebration that was created by the Confrérie des chevaliers du tastevin in 1938* and the poster (right) for the 2017 event has been released this week. It is a meeting of all the grower syndicates of Burgundy in one village each year, and their associated (about 80) small statues of […]

cool…

I have to say, fabulous design and photos. Nothing to do with Burgundy (fortunately!) but even the story is a good one! http://www.lepanmedia.com/cultivating-luxury/

how green & how red are my grapes? (beaune today)

how green & how red are my grapes? (beaune today)

Despite the header image (above) there’s no harvesting in the Burgundy yet. Since the big rain of the 5th of September, it’s been pretty warm here – wall-to-wall 30°C – or thereabouts. The weather was supposed to break tomorrow and bring a couple of cooler days with rain – it looked like it would come […]

“can I refill it and put the cork back?”

“can I refill it and put the cork back?”

I guess I’m going to have to see this one*. I guess I’m still not the only one trying to workout how the auctioneers; Acker, Bagheera, Spectrum and previous Christies management – and they are probably not alone – could make so much money from this – without sanction… *By the way, Ponsot said that […]

beaujolais from domaine bertrand…

beaujolais from domaine bertrand…

When I did my big tasting in Beaujolais, way back in April, there was a problem with one producer’s wine – so he asked if he could send a replacement – and while we were at it, why not the whole range? Domaine Bertrand “Bonnège” 69200 Charentay Tel: +33 4 74 66 85 96 www.domainebertrand.fr […]

bergs not burgs

bergs not burgs

On Monday I’m back in Beaune, in anticipation of the harvesting to come. But today, and maybe Sunday too, needed a fresh injection of mountains before the Côte d’Or… Today, the highly ‘recommendable’ Schynige Platte:

hats, dogs and pruning…

Found. A super (2010) article about Michel Duclos: Does he ever remove his hat? No, he says, never. He shows me his car: The back seat has more hats, in case he feels like a change Margaret Rand / World of Fine Wine

two mid-week tipples…

two mid-week tipples…

Two worthy wines, one of which offered much more pizzazz… 2011 Nicolas Rossignol, Volnay 1er Roncerets There’s just a trace of oak on both the nose and flavours to this wine – nothing overdone, it’s just a faint accent. The wine itself is much more subdued than all the other 2011s I’ve drunk from Nico. […]

vintage chart update – v1.60

vintage chart update – v1.60

I’ve finally got an update for my vintage chart, including the 2014 vintage for the first time – amazing what you can get done when the harvest is a little later – though I know that I’ll pay for it when I’m supposed to be visiting producers, but haven’t yet finished sorting grapes 😉 My […]

burgundy – no weather change?

burgundy – no weather change?

Well, that would be yes and no. French meteorologists recently, through the BIVB, made presentations to the local wine producers. They showed some interesting data-sets that both confirmed and disproved some of what people were thinking re changing weather patterns. I offer a very quick summary of what was presented – second-hand – from someone […]

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