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camille-giroud 2001 vosne malconsorts

camille-giroud 2001 vosne malconsorts

Hmm. A bottle of this drunk during the 2012 harvest was just a beautiful bottle of wine – I had to have some. Yet here is a bottle that really didn’t light many fires to start with – the pistachios that I took some solace in, also didn’t taste all that good. Maybe my palate was having a root day… 2001 Camille-Giroud, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Malconsorts Deep colour. Aromatically – oh yes, I’m interested! Decaying leaves, sweetened at their edges with just the last vestige of a dark rasping textured fruit but a rather herbal note too, that said, the last drops leave a gorgeous acid-cherry impression. Wide, fleet of foot with very good acidity. The flavour starts with just a little metallic taste but [….]

a mix of holiday snaps

a mix of holiday snaps

Probably too many pics – so probably too indulgent, but hey… Tomorrow I’ll bring you some vineyard-related ones.

landscapes 3…

landscapes 3…

The last of my landscapes. Maybe a selection of ‘normal’ pics for the next few days…

domaine david clark no more!

The alert: Tribute to a wine hero: David Clark of Morey St Denis is handing in his secateurs saferbfc.com/m/viticulture/… — Jasper Morris (@justjasper) 6. März 2013 The confirmation: And the low-down from David himself here. I’m having lunch with him in less than 2 weeks, but am not planning to buy his domaine 😉

landscapes 2…

landscapes 2…

Go-on then you clever people – name the vineyard/winery…

lachaux’s lavaux, 2003…

lachaux’s lavaux, 2003…

I bought a mixed six-pack of Lachaux’s innaugural (I think) négoce offering. Now this is opened, a solitary Griotte-Chambertin remains since I made a gift of the Chambertin (now you know what sort of gift I expect from you 😉 ) Having enjoyed the NZ style in the last weeks, I thought I would dovetail back into burgundy with something quite ripe – but even here, the accent is very different. 2003 Pascal Lachaux, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Lavaux St.Jacques Deep colour. Deep and dark, slightly stewed fruit – not in a bad way, rather a way that is hinting of a little aromatic development. Time in the glass brings out a lovely violet aromatic. Concentrated, with decent-enough acidity and even a mineral component. The fruit has [….]

back again…

Doesn’t a month fly by? Though I suppose I’ll be paying for it for a little more than one month to come. NZ (only south island) was very special, and over the next days I will certainly subject you to some of my holiday snaps, but in the meantime, a couple of new-ish stories that might just keep you going. Serena Sutcliffe visits Burgundy And Laurent Ponsot on real and unreal wine Of-course it’s old news to you, but still relatively new to me that Antonio Galloni has parted with the Wine Advocate. It is still too early to decide how good a critic of Burgundy wines AG is, but let’s see how he gets on with his new ‘vehicle‘. His site seems to position [….]

glacier mint?

glacier mint?

Another rare post from the other side of the world. Walked this morning on the Fox Glacier. Timing was good, by p.m. Everything was cloudy. Moving closer to Central Otago tomorrow…

in a stunning place

You may have noticed that it’s a little quiet around here – actually that is hardly likely to improve over the next couple of weeks as we tour around the South Island of New Zealand. Much as I would love to post some galleries of the magnificent scenery, I am too stupid to think of a way to get the images on my camera onto an iPad and from there onto these pages. I’m not really here to spend all my time visiting wineries, but every few days, why not? Today just three wineries were visited, all in Marlborough, but between them they account for almost 60,000 tonnes (yes, really!) of grapes each year, 95% of which is white wine, and probably 95% of that [….]

d’angerville’s 2002 volnay clos des ducs

d’angerville’s 2002 volnay clos des ducs

Until 2010, ask many a Volnaysien which has been their best recent vintage, and a majority will not even mention 2005, rather 2002 gets their rosette. Lets see how that’s going… 2002 Marquis d’Angerville, Volnay 1er Clos des Ducs Deep colour. The nose begins with fine width, though modest depth, yet there is a good floral aromatic – roses rather than violets. Compact, yet intense and concentrated. High-toned fruit and flowers are the main focus of the mid-palate with a slowly developing depth of concentration. I’d describe it as compact rather than tight but there is much complexity here – the acidity is forward but not dominating. Very good length. Rebuy – Yes

jacques’ ‘almost-words’

A short but brilliant vignette of the equally brilliant Jacques Lardière

armand rousseau 1996 gevrey 1er cazetiers

armand rousseau 1996 gevrey 1er cazetiers

1996 Armand Rousseau, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Cazetiers The first sniff will enrapture some, but disappoints me; initially I think it’s high-toast oak, it slowly fades though, and fast enough that I assume it must really be reduction – yet the flavour of reduction is missing – a bit of both? – probably, because it never completely fades. Slowly you appreciate some beautiful fruit notes and a slowly growing floral element that also supports the subtler toast. Full in the mouth – but with no extraneous plushness – with an earthy fruit that holds well in the finish, but has a great, higher-toned mid-palate dimension. I would say relatively masculine in profile, energetic, but without any undue emphasis from the acidity. Just a cracking bottle! Rebuy [….]

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