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week-day castagnier and fourrier ;-)

week-day castagnier and fourrier ;-)

1996 Guy Castagnier, Clos de Vougeot Hmm – starts a little disappointing – particularly after a stellar last bottle and a similarly brilliant 97 Clos de la Roche during harvest. The nose is sullen and hints at brett. The flavours are not terrible, but not special either. Day two this has way too much brett […]

the latest tastevinage wines…

the latest tastevinage wines…

The list for all those with an interest: Tastevines-2015

a viennese weekend…

a viennese weekend…

All quiet here over the weekend, but that was because I had to see some horses, some blue sky and a brilliant range of 1985 (mainly) grand crus. Cheers! 😉  

emmental pinot?

emmental pinot?

Just 20km from my door, what an idyllic place to make a few bottles of wine – eh?     Too much contrast for you to see it, but from the top of this vineyard you could see the snow-covered peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – gorgeoous!

Is there a future for this, or other forum(s)?

WARNING – for me, at least, a long-ish post. And because many people will not follow this discussion if it stays on the Burgundy Report forum, I’m also posting it in my Diary 😉 I guess, as background, some of my experience may be mirrored by others, but… I stopped with the forum of erobertparker […]

Did somebody say free stuff?

Did somebody say free stuff?

Those of you with good memories will of-course remember my promise to make the older subscription Burgundy Reports free to view. Burgundy is about sharing, so I feel it important that things don’t remain hidden. Yet the people who support this site deserve that their inside line on the new vintages, new wines and new […]

some weekend stuff….

some weekend stuff….

2012 Alex Gambal, Meursault Clos du Cromin This wine has always had ample width and weight – almost old-style Meursault from both the aromas and impression across the tongue – but there’s really plenty of energy to keep pace. That said, it’s a bottle that I prefer to drink a glass of, before moving onto […]

wine of the year – with a bullet – so far…

wine of the year – with a bullet – so far…

No, not the one on the right – very good as it was – the one on the left. It was a Paulée wine. Only two bottles remained in the cellar; this one with a little air-space and a second one which had a perfect fill – presumably from re-corking. You know when everybody puts […]

ponsot’s 2005…

ponsot’s 2005…

Okay, I realise that was just a bit clickbaity, but I really did open one – if only the Bourgogne Rouge – fortunately it was drinking very well indeed 😉 Since Allen Meadows scored this domaine’s 2005s, they basically departed the world’s list of ‘available’ wines – at least for mere mortal pricing. My recent […]

not half good – 1999 mugnier chambolle

not half good – 1999 mugnier chambolle

I’m really at a loss with these half bottles – luckily I have less and less of them… Way-back-when, when the 1999s were released I was fortunate enough to buy Mugnier’s Musigny, Amoureuses and villages Chambolle. I didn’t have much of the villages, but it tasted great, so I jumped in and bought a dozen […]

changing the guard at clos de tart…

It’s en Français but here is a great post by Jacques Perrin, covering the recent Clos de Tart tastings, celebrating the vintages and retirement of Sylvain Pitiot as winemaker. There will another, similar, tasting at his UK importers in October, but unfortunately I’m fully booked! Look out for the floral descriptor ‘gentiane’ (gentian) in the […]

vougeraie’s 2000 clos de vougeot…

vougeraie’s 2000 clos de vougeot…

2000 Vougeraie, Clos de Vougeot A big round, faintly developed nose of leaves with a sweeter, complex depth – a great start. Versus the last time I opened one of these, the overall impression is a little more direct and less padded, yet still with just a hint of Clos de Vougeot strictness. I’m liking […]

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