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finally it’s really tasty: grivot’s 95 nuits lavières…

finally it’s really tasty: grivot’s 95 nuits lavières…

Here’s a wine that I’ve owned in quantity since at least 2000 – it was a great buy for about £15 per – ah, those were the days… In that time it has vacilated between tasty and youthful, to full but uncommunicative. Today is about as good as I’ve ever experienced: 1995 Jean Grivot, Nuits […]

brexit – c’est compliqué

brexit – c’est compliqué

Well, it’s decided! Speaking as a Brit who has lived outside the UK for over 16 years now, who gets by in German at home, and ‘almost’ gets by in French in my second (third?) home, it would come as no surprise that, on balance, I was more of a ‘remain’ than a ‘Brexit’ – […]

David Croix – on the move…

David Croix – on the move…

There’s no doubt that David Croix has been very busy at two Beaune producers for the last years; working at, and then overseeing, Maison Camille Giroud since 2001 and his own Domaine des Croix (with investors), since 2005. But at the end of this year he will be making some big changes: “I’m proud of […]

weekend wines from week 24…

weekend wines from week 24…

Just a couple of modest ones to start with then another where I didn’t take a photo – slapped wrists! A good set this weekend! 1999 Gilles Remoriquet, Vosne-Romanée 1er Au Dessus des Malconsorts Deep colour. The nose is fresh, if a little meaty with macerating plum fruit. In the mouth this is fresh and […]

summer!

summer!

Pommard Les Chanlins Hautes… I didn’t want to depress you (me actually!) with a picture of yesterday’s first day summer – low cloud and rain, indeed rain through the whole night of the the 20th too – but by mid-afternoon yesterday, there was blue sky and by 6pm the temperature had increased to t-shirt level!’ […]

more (or less) flowers…

more (or less) flowers…

Beaune 1er Bas du Teurons on Friday. We’re still not into what I’d call mid-flowering here in the Côte d’Or. Although there have been flowers here and there all over the Côte d’Or, particularly in the perfectly located grand crus, but it’s easy to see that virtually nothing was flowering in most of Savigny over […]

easily better than poland vs germany – though shorter…

easily better than poland vs germany – though shorter…

A pre-weekend, football wine – and in this case, it didn’t outlast the game – indeed it was more exciting than the game – I’m looking at you Poland and Germany!! 2002 Domaine du Clos Frantin, Vosne-Romanée The current Clos Frantin differs from this wine, due to an exchange of vines with Domaine d’Eugenie – […]

gueguen’s 2014 chablis 1er vaucoupin

gueguen’s 2014 chablis 1er vaucoupin

Whilst I might wish that there was a little more sunshine for enjoying this, it seems that it brings a little sunshine of its own! 2014 Domaine Gueguen, Chablis 1er Vaucoupin This nose is a real beauty; fresh citrus and salt – here come goosebumps! Vibrant in the mouth. Gorgeously sweet acidity and like the […]

where was the p.ox?

where was the p.ox?

Yes, I know that we were lucky girls and boys, but 14 whites were opened and appraised (drunk!) last night in Zürich – and we were all very happy bunnies. 13x Meursault and one ‘pirate’ a Puligny! Hardly an oxidative note – save a couple that smelled of cider, but didn’t taste like that! Generally, […]

‘floraison’

‘floraison’

Vineyard Floraison The weather is far from settled – or for that matter, warm – we have about 18-22° in the forecast for this week – more rain than sun, too! But the first/early flowers can be seen, here and there, across the Côte de Nuits. It looks like we will be in ‘peak flowering’ […]

weekend (23) drinking…

weekend (23) drinking…

A modest, but tasty, selection: 2005 Joseph Voillot, Volnay 1er Brouillards This retains a deep and young-looking colour. The nose is big, but with some perfumed red fruit – looking good! Tasty, layered wine – no obvious tannin – there are 05s with more oomph, and 05s with more focus, but this does what it […]

the first flowers of 2016…

the first flowers of 2016…

It was cool to see the first flowers of 2016 yesterday – even more-so to have the ‘buzzing’ accompaniment of the hover-flies too. I only had my phone with me, so I’m doubly impressed by this result! This picture was taken in the southern Beaujolais Villages area – but truth be told it’s a semi-fake! […]

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